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Eyes On Wings

Eyes On Wings
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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: 2007-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamButterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 0:17
Viewed: 3630
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
This is the wing of an owl butterfly! I liked the patterns and the details.

Butterflies are actually characterized by their scale covered wings. The coloration of butterfly wings is created by minute scales. These scales are pigmented with melanins that give them blacks and browns, but blues, greens, reds and iridescence are usually created not by pigments but the microstructure of the scales. This structural coloration is the result of coherent scattering of light by the photonic crystal nature of the scales! Wing markings called eye spots like the one seen here are present in some species; these may have an mimicry role for some species. In others, the function may be intra-secies communication, such as mate attraction. In several cases, however, the function of butterfly eye spots is not clear, and may be an evolutionary anomaly related to the relative elasticity of the genes that encode the spots

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly#Wing_development

Hope you ppl will like it

Goutham R

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-22 1:11]

Hi Goutham,
an excellent capture.
Amazing colours with superb detail showing the scales.
Well taken.
Well done,

Hi Goutham,
A nice abstract of the wings of an owl butterfly. Nice details and composition of colors are excellent. BTW is it cropped or straight from cam. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-08-22 2:26]

Hello Goutham!

Brilliant idea! I also like patterns and details very much. This picture looks like earth seen from plane - volcano or lake and dunes around. Great supermacro.

Hi Goutham,
This pic is really superb...
It really shows artist's eye behind the camera...


Goutham, Another brilliant close up. Your decision to focus on the eye is brilliant. It clearly shows how brilliant the butterflies are in their camouflage. Sometime they mimic water droplets, some time leaves, eyes... The texture is so clearly captured in your picture. The colors are brilliant too. A fresher butterfly would have made this even better.
- Murali Santhanam

What a come back!! A lovely close-up and the details are fantastic. Good imagination to take this EYE and colors are fabulous.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-22 10:27]

hi maamu,
once again a beautiful picture from u.
sakkath sharp ....,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-22 11:25]

Hi Goutham. Got to go to a butterfly farm in the end. This is an excellent shot of the Owl butterflies wing. great detail and colours . well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Goutham,
Great idea for a photo, it really has that appearence of an eye. The detail in the photo is very fine and easy to see.
great shot,

Hello Goutham tremendous detail of the wing this macro lens and your use of it is awsome very creative abstract work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-23 22:22]

Hi Ramesh, WoW what a way to describe the wing of the butterfly. This is really an excellent shot. Lovely colors and sharp. ganesh Smiley tomorrow

Hello Goutham
great macro, with fine details and colors

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