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Blue Tiger

Blue Tiger
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Copyright: Mike Wong (TheUnknown) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 19 N: 118] (627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Tamron AF55-200mm F/4-5.6 LD MACRO Di II
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Malaysia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-07 23:40
Viewed: 3480
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue Tiger Tirumala limniace.

A large butterfly with a wingspan of 75-95 mm. Sexes are similar. At rest, the male can be distinguished from the female by the bell-shaped elevated scent patche located between the first and second veins of the hind wing. The upper side of both wings is black with pale blue markings. These markings are broad streaks at the base of the wings but become smaller and more circular towards the outer margins. The ground color of the under side is a beautiful olivaceous brown. The markings below are similar to those on the upper side.

It flies at all heights, but seldom above ten to fifteen feet above ground. It has a characteristic slow meandering flight and moves forward with a few wing beats followed by a spell of gliding. The wings are held in a 'V' shaped angle during the glide.

Once settled, they are quite inconspicuous. When surprised they take to the air, their wings often hitting against each other or the vegetation to produce a rustling sound. But they seldom fly far. After circling a few times in the vicinity, they soon come back to settle down on the same plant or one nearby. While feeding, they frequently open and close their wings in a slow and controlled manner. The reason for this is unknown. It joins migratory flights.

source: www.srilankaninsects.net
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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-08 0:50]

Hi Mike, this is a very colourful butterfly, and what pretty colours it has. It is posing nicely on the leaf. It is a little soft, but you do present it well. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-08 2:09]

Hi Mike,
Your butterfly is beautiful. I just love that blue on the wings.
A pity the wings are a bit blurry, but I really like your unusual composition.
TFS. : )

Hi Mike,
this is such a pretty butterfly, the blue spots are phantastic, also a wonderful arrangement. Of course I would prefer to see the wings from the side or open also, but perhaps you have some more shots of this beauty ;-) Thank you very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Mike,
You have a nice pov of this fairly large butterfly. Well done and TFS.

Hermosa mariposa multicolor. Muy agradable la composición y el fondo es perfecto pues no distrae la atención.
Muy bonita la imagen.Saludos Mike.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-08 5:57]

Hello mike,
Beautiful way to present this butterfly and you chose to focus in on just the right part.
Nice colour comp. and fine dark BG.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Good morning Mike,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good, and the shallow DOF works well with this presentation.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-08 7:25]

Hello Mike,
Wonderful unusual composition! The butterfly is fabulous with the blue patches on the brown wings really striking and it is a nice contrast against the red-green leaves and the background.
TFS, Ulla

Great species, interesting pov, beautiful colours, nice black bg, amazing shape of these leaves in the frame!
Thank you Mike,

Wonderful capture of this pretty butterfly, Mike.
Great POV, DOF, sharpness and colours. I guess the top of the wing is blurred because it must be moving its wings while feeding, as your note suggests. I have also shot this butterfly in Mumbai recently, but mine is a badly damaged specimen whereas yours is fresh and unspoilt.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-08 12:28]

Hi Mike,

A great colorfull butterfly,with a different POV,which works well in this composition,well done and TFS,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-08 14:52]

Beautiful composition and POV. The butterfly has beautiful colours in the wing. Lovely colours all round and a lovely setting for the BG



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-08 14:54]

Hi Mike.
How well composed and saturated your beautiful picture. Its colours are amazing. BG is very impressive and colourful. Paints of the butterfly are excellent also its pose (and your POV). Great work. TFS and my best regards.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-09 6:58]

Fearless but effective POV Mike, with a DOF something scarce, but that it produces an effect of depth in the composition.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
Lighting: ****
Framing *****
Background: *****
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Note ****

Nice job.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-10 4:45]

Hola Mike, es preciosa esta butterfly, colores y Bg, perfectos, una compo genial... muchos saludos

joli specimen avec un beau point de vu et un BG parfaitement flou.couleurs naturelles.
bien vu.

Hi Mike,
Nice compo and colors nad wonderful species but IMO taking into account the DOF matter would be an option?
Overall good image

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