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The End of the Day

The End of the Day
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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: 2008-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-07 22:24
Viewed: 3110
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Purple Hairstreak (Favonius (Quercusia) quercus)
Swedish name: Eksnabbvinge (Oak Hairstreak)

Though the Purple Hairstreak usually keeps on, or very close to, its host Oak tree (Quercus sp), it occasionally strays away to feed on flowers like bramble, especially when there is not enough honey dew on the oak leaves. Honey dew is a sugary secretion left on the leaves by aphids that feed on various trees and is a vital source of energy for several species of butterflies.

The Purple Hairstreak is so called because of the violet sheen of the upper surface of the wings. In the female this sheen is more intense and restricted to near the body. I was not able to see the upper surface of the wings but seeing the shape of the body indicated that this is a female.

It is fairly common wherever there are oaks in Europe, which means that it occurs in Sweden up to just north of Stockholm, which is the northern limit of oaks. It flies mostly in July and specimens found in Sweden in late July and August like this one are already past their best.

The best way to find them is to look at the crown of a large oak with a pair of binoculars on a sunny day when they can be seen rapidly chasing each other.

This rather worn female was taken near the edge of a small lake. It was late afternoon and she had already settled down to spend the night upside down on the stem of this alder bush. As I could not get the right angle to get everything in focus I concentrated on the wings, though a higher aperture might have been better.

There were many alder trees nearby and their leaves become sticky with honey dew in the late summer. The nearest oak tree was over 100 meters away, which is a large distance to be from her larval host plant. She had probably completed her ovipositing on next year’s buds of the oak tree. This is how she is spending her retirement!

This was taken with my camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-07 23:00]

Hola Ivan,
buena iluminación en las alas,
original macro y pov,
agradable bg,
saludos amigo.

With converter is use, this macro has turned out to be a beauty, Ivan.
Purple Hairstreak is a modest looking butterfly with those faint eye-spots on the edge of its lower wings. In some varieties of the Blue in our country, these spots are almost garish.
It is a steady hand-held shot with very fine details on the wing facing the camera.
Thanks for sharing it and all the best.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-08 0:08]

hi ivan,
beautifully composed, good use of lighting and the hairstreak just perfectly poised against green background. what more one can ask for, a fresh specimen, this one looks as one can make from the notes, has performed its sole duty. tfs.

Hej Ivan,
first I thought it was up side down, ;-)
You manage well with your long 300mm to take close-ups.
A nice composition with good POV. Sharpness and details are on top. Well exposed with nice light and colours.
Well done, my friend.
Ha en skön helg.
ps det vore bra om du kunde skriva ut det svensk namnet på fjärilarna.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-08 0:41]

Hi Ivan.
Funny downwards location of a cute butterfly and very attractive diagonal composition of the shot. Reproduction of the insect's texture and all details are breathtaking. Green key of picture execution is amazing. Lights and whole colour palette are so pleasant for look. Have a good weekend and all the best.

Ciao Ivan,
splendida composizione per questo piccolo Licenide, bellissimi e delicati i colori, mi piace molto la luce radente che esalta la straordinaria definizione dei dettagli delle ali. Bellissima immagine.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-08 1:27]

Hello Ivan,
a beautiful butterfly with nice compostion and POV.
The head, antennea and legs are razor sharp.
And it standout well from the BG.
Well done.Siggi

A finely illuminated and well detailed Hairstreak individual within a fine, reverse-diagonal composition Ivan, the sharp image stands out nicely against the uniformly green BG. Nice of you to share this beautiful image with us.
Have a good weekend my friend,

hello ivan,
you canon tele lens is acting as a fine macro lens too, the image has god good details, i have observed that shooting these small butterflies is tough even with real macro lens. well composed shot with fine pov, very nice smooth bg and lovely green color,
tfs & regards

Hello Ivan
Tt's an special feature this upside down presentation!
Very soft tone and sharp details
Well done
Have a nice W-e

Ivan: You have done well to get any image of this species - I have so far failed, because they so rarely come within camera range. I must admit I had never considered using a telephot lens & converter combination that (along with the DX sensor "crop factor") gives almost a 600mm equivalent to photograph butterflies, but for this species it is clearly worth trying. Nicely lit and showing a lot of fine detail - now show us one with the wing open ;)
Regards, Nigel.

Hi Ivan,

Today we are again neighbours and that's always good because we have almost good and beautiful pictures.
Nice composition and an unusual pov this time.
Good of sharpness and details.


Hello Ivan, very beutiful image of this beautiful butterfly and perfect composition. Details are great.
TFS and kind regards,

Hi Ivan,
This is a funny capture of this tinny creature! I like this upside down composition and excellent details on its wings. I have seen similar specie this summer in Mont-Tremblant National Park and I tried many times to get a good picture but did not succeed. I don't have the right equipment to do macro with so small subjects. I use the 100-400mm lens and it is not adequate. Maybe I'll ask Santa for a good macro lens... As usual, your notes are interesting. Thanks,

Hi My dear firend Ivan,
What an excellency in this great capture. The composition also perfect together with sharpness and clarity. A fabulous shoot in all around.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-08 6:29]

Hello Ivan,
Great sharp-detailed photo in very beautiful light and colours. Very good POV and composition. Nice green OOF BG.

Hi Ivan,
that's a new one for me, I never saw it before. I love the little tail ;-)
Is it always hanging upside-down? Thanks for sharing it with us, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ivan. Very nice upside down perch captured well hand-held with this extender. Good framing and sharp focus where it matters. Useful notes and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-08 9:57]

Hello Ivan,

Your photo with few elements in the image looks great. Viewer attension quickly focus on the butterfly. My first question was why it is upside down. Your excelent note has answered the question. The sharp image of the butterfly showing well wings texture and pattern look greatagainst the blurry background. Using light well colors are shown very natural with many delicate color tomes.

Thank you for sharing,

Ciao Ivan, lovely upside down butterfly, beautiful diagonal composition with fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-08 10:48]

Hi Ivan. Firstly thanks for your interesting notes . I Have some new glasses this week which means now i can enjoy your pictures even more. This is a fine close up of the Hairstreak. Sharp focusing and fine detai. With bight colours against the plain green BG. well done TFS.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-11-08 11:12]

hi ivan,
beautiful picture of this lovely butterfly

Hello Ivan,
Excellent image and excellent notes. Well captured and very well presented. Thanks

Hello Ivan,

This is total relaxation.
She should be called a bat butterfly with this upsidedown method of resting!
You have had a steady hand to maintain the sharp focus and capture the details.
I like how the alder twig makes a strong diagonal across the frame.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-08 16:51]

Hi Ivan,unusual point of view and very great quality of sharpness and colors,this is a great gift to a butterflies lover like me,thanks a lot to show us this beauty,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-08 18:56]

Hello Ivan,
Great image once again Ivan, here I like that you did not rotate the image to put the butterfly standing up. Spot on details and color, splendid work.

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful purple hairstreak. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition with a very good natural POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-09 13:54]

Hi Ivan,
this is a pretty little butterfly which you have captured very well.
The composition is excellent.
Very sharp and crisp.
Well exposed.

Great work!

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-11-09 18:53]

Hi Ivan.

Very nice macro, wonderfull point of view, excellent colors, sharpness,light and composition,good note.


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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-10 1:17]

Hello Ivan,

Excellent focus and pose. The details, POV, DOF and composition is lovely. Lighting is used well, also the OOF BG gives a good contrast to the butterfly, i like it. TFS.


merhaba Ivan,
sorry for my delay. as you predict, I was in field and birding in last weekend other three TN members. Now, I can visit your last shots. This species occurs in most of parts of Turkiye. But I cant capture it. In last summer, I looked for it in several times. I couldnt. You are lucky twice. You saw it and captured with a great macro-shot, with great focus and composition. Colors, BG and frame also superb. Notes are, as always, great to read and informative. Thanks for sharing this beauty. best regards my friend. eline sağlık dostum.

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