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American Painted Lady

American Painted Lady
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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: 2008-05-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-25 19:46
Viewed: 4269
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I went through my Audubon Field Guide to Butterflies and determined this must be the American Painted Lady versus the painted lady but then again, I could be wrong. The eye spots on the American are larger. The other two painted ladies have only small eyespots.

The American Painted Lady is also known as The Hunters Butterfly and Virginia Lady.

We haven't had many butterflies this year. We're getting very little rain. I'm in the same mind set as the butterflies - I've been hiding too. That's why I haven't been checking in. Ever just get the blues for no reason? ha ha Well, I'm working on it and coming out of the dark. Even if I don't post, I want to be here to encourage all of you, my dear friends.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-25 20:18]

Hi Angy,

Sure, we all go thru periods like that - part of being alive and human I guess. Keep taking pictures of beautiful butterflies like this and that will help to cheer you up. This really is lovely with with wonderful colors and clarity. The wing markings are gorgeous. A nice setting and composition.


Hi Angeline,

Excellent shot
Perfect composition and BG
excellent POV and DOF
beautiful colors and sharpness

TFS Thijs

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-05-25 20:41]

Absolutely gorgeous image Angelina.
What a beauty of a butterfly. Very sharp and brightly colored wings. Great exposure and composition. You did a fine job on this one!!

Hi Angelina,
A lovely capture of this beautiful painted lady's side POv. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Angy, splendid macro shot of this beautiful Vanessa with superb details, nice DOF and POV! L also like the bark & marchantia composition. Well done friend! TFS. Have a nice week!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-26 0:47]

Hi Angelina,
What a wonderful view of the underside of this butterfly. The light, colours and pattern look really fabulous here. Great sharpness too and I like its pose against the soft background. A fine composition too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Angelina
Time is little, but I cannot pass without leaving my comment and appreciation for this beautiful photograph. A most pleasurable sight. The soft coloured and almost fragile wings is really stunning. Good focus and sharp details. I especially like the furry body and the variety of patterns on the wings.A lovely presentation and very pleasing to the eye. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-26 1:13]

Hello Angelina,
Wonderful presentation of this butterfly. Light and colours are marvelous. Very good sharpness and details in the wings. Perfect composition.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-26 1:44]

hello Angelina,
Very fine and well composed picture of this beautiful American butterfly. Subtle colour for the background too. Well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-26 4:07]

Hi Angelina,
Beautiful close up of this painted lady.POV,lighting,framing and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-26 4:40]

Hello Angelina,
What a shot.
Superb clarity
Great view
Lovely sharpness
Good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-26 6:09]

Hi Angelina a fine side view of this beautiful butterfly. which you have captured with good detail and colours.I like the pose on the branch with the lichen on it. well done TFs,good notes too.

Hello Angy,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting of butterfly once again!
the exposure and focus is perfect with total sharpness, nice colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

Whatever the correct nomenclature Angelina, this is an eye-pleasing macro capture of a fine b.fly strongly backlighted but still perfectly exposed, not an easily accomplished feat my friend. Your differential focusing reveals the underwing characteristics, also those of the contrasty lichens perfectly, but almost everything else is pleasantly out of focus, a nice effect indeed!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-26 13:06]

Bonsoir Engelina
Très belle prise, belles couleurs et netteté, très beau sujet, bon angle de prise.
Amicalement Robi

Splendida macro, ottimi POV e composizione inclinata, molto buona la nitidezza, magnifici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Una bella mariposa.
Muy buena toma.
Bella imagen.
Un saludo antonio.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-26 14:28]

A beautiful butterfly and a beautiful photo, Angy!
The patterns and colours are amazing!
Very good POV and composition.
Great BG and a decent DOF.
Superb lighting.
I hope you feel better soon, it's not nice being down but you'll pull through.

Well done!


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-05-26 16:30]

Hi Angelina,
This butterfly is simply gorgeous! I love the different patterns and the soft colours of the wings. Amazing sharpness and details, great POV.
Very well done

Stop! You're getting way too cool:-) 'Course it wasn't a far drive...there are days when I feel young at heart but then I wake and look in the mirror..and the best I can accomplish is a mediocre image which somehow passes for me being a pro...HA! You know better..I am just one of the guys...always dreaming of olden days...older times...and younger joints....


You've captured a true beauty here. I love the detail that clearly shows this beautiful butterfly. I can see you had to deal with tough lighting conditions but the full sun didn't stop you from obtaining a great shot. Very nicely done. TFS.

Best Regards,


hello Angelina

WOW ! what a very beautiful close shot photo of this butterfly,
very fine POV, DOF and framing, very beautiful luminosity
of the image, with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-27 3:25]

So blue you are is it?...well i like the idea of getting painted ladies to lighten your mood and you better gear up and get out here .....:)))this is a very cute one...i like the way you have got the PoV showing as if it's looking up at you, the lichens on the bark adds to the scene and the details on the wings very well picked up.The lighting is perfect and the muted BG sets off the subject.
Well done.
TFS & Cheers
P.S:- hey do check out Vicma's(juyona) gallery for a similar butterfly....I just found it there and i thought you might find the notes interesting:)

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

Hola Angelina.
Beautiful colors of this Lady, I guess they are very popular also, (We have them here too)
Nice work Angelina, and TFS.
Your friend

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-27 11:30]

Hi Angy

Lovely shot of the American Painted Lady.
Its a great POV and I like the closed wing pose as it shows us the markings on the underside can be as lovely as those on the upper-side.
Nice details and lovely colours.


Hi Angelina

This one is a real beauty,she really lives upto her name with all the beutiful markings.Wonderful colours,detail and sharpness.Great composition.

Anita & Mike

Nice shot. Good composition and POV.

Hi Angelina,
wonderful transparency, beautiful backlight, nobly subdued pallette of colours, rich details, very pleasant atmosphere. Thank you!
With best regards,

We have these here in my neighbourhood, in the Weasalhead park. But each time I see it I've not been ready with my Sony.
Too bad.
This is a GREAT GREAT register.
Missed you muc.........h!!!
Mario & Bernardete.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-29 1:25]

Hi Angelina.
I have missed a whole series of your nice picture. Sorry. This is amazing by subject and composition. Great POV, wonderful DOF (details of the main subject and blurriness of the nice BG), fine natural colours. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Angy, superb painted lady with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Angy

A terrific capture of this beautiful lady.
The POV is well chosen showing the markings and colours well.
Well focused with excellent detail.
Very good composition.


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