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Peacock in a tree

Peacock in a tree
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Peacock Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-05 4:31
Viewed: 5297
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I was chasing butterflies on the first hot & sunny day of the year.
I found this Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) feeding on Willow blossom.I waited patiently for it to open its wings and managed to get just this one shot before it flew away.
The Peacock hibernates during the winter months,they can be found in old buildings,garages and garden sheds etc.The underside of the wings is a dark brown colour and closly resembles old wood.This is a good camouflage when it is hibernating.
This one has survived the long winter in pretty good shape.

I've not been very active at TN over the last few weeks.My father is very ill and I've been staying overnight there quite often.
Also today is day 3 of my stopping smoking!...wish me luck...I need it!!

Have a good weekend and thanks for looking.

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Hello Andy,
This is a colourful butterfly. I like your pov. Sky on the bg worked great here! Details, dof, sharpness all are wonderful. Thank you,

A great job here Andy. Good saturation of colours, well composed, good POV, excellent DoF and complimentary BG. Crisp, clear and sharp.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-05 5:27]

Hello Andy!
I'm sorry for your father,hope he gets well soon.And good luck for stopping smoking,i think hard days were bygone.Excellent close up against the blue sky.Vivid colors,POV,details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.Have a nice weekend!TFS...:-)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-05 5:40]

Hi Andy,
Great shot, technically everything is there and congrats on capturing this before he flew away. More importantly right now my best wishes to you and your Dad, I hope he recovers soon, and best of luck in stopping smoking, I know it's hard.
Best regards,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-05 6:06]

Very beautiful photo of this Nymphalidae!
Very good BG with the blue sky!
Very good POV with wings wide open!
Very beautiful colours!
5* and TFS!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-05 6:44]

Hello Andy,amazing close up; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is excellent !

Hice job Andy.
As I wrote to other members I love this butterfly.
It seems that the wing lookin you from these four eyes.
What a pitty it not common to my places.
Beautiful details and BG

Hi Andy, excellent colors, BG, DOV, POV, colors and sharpness, Great work, TFS Kyle

Excellent shot Andy and well composed.
You've caught a great POV, with the sky providing very good contrast to the subject..
Sharpness, DOF, light, colors, and detail are excellent as well.
Very well done and have a Great Weekend!

PS - Hang in there..I used to smoke also..Not smoking will be one of the best things you ever did :)

Hi Andy,
Fantastic shot. Very good composition. Good details and colors. Well done.
TFS Malgosia

Hello Andy,
What a lovely blue BG :-) My favourite!
The picture has great details and colours. Framing is perfect. I see in exif info that you used fill in flash. Great job on this too.
I like it a lot!
Best wishes for your dad and good luck with the hard task!

Very nice composition: blue sky and colorfull butterfly. Really nice.


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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-05 15:45]

excellent shot, the detail and colours are wonderful.

Best wishes to the both of you.



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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-05-07 11:35]

Privet Andy.
Correct composition, pleasant for an eye of colour and excellent detailed elaboration make this photo. To smoke harmful - I have stopped to smoke 9 years ago at once and for ever. I think, that for 9 years I and have bought for this saved money to myself all the equipment for a photo. Good luck to you to win this vice.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-08 2:20]

Hi Andy!
I'm sorry to hear this bad news about your father...I hope everything will be ok!
I was smoker only for three months, but of course I wish you luck :-)
Peacock looks excellent - very rare POV - butterfly against blue sky. Great exposure, both insect and sky are colorfull and well visible. Good work!

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-05-18 5:00]

Wonderful close-up Andy. Great exposure, sharpness, POV, colors. Fantastic job.
Best wishes,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-23 3:08]
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Hi Andy
I've been missing you around TN and I hope things will improve with your father. By the time you read this you could be over your initial battle with the cancer stick and hopefully you overcame it. Good for you.
This is a great little beauty with very interesting wing patterns. The composition is good with the diagonal twig and the butterfly at an almost right-angle with it. Stunning colours, excellent details and super exposure.
Very well done and TFS.

An excellent picture of a wonderful Peacock butterfly! Great composition and superb colors. Good ideea to shoot against the blue BG! Sharpness and DOF also are very good. It's a pleasure to look at such outstanding work. Excellent job! TFS!


Beautiful shot Andy the details on this beautiful butterfly are very nice especially on that nice blue background. :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-21 0:53]

Hi Andy.
I do not cease to admire your butterflies. I think this one is one of the best among them. I like the outstanding composition of this picture, its well saturated colours and perfect sharpness and details. Very well done.
In waiting your new remarkable pictures,

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