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Among Autumn Leaves ..

Among Autumn Leaves ..
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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: 2005-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-10-31 13:06
Viewed: 3695
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... the Comma sleeps.

The Comma Polygonia c-album is an active, bright orange butterfly that produces two broods every year in the UK. One of the few butterflies that is doing well at present, it has expanded its range and has become a common sight in gardens in some parts.

The last brood hibernates perched head-down among dead leaves, usually choosing a plant species where the dead leaves stay attached throughout the winter, in sheltered locations such as woodland fringes. Their camouflage is extraordinary, and the wings are jagged, curled and show veins and mould spots just like decayed leaves. Those that survive the winter are back on the wing from late March, laying their eggs on Common Nettle Urtica dioica, Ribes spp., Elms Ulmus spp., Hops Humulus lupulus and Willows Salix spp..

The lighting here was a bit harsh, but in this case I think it highlights the "dead leaf" texture of the wings.

Fisher, Runnerduck, wishnugaruda, ellis49, phlr, TAZ, scottevers7, marhowie, cecilia, magiqa, keanhoon, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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To Fisher: Light & CompositionMerlin 1 10-31 14:57
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Hi Nigel,

Excellent shot and well done on the details.
The composition would be complete if there was less space behind of subject.
The light was giving you a hard time on this one.


A great image. What an amazing butterfly, very easy to pass by.
Some slight OE and I have to agree with 'Fisher' on the composition, but a great post.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Nigel,
this is a wonderful butterfly, looking like an old leaf. You captured it very sharp and with a nice 3D-effect. Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

HI Nigel,
The Comma is a beautiful butterfly.
Good details and POV. As mention some parts are OE,
and I agree with Mike about the composition.
Well done.

Great capture Nigel. Very sharp and clear - one can easily see the C-letter on the wing which gave name to this butterfly. Colours look great and the composition is nice though I personally would prefer a little more space in front of the butterfly.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-31 16:42]

Great shot of this Nymphalidae!
Rare specie in Portugal.
Very good details!
Nice colors.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-01 5:16]

I wanted to say here that I appreciate this good and interesting shot ! Congratulations Nigel and thanks for sharing.
PS : the raison of my too short comment is on the forum...

Hi Nigel,
A very interesting butterfly. He does look like a dried up leaf with his wings folded up. Great job on the detail and exposure on you main subject. reading the notes I understand the exposure . This would be a difficult exposure for any camera. Your have the best part perfect.

You've done well under difficult light Nigel.
Good color, detail & sharpness. Perhaps less centered? Great note. Well done & Thank You.

Gorgeous shot. its well cropped and presented.

A butterfly in disguise! Its wings looks like autumn leaves. I have never seen this kind of butterfly. Probably almost impossible to discover, if you are not professional. Very good picture and informative note! TFS!

thanks for introducing this specis to TN. however i think the exposure is a bit too bright.

That Comma - we call it a "C" - does look a bit tired, too. But so do I.
Big smiley to you for that slightly overexposed document taken from a master of camouflage.
Best regards,
Peter :)

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