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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-02
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 19:24
Viewed: 3384
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide,[1] whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies. They constitute about 40% of the known butterfly species.

The family is traditional divided into the subfamilies of the blues (Polyommatinae), the coppers (Lycaeninae), the hairstreaks (Theclinae) and the harvesters (Miletinae); others include also the Lipteninae, Liphyrinae and Poritiinae. A few authorities still include the family Riodinidae within the Lycaenidae. The sole member of the subfamily Styginae is represented by Styx infernalis from the Peruvian Andes. Recent molecular evidence places Styginae within the family Riodinidae.

Adults are small, under 5 cm usually, and brightly coloured, sometimes with a metallic gloss. The male's forelegs are reduced in size and lack claws.

Larvae are often flattened rather than cylindrical, with glands that may produce secretions that attract and subdue ants. Their cuticles tend to be thickened. Some larva are capable of producing vibrations and low sounds that are transmitted through the plants. They use these sounds to communicate with ants.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked) Rhopalocera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Lycaenidae


Curetinae - Sunbeams
Lycaeninae - Coppers
Miletinae - Harvesters
Polyommatinae - Blues
Styginae (disputed)
Theclinae - Hairstreaks, Elfins

Technical Data

RAW to Jpeg
Resized to TN
Contrast done
Curve adjustment
Exposure Adjustment
Layer done
All the above done in Photoshop

Shot in the evening at around 530pm so used the aperture 3.5 since it is getting dark in the evening. ISO 200 used for more sharpness. Slightly noise found in the picture. So used the noise reduction method.

Thanks for looking. My house coming back to normal so will start commenting from today onwards.

Have a great weekend.


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hello ganesan,

good morning, this species is Gram Blue , Euchrysops cnejus, Fabricius).

The image has been composed well, the pov is quite suitable,

i am again surprised that you have opted for f stop 3.5 while shooting this macro.the upper body part of the butterfly is not in sharp focus.

for better macro results go for higher f stop and use tripod and fill flash and you will surely be pleased with the outcome. This is what i am saying from my experince of 30 days of using my sigma 70/300 in macro mode.

i have also heard that the canon sensor tend to produce lesser noise and in low light condition you can boost the sensitivity a bit more from is0 100.

looking forward to more butterfly shots from you,

tfs & regards

Hi Narayanan,
I like this species. Very beautiful lycaenid. Its shot is also very beautiful with superb coloration, BG. Focus, POV and composition also very well. good and informative notes. Interesting, but good title always.
have a nice weekend and shots

nice compose and background colour,if more dof to get the body sharpness and put away the green lower left corner background then it super plus super...

thanks for sharing

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-13 3:15]

Hello Ganesh,
nice shot of this small butterfly.
+++ Great composition and a decent POV clearly showing those eye-spots. Nice lighting.
--- DOF is too shallow as the top of the wings are OOF. A higher f stop such as f/8.0 would have worked better.
A great photo anyhow :)
Well done,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-13 4:40]

Hello Ganesan,
you show a nicely structured picture with pleasant colours of the objects of interest and also of the background. The most prominent and attractive wing markings on the hindwing are presented with pretty good sharpness and detail-richness. It's a pity, however, that the forewing shifted out of focus/sharpness (f3.5 is rather low).
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Ganesh,
Nice shot on this beautifully posed Lycaeanid. Nice pov and well composed. Very well done.

You have super command of the English language in both speaking and writing...add to that American subtle humor. Very nice capture and well titled and noted.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-13 19:57]

Hello Ganesh

The composition is well done.The focus is very good with lovely details.The colours and textures are excellent.The OOF BG is lovely.TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-13 22:38]

Hi Narayanan,
Just marking this shot for a proper critique later. Hoping that my internet problem will be solved by the evening. Sorry again.

Hi Ganasan,
uaooooo!!! What a beautiful photo. Excellent composition. Outstanding POV, detail and color. Very well done.


Bonito fondo para la esta bella Lycodeniae con sus manchas y cola característicos. Buena iluminación, encuadre y enfoque.

Saludos Narayanan

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-15 6:59]

Hello Ganesh
Lovely composition.Nice POV and lovely colors.I also like that nice blur BG.
TFS Michel

Hello Ganesan,
Good point of view, and the great light really makes the butterfly look its best!
Super details and an attractive colour palette, and the fine background enhances the subject!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-22 1:44]

Hi Ganesh,
Very cute shot of this beautiful scene. Amazing composition and vivid colours. POV is great as well as the great is details of the shot. Only DOF I shallow a bit. I never use so large aperture value and slow ISO speed at close-up shooting. Usually I apply ISO 400. My compliments and kind regards.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-27 4:09]
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What a fine funny title! And what a beautiful picture! Magnificent sharpness and very good bg with beautiful colors.
Congratulations and TFS

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