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Common Blue female

Common Blue female
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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: 2012-08-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-03-22 9:23
Viewed: 3079
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a memory from late last summer:

Common Blue female, Polyommatus icarus

Swedish name: Puktörneblåvinge

This is the most common species of Lycaenid in Europe and has been posted many times on TN.

But when one sees a fresh specimen like this female, shining bright in her beauty, it is difficult to avoid the temptation to take a shot.
The male is totally blue on the upper surfaces of the wings while the female has varying amounts of blue and brown.

This was taken in the late afternoon when the lighting was low. Here she is trying to get some warmth from the sun that was behind a cloud.

She is probably an adult of the third generation of the year and after fertilisation she will lay her eggs on Lotus corniculatus or on clover.

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

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-03-22 9:29]

Hello Ivan,
Your POV was really perfect here. The whole butterfly is a feast to look at. The sharpness is fantastic and the colours are gorgeous. Great DOF with a beautiful background.
Enjoy the weekend,

Salam Ivan, my neighbor today,
A terrific macro with fine colors, details & POV. Excellent composition & presentation. Great work & TFS. Best regards & salam!


Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely little butterfly, good DOF, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello sir...
very beautiful pic of this butterfly ...you captured it with open wings and blue colour splendid very nicely .. Great sharpness and brilliantly blurred BG ..
thanks for sharing ...

Hello Mr.Ivan,
Great picture.Excellent POV.Sharpness and depth of colour is really nice.I like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards and respect,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-03-22 11:53]

Hi Ivan,a great tribute to the most common butterfly of our continent,i like the elegant pose and the delicate composition,great colors and details despite the wings position.I hope you will back in the fields soon,now is springtime in my country and today i took a lot of new butterflies,all the species availables on this month..ehehe...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ivan
super good sharpness composition with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hello Ivan

Beautiful composition of this butterfly,
with fine POV and the way it is framed on the image,
beautiful soft light and color tones,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


  • kinglove Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 783 W: 0 N: 623] (11338)
  • [2013-03-22 17:18]

照的很清晰 顏色清晰可見
蝴蝶很可愛 還有的角度也很特別

Beautiful open wings view of this lovely female, Ivan.
The shades of blue and those golden dots on the fringes are extremely well captured.
The composition as a whole is a feast for the eyes.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-03-22 22:25]

beautiful butterfly species. nice angle and clarity. excellent image.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-03-22 22:49]

I am always delighted to see the blues with open wings..hard to get here...well composed and the viewpoint is perfect. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture with fine details and taken from a nice as well as very interesting PoV.Lovely composition.
Thanks and best regards,

Hello Ivan.
I am considering this macro glass to pair with my 7D if my pocket permits. I think it is more useful for butterfly captures allowing good distance for the shot. The rendered background is smoother than using the ET. I have seen many great shots from you with this fine optics.
This shot is beautiful at f8 allowing most of the butterfly parts in focus. The sharpness around the head and abdomen are vivid against the buttery smooth bg that I like.
Thanks and have a great WE.

Hello Ivan
Excellent photo, nicely focused, very good detail. Good depth of field.
Nice setting and background.
The colours are wonderful
regards yiannis

Ciao Ivan. Perfect details and sharp agains the blurry BG. Beuatiful natural colours. Well done MF.


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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-03-23 12:48]

Hi Ivan,
The way you captured the blue on the wings is impressive and outstanding !! Beautiful details and composition ! TFS Tina

Beautiful specimen and beautiful photo Ivan! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-24 3:35]

Hello Ivan
thi is a lovely capture from the top. The so called blue is well esposed here. Such an exciting colors seen in the contrast of creamy background.
Exciting composition that direct an immediate appreciation.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-03-24 5:46]

Hej Ivan,
New Season ..
A very nice shot of this butterfly, good colours and details from a nice pov.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan

Nice pose, superb sharpness and excellent composition to present to this one with its wings open revealing the beautiful blue. We normally see only the flashes of blue in flight.


Hello Ivan.
a very beautiful image of a Common Blue taken from a good angle.
great detail and very perfect colour.
best wishes,

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-03-25 7:27]

Hi Ivan,
thanks for this beautiful memory of a past Summer ,
excellent composition, POV, great sharpness,
outstanding details and beautiful colors !
Best regards !

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this Common Blue with good sharpness and nicely blurred background. I especially like the beautifully natural colours and the nicely opened wings.
Happy Easter!

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