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Gray Pansy

Gray Pansy
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Copyright: Murali Santhanam (smurali) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 205 W: 14 N: 609] (3596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 180 mm F3.5 EX HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-30 20:26
Viewed: 3120
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

After days of hectic work, I took some time off today to post the first of my Pictures from Thattekadu, Bird Sanctuary near Cochin.

This is the first time I had a chance to take pictures of butterflies at Western Ghats. If you happen to visit Thattekad, never fail to visit Edamalayar. It is a beautiful place along the banks of a tributary river of the same name. There is one particular place at which a small stream was crossing the road and this place was full of Blue Bottles, Paris Peacocks, Commanders and Gray Pansies lining up for mud puddling.

Unfortunately, by the time we reached this place it was almost noon. This Gray Pansy still presented me a great rim light from the Sun above and a nice dark background.

Gray Pansies are generally busy butterflies. They rest for short periods on leaves and carry on. This was one such moment.

Hope you like this picture.

Murali Santhanam

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Hello Murali,
Your Pansy image is quite beautiful.
You achieved good detail and the sunlit wing is glorious.
The composition is very pleasing though I would crop some of the space on the right if this were mine. The emerald BG bokeh is very nice also. TFS
PS: I did a workshop just for an alternate view. Your original is a fine image in itself. Hope you don't mind.

Hello Murali,
nice to see the results of your visit. You have got wonderful back light and buttery BG. Neat classic macro shot. TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-30 21:53]

Hello Murali,
Very beautiful butterfly, nice colors and details
very elegant, sharp, and clear.. Well done


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-30 22:03]

Hello Murali,
A fantasticl post. : )
I love the translucence of the wing, and the delicacy of the details on it.
Great pose and beautiful BG as well.
Sounds like a wonderful place.
Looking forward to seeing more posts from your trip.
TFS. : )

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-30 22:12]

Hello Murali,
this is an excellent picture of atlites presented in beautiful light. It is perfect with respect to selected depth of field and sharpness. The workshop of Richard "earthtraveller" has improved the composition of the picture by cropping parts of the 'empty' space.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Murali,
Nice picture. Very good light effect.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hello Murali !
This is a wonderful picture ! Details, colors, composition, POV, blurred BG, pose of the butterfly... I love everything ! The colors and markings on the butterfly's wings are beautiful. The ight is splendid, it makes the wing look almost translucent and it maks the butterfly shine out. Very well done !

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-01 1:44]

Hola Murali,
delicada macro,
efectivos detalles y sensacional foco...
buen trabajo,

Hello Muraly,

Beautiful picture of this delicate butterfly. Lighting and sharpness are excellent. POV is good also.

Ciao Murali,
la tua foto Ť veramente piacevole e tecnicamente perfetta.
Mi piace soprattutto la luce che colpisce la farfalla e il contrasto con lo sfondo scuro.

very good POV
fine DOF
good light and colours
fine sharpness,
well done

Hi Murali
Splendid shot! Wonderful butterfly!
Excellent definition, pretty composition.
Congratulations for the beautiful work!
Best wishes,
Josť Roberto

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-12-04 19:27]

Hello Murali,
What a beauty you have captured from my homeland.Beautiful image which is very clear and sharp with good details and a wonderful backlight.
Thanks for the share,

Dera Murali, Are the wings transperent ! Very nice effect and composition. I wish that small leaf was not obstructing the great view.
with best regards.vab.

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