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Sleepy Argus

Sleepy Argus
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-10-10 7:55
Viewed: 3909
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another visit to the Brown Argus Aricia agestis - an open-winged view posted here, with additional notes, yesterday.

After chasing these little characters around for several hours I found myself sitting on a grassy bank as the sun began to set. Within the next ten minutes dozens of these little butterflies settled around me, all resting head-down in the warm light of the setting sun. This communal roosting is known in a number of the Lycaenidae, but this was a unique experience for me. It's difficult to describe how contented I felt among these sleepy butterflies - all I can do is share a little photograph.

This butterfly is caught in the act of "shuffling" its hind wings (you can see part of the upper surface of the right hindwing), another characteristic shared with other lycaenids.

Handheld, no tripod - just elbows on the ground, manual exposure and focus (why does my camera have all those clever gadgets?), D-ISO 100.

PP - slight crop, a little work in "levels" to brighten the seed head and slight USM for posting.

Argus, fthsm, scottevers7, marhowie, nainnain, Signal-Womb, Christopher_PL, peter_stoeckl, jmp, saeedabbasi has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To saeedabbasi: Eyes and ReflectionsMerlin 1 01-21 07:27
To peter_stoeckl: LycaenidsMerlin 1 10-13 07:46
To nainnain: Picture frames ..Merlin 2 10-11 11:20
To Calianis: "not sharp as I'd expected"Merlin 4 10-10 10:35
To RAP: Sleepy ArgusMerlin 3 10-10 09:37
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Hi Nigel.

Perhaps the image is not sharp as I'd expected but it's obvious that you have a talented eye to see such a good composition. It's neatly and carefully organized. Nice shot.

Well Done & TFS.

Nice macro Nigel woth excellent composition, sharpness and DOF.

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

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Only as a game, I made a Workshop eliminating the branch unfocused up to the right... I hope you like it.

Greetings... Ricardo

Hey nigel
What a great shot of Brown Argus,
good focus,beautiful composition,


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-10 9:50]

Hi Nigel,

Great´shot with good details,colors and sharpness,well composed and framed,



Hi Nigel,
it's a nice picture wiht good POV and DOF.
the colours are nice too. The details and sharpness are good, it definitely not need any more USM.
Very well done.

wow, nice shot, well composed. the dof is excellent. pov is interesting.the blue blurred bg adds the look of the picture.

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  • kryger (10)
  • [2006-10-10 11:32]

I like it a lot, it catched my eye when browsing Your gallery - it has a good focus, interesting background and vivid colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-10 11:35]

Hello Nigel,
Fine presentation of agestis underside, pretty sharp and well composed. The rest is a matter of opnion: more sharpening causes over-sharpening of the already sharp parts. Personally I would remove the smdge of a grass straw to the left but that's also a matter of opnion and taste.
TFS, regards, Ivan

bonjour nigel
tout petit mais tres joli papillon bien detaillé et tres net,presenté devant un beau ciel bleu.tres bien fait.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-10 14:10]

Hello Nigel,
beautiful picture of agestis. Pretty good sharpness on head with palpi and antennae and most parts of he wings. Nice natural colours and good contrast against the blue sky.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Nigel,
I find the butterfly's sharpness excellent.
Appreciate also the blue light in BG.
Well doen

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-10-10 16:33]

Jolie composition.
Bonne soirée.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-11 0:53]

Nice sharpness, wonderful details and excellent POV.

Hi Nigel,
This is a superb shot. The technical aspects are all excellent. The composition is what makes it special. Very unique and well done. It is sharp on my monitor, and I do think Ricardo's workshop helps. Great camera work here, and an artistic eye.

Hi Nigel,
Well done mf. I like the interesting vertical frame and POV. Everything looks very good, & easy on the eye :)

ceci est une image superbe, couleurs , netteté du sujet le tout sur un bon BG.
tu me diras ce que ca donne
félicitations et merci du partage

Yes Nigel, impressive macro, love your low POV. Tremendous details reveled on this beauty. Well done.

Hi Nigel
You've made really nice picture. I like especially the composition with the blue sky. Good colours and sharpness. Thanks


Hi Nigel,
another brilliant shot of Aricia agestis, showing the glittering scales of wings, and very well demonstrating the charming lycaenid habit of rubbing its wings against each other in a rotating way at rest, wonder why they are doing that - maybe activating some scenting scales on the surface of the upperside of wings?
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-13 14:19]

Hi Nigel,
Not just a beautiful butterfly captured with a wonderful light and texture, maximum details and a great composition, but a happy moment well shared with us.
Thank you very much for such a wonderful post.
José M.

Hi again,
nice colors and excellent details.
great sharpness and well composed.
thanks for sharing this nice image.
best wishes

" ps: I saw your shot abaut sunset on eye at now, that is nice and excellent. "

Nigel, beautiful shot you made here. Nice detail. Have a great weekend. Bill

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Ciao Nigel, congratulations for all your fantastic gallery, superb macro with wonderful colorful blurry BG, lovely little butterfly with fantastic details, great colors, splendid composition, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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