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The Great Eggfly

The Great Eggfly
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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: 2008-08-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 4:51
Viewed: 3608
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This butterfly is Great Eggfly - Hypolimnas bolina.

This is a brown butterfly with a wingspan of 65-95 mm. In the dry season the specimens are light in color and bigger in the sizes then the wet season forms.

This shot has been taken handheld woth Nikon D 80 along with Sigma 70/300 in macro mode.The small aperture could not be avoided as the position of the butterfly made it difficult to focus the complete body in focus hence i opted for slower shutterspeed and took advanage of a nearby support for resting the hand.

your critiques anc comments are most welcome.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-28 5:01]

Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful capture! Excellent POV, very good details and sharpness, great colours and nice composition.
Very well done

Hi Pankaj, a great macro capture of this Great Eggfly with superb contrasting black BG and details. The posture ogf the butterfly and diagonal composition are perfect.
Many thanks for sharing this beauty my friend!


Hi Pankaj,
I like a lot the composition proposed here, using the other diagonal formed by the butterfly an the leave. An unusual one but that works great here.
Good lighting, fine details and a elegant presentation.
Excellent work and thanks for post it.
My best regards,

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-28 6:27]

Hola Pankaj,
perfecta macro con pov y buen foco...
colores hermosos y encuadre excelente,

Hi Pankaj,

Very beautifull and artistic shot, great dark colours, good black BG, not a standard shot, composition and colouristic. I like it.


Apparently you have not used flash and managed this shot with camera settings, Pankaj.
The result is more than satisfactory. Whereas the BG has gone all dark, the features of the butterfly have stood out with distinct clarity. The wings give the impression of metallic sheen that goes well with the white markings.
The experiment has worked well.
Well done and TFS.

Hello Pankaj,
I've been away for a bi,but I see your photography skills have developed very well in my absence.
This is a wonderful composition with great detail and colour.
lovely work!

  • Great 
  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-28 7:55]

hi pankaj,
what to say, nice butterfly. do you mean to say you opted for f16 for more depth because the b'fly was not parallel. still, i wish the background could be a bit more contrasting to the subject. ofcourse , thats situational too. good work. tfs.

Hola Pankaj, muy bonito ejemplar , fotografia con buena nitidez, una bonita composición y muy bien contrastada con la oscuridad del fondo. Un saludo

Hi, Pankaj,

simple yet beautiful! thanks for sharing this lovely butterfly.

Man Yee

dear pankaj, the details in the eyes is fantastic. very beautiful composition. congrats sir. tfs. with best regards.vab.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-28 13:23]

Hello Pankaj,
very detailed shot of this butterfly.
Great DOF and POV.
Superb composition.

Well done,

Hi Pankaj.
Superb capture!
Wonderful butterfly with magnificent colors!
Excellent POV, detalhes and composition.
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
José Roberto

Hello Pankaj uncle, Very nice shot and good dark patches with the brown and white is appealing. Good view and nice positioning of the butterfly. Vignesh

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-29 1:18]

Hello Pankaj, Superb angle and a perfect view. Brilliant piece of work. I like the angle of the shot. Ganesh

Hi Pankaj Da,
A nice capture of this beautiful great eggfly butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Pankaj!

Do you need a tripod or a support at 1/100sec? Is your camera or your lens equipped with a stabilisizer? I can easily go down to 1/30secs with mine...

At the first view, this picture surprises because I'm not used to these colours from you. They are fabulous. The darker atmosphere gives the picture a special aspect, somehow sublime. This is highlighted by the uniform background.

Kind regards


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

  • Great 
  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-08-29 7:28]

Hi Pankaj , a beautiful butterfly image with nice rich color, and a good diagonal composition , thanks for sharing it

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-29 9:22]

Hi Pankaj,this is a fantastic beauty of nature,i like a lot your choice of point of view and the incredible sharpness,the dark colors are impressives,my best compliments,a 1st class pic,have a nice day,Luciano

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-29 9:35]

Hello Pankaj,
A somewhat unusual and very nice view of the chocolate coloured Great Eggfly. Excellent details and colours and very nicely composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-01 7:37]

merhaba Pankaj
wonderful capture and beautiful butterfly
composition, POV, BG, DOF, light, colours and framing are great

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