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Hipparchia semele

Hipparchia semele
Photo Information
Copyright: Hugo Figueiredo (hffigueiredo) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 23] (271)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mimicry, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 - [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-05 13:50
Viewed: 3577
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hipparchia semele (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Satyridae
Wingspan: 50-56mm
Distribution: Central and Meridional Europe, and Russia. In Portugal appears in the north and centre regions.

This buttefly is common in this area, generaly found near woods, Pine or Chesnut trees. Excelent camouflage, they settle on trunks or on the ground, most of the times you can only see them when they move.

This one was actually taken when I was approaching a lizard, that ran away, and the butterfly stood there waiting to be photographed.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-05 14:11]

Hello Hugo,
you present an excellent close-up of H. semele. Details of the complex wing pattern, the head and the legs are clearly visible. Also the colours are nice and natural. However, I would prefer that a little more of the butterfly's surrounding, i.e. the tree trunk, becomes visible. This would underline the excellent camouflage of the butterly.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-05 14:22]

Hi Hugo,

Very sharp shot,maybe cropped a bit to tight but like it anyway,TFS


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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-10-05 14:50]

Hi Hugo,
This is an extremely good presentation of the Grayling in close to "grayscale" colours that have been rendered with full differentiation and distinctness of lines and patterns! It's a very attractive close-up and not too intrusive, although less cropping would create a fuller atmosphere. TFS and best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-05 14:55]

That's a very nice shot with fantastic detail and colour but I think you've perhaps cropped it too tightly.
TFS, Ulla

Hi Hugo
One of my fovorite butterflies. Very good job. I agree Maybe you crop it to much.
Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-05 17:47]

Hola Hugo, Hermosa mariposa prácticamente del color de su entorno,excelente compo y muy original. saludos

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-14 11:21]

Impresionante macro, Hugo!
Realmente excelente con una magnífica nitidez y detalles, perfecta luminosidad y colorido.

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