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Painted Lady

Painted Lady
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Painted Ladies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-27 18:12
Viewed: 3457
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The late summer butterflies are with us already, the peacocks, small tortoiseshells and Red Admiral and what used to be a summer migrant to the shores of the Uk the Painted Lady (Cynthia cardui)and propably still is to an extent, but this year the 1st butterfly I saw was one of these in a woodland clearing on a nature reserve back at the start of april and I have the poor but visable photographic proof of it, to be so early it must of over wintered which according to my books which says it does not happen because our winter climate is too cold and humid for any of the life cycle stage to make it to spring.
I have never realy studied the under side of the wings of this butterfly because normally all you seem to see is the top surface as it feeds and sun bathes in the glorious rich black whites and orages, but when I saw this one with its wings folded I was much taken by the very pretty patterns and the blue rings on the back of the front wing as it rests on this lavander flower on the nusery.
Cropped to size and then sharpened using Highpass filter.
Hope you like

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Beautiful Robert! I think you getting the D200 figured out. The DOF is excellent with nice warm colors. :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-27 23:47]

Hello Robert

Very nice capture of this butterfly.Very nice sharpness and detail.Wonderful colours , and the BG is superb.He is giving you the "look". I have seen that before. TFS


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-28 1:21]

Beautiful close-up for this pretty Painted lady. POV, sharpness and DOF are great. I like also the nice blurred background. Congratulations Robert and TFS.

Hi Robert,
Very nice macro! Beautiful colours, excellent OOF background, nicely framed.
Very well done!

A very nice shot with superb colors and clear details.Congratulations and TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-28 3:54]

Hi Robert,

A beatifull shot of this painted lady,very sharp and detailed and a nice equal BG,well seen and captured,



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-28 3:56]

Hi Robert,
Very well captured bf! Colors, pov, sharpness and background are perfect.
TFS, Josť M.

hi robert
bien vu, les couleurs details et point de vue.beau BG egalement sans bruit.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-28 8:37]

Hola Robert... hermosa macro con atinado DOF y POV.
Colores naturales y un fondo limpio realzan la belleza de la mariposa.
Saludos... Ricardo

Hello Robert... beautiful macro with accurate DOF and POV.
Natural colors and a clean background enhance the beauty of the butterfly.
Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

Hi Rob

Excellent work here. Nice compo, very good POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Well done. :-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-30 9:28]

Lovely shot, great colours, lovely composition and a wonderful POV. Really nice background as well

Hi Robert
GReat shot. Perfect colours and composition. Nice smoth background. Thanks


your right - it has a stunning underneath wing which is not normally visible.

the picture is excellent Rob - I hope you are pleased with it now, if not earlier in the year. You have everything (almost - top wing tip) spot on, and for woodland, the lighting is excellent. Very nicely done Rob. Just how I like them! with the BG totally OOF.


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