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Heliconius sara

Heliconius sara
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of middle America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-14 4:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
- Heliconius sara
- - - subspecies fulgidus
- family: Nymphalidae
- subfamily: Heliconiinae

Species of the subfamily Heliconiinae are among the most delicate butterflies. Their flight is very slow and you can study their wonderful colours of the wing upperside when they are flying. The upperside of the hindwings is dark iridescent blue while that of the forewings shows light yellow bands which are also seen on the underside.

The species occurs from Mexico southwards to the Amazon basin.

Wing span: about 55 mm.

- Light conditions were suboptimal
- ISO 100, 1/60s, f/4.5
- handheld
A significantly smaller aperture was not possible resulting in some non-sharpness at the forewing tip.

- DeVries P.J. (1987) The Butterflies of Costa Rica and their Natural History. Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae. - Princeton University Press.
- D'Abrera B. (1984) Butterflies of the Neotropical Region, Part II Danaidae, Ithomiidae, Heliconiidae & Morphidae. - Hill House.

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magnifique papillon, jolies couleurs et détails supers bons
bon BG, bravo et merci

Very nice composition, good angle, perfect dof, nice contrast, lovely detail, and nice colours tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-14 8:25]

Hi Peter.
Extremely well selected DOF and very well defined POV. Your model is simply perfect, its image well colored, sharpened and detailed. Light BG is very suitable for this specimen. Nice work and my best regards.

Nice butterfly capture, but this seems a bit over exposed. Perhaps an adjustment in iso to 200, kick up the aperture and slowing down the shutter speed, would have netted what you were looking for. Hand held is tough when shooting butterflys, I know, but his body is a bit blurred. Thank you for sharing this

Hello Peter,

Excllent work, great colors bg POv DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excellent work

TFS Kyle

After looking at this butterfly picture, I now fully grasp the significance of your critique of my post today, Peter. Yes, the noise filter would obliterate those fine ridges and markings on the wings, flattening everything into an undistinguished plane.
Very good profile view of this attractive specimen from Costa Rica.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-14 11:03]

Hello Peter,
Nice capture of the beautiful Heliconius in a great pose. I like the sharp focus on the eye and the rolled-up proboscis. Perhaps the colour contrasts are a bit sharp.
TFS, Ulla

Hallo Peter,
dieser hübsche zarte Falter ist in perfekter Pose festgehalten, und das klare, natürliche Licht im Halbdunkel macht die leichte Bewegungsunschärfe der langen Belichtungszeit wett. Auch ich verzichte bei Faltern wann immer möglich auf den Einsatz von Blitz. Das Ergebnis ist natürlicher, und dem Falter erspart es verschreckende Irritation.
Danke auch für die sehr gute Dokumentation.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-14 13:31]

Fantastic shot Peter, beauty colours details sharpnes light pov compositie and nice bg ,Greetings teunie .

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-14 14:43]
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Hi Peter,
IMMO, slowing down the shutter speed even further would have induced camera shake and / or necessitaed the use of a tripod. Balancing the exposure on a very dark subject with that on a lighter BG is never easy in macros. I believe [again IMMO] that you took the right option in correctly exposing the subject. TFS and thanks for the usual very informative note.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful insect,super dof and composition.

Hi Peter,
This butterfly looks slender and delicate. Very nice composition and exposure. The color saturation is great. Nice green color background which made the butterfly stand out. A pleasant picture and well appreciated.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-15 15:12]

Hallo Peter,
top makro und auch der Bildaufbau ist sehr gelungen. Prima Schaerfe die Fluegelfiligrane kommen sehr Geltung. Klasse Farben und der Schaerfeverlauf ist klasse.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-16 12:52]

Hello Peter,

Nice picture even if there is OE parts in the lower left region. Nice details and colors on the butterfly.



Hi Peter,
I like the details on the eye that you have managed to capture on this fella. The details on the lower wings is also amazing. I like the position too.

As you have mentioned wings at the upper side could have been sharper if you had used a stand......... to eliminate shake resultant from using a smaller aperture, but its not really a nit

Goutham R

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-08 15:54]

Hi Peter!
Nice and detailed shot of this black beauty, Only problem is too light Bg but not too much, you should have blured a bit and lover part of the leaf to make it perfect,
Great shot!

another great shot Peter


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