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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-31 8:02
Viewed: 2812
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the last butterfly visitors of my garden in 2008 and a common 'visitor' at TN was this beautiful
- Vanessa atalanta
- family: Nymphalidae

English: Red Admiral
French: Le Vulcain
German: Admiral

This species and also its relative Vanessa cardui, the Painted Lady, show colourful wing markings also on their forewing underside. This is in contrast to the otherwise also colourful species of the genus Nymphalis, such as the Peacock Butterfly Nymphalis io, with predominantly dark grey and brown markings.

The hindwing pattern of atalanta is particular complex.

Southern Ruhr-district in Germany where the North German lowlands start to become hilly. Buddleia bush in my garden.

- bright natural light
- no wind
- handheld

* Tolman T. & Lewington R. (1998) Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Higgins LG & Hargreaves (1983) The Butterflies of Britain and Europe. Collins, London.

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ciao Peter!
ottima posa e texture inconfondibile dell'interno ali di questa simpatica farfalla
definizione e dettagli al top

buon w.end sERGIO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-31 9:05]

Hello Peter,
This is a lovely view of the underside of the Red Admiral! I always think it looks like velvet! Excellent sharp details and beautiful colours.I like its pose on the Buddleia and the soft background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-31 10:28]

Hi Peter!

Agree with you - common and very beautifull. One of butterflies with most beautifull outer side of wings which you captured in great way. Colorfull picture with nice composition.

Hi Peter, stunningly awesome macro of this acrobatic and pretty butterfly with lovely posture on a beautifully coloured flower in a fine composition. Notes are great as usual.
TFS. Have a nice weekend!


Hallo Peter,
das ist wahrlich ein wundervoller Admiral.
Man kann jedes kleinste Detail der Zeichnung bewundern. Zuerst habe ich mich gefragt, weshalb Du ihn nicht einfach um 90 Grad nach rechts gedreht hast - aber klar, das Licht kommt von oben - da paßt es sehr gut so.
Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Peter, fascinating Vanessa with fantastic colors, wonderful composition with beautiful flower, splendid blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,

Well composed. An overall sharp wing and a blurred background.
I like the distance here; good crop if so.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-31 22:50]

Hello Peter,

The image is rasor sharp showing excelent details of wing's pattern. Body texture can aslo be well observed. Colors are saturated and keep theyr natural looks. There is a fine contrast between the colors of the wings and those of the flower insect is sitting on. Blurry background enhaces even more the sharpness of the main subject.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-01 2:31]

Hi Peter.
I like splendid rich colous of the pictured scene and photo and superb combination of crisp sharp image of the butterfly and flowers and very impressive also colourful BG. You have reproduced all charming features of the insect perfectly. My kind wishes and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-01 6:12]

Hello Peter,Superb composition and a lovely picture. The lighting and the colors are fantastic. The frame is delightful. Ganesh

Una visión diferente de la popular V. atalanta. Interesante juego con el encuadre tan cerrado que le da una dimensión diferente y a la vez contrastada con la flor. Bonito trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Namastay Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful red admiral. Very well composed with very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-02-05 3:21]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Red Admiral with such lovely colours and details on its under wings. Immaculate sharpness and superb lighting. This upside-down pose looks great. Excellent DOF and composition.

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