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Icarus in love

Icarus in love
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Copyright: Maite SRivero (Maite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lycaenidae Butterflies, 'Blues' of the Butterfly World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-08 6:48
Viewed: 5170
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 122
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Polyommatus icarus

Many things have been said yet of this little species. Please, let me be concise this time.
The shot was taken last summer in the place of my vacation, Sorriba del Esla, and I did only a slight cutting.

I hope you like it.
Thank you very much for your visit and have a nice day.

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Hello Maite!
Lovely picture of the lovers! ;) Very optimistic and full of positive energy, if I can say something like this about butterflies :)
I like colours and compostion of this photo. Also contrast between insects and delicate BG looks very good :)
TFS and have a very nice weekend!

PS. Just for fun please feel free to look at my picture of "insects in love" here

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-08 6:57]

Hi, dear Maite.
I see the Spain is too similar to the South of Ukraine. We have similar landscapes, seas, plants and butterflies, at last. I have similar shots too and I am happy that we have similar taste, subjects and photos. Amazing scene, pleasant summer sunlight and natural colours, great DOF, sharpness of the plant and butterfly an smoothness of the BG. Cropping and composition are excellent too.
P.S. In a few seconds I'll mark your as my loved and favorite TN member despite 50-limit.

Hello Maite,
You capture the moment very well, and the wing patterns are simply wonderful!
Fine dynamic composition, attractive colours...
DOF spot on makes the insects stand out very well on the blurry background!
Pablo -

Hi Neighbor,
A beautiful capture of these cute ones in love. What a pity we humans only know and feel what love is. To them it is only to plan how to make themselves survive in this mad mad world. Very nicely composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

beautiful moment captured, excellent composition and quality

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-08 7:21]

Hola Maite.- Bella foto, exelente momento captado en este macro, con muy alta nitidez.
Los amantes parecen estar muy ocupados en su afan por dejar decendencia de su especie, como todo ser viviente en la Naturaleza.
Saludos Maite, y que tengas un buen fin de semana.

Hello Maite,
Very Nicely Done... the subject is captured with excellent detail while retaining the sensitivity of the moment. BG and POV are comlimentary. Very Talented Composition! TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-08 7:55]

Hello Maite,
great shot of these two :)
Looks like a little dame with a huge muscular guy ;)
The shallow DOF works really well here. Just about all of both butterflies are in perfect focus while the BG has been blurred so well.
Excellent exposure that has eliminated any potential burnt out areas and shadowed areas.
Great POV that is parallel to the butterflies and a good composition.
I like the warm colours and lighting.
Well done Maite ;)

Hola Maite,
Que momento!
Muy buena esta escena donde podemos apreciar con lujo de detalles a este par en plena acción.
Muy agradable luz y foco preciso para lograr esta gran nitidez.
El fondo difuso hace resaltar muy bien a las mariposas.
Enhorabuena! y que bueno que la subiste a TN.
Un gran saludo,

hola Maite
....love and happiness.....
nice capture and nice colors

cheers sERGIO

Ciao Maite,
veramente simpatica questa coppia di Polyommatus icarus!
Complimenti per essere riuscita a riprenderli così bene: i colori sono naturali e la nitidezza perfetta.

Hi Maite,
Thanks for posting this courting couple. They stand out well against the BG and show very natural colours. Good exposure and sharpness. Thanks

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-08 9:44]

Hello Maite,
Great shot of these two in cop. Great focus and sharp details. I love the colours of butterflies and background. A very beautiful composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Maite!

Well, if I would cross such a beauty, I would fell in love, too!

You have captured a wonderful moment, held in captive colors and put together in a fine composition.

A pleasure to look at!

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-08 9:54]

Hi Maite. You have captured a fine close up shot. Good detail and colours. your sharp focusing shaows the markings so well. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Gran equilibrio y preciso encuadre en esta singular toma. La cópula es representada de manera perfecta ( porque mira que es dificil hacerlo con las mariposas ...) El conjunto de colores ocres,naranjas, pasteles,etc crea un soberbio conjunto. Buen control de la potente luz en el momento de la toma. Buen trabajo Maite.

J. Ignasi

Hola Maite,
You are a great nature photographer and is good! I loved all your excellent photos in the gallery!
this one is no exception which is well captured with a wonderful pose of the blues in perfect sharpness, vivid colouration and so much details to enjoy from the shot!
well done indeed
muchas gracias

Hola Maite, love is in the air for this lovely couple, great composition with splendid colors, excellent sharpnesss, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-12-08 16:49]

Hello Maite,
Very beautiful presentation of this 2 butterflies
mating, great POV, very sharp and well composed
..Well done


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-09 0:55]

Hola Maite,
a well captured butterfly couple with very good focus on the male and the female. Light and brightness are well balanced and the resulting colours appear pleasant and natural.
Best wishes, Peter

hello maite,
nice capture of the mating butterfly, your pov is just perfect and the details are clearly visible,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-09 4:28]

Hi Maite,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you and will be back later with a proper critique.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-09 7:10]

selam Maite
wonderful close-up working on these beautiful butterflies while they are in mating
i like composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours and details
thanks for sharing

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-09 12:19]

Hi Maite,
a very delicate looking shot with nice subtle light, perfect DOF and a great detail, great work.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-12-09 12:54]

Bonjour Maite,

Bravo pour la compo et les belles couleurs.
Merci pour le partage.

hello maité
2 pour le prix d'un, c'est super
magnifique présentation, jolies couleurs partfait bg, bravo félicitations

Useful photo Maite. A little gardening can help can't it? Nicely framed.

I like the maiting pair. The male seems much larger which is common in this species.

Hello Maite,
Great capture of this mating pair of hairstreak's. Nice DOF and details..
I did a WS to try and improve your post today.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-12-10 13:27]

Hi Maite

A splendid close-up on these two lovely Icarus in love :)
I really must congratulate you here for a terrific positioning and choice of DOF. Your POV is excellent and you managed to keep them both in perfect focus while still blurring the BG superbly. This way there is simply nothing else in the frame to distract the attention.
Also the exposure is very well managed. I feel that the light intensity and contrast are just fine here.
Wonderful colors and great composition as well, to top this presentation with.

Bravo and TFS

Hola Maite,
Extraordinario el momento captado con gran nitidez y detalle, muy buena la definición donde se aprecian muy bien los detalles, bonito el color que se aprecia muy natural, excelente la composición, saludos
José Ramón

Wouaw Maite,
great macro shot, all is in focus, splendid warm colors very well satured with a perfect management of exposure,
I like the composition and background

Hello Maite,
Magnificent picture! Splendid flagrant!
Exuberant butterflies guarantees the perpetuation of the species!
Very appropriate POV and excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

bonjour maité
bien vu,en avoir un c'est bien mais les deux...bravo.
même si le WS de howard etait utile la photo de base est tres bonne.
vraiment bien.

Hello Maite,
What a nice moment of the scene you've captured!!
I've not seen this butterfly mating that much so far. :-)
Very beautiful capture with excellent details and focusing here.
Alos, I can see the very lovely overall colouration here as usual. :-)
Well presented with little friends,
TFS and best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-11 14:42]

isn't easy to take one of this insect beacuse are always moving!! you make a little record,2 toghether,a very nice scoop,thanks for share,Luciano

How lucky for you to see two in one shot.
Very nice focus Maite.The composition is very good too. A very beautiful insect. Thanks for sharing.
Sorry I have been absent...I miss seeing your images.
Good day to you.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-12 3:54]

Hello Maite, great moment ! The composition is very good, the picture is very sharp and the light is fabulous, well done again ! Thanks,


Wow! O love the shot... and I love the Workshop. Here is a great example of how TN really teaches everyone... Thanks to Maite AND Howard...I am still a basic learner in PP!

Your work is getting better & better.
These are MOST delicate species and in your imaging of them this fact STANDS out well.
Great photography.
Mario from the COLD.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-16 13:18]

Hola Maite,
precioso trabajo,
los detalles cuasi eróticos... :))
bonito trabajo y gran composición,
encuadre excelente,
saludos amiga.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2007-12-17 1:36]

Hello Maite
A beautiful capture of these cute ones in love. Very good details
well done!

Maite, this is a remarkable capture of the two mating butterflies.
The shot is well composed and the colours and details are excellent.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-17 4:00]

Hello Maite,
What an exquiste image, with great focus throughout, beautiful lighting and depth of field isolates the subjects so well, great job Maite.

Hello Maite,
It is wonderful to see 2 beauties in a picture. This mating scene is well seen. POV and composition are great. A perfect soft background to stand out the 2 beauties.

Fantástica imagen por partida doble. Dos ejemplares bellísimos y muy bien captados.
Buenos reflejos y excelentes texturas.
Saludos, JL.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-23 11:39]

Hello Maite

A lovely shot of what butterflies do!
very good timing to catch the moment.
The focus and details are sharp,and the lighting and colours are natural.
Very well composed in the portrait style.


Hi Maite, what an amazing capture! You get both of them in good focus, excellent composition, exposure, details and colors! Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-28 12:45]

Hi Maite

Lovely shot of this pair. Lovely light and well composed. Excellent DOF and POV



Hello Maite
Very intersting mating scene you captured,
Perfect composition,details and BG,

Best wishes for 2008

Olá Maite,
Admirável foto, com ótima nitidez, grande ponto de vista e excelente composição.
O tema é brilhante

Hello Maite,
Well exposed image. Very good composition. Excellent light.
Positive energy, copying Radomir.
Well done

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-06 3:21]

Hi Maite,
great work, beautiful perspective
nice DOF and background
best regards, Dejan

Hello Maite,
As usual great shot. Number of collected points is really amazing - I'm goint to add 2 more ;-)


Hola Maite.

Pues si que las has pillado en buen momento, es una especie de lo mas bonito.
Gracias por buscarme el nombre de la flor.
La llamare el Jazmin de Maite con tu permiso.

Jose Luis

Lovely picture of these insects mating. Really a beautiful shot. Great sharp focus on such a small subject.

Hello Maite. Excellent capture if these butterflies having their moments. I like the sharpness maintained throughout the butterflies and yet muting the background very well. The perch on that small flower makes it stunning. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-01 1:29]

Hola Mate,
Lovely mating shot with a very good timing. Bacground, warm lighting, color tones, composition, POV and details are very nice. TFS
All the best,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-07 0:46]

Hi Maite,
Thank for your vist to my gallery earlier and marking your commenst on the blue i posted.They are such wonderfil little butterflies arent they. And how nice to find them mating here in your gallery.Excellent use of lighting picking up details on the wings. I like the PoV that creates a great DoF.The streaks of green that i see on the Bg i presume are weeds or grass and they add a nice dash of green to the composition.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Maite again,
A great moment captured the best way, perfect sharpness and compo. Tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-06-29 15:41]

Hola Maite.

Muy linda foto, me gusta la composicion y esos tonos cafes con excelentes detalles y nitidez,una muy buena macro, buena nota.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-11 7:01]

Hello Maite,
really lovely shot of the species.Great clarity and very sharp though the background is also brownish.
Beautifully composed and perfect moment in capturing the scene.
Excellent job.


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