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The Plain Tiger (3)

The Plain Tiger (3)
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/450 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 2, Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies By pankaj Bajpai [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-09 23:03
Viewed: 3964
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another post of Plain tiger shot some time back.

Large and conspicuous, the plain tiger butterfly is a member of the monarch butterfly family.

Unpalatable to predators owing to the toxic diet of its caterpillars, it is faithfully mimicked by an unrelated butterfly, the diadem.

It readily drinks nectar, especially from natural desert flowers, but opportunistically also takes in salts from damp soils.

Striking patterns signal danger

The plain tiger butterfly is a rich, honey brown colour, with jet black tips on the forewings broken by a prominent white bar.
This vivid pattern, coupled with its slow flight, would seem to present an easy target for birds. In fact, its bright colours are a strong warning, and the leisurely flight is designed to ensure that birds notice the colours. Experiments have revealed that captive birds quickly learn to avoid eating plain tigers and apparently transmit this knowledge to other birds. Though a few plain tiger butterflies do get killed, their sacrifice protects the rest of their family - since the birds will never touch another plain tiger.

Nectar and other nutrients

As with most butterflies, the plain tiger is strongly attracted to flower nectar. Other nutrients may also include minerals and salts obtained from damp patches of earth.

shal, loot, fiyo, jcoowanitwong, ramthakur, elefantino, Juyona, scottevers7, Adanac, uleko, Argus, SkyF, star74, jmp, Luis52, JPlumb has marked this note useful
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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2007-01-09 23:15]

Hi Pankaj,
lovely well saturated colours and composition,
good POV and excellently sharp results,
great shot :)
Cheers :D

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-09 23:39]

Hello Pankaj

A very beautiful butterfly.The composition on a marigold is very well done.The colours are complimentary.Good POV and DOF.The image is sharp and the colurs bold.The framing is first rate.TFS


Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful colors.
Very neat image.
Very nice shot and great PP works.

BVen Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-10 0:26]

Great job, Panjak.
Really sharp details and beautiful colors.
Lovely composition and good DOF.
The oranges and yellows are stunning.
TFS. : )

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-10 0:50]

Hi Pankaj

What a lovely splash of colours this butterfly and the lovely flower created.

It is a good composition and although the flower stem comes up right on the ˝-way mark of the vertical plane and the bloom is in the dead-centre of the shot the main thing is that the monarch sits cosily towards the left side of the photo where it fills the frame. The colours are stunning and well saturated, the details are really sharp (especially on the butterfly), the dark BG is complimenting the subject (unfortunately the antennae disappeared somewhat), and the exposure was spot-on.

Well done and TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-10 1:09]

Hello Pankaj,
Wonderful capture.POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice, sharp and clear cut picture. The moment well recorded. Also appreciated your informative note.

Hello Pankaj,
A colourful capture with good details!
Butterfly and flower is well framed, DOF works well and main subjects are well isolated....
Well balanved composition, fine natural colours!
Pablo -

Muito bom.

Simply beautiful, Pankaj!
The picture speaks volumes for itself.
Keep doing the good job and all the best.

Hello PAnkaj,
nice close up really colorfull and detailed.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-10 4:23]

Hola Pankaj, precioso trabajo y hermosos colores y pov. escelente amigo... saludos

Good colourful image, Pankaj.
Butterfly is very sharp.

Hi Pankaj,
A colourful capture with sharp details!

Hi Pankaj,
Very beautiful vibrant colors in this shot. Nice sharp detail with perfect DOF. You managed the strong light very well. An excellent frame filling composition.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-10 8:16]

Hello Pankaj,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful capture of this pretty butterfly. It is well composed, has sharp details and great colors.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-10 8:39]

Hello Pankaj,
Pretty striking colour match here! Difficult shot in sharp light well managed. Good details and a very nice composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-10 8:48]

Hello Pankaj,
This is another fine presentation in your Plain Tiger series and I can't really fault it, with the POV and composition being the best aspects. I think it was wise to leave the green bit at the bottom, otherwise one would have been overwhelmed by orange.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-10 9:06]

Hello Pankaj,
a wonderful composition, filled with such lovely colors. Great close up, the sharpness and the details are wonderful. POV, crop and presentation are great.

Hello Pankaj,

Nice work, here on this tiger butterfly, excllent compose and capture photo excllent details very crisp, nice work

TFS Kyle

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-01-10 10:58]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful capture and beautiful colors of this butterfly&flower.
Nice clear details and sharpness.
Well done

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-10 12:21]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful and vivid colours both in the bg and flower. A very happy shot.
TFS, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-10 12:30]

Bella macro Pankaj con intensos y saturados colores, gran luminosidad (tal vez ligeramente elevada) y agradable punto de vista, en combinación con el encuadre elegido.
El desenfoque del fondo realza la belleza de la escena.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful macro Pankaj with intense and saturated colors, great brightness (perhaps slightly high) and pleasant point of view, in combination with the elected framing.
The out of focus of the background enhances the beauty of the scene.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-10 13:13]

Amazing sharp focus with great details. Outstanding rich colors. Nice composition.

Very good shot Pankaj good angle and nice focus, DOF is perfect TFS rgds Necip.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-10 20:33]

Hola Pankaj.- Un exelente macro de esta bella Mariposa Tigre. Muy similar a las Monarcas. Colores muy naturales y vividos. Luis52.

I can't get over the sharpness and color saturation you acheive in your photos. They are special. I love your bold compositions.

Evelynn : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-01-11 5:11]

Good Shot Pankj. Great shot

Hello Pankaj,
What a colorful post! Again, I think that this specie looks a bit like a Monarch. This is a very nice post with excellent details and colors. As usual this composition is beautiful with superb lightning and BG. Thanks,

Hi Pankaj, wonderful composition with this beautiful butterfly and a lovely flower, splendid details and colors, very well done, again a nice week end to you, ciao Silvio

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-13 16:51]

Hola Pankaj:
Excelente macro de esta bella mariposa. Lindos colores bien saturados. Gran nitidez y un adecuado desenfoque y profundidad del fondo.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-01-20 19:12]

Hi Pankaj, this is a beautiful shot of this Tiger (Monarch). Your composition is very good and I especially like the bright orange theme against the green in the picture. I had a quick look at your portfolio and you have a lot of beautiful butterfly shots.

Thanks, John

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