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Cactus beauty

Cactus beauty
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Copyright: teunie polak (wuta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-02 14:38
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The longwing butterflies have unusually long lifespans and high fecundity rates, which largely result from their augmented diet. Instead of surviving on food stores from the larval stage or solely sipping flower nectar, adult longwing butterflies are avid pollen eaters. These trait make them eminently suitable for butterfly farming and butterfly gardening. Also, Adult Longwings may live for several months, much longer than most butterflies.

The longwing butterflies are also known as Heliconians. They are brightly colored butterflies with long forewings. Once placed in their own family, they are now considered closely related to the fritillaries. Larvae of most longwings feed on passion vines, and this host plant imparts noxious chemicals to the larvae which are carried over to the adult butterflies. This relationship is identical to the monarch butterflies' reliance on its host plant, milkweed, for defense. Predators find these chemicals distasteful and avoid eating the butterflies

Local distribution: South America

Info from cirrusimage.com

Yesterday we where in the butterfly garden for learning taken macro's well I hope you like the shot
Greeting Teunie .

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Hello Teunie,
What a clear, sharp, beautiful butterfly and amazing pov.Cactus are very lovely too. Different, crowded, so amazing bg is effective. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-02 14:52]
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Ha Teunie,

Mooie vlinder, leuke details, goede scherpte en natuurlijke kleuren.


Excellent shot of that Heliconia butterfly, Teunie.
Very well focussed details, delightful arrangement of contrasting colours in perfect harmony, well composed.
Interesting and unusual setting. Interesting notes, too.
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2006-04-02 14:56]
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Hi Teunie,
this is a very nice picture wiht lovely colours and god details. Well composed and good POV.
Well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-02 15:15]

Wonderful photo!
Wonderful colours!
Wonderful butterfly!
Very good on details!
Very good POV and DOF!
5* and TFS!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-02 16:25]

Hello Teunie,
excellent capture. POV, colors and sharpness are excellent. DOF is really good, it lets the butterfly stand out so nicely from the background. Lovely composition.

Hi Teunie,
Nicely composed, Great POV. Good color, detail and exposure. Different environment, you don't often see a b-fly on cacti.
Well done.

Very nice capture Teunie, great to capture this on the Cactus. Well done.

Hi Teunie,
Very good macro shot!Nice color, details and very well composed.Thanks for sharing... Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-02 16:47]
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I love the POV on this one, Teunie.
You can really see the position of those dainty legs on the cactus.
The colors are very rich and the details are sharp.
Great work and TFS. : )

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-02 17:05]

Hi Teunie,
Beautiful shot, excellent detail and perfect DOF. Lovely colours, everything is just right!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-04-02 17:49]

Hi Teunie,
I like the diagonal composition and colours. Interesting pose too and good detail. A bit of noise especially in the BG, if you want to reduce it, there is useful software out there, for example Neatimage. As is, a very good capture and interesting post.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-02 22:11]

Bonjour Teunie!

Félicitations pour cette belle composition colorée et nette.

Merci pour l'envoie.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-04-03 1:50]

Dag Teuni,
Ik vermoed dat Jaap u de technieken heeft aangeleerd, hoe u deze vlinder heeft gefotografeerd zijn echt mooi, perfect DOF de doornen van de cactus passen hier goed bij.
Jenny vrouw van John

Hi Teunie,
Beautiful capture!
Excellent POV and brilliant pose,
very nice colour and very sharp detail.
Thanks for sharing!

Hij is prachtig Teunie.
En weer met die finepix s7000. echt een geweldig toestel. ik moet nog zien met mijn spiegel reflex dergelijk foto's te maken. Uitstekende compositie, goede kleuren en ik moet zeggen je hebt veel van me geleerd, door alleen al te kijken en te maken. proficiat.
gr. jaap

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-03 2:52]

Hello Teunie,
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition
Well done.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-03 4:42]

Hi Teunie, nice composition. Good POV, detail and colour. TFS.

Great shot, Teunie!
Grand perspective, DOF, sharpness and colours.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-03 8:30]

Hello Teunie!
Excellent close up.POV,sharpness,crisp clear details,framing
and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-03 10:00]

Very good macro Teunie. It stands out really well against the blurred background. Sharp and clear. Well done. Good note too.


Hi Teunie!
Beautiful colors and perfect POV. Great composition! Well done!

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-04-03 14:25]

hi teunie,
real nice combination of butterfly
and cactus! :-)
good POV, DOF, details and colours.
it´s always amazing to see how
the butterflies roll up their "tongues".
waiting for your next macros.
well seen & done,

Well captured Teunie,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and lighting are excellent. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Great shot, Teunie!
Very good composition, also very good colours and details you reached here.
Tanks for posting.
Regards, Amir

Hello Teunie,
Very nice shot! It has some good details, very nice colours and interesting framing. I like the surroundings of the butterfly. It makes the whole picture more interesting.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-04-04 13:01]

Hello Teunie!
Beautifull and surprising macro! Is this cactus? Poor butterfly ;-) But seriously - great POV, details, colours. Well composed with different plants in frame. I like it very much!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-04-04 13:31]

HI Teunie!

Nice capture you got there. Shaprness is very good and exposure is beautifull. Composition is good and I like your POV. Too often, people take butterflies picture from behind. This once facing the camera is very pleasant.
Good picture and TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-04 15:48]
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Hello Teunie
Yes, I do like it a lot...It is sharp (not referring to the cactus needles), it is colourful, and it is a delight.
The composition is very complementary to the photo as a whole, with all the interesting details, textures, and shapes. The DOF is great and the exposure was spot-on showing excellent contrast.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Teunie,
A very beautiful composition! The colors and detail in this are excellent. Great DOF. Excellent work! I like it!

Lovely shot...think I'll have to start thinking about getting a macro lens!! All these great shots of these amazing insects etc are making me more and more interested!! :)
Well composed shot - sharp and well exposed...

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-04-07 0:41]

Hoi Teunie, prachtige macro, mooie heldere kleuren en erg scherp, complimenten, Reina

Beautiful colours,well done on the composition...

Hi Teunie, this picture is very sharp, detailed and colorfull.
Wel done.

(Thanks for your comment on my Crested barbet)

Hello Teunie,

A wonderful image with a unique pov and setting.

Great details, lovely colors, good exposure.

Well done and thank you!

Hi Teunie
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprecie ces beaux papillons
Au revoir et merci....JP

Hello Teunie,
This is a very nice capture! i love the composition, colours, details, Bg and butterfly.
excellent job.

Wonderful post my friend and truely well presented. Excellent positioning in the pic, etc. Well done

Hi Teunie,
Its a clear, sharp and a crisp shot with good composition.Cactus adds value to the pic.
Goutham R

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-17 18:43]

Hi Teunie
Good shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, DOF, note and POV.
Well done Teunie


Great composition and really, really sharp details. Very nice.

Hi Teunie,

I really like this picture. Good focus, DOF and the composition is just fantastic. Well done.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-28 20:49]

Bonjour Teunie, stunning shot, I like sharpness and lighting a lot. Great composition and colors are gorgeous. Very well done, best regards, Didier.

Excellent sharp, excellent compoced, fine color and contrast, good light to.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-11 6:20]

Very nice shot, you've captured it in a nice posture. Sharp details and nice background.
Regards, Ulla

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-14 2:30]

Hi Teunie,
great macro, beautiful wings of b-fly. I like the colours and details. Well done photo.
Gr., Aleksander

I like the shot so much! Great composition, colors and details. Very original (mas espinhoso)place to stay (for the butterfly).Very good text too.

Hi Teunie,
Pic is sharp where it should be sharp.

Hi Teunie
Beautiful composition. Clear subject on a blurred background. TFS

Hoi Teunie,

Hoe kon ik deze missen, wat een prachtige closeup
van deze vlinder. Goeie details en scherpte,
en de kleuren zijn heel mooi!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-14 12:45]

Hi Teunie.
I think this your shot is one of the best butterfly pictures. Surprising combination of colours, lights and darks, extremely sharp and detailed parts and well blurred areas and objects. Composition of your shot is really outstanding too. Great creative work. My best regards and TFS,

Hello Teunie.

Excellent picture, very good details an colors.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-11 4:49]

Hi Teunie

What a charming butterfly post!
This is really very beautiful! i really like the strong contrast between the butterfly and the cactus it is on, here!
Also the POV is exceptional, getting a great look at his eyes and his rolled-up "tongue".
The DOF is excellent and the sharpness is great, too.
Very good work!
Bravo and TFS

bonjour teunie
en voila un qui a se prend pour un fakir!
tres bonne netteté et couleurs.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-21 21:21]

Maravillosa captura, Teunie, me encanta esta mariposa, sus colores, el cactus donde està posada, a modo de un alado fakir, y las rosas verdes que aportan lo suyo a esta hermosa composiciòn.
Saludos desde Argentina, Nelly

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-11 11:41]

Hello Teunie,
What a great capture,
Nice clarity on the eyes and the antenna,
Great colours and POV,
Well done

Hello Teunie,
This specie is a real beauty. I love this LOW POV and pose from the butterfly. Details and exposure are very good too. Well done and well seen! Thanks,

Hi teunie,

A lovely sharp crisp macro pic.The composition is simply outstanding , love the framing and the details u have captured.Love this pic.

Tfs and happy weekend,


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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-04-27 16:43]

Hello Teunie,
Excellent shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Very well focussed details, colors and sharpness are excellent.
A very good capture and an excellent close up.

Hello Teunie,
What an amazing butterfly....I love the compostion....soft butterfly on prickly cactus....very nice color, clarity and composition!

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-16 9:11]

Hi Teunie,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly perched on that thorny cactus. Very impressive sharpness and colours with superb lighting and exposure. I like the pose here and the proboscis. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

* A big THANKS for your wishes on my 200th post.

Hallo Teunie
What a brilliant shot. A beautiful butterfly, with excellent sharpness. I like to look at butterfly images because their patterns and markings are delightful and different each time. Each pattern and marking tells a different and beautiful story. The most of the times the colours are vibrant and attractive. This photo has both of those things going for it and that is just great. Well seen and captured. It looks as if this butterfly is tip toeing on these thorns, but I like this pose, displaying the matchstick legs at its best. Thanks for sharing, and have an enjoyable day.
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-10 9:38]

Hello Teunie

A lovely composition,with vibrant colours.
Very good lighting.
Well focused showing very good wing detail and markings.


Witaj Teunie
Butterfly's amazing individual. Heavenly colours. Very pretty frame. Fantastic sharpness. I thank for description.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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