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Mother Shipton

Mother Shipton
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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: 2008-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-20 4:58
Viewed: 3132
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everybody!
Ulla and I are back from a week's tour visiting family and friends and I thank those of you for your kind critiques that you gave me during our absence. I will now try to catch up!

This is the Mother Shipton moth (Callistege mi), one of the few day-flying species of Noctuid (Catocalinae) moths. It is fairly common in meadows in most of Sweden and the rest of Europe.

The English name refers to the markings on the forewing that resemble a witch-like face that is said to liken that of a 15th century fortune teller in England by the name of Mother Shipton. See WORKSHOP.

The larval host plants are various species of clover and grasses.

This individual was taken in a damp meadow where there is a rich growth of Marsh Valerian (Valeriana dioica) the flowers being good sources of nectar for insects such as this moth here.

This image was taken at a distance of about 2 meters with the camera hand-held. After moderate cropping and size-reduction it was selectively sharpened.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-20 5:03]

Ivan! Great to see you back! We were worried about you two (hence the forum) :-)
Great shot of this pretty moth!
It looks like it's hanging on for dear life in a howling gale :-)
Very sharp and detailed.
Perfect exposure.

Well done!


Hello Ivan,
excellent shot of this moth,beautifull color,light and most of all very sharp,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-20 5:21]

Hi Ivan,
i hope you and Ulla have enjoyed your travels. You return to us with another beauty! Excellent DOF and a very interesting pose on your Moth too, well done!

Dear Ivan
Great to have you back :O)
Excellent shot of this Mother Shipton moth ,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV.Welldone my friend.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-20 5:41]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful close up.Well caught and composed.Details,sharpness and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

There is a beauty in the symmetry of teh wings...and the butterfly is teh only thing in focus...AND if you sharpened it at all, one would never notice because of the patterns. You had a good shot to start with and ended up a winner and I'm sorry to have worried about you folks, but I am just that way. Not too many of us 'older' folks here. We have to look after each other:-)

Hello Ivan,

Very nice picture of this moth. Very good composition. Excellent POV and focus. Beautiful detail of the patterns on the wings. Excellent natural colours.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-05-20 7:18]

Hello Ivan
Beautiful cristal clear image.Excellent POV and lovely OOF BG.Light and colors are also very nice.
TFS Michel

Hi Ivan,
Welcome back! Splendid macro from an expert on the butterflies and from excellent photography! TFS.

Ps. A surprise is waiting for you:) [http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=164884]

Hi Ivan

Beautiful composition.Excellent sharpness,colour and detail.


Hello Ivan,
great macro-shot of this moth,
I like especialy the texture of wings,
excellent focus, splendid colours and wonderfull composition,

Meravigliosa macro, splendida composizione che mostra tutta la bellezza di questa falena mentre si ciba del suo nettare, eccellente nitidezza, bellissimi i colori e la luminosità. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-20 12:59]

Bonsoir Ivan
Je suis de retour, très belle macro, très belle netteté et couleurs, très belle attitude du sujet.
Bravo, amicalement Robi

hi Ivan,
interesting capture of this moth from the attractive texture and with the attentive eye

best sERGIO

Welcome back Ivan,
We were beginning to miss your fine captures from every corner of the creative nature, and now feast our eyes with the present close up of a day moth from a near vertical viewpoint. Indebted to you my friend, for sharing this fine moment with us.

Hi Ivan,

Very good capture of this Mother Shipton with great sharp details, good POV, DOF and nice colours.



merhaba Ivan,
nice to see both of you again.
today, you also posted a Lepidopteran species, but your different and belongs to a moth. As you know, they are known less than butterflies. Nice to learn more about them with your nice macro-shot. Like informative notes; focus, composition and POV also great. thanks. best wishes my friend

Gran enfoque y sobre todo una bella composición, jugando para la composición con ese original equilibrio. Muy buena luz y colores.
Un saludo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-20 23:30]

Hi Ivan

Really good shot - beautiful POV showing the moth in its natural habitat.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-21 3:00]

Hello Ivan, What a shot of this superb moth. Lovely sharpness and great details you have provided. Excellent shot with lovely lighting. Ganesh

Hello Ivan,
Happy to see you back.:) Beautiful picture of the Mother Shipton Moth.I liked the unusual but excellent perspective that shows its head and beautiful wings.Excellent sharpness and details. Good colours and nice OOf background.
Thanks for the share,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-21 5:05]

hello Ivan,
Very nicely photographed this day active Noctuidae. Good decentred composition and sharpness.Interesting note too.
Thanks a lot

Hallo Ivan
Time is little, but I cannot pass without leaving my comment and appreciation for this beautiful photograph. Wow! A most pleasing sight. The rich and warm colours of the moth are stunning. Good focus and sharp details. The details of this photo are of high quality and really outstanding and the photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. It is actually difficult to describe the beauty of this butterfly. Perfectly framed and pleasing to the eye. It was lovely to look at.
Kind regards

hello Ivan

beautiful shot of this butterfly, with very fine POV and DOF,
excellent luminosity of the image, great sharpness and details
of the subject and other parts of the foreground of the image,



Hi Ivan,
Welcome back. A lovely capture of this beautiful moth. Excellent composition and lovely details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola Iván.
Una belleza esta imagen, con esos detalles tan nitidos.
Excelente trabajo y muy buen comentario.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-21 8:12]

Hi Ivan,
Outstanding shot of this gorgeous moth in a fine pose. Very impressive colours, sharpness, markings and details on its tiny wings and the bright sunlight gives it perfect illumination. I like the natural surrounding here and the way it clings on to those tiny flowers. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-21 8:34]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful and sharp-detailed photo. Excellent colours, POV and DOF.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-05-21 11:24]

Hi Ivan,
....and to think how small this moth is! You got it in full action, masterful light and sharp. But most of all its a beautiful composition.
Well done, Ivan, as usual.
My best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-21 12:46]

Hi Ivan. Good to see you back from your trip. i like your POV in this picture of the Moth with the open wings. This top view shows all the markings in fine detail and natural looking colours. well seen and taken hand held. well done TFS.

Welcome back after a week's vacation from TN, Ivan. Hope your family are well.
I began with a look at your workshop. My Gestalt makes me see a weird face.
The moth and the pink flowers make a beautiful composition. The colours and details are perfect on both the flowers and the moth.
At 1/1250, you have attained a BG without blemish.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-22 3:04]

This is a new butterfly to me Ivan. It is a superb shot, with nice sharp details and lovely colours which are really complimented by the pretty flowers.

Hi Ivan, superb composition with beautiful moth and lovely flower, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Ivan
Très belle prise de vue,les couleurs douces, l'éclairage, les détails et la composition sont parfaits et le BG est très joli.
superbe ce papillon
Bravo et merci....JP

Hello Ivan,
My respect to all your butterfly postings which is as good as ever with the birds images as well!
another great size with perfect sharpness, good colour and details all round in the shot!
my best regards
from NZ, Tony

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