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Blue Morpho

Blue Morpho
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-28 4:25
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this at the Living Rainforest zoo in Newbury yesterday. I will be posting photos from there for the next few days.

The Peleides Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides) is an iridescent tropical butterfly found in Mexico, Central America, northern South America,Paraguay and Trinidad.
The Blue Morpho Butterfly (Morpho Peleides) drinks the juices from rotting fruits for food.
Blue Morpho butterflies live in the rainforests of South America, and can be found in Mexico and Central America.
The wingspan of the Blue Morpho butterfly ranges from 7.5 cm to 20 cm.
The entire Blue Morpho Butterfly lifecycle, from egg to adult is only 115 days.
The larvae of Blue Morpho Butterflies are cannibals.
The caterpillar blue morpho butterfly is red-brown with patches of bright green.
The brilliant blue colour in the butterfly's wings is caused by the diffraction of the light from millions of tiny scales on its wings. It uses this to frighten away predators, by flashing its wings rapidly.
The Blue Morpho Butterflies stick together in groups to deter their predators. A form of Mobbing behavior.
There are over 80 different species of the Morpho butterfly.

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Hi Joe,
Magnificent colors and composition. POV is excellent. Very good capture. Excellent work. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola Joe,
Una imagen fantástica, gran nitidez, buenas textura en las alas, bellos dibujos y colores con fondo muy agradable. Saludos
José Ramón

bonjour joe
ce canon s3 is semble vraiment performant!
ce papillon est parfait sur tous les points!
netteté couleurs,details,motifs,pov,....

Hi Joe

Excellent capture of colors and patterns on the wings.


Hi Joe,
That wing fills the frame well and you have captured the paterns with fine sharp detail.
Nicely done,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-28 6:14]

Hello Joe,
Very nice close up of this beautiful butterfly.Exposure is spot on.Details are crisp clear.POV,sharpness,BG and framing are also wonderful.

Hello Joe:

I have a heap of butterflies captured, but when I see the perfection of yours I do not dare to publish them. That precision astonishes in that you obtain, must depend also on the quality of the chamber(camera). The mia is the compact one the Sony's best of this type, but in spite of the fact that it(he,she) has an acceptable macro it is impossible to detail like you do it with your bees.

A fort I embrace friend

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-28 7:11]

Hello Joe,
Lovely capture of the underside of the Blue Morpho. All very nicely in focus and details razor sharp. Excellent colours too. A bit tightly croppped otherwise perfect!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Very sharp and colorful. Clearly you are mastering the macro. Now if I would just buy one:-) But why spend the money when I can see you pictures and others like you? Good job. You not only have a good picture, you saved me money.


Hello Joe,
Excellent shot! Superb POV, nice and smooth BG. Butterfly is sharp. Amazing colours.
Well done!

Hi Joe
Excellent sharpness
wonderful colours and details
well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-28 10:39]

Hi Joe.- Very sharp Macro. Nice colors nad grate BG. I found this photo exelent. Regards Luis52.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-06-28 11:36]

Truly stunning details and colours1 I love the composition too

Hello Joe,

Excellent capture of the rare Blue Morpho using a perfect POV and DOF! The only thing is that you cropped too much (The lower wing is too close to the frame). Colors are very natural and the image is really sharp. Nice bg complimenting the insect!

Good job!


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-28 13:10]

selam joe;wow amazing macro shot of this big butterfly,good details presented ,nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-28 13:49]

Hi Joe

Wonderfully sharp shot and with an excellent POV. I love the colours especially that touch of irridescent blue on the inside of the wing. Perfect DOF and exposure



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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-28 15:46]

Salut Joey,
très belle image, la composition est peu conventionnelle mais ça donne un bel effet de lecture. Bonne gestion de la netteté, belles couleurs.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-28 22:08]
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Beautiful shot, Joey.
You certainly captured this morpho in all its underside glory.
The markings come through very sharply, and the colors are perfect.
Were you able to catch one with the wings open?
TFS. : )

Hello Joe
Excellent shot of this Blue Morpho,
Great use of flash, composition and lighting,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-29 1:35]

Joe, This is a very nice angle shot but slightly too cropped up.The focus is spot on.

TFs Ganesh

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-29 8:15]

Hi Joey,

A wonderful close-up of this butterfly. The rich colors and details are wonderful. The wing-patterns are beautiful and shout out at the viewer. Looks marvelous against the wonderful background.


Hi Joe
Félicitations pour le bel éclairage qui fait bien ressortir les détails et couleurs de de ce magnifique papillon.Il est beaucoup plus clair que le miensurtout au niveau des ailes.

Merci pour l'envoie et bravo...JP
Les sourires demain

Great details presented. You brought up the uniqueness of Morpho peleides indeed.

Excellent clarity Joey! You are definitely making progress. The lighting on your subject is well balanced displaying wonderful colors and superb definition. Well done little Dude! :)

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