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Owl Butterfly Close up

Owl Butterfly Close up
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamButterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 8:19
Viewed: 3102
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
This is a another POV of the owl butterfly that i shot yesterday and this is as shot and the pictures has not been cropped!

Owl butterflies, of which there are 21 different species, are members of the genus Caligo, in the family Nymphalidae ( subfamily Morphinae, tribe Brassolini ), and are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Central and South America.

The name is derived from the presence of large "false eyes" ( ocelli ) on the underside of the hindwings. It has been speculated that these eyespots and the general patterning combine to give the butterfly the appearance of an owl, and that this functions to scare smaller birds that may prey on it, but there appears to be no evidence to support this theory. The owl-like appearance is only apparent when the wings are spread flat and viewed from the underside, with both hindwings visible to the viewer, but the butterfly always settles with it's wings closed, showing only one of the eyespots, and does not under these circumstances look remotely owl-like.

Source : Wikipedia

Hope you will like this picture.


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Hi Goutham,
Excellent details. Great closeup shot with beautiful patterns. Very well captured. Thanks a lot for sharing.
PT :) later.

Hello Goutham
Excellent porteait of this Owl Butterfly,
Perfect details,DOF and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-01 9:03]

Hi Goutham. This is another fine shot of the Owl Butterfly.Excellent detail and focus.The colours are spot on. A very nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS. good notes again to read thanks.


Dear Goutham, Terrific shot and very nice and illustrative picture, great piece of work for study work of the details of the parts.
TFS. with best regards.vab.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-07-01 10:00]

hi goutham,
very well captured.sakkath details.fantastic picture.
"sakkath hot maga"

Hello Goutham,
This is a very fantastic picture. a very Blurred and a well suited BG.sharpness is excellent.TFS

Hi Goutham,

Great shot of this Owl Butterfly
perfect sharpness and outstanding details
colours, POV, DOF and BG are superb
did you use a tri/mono pod or is it handheld?

TFS Thijs


Getting such a nice closeup picture at 1/60 with camera hand-held is a great achievement. You sure have a steady hand.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-07-02 1:59]

Goutham Beautiful as usual. Next time when I come to Blr I would like to spend time on the Post processing. Suddenly i am confused on the proces. Ganesh

Hi Goutham,
What fantastic details! Great shot! TFS.
Cheers, Uma

Hi Goutham,

What a excellent portrait of this Owl Butterfly. So close and so clear and sharp. DOF, POV and BG are oké. Colours are beautiful. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-04 1:35]

Hi Goutham, I really like the pov on this close up. I particularly like the Butterly filling the cropped frame. This allows great focus from the viewer and concentration on the fine and detailed markings on the Butterfly. Great colour tones and sharpness making a very good compostion.
:) tomorrow

No crop!!! Wow! What a details you have even without crop! and superb use of flash! Everything look naturel and great bg. If you do a crop, i'm imagining the details of the eyes.

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