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Just Hanging Around

Just Hanging Around
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-28 14:33
Viewed: 3782
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know this is some species of Sulpher Butterfly, but I am not sure which.( Possibly a Comman or Yellow Sulpher) I took this inside the Insectarium at the St. Louis Zoo. The Sulpher Butterflies are very active during the day and move quickly and often. So I ended up following this guy around and hand held a couple shots while he rested for a moment. I was able to catch some nice light and not have to fill flash this one.

This is pretty much how I composed it in the camera. I have cropped it tighter, but like this composition to get more of the red flowers across the top. Interested in everyones opinion on this crop or something tighter.

RAP, ddg, marhowie, izler, Janice, phlr, ScottHale, Hil, Juyona, Luis52, wkshelton, coasties, manyee, TAZ, dew77, wallhalla15, horia, metcher, jmp, glazzaro, ramthakur, CTP, jeanpaul, pablominto, cedryk, anavazao, zeca, Ken52 has marked this note useful
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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-28 14:40]

Wow... felicitaciones amigo mío por los detalles que has captado en esta macro maravillosa.
No sólo en la mariposa incluyendo su trompa enrollada perfectamente visible, sino también por el colorido y belleza de las flores que la sostienen.
Excelente encuadre, perfecto DOF y trasfondo y una iluminación intimista que brinda un efecto muy agradable.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

Wow... congratulations my friend for the details that there are captured in this wonderful macro.
Not only in the butterfly including their wound trumpet perfectly visible, but also for the coloring and beauty of the flowers that sustain it.
Excellent framing, perfect DOF and background and an intimate lighting that offers a very pleasant effect.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-28 14:45]

Hi Scott, amazing colors and splendid contrast. Sharp where it must be. Great composition and POV. Congratulations, Didier.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-28 14:45]

That's a truly brilliant shot! I love the red flowers and the yellow butterfly against the dark background. Superb details and a very nice composition and well cropped!
Many thanks, Ulla

Belles couleurs et belle netteté.
Bonne soirée.

  • fartash Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1013 W: 54 N: 1431] (5161)
  • [2006-09-28 14:56]

Hi Scott
Great shot,beautiful colors,
perfect sharpness,excellent.


Excellent sharpness, detail, color, light, DOF, and POV of this cool up-side-down hanging pose Scott. It seems as if it's ready to lose its grip :)
A very pleasing composition with the abundant red flowers, yellows & greens..
Very Well Done!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-28 15:20]

hi scott
there are excellent contrast red flower between yellow butterfly. composition, colours, point of view, lighting, focus, sharpness and details are great

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-28 15:57]

Good one Scott. Your yellow butterfly and red flowers set each other off so prettily. He's hanging nicely under the blossoms. Good sharpness and tones, well done,

It's amazing how far you've come in the way of composition. You are strict on yourself and try not to use Photoshop much. You compose it in-camera pretty much, nowdays. I think that's great and I admire that. I need to learn to do more of that. Your even patient enough to "wait for the light" to be just right! I enjoy this composition, I wouldn't crop it because the red/green/yellow actually makes this photo more colorful than the usual butterfly/green BG. The THREE colors make it very appealing to the eye. My eye roves around the image and then back to the butterfly. It allows me to focus back on the butterfly but also gives me something else to "wander" to. Great job, I wouldn't crop it.
Another excellent shot.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-28 17:58]

Hi Scott

What a beautiful shot, I love the colours with the bright yellow and beautiful red, the detail is nice and sharp and the composition is wonderful, I hope it has a tight grip.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-28 18:15]

Hola Scott,
Que lujo, preciosa esta fotografía que nos muestra, mejor es no escribir... y obserbar esta obra de arte. Muchos saludos

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-28 18:46]

Hola Scott.- Una bella Mariposa con un color muy bonito. La claridad y nitidez son muy buenos.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-28 19:23]

Hi Scott,
excellent sharp details, a great POV and DOF :)
lovely results :)
Vishal Sabharwal

Hi Scott,

Excellent sharpness, details, colours,
Perfect POV, DOF and composition.

TFS Thijs

Hello Scott,

What a wonderful capture, excellent use of light and exposure perfect DOF, excellent colors, details, crisp, nicly composed, excellent work, Need to be 5pts but I can only give 2 great Job,

TFS Kyle

Hi Scott

High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

Very clever title for this beautiful capture.
I love the pose of the butterfly, the sharp details, and the rich colors, all presented in a gorgeous light.
Fantastic composition with the contrasting colors between the flowers and the butterfly.
TFS. ; )

P.S. I love your composition, but since you asked, I started to play with your image. I posted an alternate in workshop.
Tell me what you think. Thanks for letting me play with your gorgeous photo. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-29 1:55]

Wooooow ! Lovely Sulfur is this great close-up. Light, colors, sharpness and DOF are excellent !!! Super contrast butterfly / dark background. The details are perfect on the insect.
Bravo my friend and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-29 2:32]

Hello Scott,
Wonderful butterfly close up.Details,curled tongue,details,POV,sharpness,Bg and composion are excellent.

bonjour scott
j'adore la posture du papillon,il se tient avec deux pattes tel un alpiniste.pour le reste jolies couleurs...

Hi Scott,
Great choise of title for this beautiful shot. I like the crop as it is, because it shows me also the habitat of the b'fly and gives a better idea of what kind of flower this is. The lighting is great and I am glad you didn't use the flash, because now everything feels much softer.
I hope you don't mind, but I did a WS on your photo just to get better skilled with a new technique I learned.

Hello Scott,
this is a brilliant butterfly shot. Colourful, excellent sharpness, great POV and framing. Great bg and composition. Thank you. Have a great weekend m.f..

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-29 4:07]

Hi Scott!

What a lovely shot of this hanging beauty!
Wow! Look at those radiant colors! And that contrast is absolutely splendid! Great work capturing it in such fantastic surroundings.
Also very nice are the sharpness, the light and the lovely composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Scott,
This is an amazing capture by its composition and details. Have you seen this tongue, wow!(is a butterfly has a tongue, I'm not sure I have the right word here...:-) Details on the wings are very crisp and I like this POV, DOF and lightning. This is very well done. BTW, I would be curious to see a tighter crop (just for fun) but overall these red flowers on the top are beautiful too. TSF,

Hi, Scott.
Superb shot. You got excellent exposure. Colors are just fantastic. Very sharp. High quality.

Wondeful, Scott. Great details and lighting of course. Nothing to suggest. My personal taste would be a tighter crop, though, just the butterfly and the one red flower.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-30 7:08]

Hi Scott,
Wonderful texture in the wings, beautiful light and extreme sharpness. Beautiful!
TFS, José

A lot of workshop and I browsed them and they are not bad iun my opinion. That said...it is inherent to a good photograph that changes can be made. So this is a sharp and overall well done pic.

Nice detail and well presented.


Hi Scott,
Guaaaauu! What a incredible clearness of image! I like how the butterfly hangs, as its "language" coiled and the different and beautiful contrasting colors.

Hi Scott!
The red flowers and the yellow butterfly complement each other very well in this picture.
The focus on the subjects is absolutely sharp and the colors are delightful.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-01 19:15]

Hi again scott
Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOF and POV. Also good moment shot.
Well done mf


Nice pic made of only 3 colors: red yellow and brown.
Brilliant colors
Interesting the way it hangs: using two legs only.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-10-02 14:36]

Hi Scott,
Excellent Butterfly capture my friend.
I saw this one at Apple Orchard on Sat but they were very active and could not capture any:(
I like your excellent focus,sharpness,colors,angle,pov,dof,note,blurred bg.TFS

Hi Scott
Belle presentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprecie tes beaux papillons
au revoir et merci....JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-02 19:56]

Hello Scott

Awesome colours in this photo.So bold and vivid.Excellent detail in the butterfly and flower.Nicely captured ,as you said sulphurs flit around quickly.Great job on the DOF ,and POV.TFS


Hello Scott,
Wonderful composition. Sharply focused witl all fine details clearly seen. Very admiring picture.

Hello Scott,
The colour contrast was very eye-catching in the thumbnail!
The soft-crisp feeling is evident here, have no idea how you do it but it works so well...
Lovely composition!
Pablo -

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-03 8:13]

Hi Scott!

I don't know how I missed this one! Beutifull orgy of colours! Red-yellow made superb composition. Butterfly is ultradetailed. Warm light, great POV, great moment and title. Perfect post my friend!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-10-04 16:55]

Great shot Scott, incredible details, great exposure and a very good composition ! Great work ! Thanks !


So crystal clear, and beautiful. Who designs butterfly wings? they are amazing!

Hello Scott,
Perfect colour composition in warm tones. Perfect details too.
I like it very much!
Best greetings,

Hi friend,
Amazing butterfly. Perfect one. I love its yellow neon colours. Great composition, details, sharpness and DOF!
Take care Ana:)

Very nice macro Scott. Love the compo. Well done.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-10-25 0:09]

Great work, Scott! I think that this is the same butterfly I´ve captured here in Brazil.
Beautiful colours and sharp details. Well composed!

Hi Scott
In addition to the overall high quality of this shot, the veining of the wings and the curled proboscis are outstanding. Well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-11-30 0:38]

Anothe great butterfly photo, Scott. I think it is a "Cloudless Sulphur." It looks just like the one at this site: http://www.duke.edu/~jspippen/butterflies/cloudlesssulphur.htm

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