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Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow
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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: 2010-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-14 4:52
Viewed: 3656
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 54
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Clouded Yellow - Colias croceus

This is the first time I’ve managed to get a decent capture of this beautiful yellow butterfly. On Lesvos it was fairly common. In flight it is striking with its intense yellow colouring and large wingspan of up to 50 mm. The upper surfaces of the wings are vividly orange-yellow with a broad black border from which the name ‘clouded’ is derived. There are black spots near the center forewing. The females have light spots running along black borders on the upper surface.

It is a butterfly that breeds in southern Europe and east through Turkey and the Middle East. In Sweden it is a very rare visitor.

The eggs are laid on leguminous plants on which the larvae feed. They grow rapidly in warm weather and sometimes pupate within a month.

This was captured from a distance of 50 cm. It has been cropped, sharpened and I’ve adjusted the levels.

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A healthy specimen of the Clouded Yellow, Ulla. The typical markings on both sides of the wings are very well captured.
A beautiful composition as a whole.
TFS and regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-14 5:16]

Hello Ulla,
I was just thinking, you don't have seen this Clouded Yellow in Sweden this year..no, no it was more South. We have scarcely butterflies around, weather was too cold or so often clouded. A fine and simple picture of this lovely species. A little bit of color in our rather grey days
Thanks and kind regards

Dear ulla,
A beautiful picture of a beautiful butterfly.:)
Excellent sharpness, details and POV that shows the markings on the wings.
Beautiful colours and contrasts.
Thanks for the share,

Ciao Ulla, my today neighbour, splendid colias with fantastic bright colors, superb sharpness, beautiful blurry BG and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-14 5:54]

Hi Uleko,
Very nice photo of this Butterfly, TFS!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-14 6:27]

Beautiful lighting and composition for the lovely Yellow, well done. tfs.

hello Ulla

the yellow colour tones of this butterfly are very beautiful,
shot with fine POV at its level, superb focus excellent
sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity, TFS


Hallo Ulla
Remarkable photography. I love the light on both the subjects, the butterfly and the flower. This shot does nature proud as it so genuine and exactly how it should be. It is glowing with warmth and cheer and kindness. I just love the variety of yellows and greens througout the whole image and I will gladly add two points to this fabulous image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Ulla,
I love these yellow butterflies so much, they are wonderful special when they are inflight.
So bright yellow wings - and look at the rose colour around the wings.
Fascinating shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ulla, super image of this pretty butterfly with nice composition and great details.
TFS and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-14 10:49]

Hello Ulla,
Superb photo in fantastic sharpness, details and POV. The composition, DOF and OOF BG are also great. The matching colours in this photo with the yellows and greens are marvelous. A beauty!

Hello Ulla,
Nice capture of this attractive Colias. Hope we will see many this year, like last year. Cheers,

Hello Ulla,
Nice capture with amazing details and very good sharpness.
Great composition.

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful macro taken with great details, lovely colors and great POV. Well done!

Hi Ulla. super macro photo of this beautiful butterfly.
Details, POV and composition are impressive.
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-14 12:30]

Hello Ulla,
Excellent capture of this colias! So clear and sharp with amazing details. Colors and composition are wonderful. TFS!
Regards Siggi

Hi Ulla,

Impressive macro capture of this pretty clouded yellow. The colours and sharpness are nice and appealing. Great composition and exposure too!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Ulla,
hummm. A butterfly difficult to photograph because of the color, however you did it perfectly! ... very good balance of light and an excellent POV. Additionally, you have achieved a fabulously blurred BG with f/5.7 aperture and 100mm focal length. You have done an excellent tele-macro with SX10is! ... this camera is very well behaved in your hands! congratulations! TFS, regards, Jesús

Hi Ulla,

Excellent POV/DOF in this lovely composition
Great colors and perfect sharpnes

TFS Thijs

Conincidimos esta vez en especie Ulla. Realmente es una mariposa encantadora como podemos ver en tu trabajo. Naturalidad en los colores.
Un abrazo y buena semana: J. Ignasi.

Hello Ulla,
a superb macro mshot of Colias croceus, fantastic colours, excellent sharpness, very well composed.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-15 22:10]

Hello Ulla,
very beautiful yellow wih sharpness so well defined. how I love seeing its bulging greenish compound eye. You have composed it excellently and the blurry surroundings make it even more pretty.
The patterns on its wing is so unique.
Well captured shot.


Hello Ulla
Nous avons posté le même papillon à 2 jours d'intervalle.
Bravo pour celui-ci dont l'arrière plan est bien flou

Hi Ulla ,
Beautiful lighting and composition for the lovely Yellow, well done.
Filika Giorgos.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-16 11:52]

Hello Ulla
A great and wonderful Clouded Yellow !
Details, colors,POV,BG, all are perfect!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-17 3:07]

Hi Ulla.
It is very interesting that you managed to catch so rare for your places species and it is almost the same, which is widespread in our region. Pictured subject is very nice and pleasant for look by composition and attractive POV. Details of the insect and tiny flowers are excellent and blurriness of the BG is fine too despite the use of compact camera. Even without sunlight shot is very colourful. My warm greetings and TFS. Many thanks for kind words for me too. I am very pleased.

This is a most beautiful and delicate photo, Ulla. The colours are so gentle on the eye, and tone in so well together. It could almost be a colour palette for interior design.

Warm greetings, Amelia

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