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200th Post
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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: 2007-05-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Milestones, Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-27 8:02
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I chose one of the several butterfly shots taken today to be my 200th post.

This is a male Small Blue (Cupido minimus), taken at a nature reserve close to home that is alive with three species of Lycaenids, the Common Blue, the Brown Argus and this, the smallest species of butterfly in N. Europe. It has a wingspan of about 2 cm.

The males have a light sprinkling of blue scales, whereas the females lack them altogether. It flies from the end of May to the beginning of July and as is often the case with other species, the male emerge a few days before the female.

The larval host plant is Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria). The eggs are laid at the base of the flowers and the larvae eat the developing seeds, to hibernate as a full grown larva in the seed pod.

As it is only common on the islands of Öland and Gotland and sparsely distributed on the southern part mainland, it is red-listed in Sweden. It is usually quite abundant in its locality where Kidney Vetch occurs. It is widespread over most of Europe.

This shot was taken in cloudy weather.
Provided it is over 15 deg C. and not windy, cloudy days are good for butterfly photography, as most are settled and spread out their wings to try to warm up. On colder days the butterflies remain hidden and keep their wings closed.

As usual for my telephoto equipment I took this shot at a distance of about two meters with the camera hand-held. After size reduction the image was sharpened.

May I take this opportunity in thanking all those who have been kind enough to give critique and advice on my 199 previous posts.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-27 8:09]
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Hi Ivan,

First of all congratulations with your 200th posting,always a pleasure to see your pictures and informative notes,hope many will follow,thanks.
This is a nice shot of this small blue butterfly,you captured it with a nice POV and the exposure and focus are spot on ,well done and tfs


Hi Ivan,
Very beautiful with upperside clearly seen. Perfect sharpness and nice natural color. Very well done and congratulations to your 200th post.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-27 9:05]
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Hi Ivan,
First of all let me congratulate you on your 200th post. You have really regaled us with your pics and given us all such a wonderful time. Frankly, I have been envious of your shots and it has increased a notch after each posting of yours. Anyway, we feel proud too, to have you with us. Keep 'em going.......

Another of your amazing shots. Such soothing colours and sharpness. Perfect POV, DOF, BG and focus. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-27 9:11]
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Hi Ivan.
Congrats from 200th post!!
A beautiful capture here.Again great point of view and pretty pose.Very accurate sharpening and very good you managed DOF.Colors are beautiful natural and very nice blurred BG too.Well composed this presentation.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Ivan,
congrats on your 200th post, all has been very good and a
pleasure to view.And thanks forr all for your great contribution on this site.
The picture is very nice both in colours aan lighting.
Fine details and ell composed.
Very well done.

Det har varit mycket trevligt att ha dig och Ulla här, jag hoppas att ni fortsätter på samma sätt.

Very nice image and colours.
Good light, sharp and BG.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-27 9:47]
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Hi Ivan,
fabulous choice for your 200th post.
Gorgeous in every way, perfect sharpness, wonderful colors and the com,position is fabulous.
Looking forward to the next 200 ..TFS..

Hi Ivan.
You've done well to get such a good capture of this little blue, noit least because they never seem to stay still for more than a second.
They are very common here in New Zealand, but I can never get close enough to photograph them.
This is a beautifully clear shot.
A great macro to celebrate your 200th post.


Hi Ivan,

Congratulations with your 200th post
and again it's a beauty
Excellent compo, colours, sharpness, POV and DOV

TFS Thijs

Great focus from the side. I like the pale purple and green BG as a match.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-27 10:52]
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A wonderful choice to celebrate your 200th posting. Congratulations and keep it up! I love seeing your pictures.

This is a beauty. The colors are magnificent -looks like sparkles on the wings. I love the antenna and the legs! Marvelous details and a beautiful comp.


Hello Ivan, congratulations in your 200th post, one day I'll get there..hehe
This beautiful blue butterfly have amazing collors and details, the BG is also fantastic.. well done my friend.

Hi Ivan,
Congrats on your 200th post.
Nice choice..The blurry BG,colors and its point of view are marvellous.
Great work my friend.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-27 12:07]
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salut Ivan,
bravo pour cette belle image et ton 200ème, j'espère faire aussi bien que toi. Superbes couleurs, parfaite présentation.


Hej Ivan,
It´s a beautiful image with a great composition and nice colours! The DOF is also very good. TFS!

Mycket fin bild på blåvingen!

Mvh Peter

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-27 13:05]
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Hello Yvan,
Congratulations for your 200th post. You have chosen such a tiny butterfly, which is generally overlooked. The picture is excellent from its composition, sharpness and background. Two days ago I took also a picture of the Cupido minimus,but the sharpness of it is bad.
Thank's for all your contributions and advices given with much kindness
Have a nice evening

Congratulations on your 200th post, Ivan!
Each of your picture has been a joy to behold and a great source to learn from.
This is a very fitting 200th post -- a Small Blue. The macro shot of this small butterfly is enchantingly beautiful.
Wishing you all the best for your next hundred and warm regards.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-27 14:31]
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I just wanted to salute you, Ivan, for your 200:th post here. I have not been here for long but all your postings are of such exquisite quality and you are such a nice person, so now wonder so many people will great you on this day.

Not much to say about the photo..... ;o)
Perfect technique in a perfectly beautiful setting! How great!

Best regards from Bengt Falke

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-27 15:19]
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Hi Ivan

A very big congratulations for you for reaching such a lovely number of posts! Your contribution here on this site is amazing and we are the ones who should thank you for all the lovely photos, the excellent and very informative notes and the terrific and elaborate critiques that you wrote us.
If all members would be like you this would indeed be a unique place!!! Thank you!

This is a splendid photo for such an ocasion!
A superb species and one very similar to the one that gave you your nickname :)
The colors here are wonderful and set the butterfly so nicely appart from the surroundings.
The focus is also impeccable as well as the DOF and the details with which it is presented are formidable.
Another charming composition!

BRAVO for everything you do and TFS

Hi Ivan, congratulations for your 200th splendid photo on TN, wonderful butterfly with splendid details, great sharpness and nice delicate colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-27 17:19]
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Hola Amigo,
felicidades por 200 fotos, (200 bellos momentos)
preciosa mariposa, textura y colores,

Hello Ivan,
congratulations to this well detailed capture of that tiny little Cupido minimus. Well chosen point of view that allows to see a good part of the upper sides of wings in perfect focus, and to catch a good glimpse of the lower sides.
I like the subtle colours, the distant background, the dynamical composition, and the well informing notes come with this pretty document of pleasantly cool weather.
Congratulations to your posting #200!
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Ivan
Congartulation on 200th great shot,
Perfect details, lighting and BG,
Superb shot, TFS

Good luck

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-27 21:52]
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Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on your 200th post, this like all your postings are top quality and are always a joy to see. Thanks Ivan for all your talent and I hope to continue to see your great work for a long time to come.

Nice sharp detail on this shot, lovely colours and bg too.
Well taken...

Hi Ivan, congratulations on #200. You've capped it off with a great shot of this butterfly. I especially like with your selection of the depth of field how you can pick out the texture on the wing. Very nicely done. Looking forward to another couple of hundred from you.

Thanks, John

bonjour ivan
a le voir je pense qu'il n'est pas plus gros qu'un common blue qui lui ressemble,c'est pourquoi je trouve que c'est superbe d'avoir autant de details et netteté sur un si petit papillon.
bonne 200eme

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-28 4:09]
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Ivan, Welcome and many congratulations for your 200th post. Very good post and wish you for many more to come. Ganesh

Hello Ivan,
Congrats on your 200th post!
Composition, details, colors and the lighting is very good. TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-28 5:15]
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Hello Ivan
What a precious shot to celebrate your 200th!!
A wonderful capture of this tiny and beautiful butterfly, with excellent sharpness and fantastic details, colors, DOF and gorgeous composition.
Congratulations, dear friend, and thank you very much for all your marvellous pictures, notes and help!
My very best wishes

Hola Ivan,
Precioso este ejemplar que nos presentas, la nitidez, detalle, luminosidad y fondo son excelentes, la nota muy completa, TFS. Mis felicitaciones por tu 200th post, espero disfrutar y aprender de muchos mas. Saludos
José Ramón

Congratulations Ivan for this impressive 200th post but most of all for your great contribution on this site. Your posts are always high quality ones and much educative.

This is a very nice capture of this beautiful specie and I love the way its wing is blurred and all the rest very well focused. This is a sophisticated composition. Thanks!

Hi dear Ivan ,
great shot with lovely colours.
background is very nice.
well done
best wishes

Hi Ivan
Congratulations on your 200 post. Great photo of a beautiful small butterfly taken from very interesting POV. I am waiting for another great shots and as always very good and informative notes
Best wishes

HAPPY 200TH!!!!!!!!

What beautiful composition. I love the way the blade of grass angles through the photo and the tilt of the little butterfly. The silver wings seem glistening due to the pattern. Lovely!

Congratulations on your 200th and I'm glad Ulla introduced your here, your work is alway a joy to look at.
This one is no exception. Love the brighter blue speckles on the grey-blue background.
Good sharpness and coposition as usual.
Well done and I do hope to see numeber 400 one day :)

Hej Ivan
Congratulations on your 200th post!!

... Har lite bråttom... Grattis en gång till :) jag återkommer...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-29 12:23]
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Hi, dear Ivan.
My greeting and heart wishes for you, your family and your passion. You are great person, skilful photographer, competent naturalist and amazing friend. Thank you for all, for once more art shot of this beauty. My applauds for you.
Yours Alexei.

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