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Butterfly stare

Butterfly stare
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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 3:22
Viewed: 4159
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I like the front on angle of this photo, its as if the butterfly is in staring competition. Just as I took this shot the wind caught and lifted the butterflies wings and body just enough to get a clear head on view. The shot was originally a bit dark so I played with photoshop curves and levels to get the lighting just right (I hope).

On a finishing note, Im not sure if my PC monitor settings are to bright or to dark any input would be appreciated. I have done the adobe screen calibration recently but it seems wrong. Thanks

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-01 3:34]

Hi Matthew,
Outstanding shot. Brilliant colours and amazing sharpness. Your focus is spot-on and the use of flash is perfectly done. Excellent POV to portray this magnificent effect. Wonderful composition. Kudos.

Hi Matt

Wow, amazing colours, composition, POV, lighting and details!


Hi Matthew,
Beautiful frontal pov. The image is crystal clear. The lighting looks ok on my monitor. Very well done and tfs.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-01 3:37]

bonjour Matt,
belle image de ce papillon, la couleur jaune de la fleur est bien exploité. Bon Pov pour avoir l'aile en diagonale, bonne netteté.


Hi Matthew,
Magnificent shot. Excellent POV and composition. Very good details. Very well done. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Matthew,
Colourful image. Interesting POV.
Well done

Very well done, Matthew, so sharp and such a nice pose - to look into the eyes, I like it so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

This is a very beautiful and funny one, this little beast has a lot of personality :)
Very nice compostion full shapes and colour, maybe a bit to yellow saturated for my personal taste, but a really nice capture.
Thanks very much, and best regards.

Hello Matthew
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Fantastic colors and sharpness,
Perfect details,pose and DOF,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

hi matthew,
nice shot of butterfly, the frontal pov gives nice presentation of the insect, well composed shot, well saturated colours look lovely,
tfs & regards

This is such an original and beautiful POV Matthew! I always liked frontal views of butterflies and this something difficult to do nicely and you did just great! Details and composition are amazing. I love this contrast and tones of colors; it looks good on my monitor which is not calibrated :) Well done and TFS,

Hi Matt,
I think the brightness level is fine..In general, b-fly shots looks best with that "sunny" feel IMO. Excellent point of focus & DOF. Very good color, sharpness, and detail, with the head-on POV not often done this well :)

Hello Matthew,
I like the bold framing and dynamic point of view!
Fine details are captured, interesting to see the butterfly at work like this...
Strong colours, fine composition!
Pablo -

Magnífica composición y enfoque, con unos colores espectaculares. Buena profundidad. Maravillosa fotografía. Saludos Mathew.

selam matt;wow excellent shot of this lovely b,fly and flower, very good details presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-01 9:11]

Hi Matthew.
I like your POV and very attractive pictured scene. Butterfly is looked perfectly. Colours are wonderful too as well as the DOF and ratio of sharpness and blurriness.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-01 14:16]

Great POV and clarity! Well done! It seems a bit contrasty - the petals are a tad overblown. The rest however compensates for that more than enough! Kudos!

Hello Matthew,
Nice work, what a stare you got!! And a great photo too..The color is awesome! TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Welland Canal (18) *" :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-01 20:35]

Hello Matthew

A beautiful composition with excellent colours.The focus is sharp with very good details.The lighting levels look fine to me.TFS


Ah! Amazing, une merveille quelles couleurs, quelle composition, quels détails, touu est extra.

Wonderful point of view! Great close-up - good lighting, colors and fantastic detail!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-03 5:19]

Hi Matthew,
I liked the front angle too. Focus, colors and details are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

bonjour mathew
une belle diversité d'espece dans votre galerie et voila encore un bel exemple avec cette belle vue de ce papillon.
les couleurs sont vives,c'est super.

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