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Cycad Blue

Cycad Blue
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-01 18:14
Viewed: 5076
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is -I believe- a cycad blue butterfly [Chilades pandava], small, length of wing is only less then 2 cm. Color of upper surface of the wing is blue but lower surfece is light brown with its specific pattern. Its back wing has a small 'tail', unique to this species.

I chose this angle to show different colors of its upper and lower surface of the wings.

[I did not post picture at this site for sometime, hopefully this butterfly will deliver my message to all TN friends that I am still here ..............]

Hope you like this butterfly.

jaycee, gracious, Alex99, Silke, angybone, loot, Maite, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-01 18:59]

Hi Benyamin,

It's so nice to see you posting again. Great shot of this unusual looking butterfly. Good colors, details, and background. The pose is wonderful showing both sides of the wings.


Hi Benyamin,
This is a fine shot! Mainly because it shows both colour patterns of its wings on its upper and lower sides. I've wondered when I see it as blue in flight - very restless flyer this - and when I see after it sits, brown is seen for our pictures!


Hello Benyamin,
Aba Khabar!
Nice to see your posting again!
great shot with perfect exposure and focus in sharpness, vivid colour and details
very well done and composed
Terima Kasih!

hi blaki,
very goooood photo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-02 8:22]

Hi Ben.
You were really absent here a lot. I am glad to watch your new picture. Subject is simply and charming. Nice POV and excellent exposure parameters/ Entire image od the butterfly is in focus and reflected very well. I like delicate absolutely smooth BG and framing of the shot. Well done and TFS.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-02 13:12]

fabulous to see the difference in the top and undersides of the wings!
Great colours, details and composition

Beautiful shot - wonderfully composed. Great sharpness and detail - wonderful!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-24 0:32]

Hi Benyamin

Here's just to say I'm missing you around the site...

Thanks for this lovely image and also for all the wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year.

All the best for you and your loved ones during this festive season and beyond into the New Year that looms ahead.

May God shower his choicest blessings on you and your family this Christmas, and for the New Year I wish for you:
Health to Enjoy each day in Comfort,
Copious measures of Love from Friends and Family,
The Exquisite Beauty of Nature,
Wisdom to Choose priorities Sensibly,
Prosperity and the Best of everything,
Generosity so you may Share the above,
Overflowing Happiness and Abundant Joy,
and a Youthful Excitement at life's Simple Pleasures,

Warmest regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-01 2:51]

Dear Benyamin
Seeing at this amazing shot of yours and this beautiful butterfly I want to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your pleasant comments. I hope to keep enjoying with your presence at TN during the coming year.
May 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes


Bonjour Ben
Une excellente photo de ce papillon. Les couleurs sont magnifiques. La netteté et la profondeur de champ sont excellentes.
Félicitations et merci...JP

Hello Ben,
A lovely little butterfly!
Interesting variation in the wing pattern, which you from this point of view depicts very well...
A pleasant composition, and the insect stands out very well with a fine 3-D feeling!
Pablo -

Dear Benyamin,
a very skilfully made portrait of a little tailed blue. The frontal point of view provides a most lively tension, the perfectly chosen extended depth of field covers all the essential parts from a difficult angle. Lighting is superb, the uniform sand coloured background delivers a perfect contrast to the brilliant blue, and the elements are reduced to a powerful minimum.
Really a good shot, and much underrated here so far in my humble opinion. Glad to have discovered it with some delay, having been a rare guest at TN over the last few weeks myself.
Thank you! With best regards,

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