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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-16 14:02
Viewed: 4130
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Pyronia tithonus, male

Dutch name: Orange zandoogje
French name: Amaryllis

The Gatekeeper sometimes called the Hedge Brown is a common butterfly. This butterfly prefers the habitat of meadow margins and hedges. Males have dark patch of scent scales in the middle of the forewing for courtship purposes except in very old individuals. (source wikipedia)

The butterfly on my picture was resting on sage.

nglen, red45, Dis. Ac., Alex99, haraprasan, gracious, uleko, Argus, crs, boreocypriensis, nirmalroberts, gannu has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-16 14:09]

Hi Marie. A good picture of a Gatekepper showing its markings well. rich colours and fine detail.with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-16 14:10]

Hello Marie!

Very nice macro. Butterfly looks good, wings are well visible and colorfull. Not bad composition with leaves. I like it.

Hi Marie,

Well taken against the green background to show off the colours with good differentiation between the subject and background. The wings really look like orange coloured sand with small eyes on them. (If my translation is correct.


Ciao Marie Christine,
bellissima cattura, splendidi i colori saturi che contrastano con lo sfondo, eccellente definizione della "texture" delle ali e buona messa a fuoco anche se non perfettamente parallela; un'immagine con un ottimo impatto visivo.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-16 16:30]

Salut Marie,magnifique couleurs pour cette Amaryllis,un peu hors focus l'aile gauche mais c'est pas facile avoir un resultat parfait dans ces conditions avec les ailes pas horizontales,tres beau travail,bonne Dimanche,Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-16 20:34]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful shot of this small and beautiful butterfly. Lovely colours and I like the way it stands out from the green leaves. Nice pose captured and you show the markings so well here. Thanks for sharing.

* Feels nice to be among friends again.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-16 21:00]

Bonjour Marie! Quel beau papillon bien net et bien exposé!L'arrière plan est superbe, bravo!


Hello Marie,

This one have you good captured. A little central but I don't mind.
Good of sharpness as usual.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-16 22:46]

Hi Marie.
Wonderful scene at whole and very beautiful butterfly. I have shown its colouration and texture very well. POV is so impressive. I like only a bit blurred BG. Leaf pattern is nice and harmonize with main character excellently. Soft lights and vivid colours are perfect. My compliments.

Hi Marie, this looks good enough to touch, it is almost 3D, excellent background displaying this butterfly well. Good, clean sharp composition. regards h

Hi Marie,
After a long time I am seeing your post. A beautiful Hedge brown butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Buen enfoque, preciosos colores y un encantador entorno que nos "mete" en su hábitat.
Saludos Marie: J. Ignasi

Bonjour marie,
thank you for sharing such beautiful Gatekeeper with us!
the pov is great with good sharpness, nice colour and superb details in the shot
well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-17 4:51]

Hello Mariki,
Lovely sharp capture of the little Gatekeeper, a lovely butterfly that I remember well from England. You show it in a fine pose with the wings open and the colours are lovely and makes it really stand out against the green background.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-17 9:22]

Hello Mariki,
Excellent sharp open-wing capture of a male Gatekeeper contrasting well against the leafy BG. The composition is just right for this POV.
TFS this beauty,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-17 9:35]

Hello Marie,

What a wonderfull shot. I like the life of the colors from butterfly's wings. Especialy orange seems to have a life of itself.The contrast with the background is well chosen enhacing the depth of image. Wellchosen DOF covering most of the insect's body and wings.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Marie,
An excellent shot of a male Gatekeeper butterfly with a wonderful DOF and nice blurred BG. TFS.

Hi Marie,
Good composition and POV.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful butterfly.
- Nirmal

Hi Mariki,

Nice shot of this butterfly, very attractive colors, shows the texture of the wings that are quite hairy in parts. The green of the plants contrasts nicely with the colors of the butterfly.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-08-17 23:04]

Merhaba Marie,
Çok güzel bir kelebek kompozisyonu olmuş. Renkler çok canlı.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-18 5:10]

Hello Mariki, Welcome back. Thanks for sharing this beauty and this is very good view and strong clarity. excellent composition .Ganesh

hello Marie Christine,
very nice capture with excellent clarity
and well focused

best sERGIO

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