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Happy Deepavali

Happy Deepavali
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 7:06
Viewed: 3321
Points: 67
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We are celebrating Diwali which is the biggest festival of Hindus. I post here a butterfly picture and wish all my dear freinds at TN a very happy deepavali.

Divali, or Deepavali is a major Indian festival, significant in Hinduism , Jainism and Sikhism.

Celebrated by Hindus,Jains and Sikhs across the globe, as the "Festival of Light," where the lights or lamps signify the uplighting of darkness and victory of good over the evil within.

The celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional dīpa or deeya (earthen lamp), and fireworks. Though colloquially called Divali in North India, in South India it is called Deepavali.

Divali is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of Hindu month of Ashwayuja (amanta). It usually occurs in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in India.

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships.

For Hindus it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the year in some Hindu calendars, especially in North India.

In India, Divali is now considered to be more of a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-08 7:15]

Hola Pankaj.- Otra exelente Macro, finos detalles y hermosos colores naturales. muy bonita la pose de la mariposa sobre la flor. Fondo le da valor agregado. Luis52.
Happy festival to You too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-08 7:24]

Hello Pankaj, good butterfly shot with great colors on a dark background. Very sharp, well done thanks,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-08 7:31]

Hi Pankaj,

My bird loves your beautiful butterfly and flower! A really amazing shot of the wonderful markings. Wonderful colors, details, background and composition.


Hello Pankaj
Wonderful shot of this Peacock Pansy,
Perfect lighting,details and POV,Welldone.
Happy Deepavali :o)

Good Luck

Between you and Sumon...the day or week is not complete without a good image from one or the other. Sometimes both. If I didn't know better from TL, I would swear this is all yo do, but you are a multi talented photographer and do well at many objects of focus.

Hello Pankaj,
You've done very excellent presentation of this butterfly, with delicate details and nice composition!
Lovely colours and clean black BG, also informative note and viewing map are very usuful to me.
Well presented and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin

Happy Deepavali to you and your family Pankaj, Was just reading Bob's praise of your skills. So you are in TL as well? Wow! Planning to take a look at your posts there soon. Ans yes, before I lose focus, I would like to say that you have a BEAUTIFUL capture here. Everything seems perfect. No flaws.

Great work (As usual, should I say? :-) )

Warm regards,


Hi again Pankaj, wonderful butterfly with splendid colors and excellent sharpness, great blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-08 8:31]

Very nice photo. Exellent colors and sharpness!

Dear pankaj ,

A lovely contribution , its nice to see such wonderfully captured pics without any flaw. I just started posting back and i had missed such great pics for long. happy deepavli to you , your family and all the treckers.....


Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful shot of this butterfly!
I like so much the election of this image to celebrate with us the Diwall.
It's very good all the details got on the wings, its colours and patterns.
The dark background works great to stand out the subject.
Congratulations for the picture and happy deepavali for you too!
My best regards,

Hi Pankaj,
This is a beautiful butterfly image to celebrate life.
The colors and patterns of both the butterfly and flower are gorgeous. I like your style of composition you use. The simplicity of flower and butterfly is very effective.
Excellent details seen and a beautiful deep jade green BG.
Well done and happy Diwali!

Hello my friend,
Excellent pose of this beautiful butterfly well captured in sharpness, vivid colour and so much details always
very well composed and well pleased
all the best

This one is wonderful Pankaj. Perfect.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-08 9:48]

Hello Pankaj,
Fine sharp capture of the underside of the Peacock Pansy, in an excellent composition with superb contrast both with the flower and the bokeh BG. Good use of flash.
Well done and best wishes for Diwali to you and your family,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-08 9:54]

hello mr.pankaj,
Happy Deepawali to you also....
a brilliant picture with xcellent composition and awesome details fantastic pov too.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 10:27]

A most attractive image for a wonderful celebratory posting
great colours and details

one odd thing though> I keep wanting to turn this one by 90 degrees


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-08 10:43]

Hello Pankaj,
the POV in this shot is wonderful!
It clearly shows the amazing patterns and colours on this butterfly's under-wing.
+++ Very sharp and crisp. Excellent clarity as usual.
Another striking black BG that causes the colours to stand out.
Well composed aswell.
--- Nothing :D
Well done!
Have a happy deepavali :)


Sencillamente impresionante en todos los sentidos. Buena iluminación y colores así
como el fondo. Buen juego de color
mariposa-flor y excelente pose del insecto.
Una obra de arte.

Saludos Pankaj.

Hi Pankaj,

excellent butterfly shot, very good sharpness, excellent colors in the flower too

Well done!


Hello Pankaj,
Very good one especially in terms of composition and sharpness.
Well composed.
Beautiful butterfly.

hi pankaj,
beautiful butterfly shot. happy deepavali.

Bonjour Pankaj,

Encore une très,très belle composition.Ces couleurs, cette netteté, cette douceur dans les tons, tout ceci en fait un vrai régal pour les yeux!

Merci encore


Ah !! this one is perfect.. Love the colors, composition, sharpness and everything about this. In my opinion, you could have used the background color (dark green) for the border (instead of black).. But that is purely my opinion..

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-09 1:17]

Hi Pankaj,
Just appreciating this wonderful shot from you. I am on a tour and internet connection comes at a premium here, hence doing a short job. Sorry.

un peu similaire au précedent sous un autre angle, cepapillon est excellent, couleurs netteté, détails, bg et pov tout est parfait
bravo a toi et merci

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-09 1:46]

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice capture of this butterfly. Good POV, composition, colors and details. TFS
Happy Divali :o)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-09 2:22]

Hi Pankaj and very sorry for the delay

I know i'm a little late but please accept my wishes of happy Divali to you, too, my friend ;)
This is a splendid macro shot to celebrate such a nice event with.
A terrific side POV of this Peacock pansy (i think) shows exactly how beautiful are the under wings of this butterfly. All those patterns and colors are vibrant and so well brought out by the contrast with the BG. Speaking of contrast, i really feel that there is another contrast in this photo that is equaly or even more attractive - between the body and head of the butterfly on one side and the vivid orage flower on the other. Very strong colors there ehnanced so well by the good usage of flash...just wonderful!
Also, very nice sharp details everywhere, a gorgeous contour shape of the butterfly and his wings from the side and an interesting composition complete this lovely post.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Pankaj,
Crisp clear peacock pansy image. Beautiful pose with flower. The dark background supports your main subject well. TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-09 9:03]

very perfect work,excellent sharpness.I like the hard green ground and the carousel of colours of flower and butterfly,best whishes,Luciano

Hi pankaj,
Happy Diwali! This is a superb colorful shot. The colors and the diffused BG make this a very good shot. I have missed a lots of shots taken by you and will have a look at all of them in near future :-)
Goutham R

This butterfly appears to be bowing in reverence. Perfect! :)
Lovely light and color again. YOu're inspiring me to get outside for a while. :)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-11 4:37]

Hello Pankaj
What an interesting festival Diwali is. I hope you have enjoyed it deeply.
This is a marvellous picture to celebrate it! I don´t know how you do it, but it's gorgeus and perfect.
Thank you very much, dear friend!

Hello Pankaj,
Another WONDREFUL composition! You make it fantasticly! Excellent details and focus. Amazing vivid colours... A GREAT SHOT Pankaj!
Best regards from Québec :-)


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