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My first Marbled White

My first Marbled White
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 1:23
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Balkan Marbled White - Melanargia larissa

I’ve always wanted to see and photograph a Marbled White butterfly and at last I succeeded on Lesvos!
It was a common sight by a reservoir near Molivos where many individuals were seeking nectar on the beautiful flowers along the roadside. This particular species is recognised by the dark area of grey-brown scales on the upper wings extending out from the body.

The Marble Whites belong to the Satyridae family and this species occurs across the Balkans and in W. Turkey.

In Sweden M. galathea is the only but very rare visitor of this species. Its Swedish name is ‘Schackbräde’ which means ‘Chess board’.

This was captured with the camera handheld. It was very windy and all flowers were very tall and swaying in the wind, hence I’m quite surprised I managed to get a shot at all.

siggi, Argus, livius, nikosrio, anemone, anel, CeltickRanger, horias, bahadir, boreocypriensis, nglen, Christopher_PL, tuslaw, Adanac, ramthakur, MMM has marked this note useful
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To horias: My first Marbled Whiteuleko 1 06-07 12:38
To anemone: Marbled Whiteuleko 1 05-31 07:13
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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-31 1:36]

Hello Ulla,
Fantastic capture of this beautiful butterfly, excellent details, great blured background, well composed with nicely framed.
Thanks for sharing!Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla, great macro of wonderful Melanargia larissa (you wrong the name in your note), seems flying on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ulla,

great shot from this butterfly with good pov, dof and details.
Also good blurred bg and sharpness.
Fine soft colours.


Hello Ulla
a great macro on this little Melanargia galathea with fine details, splendid contrast and excellent sharpness. Optimal light management and soft BG. Congratulations for your first shot on it.

Hello Ulla,
very beautifull capture,sharp details, nice colors, excellent BG,
TFS, regards,

Hi Ulla. Super close up capture of this marbled white with great details, POV and composition.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Ciao Ulla. Good DOF, details and sharp. Best compliments for light's management.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-31 4:41]

Hello Ulla,
There is no sign of great wind on this beautiful Marbled White picture. With a 1/500 you managed well, not only the sharpness but the white color of the wings too. Beautiful Melanargia larissa which I never have seen until now. The backround is also perfect.
Un grand merci!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-31 4:48]

Hi Ulla,
It is a very good photo, your first of this Butterfly!Great sharpness and nice details and colors!

Hi Ulla

Beautiful shot of this lovely butterfly. Excellent composition and great sharpness and OOF background. Well done, have a great week.


ton voeu est exaucé et en plus une réalisation parfaite de ce superbe papillon;les couleurs sublimes; on aperçoit la tige de la fleur à droite habilement presque cachée, un fond flou qui renforce l'ensemble de ta composition
je ne regrette pas d'être venue faire un tour ici, il y a des trésors de nature

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-31 4:55]

Hello Ulla,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly. Excellent in all aspects. Very, very beautiful!

hello Ulla

excellent butterfly photo with the fine POV to show
its beautiful patterns, superbly focused with
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Ulla
This is the most beautiful M. larissa I ever see before!
Details, colors, BG,POV, all are perfect!

hello Ulla
the First shot and a GOOD picture ,with great details and beautiful colours
very good sharpness and nice BG.
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-31 8:25]

Hi Ulla,the wings position was decisives for the beauty of this pic,what a great macro and what a top quality,a nice gift to a butterflies fans like me!Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

A beauty ulla, nice composition with the curved stem below the white


Just wonderful, Ulla, this butterfly is one of the most beautiful ones I know, I love their design so much.
You captured this beauty so sharp and with wide open wings.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ulla, perfect composition and nice pose of this beautiful butterfly.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla,
Excellent depth and detail. Cool colours and BG. Many thanks. Alan

Hello Ulla,
Good heavens, you should publish a manual on how to make macros with a bridge! ... this very close to a result with DSLR! ... Hummmm... I see ... f/5 and a good dose of optical zoom! ... This is a very useful picture for me! Yesterday I took a photo type "tele-macro" with my Canon compact and some of my values match the settings of this photo ... but definitely your result is much better!
Congratulations, is clear that you manage well their cameras (also your G9) and leads to limit the possibilities of this equipment.
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Bonsoir Ulla
Bravo pour cette belle pose qui montre bien les détails des dessins de cet Échiquier des Balkans.
Je ne l'avais jamais rencontré, alors merci pour cette découverte très bien restituée

Hi Ulla,

During my Bursa trip i also captured this beauty on a thistle too. As you stated in my last post, this is also absolutely stunning macro of this pretty beauty for anyone with a genuine interest in butterflies! A real masterpiece work in all around!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hi Ulla,
Great capture with so fine details on the "eyes" and beautiful blurred background. Well done! Cheers,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-31 12:51]

Hi Ulla. Congrats on getting your first Marbled White . By the sound of it you did very well with the wind as it was. You have still been able to get a sharp picture with fine detail and natural colours. Your top view lets us see the wing markings. Well taken TFS.

Hello Ulla
I was absent here for a long time but now I've returned ;-D
Very nice shot, I'm really impressed. I would be very proud to add this picture to my database if you want. TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-31 19:59]

Hello Ulla,
I can see why you have always wanted to capture one of these little beauties. You did a superb job on this particular one showing excellent detail and very natural colors. Nice blurred BG. Great work!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-01 0:21]

Beautiful closeup of lovely butterfly, marbled white, good exposure and fine details. tfs.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-01 5:42]

Hello Ulla,
Congratulations on such an excellent image for your first Marbled White. The detail and colours obtain are tremendous, great job Ulla, thank you.

Hope you had a great holiday in Greece, Ulla.
This is like a dream come true; the image of this beauty couldn't be better. Very fine POV and great natural colours.
Now that I am back to the familiar territory at a place in the hills, I rejoice the idea of staying connected on TN.
Warm regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-06-02 10:30]

Hi Ulla
What a great closed up.Perfect pov and razor sharp image with fanatstic detail.Also like the colors.
TFS Michel

Hallo Ulla,
congratulations on this superb first capture of the Balkan Marble White, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent POV, DOF and BG, very nice composition
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Hi Ulla,
Beautiful closeup of lovely butterfly, marbled white, good exposure and fine details.
Filika Giorgos

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