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Monarch in blue

Monarch in blue
Photo Information
Copyright: Mark Kula (markula) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 216] (882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-09 17:45
Viewed: 3933
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot taken on a sunny morning. The camera was supported on a monopod. No adjustments other than obvious resizing.

Here's some interesting information about these butterflies found on http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/
The Monarch Butterfly is the king of the insect world. Even though they are small creatures, they do phenomenal things. First, they develop from tiny eggs, to a caterpillar, become a chrysalis, and finally transform into a beautiful butterfly. They migrate, traveling great distances to over winter in a temperate climate. Amazingly enough, not one butterfly makes the entire round-trip journey. Winter butterflies are sluggish and do not reproduce. In spring they return to summer homes and breed along the way. Their offspring return to the starting point.
Danaus plexippus is the scientific name for the Monarch Butterfly. Related species in the family are found on all continents except the polar regions, wherever milkweed and related plants are found. It also provides the Monarch with an intriguing form of protection, since the milkweed juices assimilated by the Monarch make it poisonous to predatory birds. The beautiful orange color of the Monarch butterfly serves to teach predators that their intended meal might be toxic. Not all milkweeds produce cardiac glycosides, therefore not all Monarchs are poisonous. However, the warning orange color serves to disguise poisonous from the non-toxic Monarch.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-08-09 17:51]
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Hi Mark,
You have an excellent POV here. Very good focus on this beautiful butterfly. Excellent colors and sharpness. Maybe you could crop just a little bit from the bottom (the blurred parts of the flower).

Hej Mark!
Piekny motyl Monarcha Wedrowny. Wspania³a ostrosc, nie mowiac juz o kolorach i kadrze.
Szczerze gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Bonjour Mark
Très joli ce macro, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs
et beau BG
Bravo et merci JP

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-09 20:04]

Hello Mark,
very nice sharp details and excellent POV. Butterfly slooks great against the wonderful blue sky. Very nice composotion.

Hi Mark,
Great close up picture of beautiful butterfly. Sharp, clear, and nice details. Nice blue color BG. Well captured and nicely composed.

Ben Lakitan

Wonderful composition -- a lone butterfly against the blue sky (I'm assuming). Simple and very effective.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-09 23:20]

Hi Mark

Really good job on this Monarch.They don't hang around long .That blue sky backdrop is wonderful,and the flower makes a great foreground.The contrast of the orange of the forewing really is nice.Excellent on the DOF and POV.TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-10 3:36]

Hi Mark

Great shot of this superb butterfly!
Excellent POV, nice sharp details, very beautiful colors, very pretty blue BG that mekes a great contrast with the subject, well framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-08-10 6:02]

Hi mark,

Great shot with lovely colors,good colors and details,well done and TFS,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-12 6:30]

Hi Mark.
Your wonderful picture is characterized by excellent and nice combination of colours. Superb composition, details and sharpness. Great DOF and POV. Perfect done. TFS.

Hello Mark/
I love Monark Butterflies and this is a superb one.
Excellent colors and details, and I love the blue BG.

Nice bouquet of colours: something about the blue and the white makes the colours of the monarch stand out. Composition is uncluttered and solid with the curve of the flower repeating the curves of the wings, and a triangle anchored in the right of the image. Sharpness is excellent. Colours are natural. Well done, Mark!


Excellent photo of this beautiful monarch butterfly! Simple and wonderful composition and great POV! The colors are bright and natural and sharpness is spot-on! Very good exposure! Great job! Congratulations! TFS!


Impressive shot on this gorgeous butterfly!
Great POV from an under position. Beautiful colors and sharp details.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


Ciao Mark, ottimo scatto con un bel BG.
Good colors and details.


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