In evening sun beams
- arfer (0)
- [2007-03-01 7:49]
A beautiful butterfly photo.Well done on the lighting.The DOF is excellent and the details are sharp against a lovely OOF BG.The colours are vivid.Simple composition with nice visual impact.TFS
- scottevers7 (12309)
- [2007-03-01 7:54]
A beautiful shot here. Composition and framing look excellent. The colors and detail are perfect from the spot on exposure. Well seperated from a nice OOF backround. The backlighting highlights the wing colors and texture very well. Nice shot!
- Bufo (4247)
- [2007-03-01 8:02]
I can't help with the exact ID either. I can say that I like the image very much. The backlight gives a very nive look on the wings. Very well done,
- star74 (2474)
- [2007-03-01 8:14]
Wonderful macro shot.
I like the color a lot.
Very nice POV and background.
- wkshelton (5492)
- [2007-03-01 8:56]
excllent colors Bg POv DOF perfect detail svery crisp I really like this POV alot well composed and captured photo excllent work
- Juyona (16891)
- [2007-03-01 9:26]
un auténtico lujo,
detalles excelentes y perfecta composición.
luz y bg. maravillosos,
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2007-03-01 10:16]
anew beautiful marco with lovely colours nd nice compostition. Good details and DOF, the subject is well seen from the BG.
Well done, my friend.
I have to be fast, my internet connction is up and down,
since I got a new ISP, at the time it's more down ;-(
Very beautiful capture of this "Marbled White" sp. in beautiful light. Excellent details and sharp colours. Very nice composition too.
TFS and regards, Ulla
- clnaef (6814)
- [2007-03-01 10:40]
Magnifique papillon bien conservé.
- fiyo (15161)
- [2007-03-01 11:06]
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,sharpness,simple BG,clear details and framing a lot.
- marmottelolo (14697)
- [2007-03-01 11:16]
c'est une peu dommage que ce joli papillon ne joue a cache cache et que l'on ne voit pas tellement sa tête.part contre j'aime beaucoup les motifs sur ces ailes et le BG super coloré et bien flou.
- batu (16383)
- [2007-03-01 12:02]
beautiful light penetrating the wings and showing the forewing shadow on the hindwing. Exact focus on the butterfly. Narrow depth of field (f6.3) blurs the flower in the foreground. This together with the smooth background attacts and focuses the view on the butterfly.
Best wishes, Peter
This is a superb capture of a species of Marbled White (Melanargia russiae), a form of the Esper's Marbled White.
The details and the composition are first class and so is the through-lighting. The bokeh BG is also very pleasing.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan
- dew77 (13270)
- [2007-03-01 12:54]
Wonderful butterfly close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.I liked POV,use of backlight,framing,simple BG and composition a lot.
- horia (16656)
- [2007-03-01 13:04]
This is another very beautiful macro work from you, my friend!
I saw both of the shots here (this one and the one from the WS) and i can see why you like this one more - the BG is a splendor.
Indeed the DOF is very well managed here and the colors shine more beautifully, but it's a shame we don't see all the body of the butterfly. You are however correct in what you did- if you wanted to show this lovely backlight...it works just fine.
Witherway, the details and textures are splendid and very sharp and the composition is very nice also.
Bravo and TFS
- Tamrock (1928)
- [2007-03-01 13:05]
very nice macro with fine
lightning and great pov and dof
good composition to
- martinmena (1601)
- [2007-03-01 13:37]
Una preciosa imagen,buena luz y un fondo bueno.saludos.
- pvb (1981)
- [2007-03-01 14:33]
This is a very beautiful composition Congratulations. I like the pov you have captured here. Great dof and good details. Very lovely bg colours.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2007-03-01 14:47]
I will correct your first sentence if you permit me;
"This is definitely a very good photograph of Melanargia Meigen."
Especially the overall sharpness is very attractive but also the colours, composition and so forth.
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2007-03-01 14:49]
Hi Alexei, wonderful butterfly and splendid flower with great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio
Wonderful light, colours and light in this Melanargia. You have captured it from a really good pov and in a great pose.
It's curious to see that this melanargia likes similar flowers that mine!
TFS, José M.
- nimou (3171)
- [2007-03-01 15:37]
Good shot alexei, regards from spain
- cecilia (4630)
- [2007-03-01 17:22]
Beautiful capture, delicate and lovely. Great detail and presentation.
- anahory (1377)
- [2007-03-01 17:25]
A shy butterfly dissimulating herself behind a gorgeous flower!
great composition , colours and light and a perfect sharpness
very well done my friend
best regards and TFS
- fyapici (7499)
- [2007-03-01 18:05]
What a beautiful marco with lovely colors and nice compostition. Good details and DOF, the subject was well seperated from the blurry BG.
Very well done, my dear friend.
- oscarromulus (42)
- [2007-03-01 18:38]
Dont know about BUTTERFLIES; not my field. Dont know much about the flower where that lovely register is resting on either.
However, I do know this: I love your work. Your notes are not only "interesting" but, to me, educative.
I see a lot of DETAILS captured on the subject.
Very well composed & delivered. GOOD JOB.
- coasties (28054)
- [2007-03-02 0:48]
A beautiful shot. Perfect details, well composed against an awesome OOF BG. :-)
- anel (40574)
- [2007-03-02 3:23]
The way the butterfly looks through the flower is just great. The picture is excellent, like always. I appreciate specially the composition and the warm beautiful background.It was a great idea to bring out your butterflies!
- pablominto (14563)
- [2007-03-02 5:01]
Attractive butterfly, and the macro work is skilfully done as usual!
Well composed presentation, and the details in the wings are wonderful...
The background here enhances the subject nicely!
- claudine (0)
- [2007-03-02 6:36]
Ivan and Ulla know many things about nature, it is quite amazing :) This is a very nice capture again of a beautiful specie. I love the way it is hiding in the flower and this beautiful light on its wings. Details, colors, sharpness, composition and exposure are perfect! I also like this beautiful BG that makes your little subject stands out very well. This is a beautiful post. Thanks,
- marhowie (486)
- [2007-03-02 7:48]
Excellent details, colors, and a very nice back-lit effect. Interesting POV of the b-fly peeking through this thistle :)
I think the color and lighting here is much more pleasing than the WS photo.
Very well done.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2007-03-02 11:20]
This image of a beautiful butterfly is perfect in every respect.
Superb point of view, sharpness, colours and composition.
In short, it is a masterpiece.
- Maite (5199)
- [2007-03-02 12:12]
Another wonderful picture with such a beautiful butterfly! M. russiae is not very common to see round here and I love how the sun touches its wings.
A superb job!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
- mikou (6093)
- [2007-03-02 13:24]
Beautiful capture of this Melanargia as well as another view in workshop.I like amazing ligh and very good sharpnes on this small butterfly.Very nice combination with interesting flower.Colors are beautiful specially background is simply perfect.
Superb done,thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2007-03-02 21:34]
i loved the way you have taken this shot,
everything from colours to sharpness, composition the bg is just perfect,
very well done,
tfs & regards
- saeedabbasi (5100)
- [2007-03-03 0:50]
Hi my dear friend Alexei ,
very nice image with great details and focus.
excellent BG.great sharpness.
lovely colours .
very well done.
thanks and regards
- JORAPAVI (4643)
- [2007-03-03 4:46]
La imagen es preciosa, la luz, nitidez asi como la composición son excelentes, gracias por compartirla. Un cordial saludo
- jeanpaul (14962)
- [2007-03-03 8:33]
Félicitations pour la beauté du papillon et le superbe contraste. Bravo pour les belles couleurs et la netteté.
- hester (11638)
- [2007-03-03 16:43]
The backlighting on the wings is very lovely, great DOF and very pretty colours
- Ken52 (4195)
- [2007-03-03 20:24]
A great example of how back light can enhance the beautiful colors and details of a butterfly wing. I like the composition, the DOF and the neutral background.
the rich colours of flower, butterfly, and distant background together with the fine transparency of wings in the backlight of the evening sun make this image of a common butterfly as this Marbled White look really special. Once more, an excellent photograph from you. Congratulations, my dear friend!
The ID: Melanargia galathea (Linnaeus 1758) - rather than M. russiae, which shows another thin black stripe within the cell of forewings. M. galathea is much more likely to be found in Ukraine than M. russiae which - strange enough - is reported from Spain, Southern France, Italy, Macedonia, Transkaukausia, Kasachstan, but seems to have become extinct in other parts of Europe such as Hungary, and the Ukraine.
I like the very well decided shallow depth of field that puts an excellently exclusive focus on the butterfly.
Thank you! With best regards,
- wishnugaruda (19365)
- [2007-03-04 14:31]
That's perfect, Alexei,
I love the light coming from the back shining through that wonderful wings.
The flower brings colour into the shot, a beautiful arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- XOTAELE (8)
- [2007-03-04 15:32]
Fantástico disparo. Has captado una imagen llena de colorido y vida. Un BG excepcional como todos los tuyos.
Saludos y buena semana Alexei.
- lemoineth (2286)
- [2007-03-05 1:41]
Belle photo,ce papillon et cette fleurs sont très jolis et les couleurs sont superbes. Amitiés Thomas
Alexei my friend I am not much on butterflies. I really like your backlit version. AND also the eye looking thru spikes of the blossom! ;)
Now here is where it gets interesting for me...
You didn't ID the flower, so I will ask if you know what it is. It strikes me as the flower of the knapweed, aka Centaurea. Your butterfly is Melanargia russiae ... Now it gets interesting for here we also have socalled Russian Knapweed < which is poisonous to horses!!! > aka
Acroptilon repens. SYNONYMS:Turkestan thistle; Centaurea repens L.
Reason I am very interested is that I have this knapweed in my bushfeld...
It attracts bumblebees and butterflies. Most people mistake it for thistles.
PS As to the presentation, I prefer it without the OoF part of the second flower. See WS.
- jcoowanitwong (13754)
- [2007-03-05 5:37]
Very beautiful butterfly in natural settings. The back light shows wings pattern and markings clearly. A fantastic image to appreciate.
- sily (1934)
- [2007-03-05 6:14]
Warm colored shot, I like the sun penetrating trough the wings the composition is really great,and warm green BG makes perfect temperature of the colors,nice and sharp details,and interesting selection of POV,really outstanding photo!
- valy67 (9219)
- [2007-03-05 6:40]
Hello Alexei !
I think this is the most beautiful picture of this butterfly I have ever seen ! I love everything ! The sharp details, the beautiful light which makes the wings look almost translucent, the blurred BG with lovely colors, the composition, the POV... There's nothing wrong here. Very well done !
- jhm (1853)
- [2007-03-06 2:23]
A beautiful butterfly image, colours are very realistic, also composition and framing look excellent, very well done!
- delic (898)
- [2007-03-06 6:35]
I am joining the chorus of admirers a bit late, Alex. This is certainly as good as it gets. Quite a unique composition; I like the fact the head is seen partially through the flower. Excellent texture and detail on the butterfly, as well as perfect depth-of-field control with a lovely background. Cheers!
- JoseMiguel (5658)
- [2007-03-06 11:26]
I really love the light here!
You got a magnificent picture with that gorgeous butterfly's wings, displayed with a great illumination, and showing us their gorgeous patterns and colors.
The image is so sharpen, that can be seen in the antennas.
I like a lot the soft and blurred background got.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
- Necipp (100)
- [2007-03-06 16:04]
Hello Alexei this is a beauty I even like hoe you positioned yourself to get the eye in pov. I love the light and background tfs rgds Necip.
- zumoduvas (2535)
- [2007-03-06 18:12]
Beatiful image, nice details.
- saguzar (7202)
- [2007-03-08 17:11]
When I see it, think guaaaauuuu (woowww in spanish) what a great image!. the sharpness is incredible, the same with colours and illumination. A 10 points image, no doubt.
- blakitan (5517)
- [2007-03-09 18:24]
Very impressive! This is an example of a carefully (and smartly!) focused shot. Right on the butterfly, even the flower is in front of the insect.
Excellent technically and very aesthetic image too.
- RAP (7405)
- [2007-03-10 9:14]
Dos excelentes imágenes amigo mío con gran agudeza y bella composición a partir del bajo punto de vista y el correcto encuadre.
Buen foco y consiguiente OOF que permite el despegue de la mariposa y su flor del resto de la escena.
La agradable iluminación brinda un efecto muy especial realzando los detalles del insecto en perfecto contraste con el trasfondo tan bien logrado.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo
Two excellent images my friend with great sharpness and beautiful composition starting from the low point of view and the correct framing.
Good focus and resultant OOF that it allows the takeoff of the butterfly and their flower of the rest of the scene.
The pleasant illumination offers a very special effect so well enhancing the details of the insect in perfect contrast with the background achieved.
My best regards... Ricardo
- izler (44)
- [2007-03-12 18:27]
i see beautiful butterfly and nice composition. point of view, background, depth of field, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing
- pilonm (3321)
- [2007-03-14 12:08]
I agree with you, even if we don't see correctly the head of the butterfly, the backlight within the wings makes this picture a very interesting one! By using an aperture of 6.3 you were able to have the other wing in focus too. The nice bg enhances also the image...
Good pic and TFS!
- SkyF (8073)
- [2007-03-17 11:34]
this flowers seem to attrack a lot of different types of butterflies. The evening light sure casts a wonderful warm tone to the colors. POV sharpness and details are superp. I love the neutral BG it does show off the butterfly so well.
- TAZ (10926)
- [2007-03-20 2:32]
I thought you had already the spring because in France snow arrived at last yesterday ;-)
The "+++++" : subject, smart composition, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred BG, colors, light & exposure, photograph's note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.
- cedryk (5270)
- [2007-03-28 17:57]
This is one of my favourite European butterflies and you captured it very well. I like very much the light translucing the wings and excellent details.
Best greetings and TFS!
the perfect composition and colors. it would be great to find the proper species name for this beauty, but anyway the photo is amazing.
- captainsgirl (4088)
- [2007-04-10 20:18]
Beautiful photo, great DOF and great focus on the beautiful butterfly and the thistle, love the soft colors. TFS
Thaks for your comments on my photo " Company at my Birdfeeder (8) " :o)
- metcher (4284)
- [2007-04-12 14:15]
Very nice butterfly. Just like it's hiding and follwing you. Composition, sharpness, light and BG - all are excellent.
- iris (3088)
- [2007-05-07 20:05]
This is such a super shot...highlighting the details of the wings and the slightly blurred single flower in the FG.Again the blurred BG also brings the complete focus on the two raised up wings.
TFS & Cheers
- reina (2032)
- [2007-06-01 16:31]
Excellent Macro, great details, absolute nice colours and backgrounds, well done Reina
- Mana (18598)
- [2007-11-19 1:28]
Just marking this post wonderful post from you and will come back with a proper critique later.