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Large Copper

Large Copper
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Rebel EOS 300D, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-07-23 0:09
Viewed: 2845
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Large Copper (Lycaena dispar) is a European butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. The British race of this butterfly (dispar) has been extinct for over 150 years (since 1864). Most of our knowledge of its life cycle and ecology comes from studies of the similar race (batavus) found in The Netherlands. The species can be identified by the silvery hindwing undersides, from the large specimens of the related, more common, drier habitat species Lycaena virgaureae and Lycaena hippothoe.The species has been in severe decline in Britain due to the great reduction of fen habitat due to expansion of the human population. In the rest of the Western Europe, the draining of wetlands and building and agricultural activity on shallow riverbanks has caused a strong decline. In Eastern Europe, undeveloped riverbanks and deltas are a habitat for the species, though even there it is somewhat threatened due increasing human influence on these areas.

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Quelles belles teintes ! Bonnes explications.
Bonne journée.

Hi Pawel,
Great macro capture of this Large Copper. Good POV and composition, amazing copper colours, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.

Buen encuadre y unos colores que aunque parecen un poco saturados son muy bellos. Buen enfoque.
Saludos Pawel.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-23 2:34]

Hi Pawel,what a beautifulls colors,the dark background help too,perfect details and sharpenss and great choice of point of view,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Pawel,

eye-catching, well composed presentatation, perfectly well isolated from a pleasantly contrasting soft green background.
Telling from the markings, to my knowledge, you have presented a male of the closely related

Scarce Copper (Lycaena virgaureae).

L. dispar usually would show a black spot in the centre of the upper side of forewing, and less well developed black spots at the margins of hindwings.

> www.lepidoptera.pl
> http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=170554

Nevertheless, a very nice, cheerfully pleasant picture.
Thank you for that!

With best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-23 4:03]

Hello Pawel,
this is a wonderful butterfly shot. I like it very much. Very good POV, sharpness, exposure and great colours. This is a great composition. Regards Siggi

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-23 4:29]

Czesc Pawel!

Bardzo ladna fotka. Piekne, zywe kolory owada na stonowanym i rozmytym tle. Ladna kompozycja. Chyba nigdy nie widzialem motyli z pokrewnych gatunkow z w pelni rozlozonymi skrzydelkami - strasznie niesmiale sa :-)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-23 7:46]

Hello Pawel,
A fine capture of a male Scarce copper (Lycaena virgaureae) with good sharpness and contrast against a great OOF dark green BG in an excellent composition.
TFS this beauty,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-23 8:07]

Hello Pawel,
Superb photo in wonderful contrasting colours. Very sharp. Good POV, composition and DOF.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-23 8:14]

Hello Pawel,
Yes, this is the Scarce Copper, a lovely butterlfy that is flying here now too. Excellent capture of this one in a fine pose. Fine details and colours that stand out against the green background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Piękny włochacz :)
Piękne kolory i perfekcyjne tło.
Może wybrałabym trochę inny kadr (ale to moje zdanie)
Pozdrawiam Małgosia

Excellent shot Pawel with bright orange colours and beautiful background. Very well done. Best regards,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-23 11:59]

hi Pawel,
superbe image aux couleurs jaillissante. Magnifique composition, netteté parfaite.


Hello Pawel,

This is a very dynamic image. Your butterfly actually glows. It is probably just me but the orientation of the butterfly feels uncomfortable... like he is going to fall onto my desktop!! I tried a rotation in a workshop just to see how it would look and feel.
I love the out of focus background.


Very beautiful capture, details, colors and this POV up-down.
Wishes, Diana

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