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Lovely Miss Julia

Lovely Miss Julia
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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: 2006-11-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-29 23:16
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot that I took at the Insectarium located at the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri. Most people would recoginize this beauty in the open wing spread, but to me it is every bit as beautiful on the bottom side. Just not as colorful.

This was shot in Raw format in the landscape framing. I was able to crop into it enough to create this vertical composition. Although I bracketed some shots and tried some fill flash, the light quality was so good here that the non-flash shots looked slightly better. Adjustments in levels and curves to correct tonal balance and darken the backround slightly more.
Smart sharpen filter, and then a trip thru Neat Image Pro to reduce the noise.

Common Name: Orange Julia
Scientific Name: Dryas julia
Native Location: Southern USA South to Peru

If you want to see one with the open wings, I have posted a workshop photo. The female in the open wing pose is past her prime and has started to show some wear and tear.

Thanks for looking


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Pretty sweet mf!

Yea, a 400 and maybe a 105 macro...;-( Ya think!...;-)

I got a new tripod today that came with a spare "quick release" boot that also fits in the one that I lost the boot for. So, I reckon I have a backup. Do you use a remote whenever you use your tripod?

Man, this "Lovely Miss Julia" is really nice! You are going to be competing with Howard soon if you keep this up...;-)
He will always give us a run for our money though, I believe...

POV and composition is simply excellent here!

Thanks & TFS,


Hello Scott,
This is a show of beautiful wing. Good layout with correct light adjustment. Great sharpness with details clearly seen. TFS this brilliant picture.

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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 0:27]

Amazing details, such sharp focus! Outstanding colors and great POV. The nice dark green background really makes the butterfly stand out! Great idea to show open wing in workshop.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-30 1:13]

Hello Scott,
Striking composition showing this "tall" beautiful butterfly in golden colour against the dark green background.
TFS, Ulla

Hello scott
What a great shot,
Pefrect focusing and


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-30 2:40]

That's an unusual pose for this butterfly, Scott.
A beauty indeed. What "tall" wings!
I like seeing the "ridges" on the wings. Different!
Great shot with lots of details and wonderful colors,
underwing notwithstanding.
TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-30 3:28]

Hi Scott!

Very different from our European butterflies. I like its high wings - great shape and nice red strip above head. Great POV and composition. Upper part of wing are slightly blurred, but it's ok. Very interesting post my friend!

Nice shot Scott, really detailed and with a great atmosphere.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-30 4:51]

Hi Scott.
Your model and its illumination are simply beauty. Great blurred and colourful BG, amazing butterfly and set of leaves. Perfect details and lovely colours. Composition as usual very nice too. Bravo and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-30 4:52]

Hello Scott,
Very nice close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,simple BG,lighting and DOF are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Scott,
The DOF on the wings is a bit...never mind:-)
Good compo with beautiful tones..

Yes a very different perspective on this species, I like it. Good PP work and well explained. Not enough of us do it anymore on this site, yet when I joined it was the highlight of critiquing, learning what other did to 'improve' the basic shot. TFS.

Hello scott,

excellent work great capture of the butterfly with excellent colors, BG POV DOF spot on

TFS kyle

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-30 7:39]

Hi Scott,
What a marvellous shape this butterfly has. Bautiful background too. Lovely picture
Best regards

Hello Scott
Another great shot from you.
This butterfly looks incredible and the position and angle are very interesting making the shot even more beautiful.
Superb details and colors with great POV and BG.
Superb composition.
TFS and Regards.


great job,
love the image w/ the BG,
lovely colors,


Great colors and DOF, beautifull macro, well done

Hello Scott,
This is a fantastic specie that you caught here, what a beauty! Details are fantastic and this POV is wonderful. Good colors and composition too. I'm amazed about its bright orange color. Nice shot in WS. Thanks,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-30 10:02]

Hi Scott
What a superb butterfly! I envy you so much for having an insectarium close-by...we don't have such a thing here :(
Anyway, judhing by both of the shots present here, i would say it is just as lovely one both sides. I raelly like the colors of the wings but also the ones of its eyes.
The POV here is great, the details nice nad sharp adn the contrast with the BG excellent.

Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-30 13:06]

Clara, delicada y atractiva macro Scott con acertada presentación vertical.
Me gusta mucho la agudeza y el colorido captado, gracias a un adecuado control de la luz, a pesar de la baja velocidad de disparo.
Los detalles y hasta las texturas son realmente maravillosas... con una perfecta difusión del fondo para realzar la silueta del insecto y su percha.
Me gusta también el encuadre que elegiste para su composición y la excelente segunda imagen con la mariposa totalmente extendida.
Gracias y hasta la próxima... Ricardo

Clear, delicate and attractive macro Scott with right vertical presentation.
I like a lot the sharpness and the captured colors, due to an appropriate control of the light, in spite of the slow shot speed.
The details and until the textures they are really wonderful... with a perfect diffusion of the bottom to enhance the silhouette of the insect and their hanger.
I like also the framing that you chose for their composition and the excellent second image with the completely extended butterfly.
Thank you and until the next one... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-30 14:50]

Hi Scott,
Excellent capture for its light, pose, details, texture and composition. It's a very smart butterfly and the pose is really lovely.
TFS, José M.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-30 15:55]

Hi Scott

Wonderful shot and a really lovely composition, superb POV and pose, the details a excellent with lovely colours and a really nice dark BG that compliments the Butterfly shot perfectly.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-30 22:10]

Hi Scott,
a spectacular composition, with a great POV. This lovely lady looks fabulous against the dark back ground. Very nice sharp details and great colors.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-01 14:21]

Scott, this is great.

I like the dark bg that leads to a very nice contrast.

Great composition and pov.

I enjoy your note too.

Hi Scott,
An excellent macro, shows nice details and texture in these odd wings. The BG is dark and not help much to see the antennae. good compo.

Hi Scott,
Very neat image of this beautiful butterfly. Nicely composed too! Colors are great.
Excellent shot and great PP works.

Ben Lakitan

Well done Scott.
Excellent exposure, color, POV, detail, and composition. Really stands out well from your BG as well. Well focused with acceptable DOF fall-off..Those b-fly houses are not photographer friendly places :))
Have a great day.

I have seen the open wing stance in the workshop and I feel that this profile view of the underwing has greater appeal to me. That long vertical sweep of the wing plus those bold strokes of colors at the base of the wing make this aspect much more fascinating.
Your PP work for this presentation is immaculate and leaves no scope for nit-picking.
Warm regards,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-02 14:06]

it's a very nice one Scott
the pov is great in the shot, the composition is a succes and the photographer did a very good job here, very good job my friend.
gr, jaap

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  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2006-12-02 16:04]

Hy Scott
exellent the dark BG...and amazing colors here...very beatuifull picture.:)
regards, M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-02 21:39]

Hello Scott
A nicely composed photo of this beautiful butterfly.I like the lighting and colours.Excellent detail and sharpness.A lovely blurred BG.TFS


Hi, Scott.
Difficult low light conditions. You have managed very well. Sharp shot. Good exposure. Nice BG.

Hi Scott, congratulation for miss Julia, is a very lovely lady, great composition,well done, ciao Silvio

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-12-04 12:32]

Hi Scott
Beautiful butterfly and shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and BG.
Well done mf.


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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-12-04 17:32]

Hi Scott, great shot. Good POv with excelllent details, lighting and colours. Great work my friend and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-05 4:43]

Hello Scott,
You are right, miss Julia is lovely ! The butterfly stands out from the nice background. Exposure, sharpness and DOF are excellent. The composition is simple and smart.
Well seen and well done my friend !

Hi Scott
Very beautiful. The wings are stunning. They seem almost grainy, like wood.

Well cropped to make a nicely composed picture with a pleasing diagonal flow across the length of the picture leading to your subject.

Everything is sharp and the detail is great. But then, I feel almost embarrased to say that, because it always is on your photos.

Regards and well done. And TFS

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-06 17:00]

Hi Scott, nice shot. I do think a little more DOF would have been good here. It's nicely composed, well done.

Bonjour Scott
Magnifique photo de ce joli macro de ce beau papillon! Les couleurs et la composition ainsi que le BGsont superbes. La netteté est parfaite.On croirait voir une peinture. Merci de partager!
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-12-16 1:14]

Hi Scott,
Great capture of this Dryas julia.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,note,blurred bg and colors.TFS

bonjour scott
j'avais loupé ce beau papillon,j'aime beaucoup la formes de ses ailes et le detail des yeux.bon POV.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2007-03-03 18:34]

Hi, Scott,

Wonderful composition, very nice deep colors,green tones, pose, point of view, details, great capture.


Hello Scott,
This is an eye-catching composition!
Butterfly has been captured with great details in the wing, and the play of light makes the fine colours really stand out!
Pablo -

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