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Plebejus argus male

Plebejus argus male
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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: 2011-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-10-29 1:05
Viewed: 2605
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A little break from the preparations for our move. Here is a little jewel from the summer.

Silver-studded Blue male, Plebejus argus

Swedish name: Ljungblåvinge, meaning ‘heather blue’.

The Silver-studded Blue is a common species in S. Sweden and most of Europe shown many times on TN. It is most common on sandy areas and heath-land where there is heather, its main larval host plant. There also many other larval host plants and it seems to thrive best where the soils are basic.

The English name comes from the row of silvery blue spots on the edge of the underside of the hindwing.

This is a freshly-emerged male resting with the wings open and showing the typical broad white fringe of the wings, the broad black edge to the wings that help to identify it from other 'blues' when the underside of the wings is not seen.
Note the way the blue varies in colours depending on the angle of viewing

It was taking with my long lens hand-held at 1.8 meters (6ft) when the sun was behind a cloud. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Good to see you back Ivan.
little jewel indeed as you are saying... and I love those blue colors on the tiny wings so incredible pure and intense. Bravo. Not the easiest shot with a your camera set up I think. In my workshop I am presenting you an alternative with slightly increased contrast, decreased brightness and minor color changes. Hope you like it!
George Veltchev

Hi Ivan, your skipper is very nice, colors light and details are very beautiful, the same a lovely composition,

have a good time ,

ciao, tino

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-29 2:03]

Hello Ivan,
Great to see your new posting.
Very beautiful photo in lovely warm colours and fantastic sharpness. Taken from an excellent POV in a pleasing diagonal composition.

Ciao Ivan, Argus from Argus, that's great, lovely little butterfly with open wings, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful natural colors, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Ivan,
Superbes couleurs dans une jolie composition.
Grande netteté et fins détails
Bon Week-end

Ciao Ivan. Fantastic colours and very good details for the small beuaty against the blurred BG.


Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this lovely butterfly with good sharpness and wonderful colours. I also like its pose with the open wing and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-10-29 5:18]

Bonjour Ivan, excellent macro with razorshared details, color that blend well too, congratulations, best regards, Didier.

Hello Ivan
Wonderful photo with nice colours and good sharpness.Regards, Paolo

Hallo Ivan
Good luck with the move and everything that is involved with it. These powder blue butterflies is always a delight to look at, your Silver-studded Blue no exception. I like the clarity of the zebra striped antennas and the point of view showing the butterfly from above. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-10-29 6:16]

Lovely viewpoint to get this beautiful blue with fine colors, good composition, diagonal placement is excellent. tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-29 7:43]

Hello Ivan,
splendid image of this butterfly in a fantastic position!
Great sharpness and detail, excellent contrast with a very nice background. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Great photo Ivan! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting, beautiful colours and very good sharpness!

hello Ivan
a super good pose of this beautiful coloured butterfly
great details
greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-29 11:15]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent macro work. Nice colours good composition and perfectly sharp photo.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-29 15:58]

Hi Ivan,excellent capture whit the open wings,a magnificent blue and very good details and colors,a nice memory of the last summer,now is winter in my country too and the season is end for me too..ehehehe..have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

A beautiful composition with excellent detail and nice setting. A beautiful specimen with wonderful colours. regards yiannis

Hello Ivan,
What a great shot with such perfect details, clarity and focus.
Difficult shot with the butterfly in a nonparallel position.
Nice composition too. Thanks for sharing!

Hi Ivan,
excellent photo of this butterfly taken from a great point of view. AMazing colours. Very good composition. Excellent focus.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-10-30 5:06]

Bonjour Ivan,
Interesting picture, the wings of the male P. argus are so well shown, a great help to identify this blue Lycaenid. Fine and simple composition too.
Très plaisant!
Bon dimanche à vous deux

Hello Ivan,
A beautiful capture of this little butterfly taken from a good POV with excellent sharpness and fine details. I also like the nice colours and composition. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-30 10:51]

Hello Ivan.
Beautiful, wonderfully clear and natural looking blue. Very good composition and a great DOF to go with the POV.Best regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-31 8:27]

Hi Ivan.
Nice artistic break. Move is really important event in a life but such pictures are sweet points in it. I like shallow DOF, pleasant smooth and nicely coloured surroundings and fine POV and wingspread of the beautiful small butterfly. Composition of the image is also wonderful. My kind regards and TFS.

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful macro of the Silver-studded Blue, very good sharpness and marvellous colours.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-02 5:06]

Hello Ivan,
such a beautiful argus. well presented in its lovely blues and good smooth background. The dramatic effect of the shallow depth is seen.
Exciting view and style.


Hello Ivan,
Lovely picture of this beautiful butterfly, excellent composition, beautiful colours and very good details sharpness, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hello Ivan,
Very good coloor tone in blue.
Well done.

Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of this butterfly with fine POV
and framing, excellent focus sharpness and details,
beautiful bokeh of the background, TFS


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