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Icarus Female

Icarus Female
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Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 10:27
Viewed: 3385
Points: 8
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Polyommatus icarus female

This morning was cool and cloudy; not especially good butterfly watching weather. However, my stroll across an ancient flower meadow was rewarded by finding this female Common Blue trying to warm herself enough to fly.

I used two Nikon mini-lights to illuminate her in the flat overcast morning and set the lens to f/22 to give depth. Despite the Sigma 180mm macro being rather heavy, this hand-held result is quite pleasing. Certainly, she would have been gone long before I could set up a tripod. Thanks for looking. Alan.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-31 11:15]

Hello Alan,
A fine macro of a female P. icarus. I like the semi- rear lateral POV that shows her details with nice sharpness and colours.
Our spring has been too cold for them to emerge here!
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Alan,

A fine macro of this lovely lady common blue taken from an impressive POV. Great usage of the flash to obtain a very deep DOF with the perfect exposure without any OE area. I also like the diagonal flow of the composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-31 22:41]

Splendid photo, very good lights!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-01 0:02]

Fine closeup of this female with open wings showing both wings marking well. tfs.

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