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He'd love Mirkwood

He'd love Mirkwood
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-31 3:41
Viewed: 4670
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Speckled Wood Butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

I think this is one of the most interesting butterflies in my neighbourhood. As far as I noticed this butterfly can be found only in glommy old woods with spots of sunlight here and there. Male usually perches in a small pool of sunlight, from where it rises rapidly to intercept any intruder. The butterfly from my picture really liked that leaf and even when he flew away he got back on this place quickly.
The other interesting thing about this butterfly is the fact that it feeds on aphids honeydew in the tree tops and is rarely seen feeding on flowers.

This picture have been taken with the Sigma 70-300 lens. To take macro shot I have to stand about 1m from the subject what is very odd for me. With compact cam I had to be few cm from a subject to get a good close up. Such big distance has some advantages though. I can take pictures of very shy butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies what wasn't always possible with coolpix. I've never have a good picture of Speckled Wood before.

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Hi Monika,
Superb shot. Nicely composed. Colors are great. Sharp and clear picture.

Ben Lakitan

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-31 3:44]

Hi Monika,
Great control over background and dof! This butterfly seems to to be in a studio, posing for you! Smart and beautiful image, absolutely isolated from the environment!
Best regard, José M.

In addition to the power of the lens, your creativity is also at work here, Monika.
What a sharp, colourful and well-composed shot!
Wish you many more pics like this with your macro lens!
TFS and take care.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-31 4:24]

Hi Monika!
Lovely capture. I like composition with leaf and butterfly floating in space very much. Also colours are superb.
Speckled Woods are very common in Botanic Garden, especially in Spring time. I captured many of them around forests, on sunny glades. As you wrote - they're rather shy, but has got very strong territorial instinct - always come back to same leaf or twig. Also - they're always attacking other butterfly which fly close to theirs territory. Very interesting subject and I'm glad that now you can capture it :-)

Hi Monika,
Excellent picture. It's a pleasere to view your nice photo. Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-31 4:46]

Wonderful ! I was sure that you will manage well the 350D, and here we can admire a new smart composition. The warm colors similar on the butterfly and on the pleasant background, and only a leaf contrasting, it works very well. Exposure, sharpness and DOF are also excellent.
Bravo Monika and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Very beautiful shot, Monika!
To be perfectly honest right now, what i like most of you shots are the notes about how you use your new equipment :) And that's only beacuse i also want to buy a 350D and right now i'm learning all about it...either way i can.
Anyeay, the picture in very good, with nice sharp details, good colors, great POV with wings wide openned. Maybe a very bit too dark, but still a super shot.
Bravo and TFS

Hi Monika

Congratulations on a very well composed shot. Excellent clear details, perfect POV and good depth of colour. Top quality work. :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-31 7:04]

Hello Monika,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,hormonious colors,POV,details,lighting,framing and composition a lot.
Excellent work!

Very attractive work with your new toy.

I like teh way teh browns and greens contrast each other and a single diagonal leaf, very effective.

Nice work.


What a wonderful picture of this butterfly. You have caught it and presented it very well indeed and it is so very nicely done. I often take pictures like this on my 75-300mm lens, it allows you not to disturb the insect/flower and gets a great DOF.


Bonsoir Monika
Beau spécimen aux couleurs sobres mais parfaitement exposée. Les détails sont superbes et la netteté excellente.

Merci pour l'envoie...JP

Hi Monika,
I really like the way the soft light highlights the leaf he is sitting on. Beautiful soft colors and sharp detail. Isolated on the single leaf with the nice OOF backround looks great!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-31 7:32]

Hi monika,

Very good shot with lovely brown colours,well captured,


This picture has such a nice calm atmosphere, with the brown colours of the butterfly, repeated in the background. Very nice, thanks,


Hello minika, excllent colors, Bg, POV Perefct use of Light and DOF details are crisp, very crisp, excllent work, TFs Kyle

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-07-31 8:46]

Nice photo of the common but lovely butterfly. I like POV, details and colors.

Hey Monika, your shots getting dark and dark! What is it going, you're a new graduate, i would hope lightly, sunny pictures from you! But you know no matter for me, i like moody. Great composition with that leaf and the light on the butterfly! 1 meter!!! Ok, easy work well then, but i have to be close friend with my subjects still.
Very well done and thank you!

Hi Monika,
wonderful, I love the warm colours here and the beautiful arrangement, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Monika,
What a great capture of this beautiful butterfly! I like this composition and framing a lot. Details are sharp and lightning is delightful. The colors are very nice too and good BG. TFS

Lovely shot Monika,
I see some of the same colortones in the BG as in your last post..Artfully composed, very nice color, light, POV, and details.
Very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-31 13:02]

Lovely capture Monika! The light is so extremely warm, I love it. Composition is great and the colors are natural. Well done & TFS!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-31 13:40]

Hi Monika

Excellent Macro Shot, the detail is really good, nice colours, the BG really compliments the Butterfly,
Well Done.

TFS Hilary

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-07-31 14:35]

it's a beauty Monika,
good butterfly shot, good composition, good pov and a marvelos dof, i see you used the same lens as I have used. I used for that lens the 500d close up lens.a very good duo good job.
gr. jaap

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-31 18:57]
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Hello Monika, this is a beauty. You did a superb job here on the composition. It's all good - very simple and very effective.

I must admit I think I like the WS version a little better :-)

I like the LOTR reference :-)

Well done!

Good colours and composition for this very nice photo
best regards

Hi Monika !
Wonderful capture of this brown butterfly ! The composition is outstanding, the leaf seems to be floating in the air ! The pose of the butterfly, with wings wide open, is also very beautiful, and I love your BG, with the same warm colors as the butterfly. Details and textures on the b'fly are wonderful. Very well done !

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2006-08-01 12:24]

Alez mroczne zdjecie! Lubie takie. Na Twoim zdjeciu lepszy klimat, a na zdjeciu horii troche wiecej szczegolow widac.
Swietna kompozycja i kolorki. Ostrosc tez BDB!
Widze, ze Sigma przypadla Ci do gustu :)

Hi Monika,
Another excellent composition, only a leaf with the butterfly. The Bg is similar to your last post but works very well. maybe a little bit of excess of yellowish tones, but could be the natural illumination, I don´t know.
Great job

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-02 8:07]

Hi Monika,
very well composed picture. I love the colours of this photo. This one is much better than the workshop.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-02 8:21]

Wow Monika, has convertido una foto en una pequeña postal, realmente.
Un colorido y composición perfectos, con excelente control de la luz.
Atinado encuadre y recorte también.
Gracias por compartirla.
Saludos... Ricardo

Wow Monika, you have turned a photo in a small postcard, really.
Perfect colorful and a composition, with excellent control of the light.
Accurate frame and also crop.
Thanks for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
DOF: *****
POV: *****
Note: ****

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-02 16:46]
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Hi Monika,

Another beautiful shot. I think your learning curve with the dSLR is complete, you've adapted very well. I told you so :-) Wonderful simple composition framed against that beautiful warm chocolate background, a very artistic shot I think. Great exposure and warm light, lovely detail and great framing. Excellent work. If I was really in a nit-picking mood I might say that the DOF could be deeper as there is some fall-off towards the tip of the leaf, but that really is a minor point and all that would be needed to make this picture perfect in my opinion.

I really think you've moved up a gear or two since you got your dSLR, what you've produced so far is outstanding.


Very nice composition and subtle lighting creates a pleasant effect. Well done Monika. I like the original, I think the workshop creates too much distortion and detracts from the image. :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-04 14:02]

Hi Monika.
I think you like brown colour and brown color like you. This colour decorate your picture very much. Great butterfly and expressive BG. The leaf perfectly separates foreground (with butterfly) and BG. This is very constructive. Bravo.

Kolejne bardzo dobre zdjecie!
Znakomita kolorystyka, kadr i ostrosc.
Podoba sie bardzo :-)
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Beautiful picture Monika. Dofand pov is spot on. The colours are great. Great handling of light - even it looks a little dark but it works great here. The composition in a portrait frame is very good.


Hi Monika,
perfectly composed image with remarkably deep colours.
The image looks like a painting. The typical behaviour of this lovely species of the woods is very well shown and described here.
Thank you, and best regards,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-17 7:42]

Beautiful butterfly shot.
Great BG, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV.
Well done mf



Widze ze juz opanowalas DSLR :-)
Znakomita jakosc, ostrosc, ciekawe swiatlo i tonacja oraz naturalna kolorystyka.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-06-24 17:18]

selam Monika
well close-up working on this beautiful butterfly
composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details, framing and note are great
thanks for sharing

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