(1788) [2007-08-06 3:30
I am happy and sad to look at this posting of yours. Happy because the picture is so beautiful and sad because I found that this species is so endangered and even extinct from so many places. Again, this species enchants me with its beautiful and bright colors and I wish I could encounter it when I go out photographing butterflies again. But I'm afraid this species died out in my country too. I can only enjoy it in your pictures. This time you show us the upper side and the butterfly in whole its beauty!
A great composition showing the Apollo against the blue sky! The butterfly was very well positioned lower towards the left corner. This allows for a larger space in front to give the butterfly some room to breath. The isolation from the surroundings couldn't be better. The blue sky is more than appropriate to do it.
The beauty of this butterfly comes from both the bright colors and the translucence of the wings. The red "eyes" are well shown in this picture. I like the color combination very much.
The great contrast between black, white and red help isolating the butterfly even further. By fine tunning contrast and sharpness you obtained excellent details.
The exposure is outstanding. I am especially impressed by the way you exposed the white wings without blowing the very bright reflections and without loosing details in the shadows. You captured this combination of translucence and reflections very well.
Focus is the most difficult task for me when it comes to photographing butterflies. A too shallow DOF will ruin even the best composition. It is not the case here. You focused accurately on the butterfly and the well controlled DOF caused no sharpness fall-off . The details are outstanding and the light coming from the side created long shadows making the textures stand out. This might be easily overlooked but it is crucial for getting these results. You did a very good job.
This is a great work of art with great artistic and technical value! I will choose it as a favorite, with your permission. Thanks for sharing!
With Friendly Regards,