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Number 600

Number 600
Photo Information
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: 2009-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-10 3:25
Viewed: 3197
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is only the second time I have posted an image of this popular butterfly on TN and I use it to celebrate my 600th because it is the best image that I have achieved of this species even though the wings are not fully spread out.

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Swedish name: Nässelfjäril, meaning ‘nettle butterfly’

It is common and widespread in practically the whole of Europe.
Like other nettle-dependent relatives, such as I. Io, V. atalanta and A levana, the Small Tortoiseshell is more common where there is human habitation and the enrichment of the soil encourages the growth of nettles.

Though they overwinter as adults in outhouses during warm years they can produce three generations and fly well into the autumn. As the warm dryness of modern houses kills them they should be let out if they happen to fly indoors when seeking a place to hibernate.

Our Buddleia bush, the well-known butterfly bush, attracted many of two species this year, Painted Ladies and Small Tortoiseshells together with smaller numbers of Peacocks and Red admirals. But I chose to photograph this one on a Hosta leaf in the garden to give a cleaner BG.

It was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was only slightly sharpened.

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Hello Ivan,
In Catalonia it is the butterfly that is to majors altitudes, up to 3000 m. Perfect shot. Congratulations.
Greetings. Ferran.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-10 3:36]

Hello Ivan,
A great example of your qualities as photographer. Congratuations on your 600th posting. A superb photo in all aspects. Your photos are model for my work. Thanks a lot and I hope to see a lot more.

Ciao Ivan, congratulations my friend for your splendid 600th post on TN, beautiful aglaia with wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, I like a lot, bravo
Ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-10 3:54]

Hi Ivan,nothing better to celebrate your 600th post,a great gift for all and in particular for the butterfly's fans of TN.Top quality pic as usual and the best point of view.I must to say you thanks for your precious work on this website for the past and for the future too.Have a nice day,LUCIANO

hello Ivan

Congratuations to your 600th posting !
an excellent butterfly photo by its POV
its superb focus with great sharpness and details,
and an very beautiful photo by its luminosity
and colour tones, with the beautifully blurred background,



Hi Ivan,

Congratulations on your 600th post, a very good shot of the small tortoiseshell, good focus and good colours. Well taken with the long lens, which I tend to use all the time, it gives the opportunity to get fairly close without scaring the subject. One again congratulations for you persistence and great shot and welcome comments.

TFS regards Bill

Ciao Ivan. Perfect focused, coloured and lighting jewel like tribute to your 600th. My best compliments MF and TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-10 4:56]

Hello Ivan,
At first "toutes mes félicitations" to be arrived to number 600!
Not easy to make a good shot of this colorful butterfly. For this picture you have taken advantage of the good light and show us a very natural picture. The colors are really very close to what we can see in nature.
Un grand merci. Amicalement

Hello Ivan,

An outstanding macro shot with such vibrant colors, sharpness & lovely details. Very nice done with that skillful touch & POV.

Congratulations on your well deserved 600th image on TN!

Many sincere thanks & best regards


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-09-10 5:30]

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations ...
Common ground in the butterfly, on the leaves.
Depth of field, excellent details and wonderful colors, very nice.
have a nice day,

Hello Ivan,
congratulations on your 600th post, a fantastic picture of the Small Tortoiseshell, marvellous light and splendid colours, outstandng sharpness in a very pleasing and hamonious composition, a top quality in all aspects.
Best regards

Hi Ivan.
Congratulation for your number of pictures.600.And also for quality of this last photo.Best regards.Alin.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-09-10 6:13]

Ooooh, beautiful, Ivan.
Such rich colors and sharp details.
Great presentation of the wings!
TFS. : )

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-09-10 6:33]

Hi Ivan,
Congrats on your 600th posting, and hope to see many more 100's from you.
Your POV shows us all the details, patterns and markings on the wings very well. Very nice lighting and colors too.
All the best,

hello Ivan
congratulations with this super sharpness picture on TN
great ,so beautiful of light and super colours
greeting lou

Hi Ivan dostum!

Congratulations! you selected a beautiful butterfly for celebrate the 600th posting. Perfect-as usual- in all around.
TFS and all the best!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-09-10 7:18]

Great colors, sharpness and very good BG!

Hello Ivan,

A #600 impossible to improve, your have dominated the ligth in very professional way to obtain a perfect distribution in all the butterfly. Impossible not to talk of the quality of details, spectaculars!. Me pleases the POV, is perfect and the picture is equipped of a simply exceptional fund.

Congratulations MF!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-10 8:44]

Congratulation for 600 successful post!!!
Great capture, my friend!!
I wait nr. 6000!!!

Hy Ivan
Congratuletion for this extraordinary number, celebrated with a perfect picture.
Kind regards,

Qué difíciles son de captar esas texturas y esos colores, pero lo resolviste de una manera que incluso parece fácil. Buen manejo de la luz. Preciosa !
Saludos Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Ivan,
Congratulations on your 600th photo. The result of your handheld shooting is very beautiful. The details are razor sharp and the DOF created a perfect seperation from the BG. I love the little sparkles on the innerside of the wings.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-10 10:02]

Hello Ivan,

Excellent fånga den.
Utmärkt färg, väl spelat.
Enkel och elegant, grattis. Lycka till i framtiden. Vi förväntar oss att 1000 bilder och fest uppsättning.
En stilla dagarna,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-09-10 10:22]

Slav Îvan,
Congratulations for your 600th posting on TN.
A wonderful capture from a great POV with excellent sharpness,details and splendid blurred bckground.Very nice colors and composition.Thanks for sharing.

Warm congratulation for this 600 post.
Another great post!!!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-09-10 10:53]

Hello Ivan
Perfect capture with excellent details and vivid colors

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-10 11:17]

Hi Ivan. Many congratulations on your 600 posting. Your have picked a beautiful Butterfly and a first class picture for today. This is about as good as it gets. sharp focusing and fine detail. with natural colours. I like the plain green BG. I am going to put this into my favorites. Very well done TFS.

Hello Ivan,
Excelent photo, very sharp imagine, very good colours and details.

Hello Ivan,

Congratulaltions on your 600th.
What an achievement of unselfish commitment.

This is a fine shot to celebrate the event.
The exposure is pin sharp, detailing the lovely pattern and colours.
The diagonal composition is attractive and the dof creates a good bokeh .

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

merhaba dostum, Ivan
congratulations cardially on your 600th. I wish you many hundreds and thousands posts here. Up to now, I have learnt many thing from your photography technics, discussion, e-mails. you kindly identified and corrected many species names for me and others. Most important thing that I meet you and Ulla by TN. I hope we can meet in real life in future.
Many thanks for every things.
This is really wonderful shot to celebrate. It was captured in your master quality. all photographic details great. unnecessary additional comments.
thanks for sharing this beauty.
king regards and have a nice evening

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations for all your 600 posts and your important contributions to this site. The colors of this photo are very nice, with golden hairs on the wings and a beautiful background. Cheers,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-10 13:04]

Hello Ivan,
Congratulations on your 600th post. Thanks for interesting photos and note about its and I hope that we'll see many your new photos.
Best wishes, Pawel

Hello Ivan
Congratulations for your 600th post on TN, and what a beautiful one,
this Small Tortoiseshell is taken with crisp clear details, wunderful colors and lighting
The BG is superb
Have a good night

Hello Ivan.
Congrats on your 600th posting, my friend!
More a wonderful register... as always!
Impressive details of this delicate butterfly.
Excellent coloration and sharpness.
José Roberto

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-10 17:27]

Hi Ivan,

#600! Congratulations - from the heart. You know just how I feel about you, your posts, your help, etc. so I'm not going to repeat it for every milestone. How unusual for you to post something not rare or unusual (:-) kidding - a beautiful Small Tortoiseshell in the perfect position to show off the fine details and rich colors. A beautiful background and superb slightly diagonal composition. Here's to the next 600!


Hi Ivan
Congratulations on posting 600 quality images with detailed and informative notes, hope there is another 600 to come as it is a pleasure to view and learn from your postings as you are one of the few masters left on this site.
tfs jon

  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2009-09-10 20:31]
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Hej Ivan,
grattis till din 600:e bild, en mycket fin bild att celebrera med.
Fina färger, bra skärpa och mycket fint kort skärpedjup där fjärilen står ut på en snygg sätt mot den diffusa bakgrunden.

Nu bär det av till Åland för min årliga fisketur med gamla jobbarkompisar.

Ha det gott.


Hello Ivan,

congratulations with your 6ooth post on TN.
A very beautiful coloured butterfly with good pov and details.
Indeed a good one.


hello Ivan
technically irreproachable is elected all her beauty,perfect macro shot and photo,bravo...!

Hello Ivan, congrats on your 600th post. Perfect close-up.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ivan, congratulations and thanks for all contributions to us like this perfect close-up and infos.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-09-11 4:09]

Hello Ivan, great close-up shot of this beautiful butterfly with wonderful composition and BG.
By the way, congatulations! and also thanks for all contributions including your excellent informations.
TFS and G's,

ciao Ivan!
un po' in ritardo(sono il 42esimo,ma anchio voglio complimentarmi per il traguardo dei 600 post...hai fatto un buona scelta proponendo questa splendida Aglais urticae in buona luce e con ottimi colori e dettagli

buon w.end sERGIO

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-09-11 23:03]

Hi Argus,

A superb posting and a nice one for this occasion,hope that you will keep on posting and criticizing and above all enjoying TN,thanks


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-09-12 6:20]

Merhaba Ivan,
600. fotoğrafınız da diğer fotoğraflarınız gibi harika olmuş.
Tebrik ederim.

Hello Ivan
congratulations for your 600th post: this Aglais urticae is absolutely perfect for colors, details and light. I wish all the best for every next post on TN!

Hi Ivan

Well done, 600 posts and 15500 critiques means you've spent a lot of time in front of the computer (lol). Luckily for us you also spend an equal amount of time outside shooting wonderful creatures from your part of the world. You are clearly an invaluable asset to TN and its participants, and many people have benefited from your help with identifying fauna from all over the planet and posting valuable critiques. As I have said to you on many occasions, you have a great lens and the skill you demonstrate in constantly taking high quality pictures is envious.
Anyway, this one is yet another fine example from your extensive gallery. Thanks for showing us so many creatures from the far north of Europe (and elsewhere). You have expanded my knowledge with your great notes and fine technical ability. Hopefully there are many more examples to come.

Best wishes, Chris

Hi dear Ivan ,
So nice macro.
It has great details with excellent sharpness.
Very well done

Kind regards

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-09-15 9:31]

Hello Ivan,

Congratulations for your 600!

work of a silversmith!!! Great sharpness and wonderful natural colours.



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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-09-16 17:30]

Hi Ivan,
yes beautiful indeed. Great bokeh and superbs details.
I like the pose very much.
Very exciting and very pleasant to view.


A superb shot,Ivan! I love the classic POV and the perfect DOF you've achieved!
Hope to see 100s more, my friend!

Hi Ivan.
I am very glad to congratulate you with such event as 600th post as well as quality of the shot and all your contribution here despite the various circumstances. I like great DOF, fine BG and precise composition of the image. Details, lights and colours are wonderful. Bravo.
P.S. I feel my pause is too long. But I cannot so anything. I have so many work to do. My warm wishes to you and dear Ulla.

Hello Ivan
Congratulations! Gret gallery. I like your 600th post very much. A. urticae is one of my favourite butterflies. You photo have nice natural colors, nice blured background and good compo I am waiting for more great shots in your gallery
Best wishes

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