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blue is beauty

blue is beauty
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-08
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my best 25 photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-03 10:33
Viewed: 3968
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 59
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is one of the most common butterflies in Europe. The males are a striking bluish-violet colour, but females are brown with orange spots near the margins of the wings. In both sexes, the undersides of the wings are greyish brown with blackish spots and orange crescents towards the margins of the wings . The caterpillar has a stout body, which tapers towards the tips. The head is black and the body is green. A darker green line bordered with white passes along the centre of the back. There is also a whitish-green line along the sides . This part is from

oke, this shot I too almost one year ago. I send this in because it is in the Netherlands a very bad butterfly year. That come through the two hot summers we had last year, and the year before. I hope you like it.
gr. jaap

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Hello Jaap! Excellent light, colors, details, sharpness and composition in your closeup. Great POV showing both the inner and outer wing patterns/colors.. I like it, Very well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-08-03 10:53]

Excellent point of view, Jaap.
Beautiful composition and details. I like the lighting on this one. Excellent work. No nits from across the pond. :) :)
Any news on the closeup lens?


Great shot, Jaap.
Me too, it's a really bad year for butterflies-:-(( But yesterday I found a Red Amiral and I was really happy.
Very good composition, nice colours aand goo details.
Excellent work.

Great capture of this beautiful butterfly, Jaap!

I wish these were common around here....

I like very much, that in this detailed composition, you have managed to display both sides of the wings and their lovlely colors.

Well done and thank you.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-03 11:25]

Hello Carper!
Wonderful capture,colors,details,sharpness and composition.Thanks for posting.

Hello Jaap

An impressive shot. Excellent close sharp details. POV is good showing so many tiny hairs on the body. Good light and OOF BG. You have done well to get both the top and bottom of the wing. Nicely done. Thanks.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-03 13:27]

Jaap, this is a very beautiful shot.

Great pov, composition, and blurred bg. I do enjoy colors and sharpness too.


Very nice shot !
A very beautiful blue.
Good DOF and good details.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2638 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-08-03 14:11]

Yeah Jaap, you are right - very common butterfly but still very pretty. And very, very hard to capture. These insects seems to be alvays on the move and even when they sit almost always close their wings. Very nice capture my friend, we can see inner and outer side of wings which are quite different. DOF and sharpness are good, you've got nice light so colours are bright and saturated. Very nice work here!

Hi Jaap
Excellent capture, I post the same butterfly but the color blue is more visible than on my post, excellent detail color and texture
In a friendly way Christophe

Hello Jaap,
great shot of this butterfly. Details and sharpness are exellent. Great Work.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-03 17:19]

Hello Jaap, very good shot of this butterfly. I like the point of view and it's a good composition. The head and eyes are nice and sharp. Good work not to overexpose the grass. Well done.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-03 17:36]

Jaap jongen,

Het gaat niet goed. weer een blauwtje.

Prachtige foto, Jaap, met erg goede natuurlijke kleuren em prachtig scherpe deatails.
Nou, zo kan die wel weer.



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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-03 17:45]

Excellent detail and DOF, nicely plain BG to focus on the main subject. Composition does not work for me though. The shadowed wing in front is emphasized by the brilliant blue one behind, which makes it look a bit flat, takes away the 3D. The brilliant blue wingtip and the eye of the butterfly both are natural eyecatchers, and they both compete for attention. I don't know where to look!
Still it is a good shot, and I really like the body hair of this butterfly which really comes out in all its fluffy detail.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-03 18:55]

Hello Jaap,
Its a great capture.
The composition and POV are very good.
Nice colours and detail,great DOF and a nice clear background.
Overall impact-excellent.


Great shot Jaap,
Good sharp detail and good POV. Nicely exposed and superb colours. Good composition.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

Outra captura perfeita.

Hi Jaap,
Very nice shot! I like much the blue of the butterfly which is very quite enlightened on this photograph. The details are very sharp, put aside the top of the wing of the foreground, but that does not waste the quality of the unit.
TFS, cordially,

Excellent details & sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Fantastic work! Well done, Jaap.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-04 4:26]

Hello Jaap!
Very nice butterfly capture.Lighting,details,POV and composition are wonderful.DOF is not at Pieter's standart but enough large for me;).Very well done!I like it a lot.TFS...:-)

Hi Jaap,
Sharp and clear image, beautiful colour.

Hello Jaap!
Very nice macro.Details,POV,colors and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2005-08-04 8:29]

Hi Jaap!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. I think fill flash would have help.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-04 23:27]

Great shot, fantastic colours & details i like the compositon very very well done Jaap,


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-08-05 2:12]

Hoi Jaap,
Een beetje laat maar niet vergeten, opnieuw de grootte Jaap te zien, met deze schitterende vlinder, en met het oud toestel, en schitterend gemaakt Jaap zowel van kleur als van positie.
Mijn complimenten Jaap.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-05 3:36]

Woooow ! What a superb "Azuré" that you have well captured ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are great !!! Congratulations Jaap and thanks for sharing.

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-05 16:35]

Very good shot of this Lycaenidae!
Very good BG and colors!

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-08-06 17:44]

Prachtige vlinder op de foto gezet.
Mooi scherp en fraai van kleur.


Vriend, Jaap. This is a very good macro shot. Most of the advice has been mentioned so I am only going to say you deserve two points for this capture.

  • Georges Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-28 15:53]

C'est jolie bien recadré et la mise au point sur la tete impeccable. Les couleurs de cet insecte sont splendides.
Bravo Jaap j'aime bien.

Etes vous en mode Macro ou super Macro sur votre s7000?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-12 6:59]

I think we have these butterflies here in NZ in summer too Jaap, so I will be looking out for them. We are very short on B'flies here and hardly seem to see any.
This is such a good shot and the irridescent blue of the wings just peaking out is beautiful. Her body is so sharp and the blue hairs stand out so well Marvellous shot.

Hello Jaap
Just a beautiful specimen. Color and sharpness are perfect. Very well done.

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