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A Dainty Feast

A Dainty Feast
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-18 13:40
Viewed: 4528
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Bush Brown Bicyclus safitza safitza , (Hewitson, 1851), Family Satyrinae – Wingspan M 40-43 cm, F 45-48 cm. The flower is from an Erythrina or Coral tree family. This is the most common brown b’fly in Africa & found almost anywhere where forests and thick vegetation occur. The M is dark brown, the F slightly lighter. Both have the eye-spots on the upperside of the forewing, often indistinct and also eye-spots on the underside of the forewing & also sometimes on the hindwing. They fly throughout the year, more in summer than in winter, & summer forms are more distinctly marked than their winter counterparts. Its flight is weak and floppy, and it seldom flies long. It looks like a dead leaf when settled on the leafy foliage of the forest floor.

Venue – Hazyview – Sabie River
Date 24th September 2004
Time 16h39
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 250 & -0,7 EV
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 400 mm
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority - 1/60 @ F11
Off camera i-TTL Balanced fill
Metering Mode – Muti Pattern
Support – Handheld
Some cropping, levels; hue/ saturation; some USM, , reduced to Site size.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-18 14:56]
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Has salido a competir conmigo con las mariposas!!!.
Y con una imagen como está, bien vale la pena.
Como composicion es casi perfecta, por la coloracion, por la agudeza, DOF, y perspectiva... sólo tal vez hubiera intentado un cuadro menos centrado y cuadrado... pero desconozco el original.

You have left to compete with me with the butterflies!!!.
And with an image as it is, It is evident that it justifies it.
As composition is almost perfect, by the coloration, the sharpness, DOF, and perspective... only perhaps I had tried a picture less square and centering... but I do not know the original one.

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  • Lourens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 0 N: 321] (1223)
  • [2004-10-18 14:56]
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Very nice image, Callie. I like the contrast of the red bloom and the Bush Brown. Baie mooi werk!!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-18 14:57]
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Wow! Great shot Callie! I like your Common Bush Brown.
How can you take a shot so clear at 1/60 handheld?
Do you have ciment arms? :-)

Callie, I think the level of this site is getting very high. For my modest opinion, this is one of the best compositions for a butterfly I have seen in TN. And the butterfly is beautiful. Thanks.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-18 17:04]

You are lucky, I have some points left and I will trade it for a Coke, anyone interested? This is a beautiful shot and I love the exposure. Usually we see these shots with the subject all lit up. In this shot the lighting is natural, yet the image is very clear.

Thanks for posting

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  • paco Silver Star Critiquer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 30] (160)
  • [2004-10-18 17:19]

How do you do to have this butterfly at the right place for shooting, have you a secret? It's a perfect composition, i love the way this butterfly is positionned on the flower, very good use of lines between flower and the bush brown. Amazing how luky you are, wish i had some of your luck. Of course after you have great skills so sharpness, DOF... are excellent. Excellent Photo! Thanks for sharing

Very good callie its nice to see you can shoot macro too so well.the colours balance so well , for me I would of liked to see the rest of the flower as well , but thats me it works ok as it is.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-18 17:56]

A lovely capture.
Excellent composition and very nice detail.
Great stuff,very well done.

Callie, This is grand comp. with great color & she's got curves to boot! (assuming it's a she!). You did well well considering it's hand-held @ 1/60 sec. I usually have trouble keeping it steady enough at that speed. Thanx for the notes on technique..Great photo!

Very good Callie.
The OS works nice to close-ups too.
1.8 m , I think you shoot this at 400 and you use 1/60 sec,
the stabiliser works very well.
Good composition , nice colours and good details.
Good note.
Very well done.

Love the colours of this Callie. The brown butterfly on the red flower really works well.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-19 4:48]
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Firstly, the composition is very nice indeed, the colours of the flower really set off the brown butterfly and the details are excellent. Good note too...so that's pretty darn good.

The only bad thing is that I have run out of points, so you'll have to wait :-)

What a composition. Exellent work. The colours adds a nice contrast to grey moth. Just beautifull Callie. Thanx for sharing.

I have returned to this picture several times now trying to find the right superlatives but I have to give up - it is just perfect and the clever use of EV control works really good here. The colours are so beautiful and really set off by the dark background. The only thing to say - and it is really a minor thing - I might agree with Ricardo about the composition, a slight crop of the top to make a more rectangular shape would change the picture, but I am not quite sure. I tried to do it in PS but I am not so sure that I will post it.

I simply love this one - thanks for posting.

Oh the detail and complementary colors are fantastic. The overall diagonal lines make this a wonderful composition. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 22:25]

Callie, vivid colors, great POV and DOF. The blurred BF works nicely too.



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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-02-06 14:10]

Ik ga maar een naar U vlinder,
Very beautiful comosing shot, the contrast with the hard colours is great, the details of the butterfly are nice, very good macro shot, very good photo, very good job

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