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Plain Tiger on Zinnia

Plain Tiger on Zinnia
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-04 5:43
Viewed: 3458
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The standard note from Wikipedia is given below:

The Plain Tiger, also named Lesser Wanderer Butterfly is a common butterfly which is widespread in Asia. It belongs to the Danaid subfamily of the Nymphalidae Family, that is, the Brushfooted butterflies.
The Plain Tiger can be considered the archetypical Danaid of India. Accordingly, this species has been dealt with greater detail than other members of its subfamily in India.
The Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus) is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8 cm. The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny the upper side being brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the fore wing is black with a white band. The hind wing has 3 black spots around the center. The hind wing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots
The range of the Plain Tiger extends from North Africa to Greece, China and Sulawesi. It is found throughout Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar.
It is found in every kind of country including the desert and right up into the mountains till 9000 feet. Primarily, it is a butterfly of open country and gardens.
This butterfly is perhaps the commonest of Indian butterflies and is known to everyone. It flies from dawn to dusk, frequenting gardens, sipping from flowers and, late in the day, fluttering low over bushes to find a resting place for the night.
This butterfly rests with its wings closed. When basking it sits close to the ground and spreads its wings with its back to the sun so that the wings are fully exposed to the sun's rays.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danaus_chrysippus

TFL and regards to all.

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hello Ram
thanks for the comments
this is a great composition
very good sharpness and beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Ram! Superb macro, perfect contrast and sharp, nice light and colours, good exposure. Original effect. Well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-04 6:45]

Hello Ram,
Good photo, a bit dark, but very beautiful. Sharpness and details are excellent. Very nice composition and POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-04 7:11]

Hello Ram,
Nice one of a Plain Tiger butterfly on a Zinia flower, another gem from your vast archives. I like the lighting and high technical standard that includes the colours and Bg, though some might think the OOF flower on the left as superfluous.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-04 8:54]

Hi Ram.
Wonderful composition created by two flowers and fine visitor. I lie DOF a lot, crisp sharp image of the butterfly and flower as well as pleasant blurriness of the left flower. Colour and detail reproduction is stunning and POV is great. My warm greetings and kind wishes.

Hi Ram,
it's a fantastic arrangement and I love the colours so much. These butterflies are so pretty and interesting - a wanderer, yes. I saw a documentation of thousands of tigers wandering in the USA - it was amazing to see so many of them together.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-11-04 11:52]

Dear Ram!

The almost black background highlights this butterfly's beauty as well as the one of the flower. The deep and dark colour contrast adds to the value of the picture. Moreover, the fine composition that includes the flower as a main subject is well seen.

Kind regards


Sometimes Ram, I am led by your photos...to believe you at one time many years ago, could have taken the pictures to go with your bio which was online.....it would have fit perfectly,. If you have spare time..you could always go back in geologic time and retake those places you speak of so well inclusion the nature world such as this and how you came to enjoy it!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-05 0:32]

Hello Ram,
Just a little hello to my neighbour before leaving for the mountains..
Not only we have almost the same picture settings, but even subject and colors are quite close. I like the composition a lot and the fine colors enhanced by the black background. Very fine and artistic shot.
I wish you a nice afternoon
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-05 5:09]

Hi Ram,
wow what a superbs capture. both the butterlfy and the flowers are excellently shown. The beautiful butterfly so well patterned in great light and the purplish zinnia so pretty. What an excellent combination to give this splendid view.


Dear Thakur Sir,

This is a marvelous capture of the Plain Tiger with lovely details! The flowers add great dynamism and subsequently intense mood into the capture. The colors are perfectly natural and the POV is just OOF.

Wonderful composition.

best regards,

Hello Ram
superb contras between the well illuminated zinnia and Plain Tiger against the dark BG
the butterfly is posed delicately on this beautiful flower, wonderful sharpness and composition
Have a good night

Hello Ram
This is a very nice shot, great composition and great moment.

Happy new year for you and family



Hallo Ram
A two in one special and what a piece of loveliness. Both the Plain Tiger and Jakobregop flower in your image is filled with a variety of colour and prettiness. The white dots on the butterfly’s body are very prominent and seem to be extra white, the yellow of the anthers of the flower seems to be touched by sunshine and look as if it is extra yellow. The image as a whole is glowing with warmth and friendliness and sends out a message of peace and goodwill. I like it very much. A definite PPP – Pretty perfect picture. The colours are marvellous. Thanks for sharing. I wish you and your family the all of the best, which you so well deserve. May you have a wonderful photographic year in 2010. Best regards.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2010-02-03 15:46]

Hi Ram !
Uau ! Amazing photo! Excelent contrast, beautiful colors!
Realy amazing!
Best wishes,

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