Another wonderful capture from you! I've never seen the Purple Emperor so I've got something to look forward to. Excellent capture showing sharp details and lovely colours. A little snag is the bright background but even so well caught!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla
- Bufo (4247)
- [2007-06-22 7:17]
I fully agree with you about the flash. Although I don't prefer it either, it proved it's use here. Nice view on as well thje upper side as the under parts. Maybe the head could be toned down in the exposure a bit.
At the end of your note you say, thank you for looking. I think you meant thank you for staring. My mouth is open, because this is an amazing photo.
Sharing this with us is much appreciated.
Amazing details, beautiful colours. Stunning capture. I have never, ever seen something like this before. Not even in a magazine or picturebook.
You deserve all the marks it will earn. If I could dedicate a photo to anybody, this would certainly be one of a few, I’ll add to my list of choices. I looked at your portfolio on previous occasions and you are very talented. I include you as the 2nd of my favourites. My special friend Loot is there as well.
- anel (40574)
- [2007-06-22 7:54]
Grosse Freude wieder ein Bild von Dir zu sehen.
Und ein sehr spezielles. Dir ist hier etwas gelungen, was man bei Insekten wenig sieht. Es scheint als ob dieser kleine Schillerfalter Dir etwas mitteilen wollte. Der Blickwinkel ist toll, das Schillern, aber auch die Unterseite sichtbar.
Sehr lebendiger und persönlicher Begleitext.
Eine wahre Freude
Mit herzlichem Dank
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2007-06-22 8:04]
Good shot Peter
Good use of flash, I like the blue upper wing.
- zumoduvas (2535)
- [2007-06-22 8:25]
Excellent image, cery good details and colors.
a beautiful capture from you, the is a new one for me.
The blue colours are amazing. Very fine details and good DOF.
Maybe the fill-in flash is a bit to hard, but that's a minor nit.
Well done, my friend.
- marmottelolo (14697)
- [2007-06-22 9:01]
j'ai vu pour la premiere fois ce papillon il y a deux semaines,il est fabuleux par ses changement de couleurs en fonction du soleil,le phenomene est bien present sur son aile gauche.
- dew77 (13270)
- [2007-06-22 9:25]
Very nice macro shot of this beautiful butterfly.POV,colors,exposure,lighting and framing are wonderful.Have a great weekend!
- jonathan_hart (1260)
- [2007-06-22 10:17]
good sharpness, no noise, nice Purple Emperor with interesting colours, beautiful photo :))
- Argus (50626)
- [2007-06-22 10:34]
For me this is not only a fine sharp capture of A. ilia showing the colours and pattern of both surfaces of the wings, but also an excellent demonstration of the benefit of fill-in flash to a normal avoider of flash.
I must try to use it when such an occasion comes up.
Despite the low aperture, you have achieved a very good DOF.
Thanks for sharing this great shot!
Have a fine summer,
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2007-06-22 14:10]
Hi, dear Peter.
What an impressive return. Amazing set of photos. Sorry, but I more like the butterfly on the camera -: ))) because of I like the butterflies and the cameras -: )))
Amazing scene and reproduction of this beauty. Its pose, colours and details are simply great. Lights and shadows are very nice too. Flash work is perfect. I like flash light so much. Excellent note. I have read it with great interest. My kind regards and TFS.
er ist unbeschreiblich schön - diese glänzenden Flügel in Royalblau - es ist genial!
Österreich scheint mir ein Paradies der Schmetterlinge zu sein, ich beneide Dich!
Ich komme gerade vom Gardasee zurück - und was soll ich sagen - ich kann mir nicht erklären, weshalb es dort kaum Schmetterlinge gab!
Wir waren 2 Mal auf dem Monte-Baldo - aber bis auf ein paar Bläulinge - nix!!!
Das Klima in Lazise war unerträglich - 34 Grad und schwül - man war ständig feucht und verschwitzt! Lade gerade meine Bilder runter - mal sehen was ich als nächstes zeige, tschüssi und Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- Ken52 (4195)
- [2007-06-23 10:15]
Very nice focus with good edges. I really like the POV because we see the eye and both top and bottom of wings. Interesting how the light brins out the strong iridescent color.
Interest effect of flash light over the wing! A great play of interference light can be seen here. I like compare the aspect of the same butterfly with and without flash.
Best regards, José M.
PS. I've started the summer reparing my right knee, so I'll miss everything!
- Maite (5199)
- [2007-06-24 15:15]
What an amazing and fabulous shot!! I do love the POV and the pose of this Emperor with its wings ajar.
Rohrwald sounds like a paradise just as you describe it, so full of such marvellous outstanding butterflies!
Magnificent job, my friend. Thank you very much for sharing.
- TheMystic (509)
- [2007-06-25 18:36]
Amazing colors just jump out at you, even from the thumbnail! Lovely capture!
Long overdue, but finally (and thankfully) I made it...and not a moment too late, because fortunately this amazing guy has not flown away yet. I can understand why Aaltjie had to correct you about looking vs staring. That is very easy to do when you are confronted with such remarkable beauty.
A marvellous macro and you keep on surprising me with excellence upon excellence. This yellow eyed butterfly with the spectacular colours is nothing else but a pleasure on the eye. The oblique POV and the placing of the insect assisted to make this a great composition. The crispness in the details and the splendour in the colours once again carry that "Peter Stoeckl" mark of quality, distinction, and superiority. I know I might be deemed partial on the subject, but I really like the result of your usage of the fill-in flash. I would rather point out a slight nit in the natural light (that might be somewhat distracting) namely the splash of bright sun light on the leave and also in the BG. Anyway, there are much more positives in this shot than being overly bothered about such a small issue. With a little bit of PP work I understand one would be able to even fix that without any major or illegal optimisation as selective darkening might well fall within the scope of "Brightness" adjustment.
Excellent work MF and TFS.
PS. As a matter of interest, your exemplary use of the Sony Cybershot DSC-H5 has prompted me to acquire a DSC-H9. I find it increasingly difficult with my multiple leg problems (the left knee - not the one with the replacement prosthesis, my left foot, the continuous swelling of both legs, and the cellulites problem in my right leg) to keep on running after insects with my eye stuck to a view finder. Too many obstacles go unnoticed this way with disastrous results. Hopefully the H9 would make life a little easier as far as that aspect is concerned. I have not posted anything from this new camera as yet, but keep your eyes peeled.
Hi Peter, I have just stumbled across on your shots. They are all wonderful, a great variety of Butterflies. I have heard and seen so much about the Purple Emporer, it is indeed a stunner. Very well shot and composed showing both sides of the wings. Nice and sharp with great colour range.
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2007-07-26 3:46]
It is so good the force of that intense blue on the upper wings!
It really stand uo on the image.
I like very much the composition made, the 3/4 pose of the butterfly, and the different layers made by the leaves.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
- lemoineth (2286)
- [2007-07-27 1:03]
Belle photo de ce papillon qui a des ailes superbes et rares,des couleurs différentes a l' intérieure et alextérieure,très bonne prise comme beaucoups de vos photos d' ailleurs .Amitiés Thomas