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spider vs butterfly

spider vs butterfly
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Copyright: Kim van Heuven (krvanheuven) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 120] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-30 10:23
Viewed: 4812
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture of a butterfly which I took on a hike in Switserland last summer. Was taking some shots of this butterfly when the spider suddenly appeared and wanted to take over the postion of the butterfly. It was quite amusing to see. As for the butterfly, I don't know what the type is. I guess I need to ask a butterfly handbook for Christmas as my knowledge of them is very limited.

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What bad remark can i write down on this one...mmmmm, the left scale on the front wing is...
only joking this is a excellent photograph of two insects that frequent flowers, just look at the spider, great POV, and shot at the right time, the butterfly is also well positioned if I can say shots like this is rare, Well Done Kim, I need some lessons please :-))

Few days ago I was in the middle of my critique of these photo and suddenly it disappeared. So now i hope i will finish my note :-) Great compsition. Interesting POV. It is Hamearis lucina Family Lycaenidae Subfamily Riodininae. Riodininae is now a subfamily but is used to be family Riodinidae.

Great shot
Best wishes

Hello Kim,
I really like this unusual POV and those great colors and details. What is most amazing is that you caught two species at the same time, wow! This is a lucky shot! I think that this is a crab spider; this spider takes the color of its environment (I have a post here with a yellow one) ... As it for the butterfly, I cannot help with ID; I don't know them very well. This is a high quality picture, my compliments. TFS,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-30 11:02]

Hello Kim,
Very nice close up.Lighting,colors,BG,framing,moment you caught and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-30 11:36]

Hello Kim,
the situation is phantastic, well seen and nicely presented. From eye to eye - David and Goliath. Who will be the winner. Excellent composition and beautiful natural colours. Pretty good sharpness and depth of field.
Species identification:
- Butterfly: Hamearis lucina (Riodininae)
- Spider: Misumena vatia (Thomisidae)
- Flower: Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Compositae)
Best wishes, Peter
NOTE ADDED: Cataclysta also identified the butterfly species.

hi kim,
nice capture,
composed well, with fine pov,
the two species are in front of each other,
well saturated colours,
tfs & regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-30 11:41]

Hi Kim

This is indeed a fantastic capture! What a territorial battle!
Excellent timing, i guess, above all!
Also the POV is really great - it gives a great angle for both the butterfly and the spider - and the colors and tones are very beautigul.
Also the details are very nice and sharp, the lighting is spot-on and the composition great.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-30 11:42]

Hello Kim,
Nice capture of both the DUke of Burgundy and the crab spider on the same Oxe-eye Daisy flower head.
Fine BG and Comp.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-30 13:47]

Impresionante macro Kim con una oportunidad casi única que has aprovechado muy bien aquí... el encuentro de la araña cangrejo con una enorme mariposa, con el punto de vista ideal, excelente control de la luz, mostrando buenos detalles incluso sobre los pétalos blancos de la flor.
El DOF parece algo escaso, aunque lamentablemente no incluiste los valores en la presentación.
En cambio, el desenfoque logrado sobre el fondo es perfecto, realzando y dramatizando aun más la escena principal.
Sólo por curiosidad... por qué recortaste el extremo superior del ala del insecto?.
Una gran captura, sin dudas.
Gracias y un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Impressive macro Kim with an almost unique opportunity that you have taken advantage very well here... the encounter of the spider crab with an enormous butterfly, with the ideal point of view, excellent control of the light, showing good details even on the white petals of the flower.
DOF seems something scarce, although regrettably you didn't include the values in the presentation.
On the other hand, the out of focus achieved on the bottom is perfect, enhancing and dramatizing even more the main scene.
Only for curiosity... why did you clipped the superior end of the wing of the wing of the insect?.
A great capture, without doubts.
Thank you and a cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Hey Kim - what a fantastic butterfly shot!
Brilliant colours, lighting and very nice bg!
Excellent POV and composition too. I like your picture very much.

Hi Kim,

WoW wat een PRACHT foto
super scherp en perfect van kleur
details zijn goed zichtbaar
mooie neutrale achtergrond

TFS Thijs

Hi Kim,
Nicely capturing this moment, at time butterfly encountered a spider. Did they fight afterward? or the butterfly flew away? or something worse happened?
Nice shot.

Ben Lakitan

Fantastic double subject capture, Kim. Both the creatures share equal importance in this well-balanced image.
Great POV, sharpness, colours and overall composition.
TFS and take care.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-01 5:24]

Hi Kim,
Very inteersting and lifely picture of this encounter between different species. I had taken picture of the same butterfly in Valais, but I hadn't identified it.
Best regards

Hello Kim,
nice to meet you, and finding such an unusually well captured encounter of

Hamearis lucina L.,
the "Duke of Burgundy Fritillary"

confronted with a miniature crab spider (probably "Misumena vatia"), both of them impressingly well in focus, with excellent colours and details, presented outstandingly well composed.
Phantastic shot. My congratulations!
With thanks, and best regards,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-01 8:38]

Hi Kim.
Thank you for opportunity to met with your brilliant collection. I have got a great pleaser.

Concerning this beauty. Great captured scene and moment with very impressive POV. Amazing lighting and shadows, perfect saturated colours, excellent details and sharpness. beautiful colourful BG, wide dynamic tone range, etc, etc. Bravo and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-01 13:50]

This looks like a face off in a cowboy film. Excellent POV and composition. Excellent focus with good details in both the butterfly and the spider. Great colours.



Well done Kim.
Really like the David & Goliath scenario :)
Good DOF bringing the spider and important parts of the b-fly in well. Great interest. Have to go,
Have nice weekend!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-02 15:51]

Bravo pour les belles couleurs et l'exposition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-03 7:01]

Hi Kim,
Brilliant catch - I do hope the butterfly scaped even though the spider seems ready to jump! I've saved a few this summer! I like the sharp focus on the spider and the antennae against the dark background.
TFS, Ulla

bonjour KIM
ho,moi j'en connais un qui devrait ce mefier!!
tres joli instant que vous nous presentez ici.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-05 12:46]

This is amazing capture,Kim.
Very nice composition,up a little crowded but never mind.Splendid details on butterfly and on spider too.Very good POV offers nice view of whole scene.Good light gives very well saturated colours.Perfect is also monochromatic OOF BG.Great work!
Regards Milos

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-12-07 11:06]

hello kim
"butterfly versus spider" i like this title and composition. point of view, lighting, colours and details are great

Hello Kim,
n i i i c e ! No more comments, no compliments, just my Seasons greetings to you, Dietrich
P.S. Why don't you add the information on the species that you received from earlier critiques, in the Photographer's note? You can still do that under the heading "Manage" . Pics get lost in e-heaven when there is no way to search for them.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-24 4:57]

What an amazing capture!!!
Magnificent sharpness with great details. Splendid POV, DOF, colors, lighting, exposure, contrast... Everything!!
Just gorgeous!!
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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