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California Tortoiseshell

California Tortoiseshell
Photo Information
Copyright: Lauren Sobkoviak (Ashrunner) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 19] (76)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-31 19:42
Viewed: 2887
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The California Tortoiseshell, or Nymphalis californica, is a common brushfoot butterfly in central Oregon. This bug generally flies in the morning and perches in the afternoon. In 2006, flocks of tens of thousands of these butterflies invaded the Cascade Mountains. They were so thick at times, that drivers had to pull off to the side of the road to wait for them to pass.

This particular specimen was found along the Dry Canyon Trail in Redmond, Oregon. It made a fine subject, perched and basking in the sun.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-04-01 4:04]

Hi Lauren,
Superb shot. Lovely colours and sharp details. I like its pose too much as well as the grey BG. Perfect lighting, POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-02 13:38]

Wonderful capture, Lauren!
Excellent sharpness, colors, POV, DOF and composition.
I like it very much.
My compliments and TFS.

Hi Lauren,
this is a pretty shot of the butterfly.The colours are good and your focus is very good as well.Your note is a revelation as I did not know butterflies can swarm so thickly.Well done on this one.Tfs. Bob

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