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Scarce Copper

Scarce Copper
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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/11, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-24 15:24
Viewed: 4555
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The scarce copper (Lycaena virgaureae) is a butterfly of the copper or gossamer-winged butterfly family

Familie: Lycaenidae
Lycaena virgaureae (LINNAEUS, 1758)
Flight Time: June - September
Size: 30-36mm
The male Scarce Copper is a strikingly beautiful butterfly with his vivid, solid orange upperside which is very conspicuous in flight and helps to locate him as he's whizzing around! Like other coppers though it stays put a while for a picture. You could confuse the male with Large Copper in theory but you would never find the two species in the same altitudinal range. The undersides are very characteristic with the white splodges in the post-discal line. The female upperside is much duller and very spotty. Lycaena virgaureae lives preferably on flower-rich, damp meadows in Central Europe. In Spain it is found in the Pyrenees and in the Cantabrian Mountains. In southern France it is found in the Massif Central. Its area of distribution reaches the Arctic Circle in Fennoscandia in the north; in the south it reaches north and northwest Greece. It is not found, however, on the British Isles, in Belgium, or the Netherlands. It can be found as far east as Mongolia. The scarce copper is found at elevations of 1,000 to 2,000 meters. Females are seen more rarely.

Merry Christmas to you all!

RAP, Silvio2006, jeanpaul, marhowie, JoseMiguel, pvb, saeedabbasi, Juyona, fartash, pablominto, horia, star74, dew77, fiyo, jmp, mikou, ramthakur has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-24 15:35]

Wonderful composition Kim with amazing colors, bottom and point of view.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, colors, DOF, focus, sharpness, lighting, background, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing to grumple.

Beautiful presentation luminous and great aesthetic sense.
My best wishes for these holidays that approach... Ricardo

Hi Kim, wonderful Lycaena virgaureae up a lovely flower, great colors, splendid composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Kim,
Very nice, colorful and good composition. TFS.
Mery Christmas and happy New Year.

Hi Kim,
a warm shot on these cold days, wonderful.
I love the colours and the motive is lovely.
Thanks and Merry Christmas, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonjour Kim
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce joli papillon avec sa jolie fleur, les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition .
Passe de Joyeuses Fêtes toi rt ta famille.
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

Well done Kim.
I like the warm color and inner wing view, beautiful :)
Great BG, detail, and light.
Merry Christmas!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-24 17:11]

Hello Kim

A very eye catching shot.The colours are remarkable.A very well composed photo of a beautiful butterfly.Excellent POV and DOF.The details are sharp and crisp.The BG is very complimentary to the shot.Well done.TFS
Vrolijk kerstfeest


Hello Kim,
This is an outstanding presentation of this Scarce copper.
I like so much the POV used, that show us plenty of details on the insect.
Beautiful the colors, on the wings, and those of the flower, well saturated.
The source of light, focus and exposure were very appropiate.
DOF works great with this smooth background.
The composition is well balanced.
Congratulations, thanks for share and Merry Christmas!,

Excellent cadrage et bonne composition de couleurs... et bonnes fêtes.

Hi dear Kim ,
very nice colors ang excellent sharpness.
well composition and nice BG.

best regards my good friend

Nice work Kim good detail technically very well done difficult harsh light exposure handled well. TFS rgds Necip. points tommorow.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-12-25 5:16]

Hi Kim,
Prachtige zomerkleuren. Goede compositie, hele mooie vlinder. Goed scherp en hele mooie achtergrond.
Fijne Kerstdagen
gr. paula

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-25 6:08]

Hola Kim, preciosa galeria, tus fotos son excelentes.
Buen disparo y precioso pov. detalles y colores, saludos amigo Kim.

Hi Kim
Very nice shot of buterfly,
and nice BG,Perfect lighting,


Hello Kim,
Good point of view adds dynamics!
Well composed presentation, and the macro work is well taken care of...
Great colours and fine details!
Pablo -

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-12-25 7:03]

Hoi Kim,
Omdat ik niet meer zo veel naar de insekten fotos kijk heb ik blijkbaar gemist hoe getalenteerd je bent! Hele mooie vlinders heb je. Deze is ook vrolijk en kleurrijk en heeft een goede compositie.
Heel goed hoor.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-25 7:33]

Hi Kim and "welcome back" :) Nice to see you posting :)
This is an excellent macro from you!
The details here are very clear and sharp, the DOF is impeccable and the composition most charming.
The colors are also lovely and well saturated, the POV very nice and the presentation beautiful.
Looking forward to seeing more :)
Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

Hi Kim,
Beautiful capture of this amazing Butterfly.
Nice vivid colors,details and sharpness.
Well done

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-25 10:44]

Hello Kim,
Magnificent close up.POV,vivid colors,clear details,framing and composition are excellent.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-25 13:53]

Hi Kim,
What a great colors in this capture! Light, composition, details and exposure are wonderful!
Merry Christmas, José M.

Hi Kim,

You took a fantastic picture here. What a beautiful butterfly. Focus, DOF, BG, composition, everything perfect. Very well done.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-26 3:19]

Hi Kim,
Very nice capture with perfect POV, wonderful colours and a lot of nice details. TFS
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-01 5:00]

Hi Kim.
This is very nice capture.I like your splendid composition.Also colours are amazing,very fine and pleasant.Beautiful combination of colours.Very nice angle look and nice fine details.Very good is in color tone OOF background.Well done.TFS
Best wishes and very much successful in year 2007.
Best regards Milos

Hello Kim,
I am trying to catch up with critiques on my pictures which I missed out in the last two weeks due to utterly inexplicable failure of my net connection around Christmas, which, thankfully, has now been restored. Please accept my apologies for getting back to you rather late.
Your image of this beautiful Scarce Copper is a delight to look at. It is a very fine compostion from an immaculate perspective with great DOF, superb clarity and very pleasant colours.
Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture.
Warm regards,

Still me Kim,
I visit your gallery,
many wonderfull shot, this one is a great composition, technically perfect,
well done,

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2007-12-24 13:10]


Great capture of this beautiful butterfly, the light is also great on the subject, I can appreciate a very focus and sharp image. Very well done!


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