Looking at the amount of beautiful butterflies in your gallery I cannot help to wonder how you managed to photograph them with such perfection. I really try to photograph the butterflies in the garden but they have such a huge amount of energy and do not sit still for a second. I walk behind them like a crazy thing, follow them and hide from them but they just don’t want so sit still. This “Apatura Iris" is a stunning butterfly with a beautiful arrangement of colours and pattern detail. The sand creates a different atmosphere than the usual greenery. I like the huge size of the wings which shows no sign of any damage. The focus is excellent and the composition good. I really enjoyed looking at it. Thanks for sharing.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-01-20 12:34]
Here we have Vienna, a place where I have read so much about and known of so many great minds, including my philosophy mentor who attended musical school there...a place I will only dream of visitntg..and the we have the Purple butterfly so named Emperor which is also the main title of a book ..Purple Emperor (The Faerie Wars Chronicles)..Sharp and colourful image of this species...very nicely done...ahh yes spring!
- javig (134)
- [2008-01-20 12:42]
Superb photo of this Apatura, very good sharpness, colors and DOF (both antennae in focus), showing the amazing color of the proboscis... Here in Spain this species is rare.
- jmp (8415)
- [2008-01-20 12:58]
Awesome sharpness and bright, exact exposure, great texture and reflections... a very beautiful butterfly and photo.
TFS and best regards, José M.
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2008-01-20 13:03]
Yes indeed, a fascinating photo. Excellent light and natural clear colours. Very sharp focus and good POV. Great composition.
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-01-20 13:09]
This is an outstanding capture of the underside of the Purple Emperor from a fine POV. Excellent sharp details of the wing pattern and colours. I like the amazing yellow proboscis matching the eye colour! It looks very fine against the sandy background.
Many thanks, Ulla
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-01-20 13:14]
Once again a superb capture of this delightful butterfly, this time showing the underside of A. iris.
The technical quality is of high standard in every respect with skillful use of the low aperture and the POV shows the striking yellow proboscis very well in this capture. Well done, my friend, and thanks for this further inspiration to look for it and photograph it this year.
Best regards, Ivan
- jonathan_hart (1260)
- [2008-01-20 14:45]
excellent, and the close approach has the perfect quality :D
- gracious (13068)
- [2008-01-20 15:33]
Hello my friend Peter,
It's very nice to see your excellent posting again!
As perfect as ever with superb sharpness, awesome colour and so much details to enjoy and view!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
- nirmalroberts (2857)
- [2008-01-20 20:58]
Sharp details. Perfect exposure. Thanks for sharing this beautiful butterfly
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2008-01-20 23:45]
Peter, this image is sheer magic.
What a fascinated underwing!
Great POV, details, colours and composition.
Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture.
- jignasi (27917)
- [2008-01-21 0:00]
Excelente pose de esta bella mariposa. A destacar una luz impresionante y buen enfoque
- mariki (9477)
- [2008-01-21 0:28]
Very nice picture of this butterfly. Great POV. Good exposure. Excellent sharpness and great detail. Wonderful colours. I like the green colour of the proboscis, same colour than the eyes.
- dejo (2242)
- [2008-01-21 0:48]
beautiful capture of this lovely butterfly, details and colors are really great
very good DOF
best regards, Dejan
Dein Falter scheint sehr beschäftigt, aber verlor Dich scheinbar nicht aus den Augen. Die Erdfarben diese Bildes gefallen mir sehr. Alles sieht so natürlich aus. Hochinteressant die Workshop-Bilder und deine Erklärungen dazu. Eindrücklich die Details der Hinterflügel, man sieht wirklich ein Gesicht.
Hab herzlichen Dank
- joey (24909)
- [2008-01-21 2:24]
I'd love to see a Purple Emperor!
I will have to go looking for one in the summer :)
Un-blemished shot of this perfect specimen!
The DOF is superb and keeps every millimetre of the butterfly razor-sharp while blurring the BG into an undistracting smudge :)
Great composition that draws the eyes straight to outstretched proboscis and striking colours.
Superb work Peter!
Thanks for sharing this one,
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-01-21 2:39]
Another impressive butterfly image.
- claudine (0)
- [2008-01-21 3:48]
You managed exposure very well here as those colors are bright and saturated with no trace of over exposed spots on pale tones. I think that details are impressive for this aperture you used. This is a good POV with interesting note and excellent composition. Thanks,
- angybone (7684)
- [2008-01-21 5:04]
What amazing details! Love the proboscis so clearly evident. Wonderful clarity and just overall great shot!
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-01-21 6:28]
Hi Peter, lelegant butterfly with splendid colors and excellent sharpness, beautiful details, very well done, ciao Silvio
- marcellr (3514)
- [2008-01-21 6:41]
le due immagini di A. iris che ci proponi sono tutte da "gustare", con la piacevole meraviglia che si prova davanti a tanta bellezza!
La spiritromba gialla è veramente eccezionale e magnificamente a fuoco.
Grazie di condividere queste belle foto con tutti noi.
- Maite (5199)
- [2008-01-21 7:02]
What an amazing and outstanding close-up, Peter! Both pictures are really amazing! How beautiful a macro upon this beautiful Purple Emperor closed-winged! I love the fine crisp details from tip to tip of the specimen. Magnificent low-level POV and splendid DOF, with perfect contrast and exposure.
I really love it!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-01-21 8:01]
Hi, dear Peter.
I have received four remarkable gifts from you these days. I do not which of them is the better. Many thanks. But now about the finest of them.
Superb picture of an amazing butterfly. Your POV is fantastic and impressive at highest range. You managed to reflect so rich colour pattern simply outstandingly as well as the charming details of the butterfly. Eyes, tongue, legs, wings and other parts of the insect are reproduced with terrific exactness. I like great DOF. Even antennas are in focus. Bravo and thanks a lot for your art and kindness.
- Necipp (100)
- [2008-01-21 9:58]
Hello Peter, very nice catch. Superb details, excellent pov, perfect dof with great amount of detail in the eye. Nice focusing tfs. Rgds, Necip
- Juyona (16891)
- [2008-01-21 15:02]
excelente pov. colores y buena compo.
- rdfoto (3295)
- [2008-01-22 12:20]
Superbe prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière. Bravo
- Nilson (4423)
- [2008-01-23 5:30]
Exelente trabalho de macro uma qualidade muito boa parabéns pela tecnica e composição cores agradaveis.
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2008-01-23 12:12]
Your work is so inspirational!
I made today a couple of butterfly's shots, not successful ones, but to came here and see your photo is enough to recharge batteries and enthusiasm.
Sharpness and DOF couldn't be any better.
Details, colours and patterns are a joy for the eyes!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
- XOTAELE (8)
- [2008-01-25 3:07]
Una genial macro con una nitidez y detalles muy bien logrados.
Perfecto encuadre y buen comentario.
- hester (11638)
- [2008-01-26 13:38]
Great maxro work, you can see the smallest details here. Nice POV, sharp focus and good DOF. You have shown the markings beautifully
- Jamesp (18906)
- [2008-01-29 9:17]
Great close-up - excellent detail and colour. Pretty near perfect IMHO.
- marmottelolo (14697)
- [2008-02-05 9:27]
bien que ses couleurs interieures soient plus jolies je le trouve egalement tres beau comme cela,le piqué et l'exposition sont tres bon.
- cicindela (9226)
- [2008-02-11 1:26]
And again very ice capture of A. iris. I like a lot POV which allow to see all characteristic details of wings. Also this time timing is very nice, and moreober you presented an insect in very characteristic pose.
Best greetings and have a nice afternoon!
- loot (11276)
- [2008-02-26 1:22]
Ok, finally I've made it here. Late and well down the line, but it was never-the-less a mini victory in clawing my way through the rat race hassles and other tangential and unfocused divergent endeavours.
This little guy with the yellow eyes, yellow proboscis, and little red "light" at the tip of its antennae is too cute for words. You have captured this butterfly with unequalled skill. Few other photographers would be able to make even a dull patch of real estate act as such a fabulous BG. You also managed to turn the "drab earthy colours" of the underwings into a magnificent feast of colour. The details are amazingly sharp (something I cannot closely imitate you even with my H9) and the exposure was perfectly balance and on the button.
Great work MF and TFS.
- jusninasirun (14660)
- [2008-08-19 7:39]
Hello Peter. This is just brilliant tight crop image. The quality is top class and I like the compound eye that pops out of my LCD screen. Well done and best regards. Jusni