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Dusky Knight

Dusky Knight
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Satyrinae - Worldwide - 2 -, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-29 4:40
Viewed: 3818
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last week I headed north to sunny Queensland with a mate to escape the cold Sydney winter. OF course it rained for two days, but at least it was warm rain :).
In between the rain we explored the area around Mackay, a very attractive tropical city that I hadn’t been to for 20 years. We headed inland to explore the open woodland and rainforest that clothe the mountain chain 80km from the coast.
This is a Dusky Knight (Ypthima arctous) which was trying to dry out after a rain storm early in the morning. This species belongs to the family Satyrinae and is common along the coastal woodlands of tropical Queensland. It is also present further down the east coast to Sydney, though it is quite uncommon there.
It has a wingspan 32mm and is one of the few Australian butterflies to have a double-centred eyespot on the forewing.
There are several generations through the year, with native grasses being the principal larval food source.

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Hi, Chris,

what a lovely photo!! excellent colours, composition and details. it looks like a painting to me. thanks for sharing this wonderful photo!!

Man Yee

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-29 4:47]

Hello Chris,
Fantastic!! This butterfly is beautiful with wonderful markings and colors. The details are sharp and clear and you show him off very well. Lovely composition .

Regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-07-29 5:16]

hi chris,
a well composed image with just enough details. well done. the lines (grass blades) add to the image beautifuly. tfs.

Hi Chris,
Very good capture of this Dusky Knight with excellent composition, BG and POV. Colours are also bright and natural but I would udjust exposure to slightly darker.

Very sharp picture of a Dusky Knight, Light is great and also the colors and sharpness.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-29 12:41]

hi Chris,
belle image de ce papillon dans son milieu naturel, l'herbe donne un bon effet 3D. Composition soignée, netteté impeccable.


Ciao Chris,
bellissima macro di farfalla, classico POV e composizione molto bella con gli steli d'erba bagnati dalla rugiada, buona nitidezza, molto belli e naturali i colori.
Grazie e complimenti.
Ciao Maurizio

Wow Chris, great macro work. I like it.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-29 22:22]
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Hello Chris,
The two OOF blades of grass don't spoil the overall impression of this otherwise sharp closed-wing portrait of a Dusky Knight and the fine OOF BG helps to make it stand out. Nice low POV and composition.
Does this species ever rest with itw wings open?

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-29 23:13]

HI Chris , nice photo of this butterfly , good detail color and composition , thanks for sharing it

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-30 4:30]

Hello Chris,
Very interesting to see the Australian version of Satyrinae with the double-centred eyespot; I didn't know that.
I also like the fine colours of the background, giving to the picture a special touch.
Thanks and best regards

Hi Chris,
just a few days ago when I was after some butterflies in this year's dense vegetation which is very high due a lot of rainfall in Central Europe this year, I thought it was great weather for seeing unusual numbers of butterflies, and at the same time I thought it was hell to take pictures of them with all those blades of grass between them and my camera. Now I see that in tropical Queensland it seems to be just the same.
You got a pin sharp image of this pretty satyrinae butterfly - taken just at the right moment before it was completely hiding away its conspicuous eyespot at rest.
The raindrops on the grass are a very nice and fresh adder, colours are gentle and pleasant. And the blades of grass between you and the object are hardly to be seen, and do not spoil the image. Well mastered, indeed!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-01 4:01]

Hello Chris,

This is brilliant stuff. Great focus but slightly oof in the lower portion. But eye contact is very good. Ganesh

Ciao Chris, splendid butterfly, great sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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