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Wintering Buckeye

Wintering Buckeye
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 11:56
Viewed: 3046
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
According to literature, they winter in Mexico but I've seen many of them here lately. Maybe this means we can expect a mild winter or maybe they just haven't moved on yet.
When I first got this Olympus, I saw lots of these - that was sometime in May I think. Then during the hottest part of the summer, they seemed to have disappeared. Now that its cool again, they're back.

Another interesting fact I picked up from Wikipedia is that these butterflies exhibit seasonal polyphenism.
The summer version of the butterfly has light yellowish ventral wings and is called "linea". The Fall morph has pink ventral wings, and is called the "rosa" morph.

I'm not sure I can really see the difference though.

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Hello Angy,
Nice to see your beautiful butterfly posting!
good pose well captured with excellent exposure and focus
total sharpness, beautiful colouration and details

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-29 13:47]

Hi .Just got home after a long day .so just to say this is a very good picture .full comments later.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-29 14:54]

Hi Angelina

Great composition - nice detail and stands out well from the BG.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-29 14:58]

very nice details and colours,perfect shot in full sun light,good the background too,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Angelina,
A very good capture!
I like your POV and the proper focus got on the insect's head, with that sharp details on it.
Despite the harsh light you knew how to handle it and bring out the beautiful colours on the wings.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

hello angelina,
nice capture, this resembles to our pansy to a great extent, well composed shot, nice colours,
tfs & regards

Hello Angelina,
splendid shot with an excellent lighting, great colors and perfect focus, lovely point of view and beautifull composition,

Hi Angelina...well if anyone would notice a difference in colouring it would be you.
This is a nice reminder of summer...sigh!
Your POV is very pleasing to view.The crisp details on the wings show the focus was right on.TFS...
Take care:)

Hi Angy
I like this natural sunny image but I think that you could do some changes. I think that you could do some selective sharpening and maybe also unsharp mask on wings. Next thing is light. I think that you could reduce higlights a little bit.
I like your presentation, POV and compo is very nice. Try to crop it a little bit from the bottom I am not sure but maybe the composition will be even better

Very long critique today :-)
Very best wishes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-30 1:30]

Hello Angy!
Nice shot of this pretty butterfly.
Great POV and composition.
Good sharpness and detail.
Nice colours.
Well done,

Hi Angelina,
A very good POV on this one. Very nicely captured with good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-30 5:34]

Hi Angelina,
Splendid shot of the beautiful Buckeye with such amazing details and markings on the wings. A little towards your right would have enabled to get the full wings but maybe you were caught in the wrong foot. Great control of the harsh lighting and the natural BG illustrates the environment perfectly. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

I saw this yesterday...as I was speaking with our friend...a very nice piece. I am glad to see your world from your perspective. You have not lost any talents from worry or stress..very nice Angel.

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

Beautiful composition as always, but what really got my attention is the way this one blends in so well with the brown color of the plant it is on. I might've walked right by without seeing it, showing once again how powerful nature is, how creative it can be by simply hiding life in plain sight.

Great exposure, and wonderful colors.

Hello Angelina,
First, thanks for your kind words in your last comment about my picture :) This is an impressive perspective, with great tones of colors, unusual specie (to me), details and composition. There is a tinny OE spot on the dead grass but I don't know how I could have done it differently and this is a detail. Your notes are interesting, well done! Thanks and have a good Saturday!

Hello Angelina,
Excellent butterfly macro!
Fine patterns are reproduced in the wings, good natural colour palette...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hi Angy
You have done a great job in capturing this butterfly. Very good detail and nice vivid colors
very well done,TFS And I want to thank you for all your very nice comments. Hope you have a great week ahead.

Good one, Angelina! They do winter in Texas as they do in FL as well. Good detail in this shot! Cheers, Klaus

Dear Angelina,
Well focused at the head where it must be, and you handled the harsh light well.. You've pulled some nice detail on the under, or away side too :)
Well done,

hello angelina
super ce papillon, belles couleurs , netteté parfaite sur un excellent BG
bravo et merci a toi

Buena nota y excepcionales reflejos.
Granndes detalles y nitidez.
Buena nota.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-04 2:29]

Hello Angelina, very nice macro of this beautiful butterfly. Details are sharp, the exposure is spot on and the BG is fine, well done !


This is a GREAT looking Buckeye.
Has 4 eyes.!!!
Loved your notes too.
Girl, this, here, is COLD COLD.
Your PAL,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-05 17:30]

Hola Angelina.- Nice Macro of this Buterfly and the note are very interesting. I have not seen this one arround here yet, but I will see if I can cath one of them.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-13 8:54]

Hi Angelina.
I have missed this picture nice. Sorry. And many thanks for kind comments to my last post and dear for me mark as favorite.

I like natural, true wild scene, impressive POV and great DOF. Despite the pose of the butterfly all its image is in focus. Sharpness is superb. Colours are rich and so pleasant, sunlight is wonderful too. My compliments and best regards.

Magnifique, couleurs extraordinaires et lumière fantastique, une belle réussite.

hello Angelina

very beautiful photo with excellent luminosity on all the image,
i like the colours and details on the wings,
excellent dof, pov and framing, TFS


Hi Angelina, superb butterfly with wonderful colors, great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Angelina
A beautiful capture of this Buckeye. This is a lovely close up filled with a variety of features and details. I just love the assortment of colour and patterns on this butterfly wings, as well as the fine shimmer where the sunlight falls on it. A lovely and lively sunny photograph. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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