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Gray Hairstreak

Gray Hairstreak
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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: 2008-05-26
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: 2008-05-26 18:00
Viewed: 4008
Points: 42
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Gray Hairstreak
Strymon melinus

Males perch all afternoon on small trees and shrubs to seek receptive females. (kinda like some guys I know who hang out in singles bars. ha ha) Eggs are laid singly on flowers of host plant. Young caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits; older ones may eat leaves. Chrysalids hibernate.

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To Wolfpower: Stop and Smell the Rosesangybone 1 10-28 06:23
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#1 I love it...#2 I wanna use it...#3...I am sorry to have been so remiss in my critiques...not just for you...but for all...my days are getting much busier. If it paid that would be nice:-) It does not however so somehow I must have to budget better...A fine image and I am so glad you post a couple days in a row...You are most needed. Tejas is one of my favorite states to spell in Spanish:-)

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-26 19:34]

Hi Angelina , a very nice photograph , good exposure , color , composition , and a nice soft background. TFS

hello Angelina

beautiful image of this butterfly with the lovely flower,
excellent focus with fine POV, wonderful luminosity, TFS


I've always loved the bokeh on the 40-150. Nice even light here Angy. A tad blurry and noisey but otherwise a fine image.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-26 23:13]

Hi Angelina

I am currently in Canada - about 100 miles east of Vancouver.

A great shot - nice composition with lovely detail and colour. The isolation from the BG is really good.


Please let me know how you told the Gray Hairstreak to stay on the flower, the way you want him to be pictured. Some times I think you know some magic to create the photographs ;-< . A great shot and composition. Thanks .

Hello Angy,
The colour contrast between the Gray Hairstreak and the white flower truly beautiful!
good pose of it in total sharpness, good colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-27 10:00]

Hi Angy,

I don't think I have ever seen a grey butterfly! It is posing beautifully on the daisy (?). Such pretty soft colors and wonderful on the white petals. I love the background.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-27 10:25]

Hola Angelina.
Muy hermosa la foto que aqui nos presentas. Tiene un muy agradable color en toda la imagen, y es tambien de muy buen gusto la distancia y el angulo de la presentacion. Muy artisitca.
Saludos Angelina.
Your friend

You manage to extract the beauty from ordinary subjects that folks walk by every day without giving it another thought. It is photos like these that make me pay attention to my own surroundings.

This is one simple moment, yet the colors are rich, the DOF is perfect, and the subject so simple, yet complex. You drew a bead on the butterfly and caught everything, including the bit of fuzz on the edge of the wings. Excellent job, my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-27 13:45]

A very simple yet powerful image, Angy!
A lovely butterfly.
The little "tails" on its wings are a nice characteristic :-)
Excellent sharpness and good detail.
Perfect DOF and an excellent OOF BG.
Spot-on exposure and natural colours.
Great to see another post from you :-)



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-27 19:41]

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Gray Hairstreak on that charming flower. Very impressive sharpness and colours with perfect light and exposure levels. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-28 0:35]

Hi So honey tell me this is a gal or guy?Am a bit confused... I like the Pov you have here and the the DoF the way flower just puickers up out of the Bg. The details on the wings are interesting too.
Well done.
TFS & cheers

Hi Angelina,
A nice capture of this beautiful hairstreak butterfly. Very well composed with a lovely POV and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Angelina

Lovely capture of this lovely butterfly.
Love the composition.Excellent colours and detail.
Thanks for sharing

The more I look into your gallery, the more enamoured i get with your work, Angelina.te soft BG in this one kinda brings out the subject!
very well done on all counts!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-01 9:53]

Hello Angelina,
Lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly on the Daisy. I like your POV and details are nice and sharp. Beautiful colours too, a fine soft background and well composed!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Beautiful shot. Well composed and nice colours.

Hi angelina; fantastic and beautiful macro of butterfly.amazing shot with superb details and good colours.Very nice BG and composition.TFS

Hello Angelina

I like little butterflies like this one,they are so beautiful,but one must take the time to observe them up close.
It goes along with the old adage,sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses.
Excellent detail and colour.
Very good focus and detail.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-23 9:25]

Hi Angelina.
You have shared a very nice composition created by alone fine flower and charming butterfly on it. Very attractive POV, great DOF and pleasant smooth BG. Exposure and colours are wonderful and very pleasant for eyes too. My best regards and kind wishes.

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