<< Previous Next >>

Postman's Perch

Postman's Perch
Photo Information
Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 22:07
Viewed: 4100
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot from the Missouri Botanical Gardens Butterfly House. The butterfly is the very popular Postman Butterfly ( Heliconius erato petiverana) which has been documented on this site many times very well. I like this shot for the flower I caught him on.(One of my favorites) I thought this made a really nice overall composition. The flower is an Anthurium.

Most Anthurium species are native to tropical rain forests and are primarily epiphytic in nature.

Commercially, Anthuriums are grown throughout the world with the heaviest concentrations in the United States (Florida) and The Netherlands.

Anthuriums have been cultivated for many decades for cut flower production. Since the mid 1980's, Anthurium's popularity as a flowering pot plant has increased dramatically and has become a popular addition to many foliage growers' product lines.

Driving down to Ft. Myers Florida for a week, so I am hoping to get about 5 days of real wildlife and nature photography in. Suppose to be 75-80 degrees and sunny! I will try to find a wireless connection for my laptop to get my TrekNature fix.

Thanks fot looking,

Dave, saeedabbasi, TAZ, dew77, uleko, Alex99, ramthakur, RAP, ScottHale, loot, jmp, horia, fiyo, Silvio2006, marhowie, stevkds, Janice, coasties, miuky, Silke, star74, zeca, izler, pablominto has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-01 22:55]

Hi Scott,
This one has a lot of artistic symmetry! That is a good capture on that flower mf! And, once again you have composed the shot very professionally...;-) Excellent!
ps I hope the wildlife and nature will cooperate w/ you in Florida. Looking forward to seeing what you get. Have a great trip!

Hi dear Scott ,
wonderful shot with great colors.
excellent details and very nice colors.
well composition.
i like it so much.
well captured.
thanks and regards my dear friend.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-02-02 1:30]

Hello Scott,
Good to see a nice photo from you. I wish you a great week in nature !
The "+++" : butterfly + flower, composition, point of view, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : A bit difficult to see the black wing on dark BG...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Hello Scott, nice close up rich in colors and details.
Really well composed and presented.
(pts later)

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-02 2:26]

Hello Scott,
Lovely capture.Butterfly seems a part of flower.Clear details,POV,lighting,3D effect and composition are excellent.

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-02 4:13]

Hello Scott,
Brilliant to catch the butterfly in such a splendid pose on this matching flower! Great sharpness and lovely colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Scotts,
u have captured a fine example of camoflage, the butterflies aligh their body patterns with that of the
surroundings to male it more effective.
mostly the whole of the insect world processed images in patterns.
though i thought this one a bit too tricky for the butterfly as the horizontal line on it wings is perpendicular to the white stamen(?).
and of course is exposed and composed well.

  • Great 
  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-02 5:27]

Hallo Scott,
An absolutely aesthetic picture. I like how butterfly wings repeat flowers perianth and colors. Lovely composition and nice BG.
Very well done.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-02 10:01]

Hi Scott.
I in delight from your choice of pictured subject and skillfulness of its execution. Perfect reproduction of the petal's texture, smallest details of the flower and butterfly. Richness and clearness of the colours amaze the imagination. BG, excellently shadowed and coloured, is very impressive and highlights the beauty of the main subject. Superb work. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Scott,
Whether it was chance happening or the result of your infinite patience, this shot is THE IDEAL incarnate so far as my perception of it is concerned. In other words, I cannot think of any other situation better than this. The beautiful Postman butterfly is perched right at the center of the exotic flower in its most glorious aspect. The rest is the outcome of your talent as a photo artist.
To sum up, this is THE BEST composition I have seen so far on TN.
Thank you very much for sharing this great image.
Best regards,

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-02 14:58]

A true composition Scott where the butterfly is only part of everything.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: *****
Background: *****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: -
Note: ****

Really an image with great sense aesthetic and excellent opportunism for the shot.
My best regards... Ricardo

Won't this be a relaxing breath of fresh air to get some authentic nature shots? I remember how you were so energized by your last trip that I am VERY excited for you. You must keep in touch.
I like this Postman shot, it seems kind of symbolic that he is heading to the top(presumably North) and your going South to Florida!
The composition is what catches my eye first here, the outline of his wings mimicking the shape of the leaf also draws my attention..
Well done buddy, send me some pics from FLA, I am looking forward to them!

Hi Scott,
Good image, I like the definiton and details on it, the very strange flower (I have no idea about it existence)and the beauty butterfly. Only I found that in this pic BG not helps to you.Dispite this last, interesting image.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-03 3:12]

Hi Scott,
Every original buttlerfly and a realy good composition with wings and flower in similar position.
José M.

  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-03 5:34]

Hi Scott and sorry for the delay

This is a splendid capture - both as an insect and as a flower, too.
The colors here areoutstanding and the focus is exceptional - showing very good clear details on this lovely Postman.
I really like the composition here a lot, as well - enhanced by the small similarity between the colors here - red flower on dark BG and red spot on black wing on the butterfly :)
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-03 18:12]

Hello Scott,
Great shot, very nice capture with a superb composition Superb detail, and excellent bright colours.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-03 22:48]

Hello Scott

A wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly.The flower it is on adds to this lovely composition.The POV and DOF are excellent .Very sharp details and vivid well saturated colours.TFS


hi scott,
excellent shot,
full of lovely colours,
well composed with nice pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Scott, lovely and elegant butterfly with a wonderful flower, splendid light and colors, great focus and sharpness, very well done, have a nice sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Scott,
What I like most is the shared subject status of the beautiful Anthurium and Postman B-fly.
Perfect DOF, color, and exposed well. A very pleasing composition mf :)
Very well done..and be safe on that drive to Fort Meyers today. Enjoy the time away.

Technically perfect picture Scott. Excellent composition and colour presentatiuon. Very well done. tfs. Stev

  • Great 
  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-02-05 6:06]

Hi Scott,

A very nice, sharp and colourful photo. Pity about the dark bg not contrasting the black butterfly. Well done.


  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-05 15:46]

Hi Scott, this butterfly shooting isn't as easy as it looks, is it? I was at a b'fly house y'day and the heat and perspitation takes a bit of getting used to. Also I couldn't see too well either!!
So I say "Well done" here with your postman on the Anthurium. It's a pretty fellow and I can see how it was named with the long white colours. TFS

Hi Scott

Lovely array of colours in this shot. The Postman looks great horizontally placed on the white of the lily. Very good compo. Nice camera work as always Scott. :-)

  • Great 
  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2007-02-06 3:05]

exellent composition, perfect dof and POV and colours are fabulous...
i like it:)
regards, m.

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-06 5:14]

Hello Scott,
Nice composition and nice details. I liked the colors. TFS

Hello Scott,

First this first, Are you lounging in the hammickon the beach, Hope you made, should be good weather, I really like this POV DOF Perfect detail svery crisp colors bG POV DOF perfect , great work

TFS Kyle

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-06 13:51]

Hi Scott

Wonderful image, lovely composition and stunning details in both the butterfly and the flower. Lovely colours as well



  • Great 
  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-06 21:56]

the pose is so perfect, one would think one was looking at another pair of petals! Great colours and details, perfect POV and dof

  • Great 
  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2007-02-07 15:19]

Hello Scott,
I like this. The butterfly and the flower are like to fine ladies vying for attention. Look at me! no, look at me they seem to cry as they spread their finery.

  • Great 
  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-07 16:12]
  • [3]

Hi Scott

Sorry I'm a bit late with this update, but the rat-race really had me in a strangle hold.

A true study in dualism. Two similar objects yet distinct opposing aspects as far as colour selection are concerned. It is a great shot running high on the visual impact rating. That attractive anthurium and its delicate visitor are both stunningly beautiful.

A fabulous composition with perhaps one small nit, which normally would have been an added bonus, but the dark BG unfortunately, makes some parts of the butterfly to disappear. It would have been great if you could have had some strategically placed green leaves right behind the insect. Anyway, the colours are splendid, the details are remarkable, and the exposure was perfect. This is especially noticeable in the white stamen which captured some amazing details and contrasts.

Great work and TFS.

Hi Scott,
Beautiful flower and butterfly,
Excellent compo,
Dark background and colors are perfect,

This has a very nice exposure and shows very natural colors. I like how the angle of the butterfly's open wings match the pedals of the anthurium as if there is some symbiotic relation between the two organisms besides the BF getting its pollen fix.

Hi Scott

C'est une belle et intéressante composition photographique pour ce superbe papillon. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ qui est bien maitrisée.
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourires demain

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-19 7:20]

Hi Scott,
quite a capture, you timed it well, just as the butterfly mimics the flower. Lovely composition with great colors and nice sharpness.
Very well done.

  • Great 
  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-03-21 23:37]

Hi Scott!
Perfect situation! A beautiful flower and the nice butterfly! I found some of this butterflies here in southern Brazil a few days ago, but I was not abble to catch it...

  • Great 
  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-10 17:10]

hello Scott
i see two beautiful and interesting natural objects for me. composition, point of view, colours, sharpness, details and note are great. furthermore i see successful using of f value, tripod and macro lens
good job...
thanks for sharing

Hello Scott,
What a beautiful duo!
For some reason I feel this butterfly matches the flower so well, both colour wise and in the shape...
A fine composition, well balanced and with good details!
Pablo -

Calibration Check