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Look, No Hands

Look, No Hands
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-03 13:36
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at one of my favorite locations, The Missouri Botanical Gardens Butterfly House. This pair of mating Lacewings caught my eye. The backround is caused by them being perfectly positioned near one of the glass panes of the structure.

Malay Lacewing - Cethosia hypsea hypsina - is one of the several Lacewing butterflies found in Malaysia.

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Hi Scott
Beautiful butterfly hidden under a leaf. Good sharpnes and very interesting moment.
Best wishes

Beautiful image, Scott.
Especially the compo is wonderful.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-03 14:05]

What beautiful butterflies Scott, and seeing them like this shows us their different colours. They look so lovely and dainty. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-03 14:08]

Hi Scott.
Elegant colourful picture. I especially like how you have applied the flash. Double lighting has made very nice effect. Illumination of the butterfly are simply amazing. The colours and details of these beautiful insects are perfect. The leaves of the plant are looked nicely too. The delicate and light colour tone of the BG is also suitable to main subject perfectly. My compliments and TFS.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-03 14:15]

Hello Scott,
Very nice capture of this interesting scene. Good composition against uniform background. The only minor thing would be to sharpen more the butterflies in PS.
Best greetings,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-03 14:23]

Hi Scot,
great capture, the details are excellent and the neutral BG show them off so perfectly. Very well composed and well cropped with minimum distraction. Very well focued on the butterflies.

Hi dear Scott ,
excellent shot.
very nice focus and sharpness.
beautiful colors and well exposed.
thanks my good friend

Preciosa imagen Scott. Los colores son bellísimos y el fondo es perfecto. Muy buen POV y DOF.
Saludos, JL.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-03 14:51]

Perfecto fondo para realzar la belleza de este apareamiento Scott.
La apropiada iluminación nos ofrece un montón de detalles de las mariposas, incluyendo sus intensos y naturales colores, con el foco exacto y la agudeza necesaria.
Me encanta el encuadre vertical con los amantes colgando de la hoja.
Cheers y Feliz 2007!!!

Perfect bottom to enhance the beauty of this mating Scott.
The appropriate illumination offers us a heap of details of the butterflies, including the intense and natural colors, with the exact focus and the necessary sharpness.
I love the vertical framing with the lovers hanging of the leaf.
Cheers and Happy 2007!!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-03 15:05]

Hello Scott,
Very impressive shot of these wonderful Lacewings. Very sharp and wonderful colours. I like the neutral background and the way the light falls. Excellent composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Scott,
you captured a nice situation.
The details are good and colours are veru nice and vivid.
I like the shallow DOF, they are well seen from BG.
Well done, my friend.

Happy 2007.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-01-03 15:43]

Precious macro, very pretty composition, really pretty the butterflies. Greetings.

Hi Scott

Happy New Year my friend! Congrats on an excellent shot. Gtreat title! No nits here! :-)

Hello Scott,

How colorful love can be! You've captured a very special moment with great skills! Most of all I like the way you used the (fill) flash without creating any weird reflections on the butterflies' scales. I wonder if you use special techniques such as bouncing the flash off a light surface or if you use special flash difusers? Whatever the technique, the results you achieved are marvelous. I can't even see a reflection in the glass pane. And all this while still exposing the subjects perfectly. Outstanding job here!
The background is very appropriate for this shot. It makes the buterflies stand out and with the green color of the plant it creates such a lovely and colorful combination.
The focus is well achieved, rendering sharp details on both the butterflies. The useful notes and funny title complete your post. Great work of art as usual! Thanks!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-03 17:26]

Hi Scott,
Wonderful capture. Superb colour and sharpness. I like the way both the butterflies hang from the vine like a lace. Great composition.

Hello Scott,

Excllent colors bg POV DOF, perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo nice done,

TFS Kyle

This is a sweet shot!
This is MY favorite B-Fly. I love the composition here. The detail of both although the bottom lacewing's feet are amazing. I hate to ask what they are doing in the shot. :) Perfect DOF here.
I see you went to MBG B-Fly house without me!
This one is going straight to my favorites!

Beautiful composition. Lovely detail and the BG incidentally was a fabulous contrast to their color.

Hi Scott,
Excellently capturing these two butterfly 'playing trapeze'. Superb sharpness, great details, and very neat.
DoF was great.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-03 22:57]

Scott, great title, exciting moment, excellent image.

Lovely colors to show us the folks above. I like saturation too.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-04 2:23]

Hi Scott!

I love the title :-) It remainds me my secondary school days ;-) Two beautifull butterflies taken in very good way. I like detailed patterns on their wings and sky BG. Very nice work my friend!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-04 3:13]

Hi Scott,
Funny title for this mating bfs! I great shot where colors, composition and pose are fine!
TFS, José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-04 5:05]

Hi Scott

What a superb pair!
This species of butterflis has to be one of the most beautiful, if only for their wild and vivid pattern on the wings!
The details here in your photo are fantastic and impeccably sharp, the colors are wonderful, the POV is excellent and the DOF very well managed.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-04 7:43]

Hello Scott,
I appreciate this lovely couple of lovers during our cold winter.
The "+++" : subject, POV, simple and smart composition, sharpness, exposure, colors...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Hello Scott,
This is a very colorful catch! As usually, you caught excellent details on both insects in a superb composition with a good timing :) I like this funny title. Thanks,

Hello Scott
Ces papillons sont de toute beaute, les couleurs sont superbes belle composition beaux détails et le bg est super.
Bravo et au revoir ...JP

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-04 11:38]

Hi Scott,
Magnificent capture.
Very good timing.
Beautiful colors and details.
Well done.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-01-04 12:39]

I love the warm butterfly house at the zoo this time of year, too. Wonderful capture -- a nice "action" shot, I suppose. Good job with the light and flash fill, too. Just another winner...

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-01-04 13:25]

hi Scott
a lovely capture of these two butterflys.
you have caught the beauty and colour in the wings realy well, the butterflys stand out realy well against the blue background.
well caught

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-04 14:13]

Lovely capture, nice neutral BG. Excellent details, nice POV and a great composition



Hi Scott,
Lacewings are colorful butterfly. Well shown with all details and vivid colors. Wonderful love making scene.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-04 23:14]

Hello Scott

A beautiful display of colours.The composition is very nice.Excellent DOF ,the eyes on both are in perfect focus.Excellent colours and details.TFS


Hi Scott, wonderful butterfly hidden, splendid colors, beautiful details, lovely composition, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-06 4:52]

magníficos colores y bellos tonos, pov y original momento... saludos Scott. TP

Hola Scott,
Que bonita foto! El colorido de esas dos mariposas apareandose es maravilloso. El fondo claro ayuda porque no distrae del recargado diseño de manchas y colores de los insectos.
Muy bien logrado.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-01-06 12:18]

Very stunning shot Scott ! Very sharp and well lighted, great background. Thanks !


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2007-01-06 16:34]

Hi Scott,
Great Butterfly capture my friend.
Looks like MO state has everything you need such as great zoo,bfly house etc... :)
Great pov,dof,colors,bg,note and composition.TFS
Chris of Indiana

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-07 10:06]
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Hi Scott

I have heard stories about acrobatic manoeuvres and some say the sky is the limit, but this is pushing it. Very well seen and brilliantly captured.

An excellent composition and action packed POV with beautiful colours. The BG is the optimal OOF blur, the details are splendid, and the exposure was spot-on.

Great work and TFS.

Hi, Scott.
Sex in the air. Nice shot. Very good exposure and looks great against blue background. Good compo also.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-07 14:26]

Hi Scott, I think you may have embarassed them - one looks like it's trying to hide :-) Nice shot, good moment you captured. Nice work.

Hi Scott,

This is a very nice picture. Fantastic detail, Superb DOF, the butterflies are in focus. Very nice BG, in fact, no nits. Very well done.


Hi Scott,
Those patterns and colors are just stunning. In this pose it is hard to tell who is who. The composition with the perfect OOF BG is awesome. It might be me, or my monitor, but I feel that the photo could use a little more sharpness. But reading all the other critiques, it must be me.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-08 7:05]

Hello Scott,
Magnificent close up.End of wings seem like a gear system.Simple BG,colors,POV,lighting and composition are excellent.Have a great week!

Hello Scott,
very nice composition, soft natural colours that stand out very well in front of the neutral background. Well detailed with no trace of postwork sharpening.
Beautiful. Thank you!
Best regards,

Hello Scott,
The caption fits the situation like the proverbial handglove in the description of these mating butterflies :-).
Shall I presume the lower one is a female becasue she/it is prettier than the upper one?
Very attractive composition against the gray BG.
Warm regards,

Hello Scott,
Well seen and the situation is skillfully captured!
Fine light gives great colours and pin sharp details...
Bit unusual but well working composition!
Pablo -

bonjour scott
j'ai choisit ce cliché aujourd'hui car la pose des deux papillon est extra mais aussi les nombreuses couleurs.
bien vu.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-13 0:05]

Hi Scott,
Quite an amazing and beautiful capture!
This would rival a marhowie mf...;-)
Very, very nice!
ps Still not back at the hacienda, but hopeful. I would have called it home, but I've learned home is where my Jo is...;-)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-01-13 13:37]

Hi Scott,

Funny title and a very beautiful image.
I like the colours very much and the sharpness and composition is great.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Hi Scott,

Beautiful capture showing nice colors and sharp detqil. Very inspirational capture, I think me and my girlfriend will hang from the ceiling and try that once. :)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2007-01-16 17:18]

Hello Scott,
An excellent shot of this pair.
Very colourful with excellent detail and a great POV.
I couldnt tell that this was taken in a butterfly house until I read your note.
Great job,TFS

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-18 19:53]

Hola Scott:
Excelente captura de este apareamineto. Me encantan los colores, el enfoque y el cuadro que has logrado. Muy bien!
Muy original el tìtulo.
Saludos, Nelly

Hi Scott ,
Excellent shot, very nice focus and sharpness.
Beautiful colors and well exposed.

You are lucy to see this kind of nice butterfly.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-02-12 10:21]

Awesome shot!!!excellent details&fantastic POV.

Hello Scott, :D

WOWwee! Man this is awesome, wonderful razor sharp details and the colours are amazing! You Rock!

Hope that you have a wonderful art show! I thought of you while we were out on Sanibel and some of the amazing shots you captured out there. I got a shot of an egret in his breeding colours, the jade green mask. I'd be happy to e-mail it to you. Of course I OE the white on him..grrr! I'm learning!

Oh and speaking of learning :| I misidentified my heron today! Go figure :| It's a Green Heron, not Blue! Sorry!*


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-21 22:00]

Hello Scott,
Critiquing late so everything has been said, but my two bits is Amazing, Amazing image.

Hello Scott,
Wow, what a awesome photo!
perfect sharpness with clarity, stunning colour and details
thanks for sharing

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