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Cyprus Blue male

Cyprus Blue  male
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things, Lycaenidae Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-27 2:10
Viewed: 6267
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It is -2 degrees and blowing a cold NW, too cold to do some photography in comfort but as it is sunny there may be enough light to give it a try for a couple of hours today.

In the meantime here is another image of the Paphos Blue (Glaucopsyche paphos) another species endemic to Cyprus that both Ulla and I have shown before.

This was taken near a river that sustained the vegetation along its banks and provided a good habitat for this little blue butterfly. Its larval host plant seems to be unknown but many seemed to be interested in a certain species of shrub, the leaves of which are shown here.

This was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters with the camera hand-held. the image was cropped by about 30% and after size reduction, selectively sharpened.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-27 2:27]

Hello Ivan,
a well done capture of this small blue presented by a nicely composed picture. Sharpness of the wing surface and the wing margins is admirable. Colours are well reproduced.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Ivan,
Perfect exposure and colors, well composed.
Very good details, and the OOF BG adds to the composition without distraction IMHO.
Well done!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-27 2:35]

Hello Ivan,
very good details, very nice colours and fine composition.
Well done

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-27 2:35]

Hi Ivan

What a beautiful shot - the electric blue really stands out well. I also like the POV with one wing in sharp focus.


Hi Ivan

Hmmmm -2 already, sounds like a long cool winter is coming your way. I'm off to Costa Rica and Hawaii in 3 days, can't wait. It's been overcast and raining for the past week, very little oportunity to get out at all.

this is a cool blue. Leading wing is a bit out of focus, but I guess you know that. The rest is in fine focus, what a beauty.


We have seen this lovely butterfly from you earlier too, Ivan.
Needless to say, it is another well captured shot of this subject.
TFS and regards.

Hi Ivan,
Very nice composition and colours. Beautiful butterfly. TFS.
- Nirmal

This one goes into my file Ivan. It is almost certainly a true blue. How wonderful. There are never enough superlatives to give due credit, so I shall make it that short. Very nice.

Hello Ivan,
A lovely composition, and excellent details in the butterfly!
The wings appear so silky-crisp, and the special colour is well reproduced...
Skilful macro work, great 3-D effect!
Pablo -

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-11-27 5:11]

Hello Ivan,

I fiel the tenderness of this wonderful butterfly.
Very nice presentation with the wings in height.
Very well done.

Best regards,

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful subject so well portrayed!
It's very good the sharpness of the image and clear details got on its wings.
The subtle and elegant blues stands out so great from the greens of the leaves around.
Congratulations and thanks for show it.
My best regards,

Ciao Ivan,
un altro prezioso contributo alla conoscenza delle farfalle endemiche di Cipro.
Complimenti per l'ottima qualitā di questa foto, sotto tutti i punti di vista.

hello ivan,
i was wondering that if these small butterflies would have been a bit bigger how beautiful they will look ? i never realised that these small insects could be so beautiful till i started shooting them. fine capture of the blue butterfly, well composed shot, sharp image,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello friend Ivan,
Thank you so much for your effort in such a cold weather for sharing such a beautiful posting of butterfly!
excellent exposure and focus in total sharpness, vivid colour and details
all the best

Excelentes colores en esta maravillosa mariposa.
Buenos tonos y texturas.
Buena nota Iván.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-27 8:51]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful blue colour and a fantastic POV to portray this exquisite butterfly. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a fine pose/angle here. Very neat and sharp image. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-27 9:30]

Brrrr! -2 degrees?!
It does look very cold in the photo!
The blue and grey is a perfect combination with the green adding to the "temperature".
Great sharpness and detail in the wing.
Well done Ivan!

bonjour ivan
comme pourrais-je trouver quelque chose a dire a cette photo,deja j'adore ce petit papillon et en plus il est parfaitement bien presenté,comme toujours.

Hello Ivan
Very intersting shot of this tiny blue,
Perfect details,DOF and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-27 12:38]

Hola Ivan,
sensacional macro,
con precioso color...
buena nitidez, realmante un lujo.
saludos amigo

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-27 13:23]

selam ivan;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this lovely butterfly well done.
TFS ridvan

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-27 22:11]

Hello Ivan,
Today I'm only able to mark your photo
I'm sorry for that, I'll come back later
with a proper critique.. Congratulations
on a fine capture


Hello Ivan,
Wonderful butterfly with magnicifent coloration!
Excellent POV, details and contrast.
Pleasant composition.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

Hej Ivan
I guess that weather is not so good in Skåne and you are posting from yours archives. You captured this blue one with nice details and colours. Well composed and presented shot.
TFS / Hälsningar

Jag är tillbaka med min nya kamera. Jag tog några bilder i Central Parken men hade inte tillräckligt med tid att testa kameran ordentligt... Hopas allt väl med dig och Ulla?

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful capture of this Paphos Blue. Very nice and original composition with a very good and unusual POV and excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-28 4:46]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful blue colour for this endemic species to Cyprus. The grey background has an ideal colour to make the wings shine almost.
Thanks and have a nice day

Dear Ivan,
What a beautiful shot!
Just marking now and I will back later.
Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-28 10:39]

Hi Ivan. This is such a beautiful looking butterfly. You have done it proud . the detail is spot on . you use of the light has given good colours . a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.Good notes too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-28 10:43]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo. The sharpness, details and colours are fabulous. Great DOF and composition. Beautiful pose.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-28 18:11]

Hello Ivan!
WONDERFUL FINE BLUE!!! Perfect DOF who gives a great effect on this close-up! EXCELLENT DETAILS!!!
Best regards,


Hi Ivan
Great set of colors blue VS gray. Good sharpness, nice composition and great OOF background. I like it very much
Best wishes

Hello Ivan,
I wish we have those butterflies here as well; they are so beautiful and colorful. This is a nice capture of this lovely specie with excellent composition and natural exposure. Thanks and have a good weekend!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-30 19:49]

Hello Ivan, this butterfly shot is a very fine one. The composition was done with flair, the exposure is great and it is a very sharp image. Well done !


Hi Ivan,
very pretty, perfectly well composed image of this endemic blue from Cyprus. Beautiful document, a pleasure to look at.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hello Ivan,
This blue very much looks like the Gram Blue Butterflies that we have here.But I have rarely come across them with open wings. Even if I see it it will be one of those cases of not being at the right place, right time with the right equipment.:0
This is a beautiful capture of the butterfly showing its lovely blue colour of the wings and and shiny colorful hairs on its body. Good sharpness and details for a hand held image.Liked the POV and the composition.
Thanks and Regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-14 20:32]

Hello Ivan

You have so many beautiful blue butterfly shots in your gallery.The blues over here are not easy to shoot so I have a lot of admiration for the amazing results you achieve.
The lighting and colours are excellent.
The texture of the wings and the fur are sharp and well focused.
Nicely composed in the frame.


Hi Ivan,
Oh I just love these blue butterflies, my favorites of all, I've never seen them in the wild , only at a conservatory here near us, only they are so active there its hard to get a shot of them at all. This one is beautiful, love the color!

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