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The Effect of Light and Shade

The Effect of Light and Shade
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/350 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-08-14 2:34
Viewed: 3559
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Camberwell beauty /Mourning Cloak , Nymphalis antiopa

Swedish name: Sorgmantel. This means the same as the N. American name, mourning cloak.
The English name is owing to its discovery in a suburb of London in the early nineteenth century. In the UK it is a rare arrival from the continent.

This striking species occurs in most of Sweden, though it is rare in the very South where I live and it is not particularly common anywhere. It occurs in most of N and C. Europe, as well as N. America, especially Canada.

This one was exceptionally early. It usually emerges in July/August to over winter in piles of logs or hollow trees, but never in buildings like Peacock or tortoiseshell butterflies. After hibernation the creamy yellow wing borders as seen here, pale to almost white.

The larval host plant is mainly willow and its numbers fluctuate partly because of parasitizing of the caterpillars.

Notice how the blue spots vary in colour from blue to lilac according to the angle viewed.

The typical habitat is at the edge of conifer woodlands where there are willow and birch trees. It is not attracted to flowers, but sweet rotting fruit and the sugary sap from damaged trees are an attraction. Here it is probing for sap on our apple tree. A rare visitor to our garden.

It was taking with my long lens using my cheap tripod as support at a distance of about 3 meters (10ft) After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

Here the mixture of light and shade causes a 3-D effect. Though I prefer the main image, a less complicated view with a better BG can be seen in the WORKSHOP.

maaciejka, maurydv, siggi, cirano, anel, cloud, mikou, marius-secan, bungbing, Dis. Ac., meyerd, peter_stoeckl, jusninasirun, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hi Ivan, my neighbour today.
Very nice photo of this butterfly. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours. Great composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-14 3:06]

Hi Ivan,2 magnificent ics but this is great! How is nice the light effect,the butterflies is a rare beauty that i never seen in my country and the camera settings are fanastics....my best compliments,have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Ivan,
a superb macro shot of the Camberwell beauty, very beautiful picture in workshop too, very good sharpness and fantastic lighting, very nice close composition
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-14 4:57]

Hello Ivan.
A beautiful butterfly with wonderfully deep and rich colors. Markings are shown with excellent details and textures. I love the position with the wings opened. Best regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,
Nicely done,you have captured this mourning cloak well.The colours and textures show really well.Excellent focus.Well composed

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-14 5:26]

Hello Ivan.
Wonderful shot of this Nymphalis! Great depth and very beautiful colors, excellent composition and POV.
Thanks for sharing

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-08-14 5:32]

Hello Ivan,
What a beautiful butterfly,i never seen before....
Excellent light,colors and wondrful composition.Very fine sharpness and details too.Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday!...

Interesting effect, nice photo, beautiful subject. regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-14 7:14]

Bonjour Ivan,
Etonnée de voir que vous voyez ce papillon en juillet. Chez nous c'est surtout au printemps qu'on peut le voir. Un "must" pour tous les amateurs de papillons, mais je n'ai jamais pu en faire une photo valable. Il est vrai que je préfère aussi ton image principale, parce que ce mélange d'ombre et de lumière donne l'image un aspect plus mystérieux qui convient bien à Nymphalis antiopa.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-08-14 7:27]

Hello Ivan,
It's very beautiful species but result of taking this one very often is far from very good. Colours and pattern are attractive but here aren't too good. Maybe it need special soft light. I've never been satisfied with my attempt taking this species.
Best regards, Pawel

hello Ivan
a super good composition with nice details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-14 8:01]

Hello Ivan,
A photo in very beautiful light and colours. Wonderful BG. Difficult sharpness with such patterns. Nice composition. I like the WS photo too.

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful with great sharpness, colours and a lovely natural background...and good DOF. What a pleasure to view. Well done and best wishes.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-08-14 9:34]

Hi Ivan.
Very beautiful macro shot with very good angle view. It is the largest species of butterfly in my country. He is a regular visitor to my garden, but this year I not see him, unfortunately. Your capture is really beautifully composed with the interesting effect of light and shadow. Really like the capture of natural colors mainly blue color on its wings. Amazing butterfly and this one is in great shape. Well done, as well as a picture in the workshop. However, the main one I like more. Thank you for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Ivan,
Another superb species of butterfly. Great clarity, very good focus and nice composition.
Thanks for sharing and for the interesting photographers note.

Ciao Ivan, great macro of fantastic beauty, rare in my country, I see only a time, splendid light, wonderful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Fantastic photo Ivan! The POV, the composition, the lighting, the colours and the sharpness are excellent. Interesting note too.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-08-14 23:39]

Hi Ivan,

Lovely example of photonics, especially in the WS! The butterfly is very beautiful and the capture excellent.

TFS and best regards,


Hello Ivan,
Beautiful captured of this lovely butterfly, exposure well controlled, excellent point of view and beautiful colours on it's wings, depth of field perfectly adjusted and very nice details sharpness,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

very intersting composition your frame from this POV, great performance!
regards Nasos

this is one from my favorite butterfly Ivan, still I have not find it, I hope soon, congratulations for the capture !

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Hello Ivan,

what an beautiful butterfly you showed us today with razor sharpness and good pov.
Fine colors.


Realmente bonita esta mariposa que yo aún no he podido fotografiar nunca.
Buenos colores. El conjunto se ve algo distorsionado.
Un abrazo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ivan,

this is the summum of all butterflies, and you took the shot in your garden! Fantastic lighting brings the unusual colors out. That seems to a one-in-a-lifetime shot. My compliments!

Best regards

I like the title Ivan. It gives some mystic quality to the image. Nice to mix Of liighting and textures once in a while. Applause on this one buddy.

Bonjour Ivan,
Je suis en admiration devant ta photo. La posture et les couleurs sont vraiment magnifiques.
Je suis un peu jaloux, car je ne le rencontre pas souvent, et il est régulièrement abîmé.
merci beaucoup

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-27 23:45]

Hello Ivan,
very nice blue dots and markings around the wings. So exciting to see it glows and the view is so pleasant.
nice color contrast to give the subject stands out very well.


Hello Ivan,
Antiopa delightfully well balanced betwen light and shadow - a very artistic presentation with fascinatingly rich colours and high emotional appeal. Great work, I like it very much.
With thanks and best regards from Austria,

Hello Ivan,
I have never seen butterfly with this type of markings on the wings. The spreading wings and downward perch exhibits fine details for closer inspection.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Ivan

I agree with you the background of the one on the WS
is better with a beautiful bokeh, both excellent photos,
with fine POVs, excellent focus sharpness details, TFS


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