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Queen of Spain on Ear-Throne

Queen of Spain on Ear-Throne
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): annick vanderschelden's favourites, Harry Eggens favorite butterfly images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-17 7:57
Viewed: 6624
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 156
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is dedicated to my dear friend, true "Queen of Spain" Maite Srivero (Maite).

The shot was taken almost year ago in summer 2007. Once I wrote in one of my notes that during shooting I often imagine our TN-friends, their way of photography and so on. When I saw this butterfly and this scene I remembered the photo of Maite's intro at once. I remembered charming Spain young woman with blond hair and light bronze sunburn in fine scenery. (I must say now there is another photo in intro of Maite page however, it proofs my words too.)

Then the idea to dedicate this shot to Maite was born immediately. Today I can realize my plan. Maite is here again after so long absence. I wish to express my gratitude to Maite for its heartiness, kindness, skillfulness as a photographer and beautifulness as a woman and friend. (It is interesting that I have learned correct ID and name of the species only week ago posting my first shot of the butterfly. May be that is why I did not post present shot with such dedication earlier?)

Happiness to you, dear Maite, Queen of Spain.

About Queen of Spain see
here Maite
here Queen of Spain Fritillary.

P.S. I could not cut an ear again (full frame shot). Sorry :).

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To smitha: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 04-30 07:51
To Proframe: At present time.Alex99 2 04-19 17:43
To Maite: Greetings from sunny Odessa.Alex99 1 04-19 00:26
To eqshannon: Encouragement.Alex99 1 04-19 00:17
To vanderschelden: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 04-19 00:13
To marcellr: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 04-19 00:08
To nglen: Many thanks.Alex99 1 04-19 00:06
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Hola Alex, muy bonita composición, nitida, con bonitos colores naturales y una perfecta iluminación. Un saludo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-04-17 8:05]

Hello Alex,
Very charming picture, Alex. Very nice dedication too. I like the very natural aspect of this shot, including the surroundings and the beautiful white flower.
Best regards

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-04-17 8:06]

Hi Alexei , a very nice dedication , and photo , the complimentary colors and contrast are very good as well it has nice detail too , TFS



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-17 8:08]

Hi Alexei,

A lovely dedication to Maite! A beautiful butterfly and a very pretty flower. The orange and black against the white is wonderful. Fantastic details of the butterfly showing off its wonderful markings. A beautiful picture.


Hello Alexei,

Very nice composition on the beautiful plant. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Wonderful colours. I have seen my first butterfly today, approximately the same colours but not the same patterns on the wings. I have still to figure out what it was. Unfortunately, I had not my camera with me.

Una hermosa imagen Alexei y una estupenda dedicatoria.
Bellos colores y muy bien presentados, un cordial saludo, Juan Luis.

What a "GREAT" dedication.
Romantic note.
Warm regards,

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2008-04-17 9:10]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice shot, details are perfect, good composition, colours and sharpness.
Regards and TFS.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-04-17 9:34]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice is this picture. I'm delighted with colours. Excellent composition.
Best regards, Pawel.

Hello Alex
This is a fine and impressive capture...Your choice of F11 is superb keeping the beautiful queen sharp from wing tip to wing tip and all points in between yet creating a very pleasing background..superb work.
Best Regards

Hi Alex,

A great dedication , very good of sharpness, beautiful colors and much detail on the butterfly.
Regards Gert

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-17 10:29]

Hola Alexei.
Fina foto, gran calidad y nitidez. Un exelente encuadre seleccionado para la presentacion.
Maite es merecedora de este bello regalo de Tu parte.
Un Saludo Y un fuerte Abrazo.

My friend from Ukraine,
Perfect composition and a very warm dedication to our friend Maite!
the image of butterfly is in total sharpness, beautiful colouration and so much details to view and enjoy!
many thanks for sharing and friendship
from NZ Tony


Blimey such a razor sharp image it could cut your eyes. Glorious colours and composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-17 11:22]

Hello Alexei,
Another very beautiful capture of the Queen of Spain and with a fine dedication to Maite!
This is a wonderful composition - the golden butterfly and the white pretty grass go so nicely together and against a soft natural background.
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-17 11:27]

Hello Alexei,
What an excellent clarity in this photo. Fantastic contrasting colours. Together with the perfect sharpness and details, it's an amazing photo. Great composition.

Hello Alexei, this butterfly just flies out of the screen, it looks so good. It as if the butterfly can be touched. Definition and colouration is perfect with an excellent DoF. fine work!!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-17 11:45]

Hi Alex!

Crystal clear - like the water of my favourite river near my home. That's the main quality I recognize in your picture on the technical side. It's incredible how the colours are highlighted and vivid, without being too much saturated. Wonderful. Moreover, the butterfly and the whole picture are marvellous as far as the subjective impression is concerned. It awakes emotions and therefore is very valuable.

Kind regards


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-17 12:14]

Maite is the new queen, (God saves the queen)
beautiful work friend, colors and composition good frame, and link...
excellent lighting,
saludos Alexei.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-17 12:39]
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Hi Alexei. This is a beautiful posting of a butterfly one of the best i have seen.Your focusin and deatil is first class , with natural looking colours. A top POV/DOF. and a nice dedication to a lady from Spain are good friend Matie. well done TFS.

Hi Alexei!
Indeed excellent photo, great sharpness and colours! Like the contrast between colourfull butterfly and white, delicate plant. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-17 13:08]

Hello Alexei,
I like this composition, specially how the weed curves and bends under this light weighted butterfly.
Excellent light, the details and colors are excellent.
Very nice work.

Ciao Alexei,
il dettaglio e la definizione di questa foto sono davvero magnifici.
Un'immagine a tre dimensioni, con la farfalla che sembra possa volare via dallo schermo da un momento all'altro.
Splendido lavoro.

Hi Alexi

Very good shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Well composed with good sharpness and good background.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-17 14:40]

Hi ALexei

Superb composition combined with great detail and gorgeous colour and light.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-17 15:36]

Hi Alex,what a incredible sharpness,very fantastic,not easy to take a butterfly whit open wings so perfectly,i know the problems,your work is fantastic,my best compliments,Luciano

I just knew this was your image, Alexei.
An outstanding photo.
No critiques whatsoever.

Hello Alexei. Stunning capture in full spread. I like the detail and the diagonal white flower it is perched. Well done and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

hello Alexei

another of your lovely butterfly photos, with a very fine POV
and framing, superb DOF, lovely colours and luminosity,
great sharpness and details of the butterfly and the flower,



Sometimes I have a feeling that the Ukraine is ahead of many more places than the US. You have a whole lot of smart folks over there who lost high educated but low paying jobs when the Berlin Wall went down....and so you as an educator and scientist have at least a hobby, but some like I might call it very professional in the way you do it.....I always enjoy seeing your images. If my mind serves me correctly, I do not remember one picture of yours that is not superior!

Hello Alexei,

What a very beautiful image to dedicate to Maite.
You really have got a perfect eye for different and above all perfect compositions.
What a great joy to look at this image with most wonderful clarity, colors, contrast and details.
Superb work Alexei. TFS!!!

Best wishes, Harry

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-18 1:35]
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My dear Alexei
I will say as Mario said:
What a "GREAT" dedication.
I am really moved, tears almost sprang from my eyes with your kind and affectionate note and this superb beautiful impressive shot. Dedicated to me! Wow! What a privilege! I'm so grateful and happy! This is much more than I deserve, but I love it.
Thank you very much, my dear friend.
Best regards

PT :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-18 2:57]

Hello Alexei, how beautiful is the butterfly. Excellent clarity and superb focus. The view is just beautiful. Welldone friend. Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-18 4:00]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this gorgeous butterfly with such lovely colours and sharp details. Looks majestic on that perch and I like the natural surrounding. Superb illumination. Maite would be delighted to have this as a dedication. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Alexei,
This is a great comp, it has that curved flow thing going on..
Excellent PP, technically well done.
Very pleasing image mf..
Beautiful :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-18 5:50]

Lovely shot of this Fritillary!
It stands out like a gem!
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Magnificent colours too.
Superb DOF.
Very nice work, Alexei!


Hi Alex, superb dedication to our friend Maite, elegant butterfly with fantastic colors, splendid focus, fine details and great sharpness, wonderful composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

hi alexei!
sharp and fine macro on this
very nice butterfly!
well done!

Superb work once again Alexei! So beautifully clear and colorful. The butterfly is gorgeous on the white seed head.
Nice dedication to Maite. Tfs mf Richard

Hello Alexei.
A beautiful composition, photo tiena very good luz.Es imagen.Un a beautiful greeting.

Hi Alexei
Excellent picture. So bright, but still with natural colours. I like the composition as well. And the sharpness of the picture is perfect!
Thanks for showing

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-04-18 12:49]

Ola Alexei
Belissima fotografia desta encantadora borboleta suas cores são impressionantes, a luz solar nas cores da suas asas deixaram um efeito muito bonito, a nitidez é muito boa e a claridade da foto tambem.

Hi ALEx what a shot and a beatifull butterfly great sharpness and very good details
very well done

And she's beautiful - true royalty. Great composition, excellent color, just a fabulous photo.

Splendida immagine, eccellente e raffinata composizione, ottimi POV e DOF, molto buoni i dettagli, magnifici i colori e bellissimo sfondo con gli steli d'erba. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hola Alexei,
Preciosa captura en una bella composición, con una nitidez, color y luz envidiables, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Alexei,
great shot with excellent sharpness on the butterfly :)
colors are very beautiful and natural.
nice POV and composition.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-19 11:23]

Hi Alexei,
You have captured this "Reina de España" in a really brilliant way! Outstanding sharpess, exposure and pose and a really attractive backgroud.
TFS and best regards, José M.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-20 12:34]

hello my friend
wonderful macro photo of this beautiful species
composition, POV, BG, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hello Alexei,

What a beautiful dedication!
She will be thrilled to receive such a perfectly captured butterfly!
The details and colours are superb and how nice to see it in its natural habitat. It shows up well against the blurred b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-20 13:01]

Hi Alexei,
The photo is crsip sharp and the details look great. I liked the lighting, colors, focus, background, POV and composition a lot. TFS

Hello Alexei,
Pin sharp focus on the butterfly, reproducing pattern and colours very well!
Effective point of view, and the white flowering straw makes an unusual element...
Good 3-D effect that isolates the subject very well!
Pablo -

Hi Alexi

This is just so wonderfully sharp and clear that it is stunning. It is really beautiful and deserves all the credit it has received.

So just to list it all again

Fantastic DOF and sharpness
excellent composition and clarity
great POV and focus.

I hope you are pleased with it!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-21 11:50]

Hi Alexei

This is a real beauty. The orange colours are wonderfully vivid. Excellent DOF and sharp details. A very lovely dedication as well



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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-21 12:22]

Hi Alexei,

Stunning capture of the Queen of Spain Butterfly.
Very nicely composed with a great POV and a excellent pose.
The details are superb with a wonderful DOF.
The colours lovely and natural with beautiful light.


Hello Alexei
I have to say the composition of this with the flower going the same angle as butterfly is very nicely seen.
Great colours and DOF.

The butterfly really stands out, sharp fine details in the wings. Very good timing.
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-24 7:29]

Hello Alexei

A lovely composition.
The beautiful butterfly on the diagonal plume is wonderful.
Excellent sharpness and focus.
The lighting and colours are beautiful.


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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-25 10:31]

Hi Alexei
this is very nice colors and composition
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Dear Alexei,
fabulously clear colours and markings of this freshly emerged second generation Queen of Spain! At first sight I even thought it was one of this year's new generation, having seen some of that sepecies a few days ago near my place.
A very nice composition, giving a good feeling of a lot of free space around.
All my best wishes to you,

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-26 2:43]

Hi Alexei,
Superb shot! The colour is beautiful and the butterfly is sharp with nice environment. I like the composition with the butterfly on a white diagonal.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-26 5:01]

Wow Alexei, first of all the dedication is so nice, and secondly, what a superb shot, it is stunning. I love the colours, it is so sharp, smooth and silky, the colours are fantastic! How do you achieve such beautiful finish of colours and smoothness, wow, I admire your work. Thank you!


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I couldn't agree more about your impression of our young friend from Spain, Alexei.
Maite is also a person with a kind heart and her words on people's pictures exude warmth and care.
She truly deserves your dedication of this superb image to her.
One can only imagine the ideal settings for a good butterfly shot; you make that imagination a reality through a shot like this one.
Thanks for sharing it and regards.

Hello Alexei !
Another master piece from you ! I love everything on this picture. Excellent sharpness and details, vivid colors, beautiful pose of the butterfly, with wings wide ope, so we can fully admire his beauty. The composition is splendid too, with the twig making some kind of beautiful diagonal, and the BG is just blurred enough to make the butterfly stand out very nicely. Just perfect. Amazing. Very well done !

Hello Alex,
A beautiful dedication to Maite! A razor sharp image with an excellent POV that shows the beautiful patterns on the butterfly.Good colors and contrasts .Everything about this picture is beautiful and perfect.It definitely is a feast for the eyes.:)
Thanks for the share,

Hi Alexei,
A beautiful capture of this Spain Queen making balance in the composite flower.
Superb qualityand sharpness, As usual in your pics.

Bonjour Alexei
Cette photo est trés jolie, j'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs. Belle profondeur de champ, avec un joli fond flou qui mets bien le papillon en valeur. De bons détails également. Bien joué et bravo...JP

Sorry I'm irregular, Alexei, but will catch up..As ususal, an excellent shot..executed to perfection...
P: later

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-04-29 17:07]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful image! Very good focus, sharp and clear detail, great colours.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 19:12]

Hello Alexei,
Your passion for perfection in your photography shows each time you post an image. This is an excellent dedication to Maite and an incredible image. Thank you for your great contributions.

Gran claridad y original composición Alexei. Bien tratado el fondo y explosivos colores y contrastes que hacen destacar mucho a esta toma.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hi Alex
Beautiful elegant photo. Perfect sharpness, great composition with grass flowers I like it very much

Hello Alex.

Fantastic and excellent composition, very nice colour.

Jose Luis.

Hi Alexei!
Sorry for delay, but it was rather busy day for me :)
The picture was overlooked by me before but with more than great pleasure I discovered it today! :)
Very sharp, with perfect clarity and amazing DOF (butterfly is simply perfectly exposed!).
Bravo also for composition, it is rather simply, but I think that the best pictures are always "simple" :)
Best regards from Lodz Alexei!
Friendly yours,

hi Alex,
i like the beautiful shape and color of the wings,amazing compo and well captured

best sERGIO

Hello Alex,
Very good, interesting shot. Excellent light conditions and sharpness. Very nice, attractive background.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-05-14 15:28]

Hi Alex!
I love the tender light and suptile colors on this photo and amazing composition, very artistic my friend!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-19 3:35]

Hi Alex,
very sharp and very clear. wonderful composition with the bending graphical composition. Excellent blurry background making the capture very pretty and impressive. such beautiful contrasting colours of orange, white and freen.
Real lovely.


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