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Scarce Copper

Scarce Copper
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 10:10
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Points: 44
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Scarce Copper - Lycaena virgaureae

For the first time I saw a female of this species in our garden yesterday and this reminded me that I captured a fresh female in our woods along the power-line last month – so here it is!

The male of this species is easily recognisable in a bright orange colour with black outer margins on the wings. The female is usually harder to capture with her wings open. It is mostly seen on sheltered woodland meadows and along power-line clear-cuttings. The larvae are hatched in spring and feed on Rumex. The adults fly from late June to early September.

It’s becoming less common in south Sweden and central Europe but is found across to Turkey through Siberia to Mongolia.

This was captured from a distance of ˝ metre with the camera handheld. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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Hello Ulla,
Nice capture with lovely details and superb natural colours.
Excellent focus and sharpness.

Remember in the days of old we used to say this picture pops out? Well pop it does and it gives me an idea to create a them based on this image...Good on you Ulla..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-22 11:02]

Hello Ulla,
Impressive photo with very beautiful light on the butterfly, gorgeous colours. Very sharp and an excellent composition. Beautiful dark OOF BG.

Hello Ulla friend!
Wooow! ... This could be one of the best macros made with a compact, I've seen in TN! ... You make great pictures with your SX10.. But this made with your G9 is really a wonder! ... Nothing to envy to a picture of a DSLR! ... My heartfelt congratulations! You handle your cameras in an excellent manner!
Bravissimo cara amica sei brillanti!!! (Nothing like the Italian language, to express admiration!) ha ha ha! :)
Regards, TFS, Jesús

hello Ulla
beautiful picture with great details and good sharpness
a beauty
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-22 11:57]

Hello Ulla.
Superb shot of this Scarce Copper presented from an ideal POV, with an excellent DOF and in very beautiful colors.Great composition and sharpness also.Best regards Siggi

This one seems to glow, Ulla, it's fantastic against the dark green BG. I also love the glittering parts on the wings, fascinating.
Very well done, it's wonderful, thanks.
Warm regards
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ulla,

An excellent macro of a scarce copper, it almost appears to be floating above the green:) I think this may be due to the very shallow DOF and blurring of the BG, which is very appropriate for a composition like this. I like the way you composed this too.
TFS and have a nice new week!


Hi Ulla,

it looks autumn with these colours!
Good pov and details, i think i have never been seen before in real wild this specie.
Fine warm colours.


Hi Ulla,
You took very good angle of Scarce Copper .Detail and colors are perfect.TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-22 16:20]

Hi Ulla,

This Scarce Copper is just marvelous against the dark green background. The orange colors are magnificent. A lovely pose and wonderful sharp details of this beauty with the opened wings. You are so fortunate to be so close to woods that you can call them yours.


Hello Ulla
Butterflies of the genus Lycaena are from my favourite Lepidoptera. In this summer, I have seen only single time this beautiful species. I have been far from butterfly photography for two weeks. Today, I captured firstly some L. thetis on the Taurus Mts.
Well, you greatly captured this pretty Scarce Copper with a great macro shot. sharp details, POV, light using and composition great. also superb coloration. thanks for sharing, best wishes and have a nice new week

Hello Ulla Kruys,
Nice shot of this yellowish beauty!
Good sharpness, great POV, nice textures of the butterfly with good details of eyes and antennae, beautiful sorroundings. Good job!
Thanks for sharing.
Anil Purohit

Hi Ulla,
A lovely capture of this beautiful scarce copper in openwings. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Ulla, beautiful female of L. virgurae, more dificullt to see than male, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and good details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Ulla. Wonderful colours here with great light's managment. Interesting compo.


Hello Ulla,

What a little beauty this is. Wonderfully named butterfly, with beautiful markings and autumn colours. You have presented this photo so well, giving room for flight.

I saw, and photographed, a small copper yesterday, but the details on the photo are not good enough for me to post it here on TE.

Warm greetings, Amelia

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-23 8:03]

Hi Ulla
This is a very nice composition.Good POV and sahrp image with good detail.Excellent light and fabulous colors,I really like the contrast from the butterfly with the BG
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-23 9:06]

HI Ulla,it's always difficult to take a lycaena whit the wings open.What a composition,sharpness and colors,and what a contrast whit the dark background! Beautifull work!Thanks for share,have a nice day! Luciano.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:20]

Hello Ulla,
This beautiful butterfly seems to leap out of the screen from the dark background. Amazing quality image Ulla TFS.

Hello Ulla, wonderful shot of this butterfly with wonderful composition.
TFS and greetings,

Hallo Ulla,
a superb macro shot of the Scarce Copper, fantastic colours and very good sharpness, a nice composition with a very beautiful lighting.
Best regards

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