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Gaillardia & Small White

Gaillardia & Small White
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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/13.0, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 7:53
Viewed: 4665
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wish to end my two different series by this shot. One of them is dedicated to broken Sigma lens (see my previous five pictures) and second one was dedicated to beautiful Gaillardia and its charming visitors:
The flower and its visitors
The flower and its visitors II
Gaillardia & Galathea
Keep out! All is mine!.

I think that time the flower was visited by Small White.

The Small White (Pieris rapae) is a small to mid-sized butterfly species of the Yellows-and-Whites family Pieridae. It is also commonly known as the Small Cabbage White. The names "Cabbage Butterfly" and "Cabbage White" can also refer to the Large White.

It is widespread across Europe, North Africa and Asia and has also been accidentally introduced to North America, Australia and New Zealand where they have become pests on cultivated cabbages and other mustard family crops.

In appearance it looks like a smaller version of the Large White. The upperside is creamy white with black tips to the forewings. Females also have two black spots in the center of the forewings. Its underwings are yellowish with black speckles. It is sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance...

Small White
Small White (Pieris rapae)

About Gaillardia see:

Jamesp, haraprasan, eqshannon, Luis52, jaycee, Amadeo, maurydv, nglen, CeltickRanger, Ken52, Heaven, ramthakur, Argus, Maite, gerbilratz, uleko, izler, gannu, Hil, jusninasirun, wuta, Islander_, oscarromulus, smitha, SelenE, marhowie, TAZ, jmp, Adanac, carper, peter_stoeckl, XOTAELE, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To XOTAELE: Many thanks.Alex99 1 05-20 11:12
To Maite: About your dream.Alex99 1 04-30 07:57
To TAZ: Thanks.Alex99 1 04-30 07:48
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-26 8:01]

Hi Alexei

Great shot - wonderful detail and gorgeous colours here. Lovely POV and good isolation from the BG.


Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful small white. A lovely composition with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

the whites are among my favorite. the swallowtails are also there and yet they are so much different...but this is a nice one with the added flora...Very well then.

hello alexei,
your results always surprise me, this kind of details with a sigma 70/300 apo lens. wow, it shows your marits as a photographer. beautiful colors and excellenst details in this pleasing composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-26 9:00]

Hola Alexei.
Verdaderamente hermosos tonos de colores en toda la fotografia. Muy fina imagen en donde resalta por su iluminacion el objeto principal que es la mariposa, sin embergo no deja de ser muy bella la flor con sus hermosos petalos.
Saludos Alexei.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-26 9:06]

Hi Alexei,

A superb shot of both the butterfly and the flower. I love the flower with all its fine details and magnificent colors. Of course, the butterfly is beautiful too. Wonderful background to set them off.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-04-26 9:09]

hi Alexei,
voici une image pour bien commencer le printemps. Les couleurs sont intenses, la composition bien maîtrisée. Dommage que sa tête soit dans l'ombre mais ça ne gâche rien.


Hello Alexei,

I don't know which is the more beautiful, the flower or the butterfly!
The flowers details are excellent with the turned down petals, bright red veins and dark red centre.
The butterfly has its own beauty with its delicate white wings and elongated legs - all superbly captured and displayed!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-26 11:10]

Hola Alex, muy bonita composición, nitida y con buen color. Un saludo

Ciao Alex,
perfetta e magnifica combinazione di colori, come sempre.
Una foto veramente piacevole da osservare.

Bellissima macro, ottima composizione con il fiore in fase di appassimento e la farfalla che si nutre del suo nettare, eccellente nitidezza, quasi eccessivo il contrasto, magnifici i colori e la luminosità. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-26 13:50]

Hi Alexei. This has been a wonderful set of pictures. todays again shows us fine detail and colours. you have sharp focusing .good use of the light with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

hello Alexei

very very beautiful image of this butterfly with the flower,
beautiful luminosity of the image with beautiful colours,
very fine POV, framing and DOF, great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-04-26 20:31]

Outstanding butterfly photography. The exposure is perfect and the focus is razor sharp. I like the fact that you used f13.0 and was able to get entire scene in perfect focus but still get the nice blurred background and good DOF. Outstanding natural color and excellent note also!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-26 22:48]

Hi Alex!

Before I leave for my hiking tour I made a virtual tour through the gallery of TN and discovered also this picture. It's a good start of a day to see joyful colours and a beautiful, delicate butterfly. You have very well put on stage the butterfly as well as the flower. It's surprising to see how the patterns of the petals are similar to the ones of the butterfly.

Kind regards


You were fortunate to have both these subjects in each other's company, Alexei.
Together, they make a fantastic picture through your gifted hands.
Amazing sharpness, details and colours.
You had really done outstanding work with your 70-300mm.
TFS and regards.

Hello Alexei,

Only marking today.

Hi Alexei, beutiful white butterfly on a fantastic flower with wonderful colors, splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-27 0:52]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this tiny white butterfly perched elegantly on that gorgeous looking flower. Very impressive sharpness and lovely colours. Superb light and exposure control and you make this look majestic and attractive with your DOF and chosen POV. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-27 1:55]

Hi Alex,nothing to say,the pic is so perfect and beautifull that talk alone,my best compliments,LUCIANO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-27 4:29]

Hello Alexei,
This capture of a Small White on a Gaillardia flower couldn't be sharper, boththe butterfly and the flower and the BG is also a great help in showing them off an a great composition.
A very nice image, my friend and thanks for sharing this way of making us look forward to the warmth of summer.
Best wishes,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-27 4:42]
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Hello Alexei
Another marvellous shot with amazing colors and stunning sharpness and composition. The more attractive item is the Gaillardia with no doubt. How beautiful this flower is! I should like to have a lot of them in my garden should I have a garden. I have a mind to buy a bunch of them for the mother of my boy, for her to plant in her garden at León. She likes flowers so much!
Thank you very much for this beautiful fantastic shot, dear friend.
My best regards

Hi Alexei, stunning shot, great details and fabulous colouration. The focus is perfect, the POV also perfect. Your work is first class and inspirational. regards h

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-27 6:25]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful capture of this White butterfly on a wonderful flower. I really fall for the flower here with its pretty petals and wonderful colours. Focus is perfect on both and details very sharp. The fine soft green background completes this lovely composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-27 7:57]

hello my friend
all of them are beautiful and they were successfuly captured
composition, POV, DOF, colours, sharpness and details are great

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-27 7:57]

Hello Alexei, What a shot. Superb. I am not sure to say which one is beautiful. Excellent sharp and superb lighting picture Ganesh

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-27 9:02]

Hi Alexei,

Superb shot of the Small White
Well composed with a great POV and a lovely pose of the Butterfly feeding on the Flower
Nice sharp details and a good DOF.
Excellent colours and light and the white is perfectly exposed.


Hello Alexei. The flower itself is so gorgeous and the beautiful butterfly perching on it is so stunning. Very well done and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

Well done, Alexei.
Beautiful image. Very colourful and awesome light. The depth of field is accurate.
Compo is great:-).
Good work...

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-04-27 11:07]

Hello Alex , This is anather fantastic coulorful shot ,great compositie pov dof details and the flower I like it ,thanks ,greetings Teunie .

Hi Alex,

Wondeful colors! And the photo in general is outstanding! Hope you will get a new lens soon...

Thank you,


Loved the way you have "constructed" your notes. We slowly get into "your" world, piece by piece.
You are a TRUE teacher.
And, of course the image is of the FINEST quality.
Warm regards,

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-04-27 19:54]

Hello Alexei,
After seeing all those beautiful images of Gaillardia and its visitors, I think I won't mind if some wind blew its seeds over to my garden too.:) I will be sorry to bid adieu to this beautiful flower and I hope the artist who introduced this gorgeous beauty to us will definitely allow a peek or two from time to time in the future .
As usual an excellent image with good sharpness and details. I just loved the way the light adds a sparkling touch to the flower. The colours seems to pop out from the pleasing green background. Exposure is perfect .And that goes for the POV too. A real beauty from the hands of en expert!Thanks for sharing all those beautiful images,

The colours in this photo are very sharp Alexie.Good sunlight to show details on both flower and butterfly. Impressive focus!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-28 3:08]

Hi Alexei,
Lovely capture... Details, focus & sharpness, lighting, colors, composition and POV are great. Well done and TFS

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful flower & b-fly image..Can't put my finger on it, but they go so well together ;-}
Very good POV, DOF, details, colors, comp, and blurred BG here.
It looks like the sun was bothering this small whites eyes..perhaps some sun glasses are in order :)

Hello dear Alexei,
Wooow ! What a warm and pleasant macro, a pleasure for eyes !
The "+++" : composition, nice butterfly and beautiful flower, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred BG, light and exposure, warm colors, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : perhaps crop 1.5cm at the bottom of the picture to remove the dark spots, please see my test in the WS...
Congratulations my old friend and thanks for sharing,

bonjour alexei
bravo pour cette photo tres colorée,je n'ai qu'un regret c'est que la tête soit dans l'ombre.

Hi Alexei,
Either butterfly, or flower great. Photo have incredible DOF, so each detail of the flower really very good. Composition, warm natural colors also good. TFS, Regards,

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-28 14:17]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful photo with brilliant colours and nice BG. I like your composition. Sharpness is perfect.
You have a very nice collection of butterfly's photo.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-28 15:14]

Hi Alexei,
Once again the perfection have been reached in this capture! Sharpness, colours, exposure, light work together to compose a really beautiful image.
TFS and best regards,
José M.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-29 8:44]

Hello Alexei,
i hope you are well my friend. You share with us another beautiful creation. I love the colours and different textures in this shot, the Small White is so vivid against the deep saturated colours of the surroundings. Excellent detail and perfect DOF...wonderful work.

Hi Alex
Firs of all beautiful light and great summer colors. Tip of the wing is little bit overexposed but it is not so important here. Your photo is nicely composed with perfect OOF background and great sharpness
I like it very much

Bel ensemble bien contrasté.
Bonne journée.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 20:37]

Hello My Friend,
Brilliant colors and razor sharp details in this composition with incredible beauty. Your a very special photographer Alexei, thank you.

Hello Alexei,
Very nice capture, superb sharpness and depth of
field, beautiful vivid colors and good contrast,
excellent composition and good point of view,
fantastic details, nice light and good

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2008-05-05 11:37]

Hi Alexei,
Perfectly sharp picture of a very nice coloured subject.
The butterfly and the flower are both very sharp. Very good focus. Very good compo and great colours.
TFS Paula

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-05-06 8:35]

Hello Alexei

Beautiful warm colours and lighting.
The focus is razor sharp with wonderful detail and sharpness.
The classic butterfly pose is well done.
Well composed ,a treat to look at.

I mis here the fill in flash Alexei,
the pov is marvelous, but the shadow on the heat of the butterfly disturbing the quality and thats a shame, farther my friend it's a masterpiece, have a very good evening.
gr. jaap

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-05-06 17:14]

Hi alexei,
Very beautiful image! Excellent focus, great detail and beautiful colours.

Hello Alexei,
I think it is skillfully done to bring out the finer pattern in those basically white wings!
Sharp fine details in both subjects, wonderful light makes the colours sparkle...
As always a fine sense of depth and an attractive composition!
Pablo -

Hi Alexei,
Those tiny-little-mini ones are not easy to photograph and you did so well with excellent details and perfect exposure. I like this composition and contrast between this huge and colorful looking flower and this pale sober creature. This is very nice and well executed! Thanks for sharing this lovely picture.

very nice capture, great colour and sharpness, TFS Ori

Dear Alexei,
wonderful light, splendidly rich colours, a very elegant artistic composition. A feast for the eyes - thank you, my dear friend.
My best regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-05-16 7:16]

Hello Alexei! Great composition with a perfect sharpness, a beautiful background and impressive colors, well done again, thanks!


¡Fantástica imagen amigo Alexei!
Bellos tonos, muy bien ajustados y también buen comentario.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

wonderfull capture, composition, and color , it is great!!

Bonjour Alexei
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-25 8:50]

Hi Alexei

I wish I have these beautiful bright attractive flowers in my garden. They look even more beautiful with a butterfly adorning them. Lovely bright colours, excellent DOF and good focus



What a wonderful display of autumn colours you have here in this beautiful photograph. It is truly a colourful and most gorgeous image, with rich and warm colours on display. The clarity of the details of both the flower and the butterfly is super. A lovely close up with great focus and great sharpness. I love to look at butterfly images as not one is ever the same. The patterns and colours on each butterflies wings are fascinating and is unique to that specific butterfly. Each one tells a different story and adds to its character. Your presentation and display is great and I especially like sunlight that are shown well in your image. Indeed a beautiful image to appreciate. Thanks for sharing, and I hope to see you soon around the site.
Kind regards

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