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When You Are Old

When You Are Old
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-18 2:43
Viewed: 2843
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

-William Butler Yeats

I was pleasantly surprised to see the most of senior photographers visit my last post here. It was really a wonderful sight to see all of you back, together. Yes, a lot many are still amiss, but I look at this as a start.I do hope we'll soon have everybody back here..Thanks for stopping by!

horias, roges, maurydv, PeterZ, anemone, goatman04, parasbhalla, boreocypriensis, nglen, marius-secan, xTauruSx, marianas, cirano, nasokoun, anel, Alex99, Silvio2006, siggi, Noisette, marhowie, pierrefonds, tuslaw, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-10-18 2:45]

Wonderful capture this old butterfly!
Great note too!
Today your post is wonderful!
Congratulation MF!

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-18 2:47]

Hello Goldy,
Splendid this macro yours. Details exceptional with some exceptional color.
And a big thank you for giving us opportunity to see this wonderful picture!
A beautiful Sunday,

Hello Goldy,
a splendid capture of this old butterfly and wonderful Yeats's poem, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, well composed.
Best regards

Hi brother Goldy...
We are already old:).. Another excellent catch and presentation from you... Wonderful colors with very good details...
I like it..TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-18 3:08]

Hi goly,a beautiful wedding whit this old butterfly and the words of Yeats,i know very well this words,there was singin from a singer of my little country,Angelo Branduardi,in a CD of great success in Italy "Branduardi canta Yeats".This is a great gift for a butterflies fan and Yeats fan too like me,thanks a lot for this nice work,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO (and excuse me for my bad english,i hope you understans what i wrote.eehhehe)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-18 3:14]

Hello Goldy,
Very beautiful photo of this oldy. Excellent sharpness and details in very nice clear light and natural colours. Good POV and composition. Beautiful note.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-18 3:33]

Hello Goldy,
A fine capture of a Brown Pansy, old but still going strong as it is sunning itself! Fine POV that shows most of its features, including the tatty wings, with good sharpness, colours and lighting in this almost full frame presentation.
Thanks and all the best,

Hi brother Goldy
Wonderful macro photo of this old butterfly accompanyg with a poem. Details and composition are beautiful.
Best regards

Ciao Goldy. Great light on this old butterfly in great DOF and very good details. Beautiful colours.


Hello Goldy,

An excellent macro of butterfly with worn out wings. Beautiful coloration, sharpness & details. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely done & TFS. Nice Yeats poem!

Best Wishes


An impressive capture of old guy with powerful informative note, Goldy bhai!

A very belated Happy Diwali to you and your family!

The shot is perfect and everything seems to be on its right place.
Well done.

best regards,

Hi L'il bro Goldy,

Perfect shot and presentation of an old brown pansy with excellent clarity and details.
TFS and have a nice new week!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-18 7:56]

Hi Goldy. As you say this butterfly has seen some better days but this is natura. You have still taken a fine close up shaowing good wing detail and natural colours. well taken TFS.

Hello Goldy,
Excellent capture, nice colours and details.
Very good composition.

Hello Goldy, excellent shot of this old butterfly with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

The time is relentlessly!
We can see that on this lovely butterfly1

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-18 13:52]

Slav Goldy,
A wonderful macro shot of this old butterfly taken from great POV with fine sharpness and details.Nice colors and composition.TFS.

hello Goldy
the deterioration of time,good use of rich light,the pose and POV are very well and the result is a very good composition with sunny colours and fine details,fine photo output!
TFS MF thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-19 3:46]

Hello Goldy,
Yes, the buttefly looks a little bit worn out, but the charming poem from Yeats you join to te picture, just makes us look differently to it.
You have chosen a quite difficult angle to take the picture!
We are also so pleased to see a lot of TN-members coming back :-)
Kind regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-10-19 4:18]

Hi Goldy.
Not fresh but very cute specimen has been photographed by you. Shapes of the butterfly wings are very impressive. Lights and colours of the shot as well as sharpness and details are superb. I also like framing of the subject and POV. Well done and TFS.

Ciao Goldy, old but beautiful butterfly with fantastic golden colors, wonderful details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-19 11:07]

Hello MF Goldy.
A fine close up of this oldy Brown Pansy. Your shot shows the wing markings so well with fine detail and natural colours. a nice pose with a good POV/DOF. well done TFS.
Best regards Siggi

bonjour Goldy
eh oui ! il parait bien vieux, celui-ci, ces ailes sont tout effritées, mais la photo est superbe prise avec beaucoup de details et un bon angle de vue, les couleurs et la luminosité sont chaleureuses
passe une bonne nuit

Great shot of this ragged warrior Goldy,
I like the prose you've added in your notes here today.
Those words of insight are most apropos :)
Well done my TN friend.

Hello Goldy,

I like the angle on this aging fellow!
Or possibly he has been in a fight...
DoF is accurate and results in good texture and details in the insect while the back is fading out...
Good light renders fine colours, well framed!

Pablo -

Hi Goldy,

The close-up view is showing the details and colors of the butterfly which is wings damaged. It is clear and sharp. It is well framed. The morning light is enhancing the colors of tthe butterfly. Have a nice day.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-10-25 8:25]

Hello Goldy,
What a reminder of how fleshly beauty will eventually fade from all, but we can still keep that inner beauty within us throughout our short lives here on earth. Nicely composed with wonderful detail and colors!!

Here is another poem by the Irishman William Butler Yeats... Unwothy Praise:

O HEART, be at peace, because
Nor knave nor dolt can break
What's not for their applause,
Being for a woman's sake.
Enough if the work has seemed,
So did she your strength renew,
A dream that a lion had dreamed
Till the wilderness cried aloud,
A secret between you two,
Between the proud and the proud.

What, still you would have their praise!
But here's a haughtier text,
The labyrinth of her days
That her own strangeness perplexed;
And how what her dreaming gave
Earned slander, ingratitude,
From self-same dolt and knave;
Aye, and worse wrong than these.
Yet she, singing upon her road,
Half lion, half child, is at peace.

This poor butterfly has seen its day of glory.
We cannot praise its beauty any longer.

Loved it, really.
Mario an Indian now living in Canada.

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