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Pearly Heath in Evening Light

Pearly Heath in Evening Light
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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: 2011-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-20 8:37
Viewed: 3111
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pearly Heath , Coenonympha arcania

Swedish name: Pärlgräsfjäril, meaning 'pearly grass butterfly'.
Both the English and Swedish names refer to the pearl-like colours on the eye markings and the outer border of the wings.

This species Coenonympha is common and widespread in much of Europe, but absent in the UK.

In Europe and N. Africa there are 16 members of this Heath genus

The larval host plants are various species of grass.

The wings are always closed when it settles. So the only chance to see the upper surface of the wings is by looking at set specimens in collections or by trying to photograph it in flight (see WORKSHOP).

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my camera and long lens hand-held in the evening light. I was surprised how strong the light was at 7.pm but I chose not to reduce the ISO or reduce the aperture.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Hi Ivan.
Beautiful shot of this butterfly. Nice colours. Great composition. Suitable background.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-20 8:41]

Lovely species with excellent colors and yes, the light is beautiful bringing lovely colors effective. tfs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-20 8:47]

Hi Ivan,magnificent specie that i never seen in my country,here there is only the very common pamphilus as you know.Very great pic whit the usual impressive sharpness and details and warm colors as i like.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-20 8:55]

Hello Ivan.
Wonderful shot with a really beautiful composition. I love the look of this beautiful butterfly against that perfect background. Excellent job.Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-20 9:10]

Hello Ivan,
We posted our photos almost in the same time. I've seen many species of the butterflies maybe is favourable weather very hot and sultry from few days. Your butterfly is taken very well. Good soft light and sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Ivan,

You are presenting us a very nice picture of this lovely butterfly.

f/9.5 was perfect to get the whole insect in focus and I really like the details on the wings! Excellent mastering of the exposition and really nice natural colors.

Very well done and TFS,


hello Ivan
super composition with nice light
the colours and details are beautioful
thanks greeting lou

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-20 9:59]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent photo, great lights and fine details, TFS!

Ciao Ivan. Very good light and colours for the butterfly with impressive focused eye. Intrigant envitonment.


Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Ivan,
What a beautifull BF
Excellent sharp details, perfect compo, lovely BG, colors and POV

TFS Thijs

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-20 11:30]

Hello Ivan,
This butterfly is a real beauty! Splendid colours and excellent sharpness and details. The matching BG is also very beautiful. Great composition.

Hello Ivan,
What a splendid species of butterfly. Amazing clarity, very good focus and outstanding sharpness.
The colors of the butterfly and background are great.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-20 11:42]

Hi Ivan,
Very beautiful butterfly in nice natural colours.Excellent detail and focus.Good composition.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful shot of this beautiful butterfly, very good details sharpness, lighting and colours are very nice, composition and point of view are excellent, nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Ivan,

Wonderful capture of this Pearly Heath Butterfly my friend, just love the low afternoon lighting which lends to the beautiful rich natural colours, splendid detailed sharpness, strong composition, great work Ivan and well done,
Best regards,


Hi Ivan,
What a great shot of this Pearly Heath,
Perfect details,BG and compo,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,

Hi Ivan,

also an very nice image from an little butterfly.
This specie are not more to be seeing in the netherlands.
Since an few years its gone by extincion. A pity.
Good pov and sharpness.
Nicely blurred bg and fine warm colors.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-07-20 13:49]

Hello Ivan.
Excellent shot with a really beautiful composition,sharpness and detail are super, the colors are very nice and natural.

Ciao Ivan, lovely little butterfly on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, superb sharpness and splendid natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-21 4:22]

Bonjour Ivan,
Very pleasant picture of the Pearly Heath taken in the evening light. The butterfly looks very attractive with the silver-lines and the well displayed spots. Beautiful too the blurred green background as ideal contrast.
Meilleures pensées

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-21 4:32]

Hello Ivan,
another love ly image of this pretty butterfly. Splendid sharpness with the hairs around the wings so excellently detailed.
The image stood out on the pleasant background.
Nice and smooth execution in exciting shot.
the flower it perched on is very special and unique too.


Ivan, this is a beautiful macro shot of this butterfly. Great POV and bokeh. Have a great week, Bill

Beautiful photo of this butterfly in splendid colours and great level of detail!. Splendid contrasting and composition. Perfect POV.

I find this one of the most beautiful butterflies with the gradations of the subtle orange colours and the contrasting spots. Perfectly photographed against a flowery background. regards yiannis

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-22 15:02]

Hello Ivan,
A great close up of this beautiful butterfly,excellent colors,light and superb details.Wonderful POV and sharpness...
Have a nice weekkend!...

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Pearly Heath, very good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent point of view and fantastic composition
Best regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-28 4:29]

Hi Ivan.
This is a wonderful capture of this nice little butterfly. I only saw him once, he does not live around my house. Beautiful composition, very good POV showing its beautiful markings on the wings. Natural colors are really amazing. Thanks for sharing of this very useful presentation, as well as picture in workshop. Have a nice day.
Best regards

Bonitos colores y especialmente me gustan los preciosos detalles y dibujos
de las alas que hacen que sea una especie de mariposa especial.
Buena semana Ivam: J. Ignasi.

Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of this butterfly, with fine POV,
beautiful light and color tones, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, the photo of the WS it
shows the motion of the flight, TFS


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