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"Beauty In Yellow"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-20 13:34
Viewed: 3987
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monarch Butterfly(Danaus plexippus)

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.

Class: Insecta (insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies)
Family: Danaidae (Milkweed butterfly family)
Genus: Danaus
Species: Plexippus

This picture was shot at an environmental center that is part of a massive program of the State of New Jersey in order to clean up a massive garbage dump area. The projet has taken over 10 years but the results have been incredible because the site is full of birds, plants and insects that have not been seen in the area for over 30 years.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting me and thanks in advance for your comments/critiques


XOTAELE, JoseMiguel, dew77, Juyona, PDP, SkyF, horia, Alex99, ramthakur, cecilia, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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Hello Jorge,
I like this butterfly shot very much. This is a very nice shot from the Monarch. Great sharpness, details, exposure and colours. Great POV and excellent composition. Thank you for posting.

Hola Jorge,
Me gusta mucho la composición que lograste con la mariposa y esa hermosa flor amarilla, que comienza con una primera abajo a la izquierda, y termina con la de arriba a la derecha muy bien difuminada gracias al efectivo DOF que utilizaste.
El marco empleado funciona muy bien en este caso.
Felicitaciones y felices fiestas,

Hola Jorge, muy bella esta fotografia. Muy nitida en la mariposa que contrasta bien sobre el amarillo de las flores. Interesante POV y encuadre.

Saludos y Feliz Navidad

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-20 15:38]

Hello Jorge,
Magnificent close up.POV,vivid colors,lighting,frame and composition are excellent.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hi Jorge,
Very nice shot and good sharpness.
Pretty colours..
Best regards,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-20 16:15]

Ooooh.... Very nice, Jorge!
Tack sharp and beautiful colors.
I like the composition too, well balanced.
TFS. : )

Hi Jorge,
a fantastic shot, I love this beauty on the sunny flowers, wonderful colours and sharpness is excellent, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-20 16:41]

Magnífico disparo Jorge, los tonos y composición son geniales...tus trabajos son excelentes amigo, muchos saludos

Hi Jorge,
Excellent capture with super colours !

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-12-20 18:39]

Hell Jorge, great composition and very good colours. All is well here, maybe the head has slipped out the DOF a little? Nice work.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-20 21:59]

Nice shot of the monarch on this yellow flower. I especially like your composition and the colors.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-20 22:22]

Hi Jorge,
great shot, the POV and the colors are lovely. Beautiful composition with sharp details and excellent crop.
Merry Christmas.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-21 4:16]


Another terrific shot from you!
The colors here are most charming and very wll saturated. I also like the strong contrast between the bright colors of the flower and the darker ones of the butterfly'sbody and wind.
Also the POV is very good, the DOF is excellent and the details are very nince and sharp.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Muy buenas Jorge
La verdad es que es una foto llena de constraste y colorido, una luz muy buena y como ya te comentan algunos el marco hace todavía que realce mucho más.
Un abrazo muy fuerte amigo

Hello Jorge,

Just a clasic photo, perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, perfect details very crisp, nice POV BG excllent work,

TFS kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-21 11:42]

Hi Jorge.
Beautiful sea of yellow colours with delicate passage to blurred BG. Very nice colour palette and wonderful background for such cute butterfly. I like its pose (and your POV), perfect details and skillfulness of cropping and framing of this artistic shot. Best regards and TFS.

Very good capture of this photogenic butterfly, Jorge.
TFS and bye.

Hermosos colores y muy buen encuadre Jorge. Perfectos detalles y la luz es estupenda.
Un saludo amigo.

You have some lovely wild life, lovely detail and colour.
Well done...

Bonjour Jorge

Encore une merveilleuse photo que tu nous envoies avec ce Joli papillon,très belle composition.Très joli focus sur le papillon .Les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci et passe de belles fêtes...JP

Hi Jorge, very beautiful monarch, great details, wonderful colors, great sharpness, very well done, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, ciao Silvio
:) tomorrow

Hola Jorge,
Una bella captura con buena luz. Lo que más
me gustan son los colores y su juego que hacen de esta toma una fotografía especial.
Tienes una galería preciosa !

Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor

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