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In the last rays of Sun

In the last rays of Sun
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/885 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-06-14 3:26
Viewed: 4180
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meadows at this time of the year are full of wild flowers as well as Blue and Copper butterflies.

This one is probably a female of Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas). It's Polish name can be translated as Glowing Red or something like that.
They can be found in grassland of all types, in open woodland and along hedgerows.

I found this one on the meadows nearby my house. The meadows are full of flowers now. I tried to take a landscape picture to show you how beautiful they are, but I think that's impossible. On every picture I took, the meadows look very poor. Not even half as beautiful as in reality. I posted to workshop one shot showing some of the flowers growing there.

Anyway, the picture of butterfly have been taken shortly before sunset. The Sun was very low what gave nice lighting and allow me to take a picture with sky in BG without using flash. The butterfly seemed to bask in the last rays of Sun and it was a very good model.
I didn't really noticed the shadows of grass on butterfly's wings when taking the picture. Hope they aren't very distracting.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-14 3:33]

Hello Monika,
Wonderful butterfly macro.I liked vivid colors,POV,use of light,framing and composition a lot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-14 3:45]

Hello Monika,

very nice shot. The composition is excellent and the lighting is very good too. The shadows aren't too distracting but would like to see a few more or none :-)

Lovely shot!

Piękne zdjęcie tego modraszka. Może bym je nieco rozjaśnił - ale tylko troszkę ;-D


Hello Monika!
You know I have a thing about the blue BG's ;-) The butterfly you captured is very beautiful with that red on the wings! Maybe it's common in Poland, but i've never seen it in my country! Upper side is the sky and below of the sky is a blurry long meadows which has nice brown and green mixing! pov is great and the diagonal position of the butterfly remeinded me a gift box ornament! It's really a nice gift to us! That shades didn't distruct my attention and your meadow looks so beautiful! So it made me would like to drink a tea with you on that meadow! ;-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-14 5:27]

Hello Monika,
A great capture of this butterfly.
An excellent POV with lovely colours and detail.
I didnt notice the shadows till I read your note,they are hardly noticable.
Excellent work,TFS

Hi Monika
Beautiful composition and a beautiful butterfly too.
Excellent timing with the wings wide open and a great BG that gives points to your theme.


Very well composed vertical pic. The POV, DOF, BG, sharpness and colour are excellent once again. Keep up the good work. TFS,

Hi Monika

Lovely butterfly. Nicely composed with good light and crisp, clear, sharp details. Excellent saturation of colour. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-14 6:46]
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Hi Monika,
This is beautiful, the first thing that struck me is the lovely warm light and the rich saturated colours, just beautiful. Great POV and excellent detail. This is definitely a 'Monika' shot :-) The exposure on the background is excellent too, it looks very warm and the contrasting colours are excellent. And there is that really strange shutter speed again :-) Great shot!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-14 6:59]

Hello Monika,
looks like nature has painted this wonderful macro. Beautiful composition, very simple lines and yet a wonderful impact. Great POV and DoF.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-14 7:09]
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What a nice shot for this beautiful butterfly ! Composition, colors, light, BG, DOF and sharpness are very good. Just a strange effect around antenans...
Congratulations Monika and thanks for sharing.

Hello monika, great Job, Perfect lighting, BG, POV great work, TFS Kyle

No time for a decent critique today mf,
BUT a well deserved :)

You know Monika, the shots that you and Greg have posted over the years have opened my eyes to Poland. I used to think it was a drab, cold hostile-looking place. Your work shows that there are many beautiful places and many fasinating creatures in you country. Thank you for continuing to enlighten me, perhaps one day I'll have to make the long jouney and see for myself.
Great shot as usual, I don't think I've seen this species before. Composition is wonderful with trademark POV. Keep 'em coming.

Bonjour Monika
Il est superbe ce macro! Composition très belle avec de belles couleurs, et très beaux détails. Il y a un peut d'ombre qui distrait sur le coté droit.
Merci pour le partage .

Au revoir et merci....JP

Hi Monika !
Such a beautiful shot ! Excellent deztails and colors, and a wonderful composition. The BG is also very nice, these green and blue colors make a beautiful cntrast with the warm and bright colors of the butterfly. Very well done !

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-14 14:25]

Wonderful picture. The shade is maybe a bit harsh, but the colors are great and the composition is just excellent. Well done Monika & TFS!


Hi Monika,
that's beautiful, the arrangement so pretty and the colours so warm, excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-14 15:23]


this is such a nice picture of this butterfly. It really highlights the colours well and the shadow does not detract too much from the b'fly.

the postition of the horizon in this picture was the important part and you got it so very right. If it had been with no sky, it woudl just not have worked at all.

Excelletn shot.



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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-14 15:58]


hmmmmm... doskonałe!
Podoba sie bardzo.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-14 16:37]

Your meadows must be a joy to visit right now Monika. I belive you when you say they are full of flowers, even if the photo doesn't show so!!
Beautiful butterfly, stunning colours and light too. Well shown,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-14 17:12]

Hi Monika,
This neat and colorful butterfly agains this lightly visible landscape, with this so very well positioned horizon make a really lovely shot! Very well done!!
TFS, José M.

Lovely shot Monika. This low POV is becoming very much your trademark and which you work to great effect. Compositions are always your strength and this is great. The shadows on the butterfly are the only thing from excellence. Well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-15 4:15]

Very good shot of this Lycaenidae, Monika!
Excellent POV and colours!
A bit darker on the center of the butterfly, but a very good photo!
The colours are very good!
5* and TFS!

Once again... love this technique once our bugs are back I am gonna try this. It looks great. Well done.

Beautiful subject on a very nice semi soft background the detail and colors are really nice Monika, Well done. Excellente Mama Mia, Fantastico! I like a meat a balls on a my spaghetti. :)

Znakomicie pokazany motylek :-)
BDB kadr, kolory i ostrosc.
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

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