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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-21 5:07
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Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken in France where spent two days at a friend's house before driving the rest of the way to Pals in Spain which was where we stayed for the rest of the holiday. This house was situated in the middle of nowhere amongst Southern France's beautiful countryside, so the surrounding wilderness was teeming with creatures.
This Cleopatra was the first time I'd ever seen this butterfly let alone the first time I'd photographed it! :-)

I hope you like it!

Art_R, Argus, red45, eqshannon, cicindela, cataclysta, pekkavalo1, jaycee, Kaszek, nglen, gracious, crs, uleko, meyerd has marked this note useful
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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2008-08-21 5:15]

This is definitely perfect. TFS

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-08-21 5:24]

Hi Joe , nice to see you posting again , and a brilliant image to post :-) , great use of diagonal composition with fine details and bright lovely color , a great piece of photography , thanks for sharing it

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-21 5:38]

Hello Joe,
A superb sharp capture of a male Cleopatra, the orange part of the forewing showing nicely through. The use of flash has made a fine contrasting dark BG without causing the 'night-time' effect and the image is well composed.
TFS this beauty,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-21 5:58]
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Hi Joe!

It is hard to not like such shot! To be honest, this is one of best shots of this butterfly I've ever seen. Everything is perfect - POV, exposure, details. Light and colours are stunning - was it taken during sunset?

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-21 6:01]

Hello Joey, Just simply awesome. The color of the eye and the antenna is amazing. From the body it looks like a horseman standing onthe top of the flower. Excellent position and I am just wondering your position of the camera while taking this shot. Excellent colors and lighting. Wonderful shot. Ganesh

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  • Pier Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 37] (808)
  • [2008-08-21 6:20]

Un eccellente ripresa di questo maschio adulto.
Complimenti per i colori ottimi e la notevole definizione.
Un saluto Piero

I love it Joey...and your short summer home sounds fantastic! what opportunities you have by living just under or over eh water to Europe. It is probably something which most Europeans take for granted..I really do feel as though I live in the "New World" as the forefathers called it...so far a way...a beautiful image for a wonderful summers day..Great Joey!

Yes, I like it! And I like it a lot Joe!
It is amazing that in so young age you can take so great pictures! And I believe that this is just the beginning!
Wonderful capture Joe: sharpness, DOF, light and details are so good that I can not imagine better presentation.
TFS and have a nice evening!
Friendly yours,

Hi Joe
It is beautiful. I have never seen this species in nature. Perfect sharpness and DOF, great OOF background. Nothing to critique here
Very good photo
Best wishes

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-08-21 10:02]

Hi Joe
Great shot - saw this species for the first time myself this year in Crete. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a shot as they were very flighty. Excellent colours and use of flash. Spot on focus.

Hi Joe,
Excellent presentation of this beautiful butterfly. Your great macro work has recorded perfectly every detail of the butterfly and the flower it is sitting on. Composition and POV are very good, details pin sharp and colours very beautiful natural.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-21 11:12]

Hi Joe,

Wow - this is an amazing shot with a wonderful view of not only the wings but the head, body, eye, wings and antennae. A fantastic pov. I love the way it is poised on the flower. Superb colors, details, background and composition.


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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-08-21 11:13]

Hello Joe!
Very good shot of this beauty!
Great details, great colours and great POV :)

Hi Joe,
This is a wonderful macro, with perfect DOF, colours and composition. Very impressive. One of my favourite! Thanks a lot,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-21 13:26]

Hello Joe,
phantastic picture of Cleopatra which is a male in this case. You show a clear and sharp picture
of the butterfly. Both flower and cleopatra contrast nicely against the background.
Composition, background and light are excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-21 13:49]

Hi Joey. I must say that this IMHO is you best close up picture of a butterfly yet. Pure beauty with excellent detail and sharp focusing to first class colour. This is going to my favorites. very well done TFS.

I have to work on Saturday so i will email you to see if we can meet up in your area soon.

Hello Joe,
How are you!
Thanks for a wonderful posting of the Cleopatra in a perfect pose!
good sharpness, nice colour and superb details
the dark bg makes the subject well stood out
take good care and regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-21 23:37]

Hello Joe,

You have captured a great image of this butterfly. I like the way you have used the soft light rendering exceleny color tones. Textur of the wings is well shown. Nice contrast between insect;s colors and flower. Background matches well the main subject.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Joe,

This one went to my favourites. You are so young, yet you take such wonderful pictures. I had a look at your exif information to learn from you, because I saw that you achieved immaculate DOF here. All the legs, the whole flower, everything you wanted in focus are super sharp and in focus, yet you also have a beautifully blurred BG. Very well done.

The composition is also perfect, as well as the detail on the subject.

Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-23 2:02]

Hello Joe,
I can't recall having seen this here before, what a beauty and so well captured!! Great focus and sharp details. I love the colours that look lovely against the dark background.
Very nicely composed too!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Charmant papillon bien net et bien cadré.
Bonne journée.

Hi Joe, again,
VERY nice, this butterfly. Your mastery of macro photography shows.
Best regards

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