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suede & metallic

suede & metallic
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/161 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Date Submitted: 2007-03-13 6:29
Viewed: 5995
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends!
Today nothing really unusual - being busy at work I'm just giving you a sign of life

In memories I came back again to my visit to Montenegro in 2004. This photo was taken in Tara River Kanyon, the very deepest kanyon in Europe - some 1100 meters.

The photographed subjects are:

Argynnis paphia (Linnaeus, 1758) - Silver-washed Fritillary
Family: Nymphalidae

This species is very popular throughout Europe, occurs usually in woodlands, very often on bramble flowers. Larvae feed on various species of violets (Viola spp.)

Cetonia sp. - Rose Chaffer Beetle

The chaffer beetles are also typical woodland species, especially in more natural forests with decaying wood. Larvae of Cetoniidae live in fallen trees and develop several years. Thus, there one of the first species to be extinct when woodland are cultivated and notoriusly cleaned of dead trees. Most of the species belonging to this family are tropical, only several live in Europe.

pankajbajpai, RAP, delic, Alex99, marmottelolo, phlr, dew77, jmp, horia, anel, star74, sily, cicindela, SkyF, mikou, Maite has marked this note useful
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hi michal,
lovely shot, nice pov, well saturated colour tones, good sharpness,
tfs & regards

A nice collection of organisms, but what flower is it? :)
Great sharpness and details on the butterfly
Good OOF background
Well composed
well done

To have a BUG and a BUTTERFLY on the same flower is a sort of miracle, Michal [unless you have cut and pasted one of them :-)!].
Ha, ha, ha! I'm just joking, my friend, so don't take it to heart. A man of your solid integrity and poor manipulation skills couldn't even do that.
Sorry, I'm joking again!
Amazingly beautiful shot with razor sharp focus on both the subjects.
The colours are out of this world and the composition is perfection incarnate.
Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-13 7:32]

hi Michal,
belle image (qui date un peu :) )le résultat est bon avec une couleur intense et une netteté presque parfaite.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-03-13 7:59]

Opportune shot Michal with the luck to capture these two insects inside a very beautiful composition.

Composition: *****
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Very interesting presentation with great camera control.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

Hello Michal,
This is very unusual picture with those two species on the same flower. They don't seem to bother each others :) This is a very sharp and beautifully composed picture with excellent colors and details. I like this composition too. Well done! Thanks,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-13 9:21]

Quite unique, Michal, to have them both together. Amazing palette of colors... Very well done. Glad to see that you are alive... Cheers!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-03-13 10:28]

wow! it's a pair of insects on it! make room! very nice moment, composition, colors, focus. tfs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-13 12:02]

Hi Michal,

Lovely butterfly and a beautiful picture. Colors, details, background and the positioning on the lovely flower are wonderful.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-13 12:14]

Hi Michal.
What a nice couple you have pictured and you have done it with great skillfulness and taste. Amazing POV, terrific BG: deep, perfect blurred and coloured, Reproduction of the flowers, butterfly and bug is extremely excellent. Lighting and colours are perfect too. Superb job and TFS.

bonjour michal
bravo,deux pour le prix de un!
la cetoine est un peu dans l'ombre mais ses reflets ressortent bien,pour ce qui est du papillon jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-13 16:26]

Hello Michal,
Excellent capture.POV,vivid colros,clear details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-13 17:02]

Hello Michal
What a marvellous shot!!
I love the composition and it is perfect in all senses. It has beautiful colors and excellent sharpness, DOF and lighting.
I like the framing too, and the note is rather informative.
Well done!
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-13 17:49]

Hi Michal,
A appreciate this sign of life. In fact, flower is really full of it. Perfect deatails, composition, exposure and bg.
TFS, José m.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-14 6:38]

Hi Michal

Nice to know you are alive :)))))))
I'm guessing this is a very busy period of the year for all of us now, huh?
Anyway, nice to see another picture from oyu, my friend.
This is a superb macro showing this 2 comlpetly different species on the same flower.
The colors of the butterfly are charming, but to be perfectly honest the metallic reflections from the beetle are more appealing to me [probably because i love cars, too :))) ]
The details are really wonderful here, but i think i would have tried to use a f-stop of at least f/6 on such a difficult (despite the rather low light)...just a thought :)
Anyway, a splendi presentation.

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-14 6:42]

Hi Michal,
Beautiful double on this flower.Good composition and harmoniuos colour-combination. Well seen.
best regards

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-03-14 10:29]

Hello Michal,
Great closeup shot.
The colors are very vibrant and details are superb.
Well done.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-14 15:15]

Hi Michal!
nice spring photo from you, interesting couple, nice POV and crisp vivid colours and details, thanks for droping by :)

Musze przyznac, ze to zdjecie jakos mi sie srednio podoba, mimo, ze bardzo fajnie udalo Ci sie uchwycic motylowo-chrzaszczowa kombinacje :) Moze to wynik punktu widzenia (ani z gory, ani z gory i troche obciete kwiaty na dole w sytuacji, gdy ponad owadami jest sporo pustej przestrzeni), a moze to wynik tego, ze jakis motylek zaslania chrzaszcza! ;)
Niezle wyszla natomiast ostrosc, glebia i nasycenie kolorow. No ale co sie stalo, ze tym razem bez workshopa?? ;)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-15 15:03]

Hello Michal,
wonderful shot, the flower attract a nice variety of inscts. POV, sharpness and colors are excellent. Very well composed and presented.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-18 3:28]

Hi Michal.
This is excellent macro.Amazing colors and great sharp details.I like POV and dark green blurry BG.Superb done and nicely composed this beautiful shot.
TFS and best greetings,Milos.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-27 4:52]

Hi Michal,

I like the depth in this capture. The contrast and the colors are wonderful as well is the POV. My compliments!


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