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How Dingy Can You Get?

How Dingy Can You Get?
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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: 2010-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 100, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-07 11:13
Viewed: 3365
Points: 14
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Erynnis tages Dingy Skipper

Today I went to the chalk slopes of Hartslock in Oxfordshire in the hope of finding one of the last remaining colonies of L. bellargus but the sun refused to shine and the Adonis Blue was nowhere to be found. Perhaps they are a little late this year, so I will try next week.

Very few insects were flying but I did find this rather aged Dingy Skipper hanging in there after what I imagine have been a busy 2 or 3 weeks for this species. Certainly this specimen is looking rather worn, but age deserves respect.

The picture uses fill-in flash to remove the background, leaving just the host plant and the insect to be studied. Thanks for looking.


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Ciao Alan, splendid skipper with open wings, wonderful contrast against dark BG, beautiful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-07 11:40]

Hi Alan
What a great capture of this lovely skipper!
Perfect POV!
Lovely BG!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-07 11:42]

Hello Alan,
You've certainly made it look very beautiful here in spite of its age! Great use of the flash, lovely details and colours! We also chased this species the other day but I didn't get a very good photo - they're fast flyers and hard to catch!!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-06-07 13:17]

Hi Alan. Good use of the flash in this picture of the Dingy Skipper . As you say in your notes now looking a little worn around the edges. A bit like myself. I like the top POV so we can see the wing markings. TFS.

Very nice shot.
Details of this hairy butterfly were superbly captured.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-07 20:31]

Very good photo of this Erynnis tages, great colors and details!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-08 11:56]

Hello Alan,
Beautiful photo of this skipper in good sharpness and natural colours. Nice contrasting dark BG. Excellent composition.

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