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Large Grass-yellow

Large Grass-yellow
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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: 2008-02-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/19, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-30 5:12
Viewed: 3596
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Large Grass-yellow (Eurema alitha) from the Family Pieridae, a highly irregular summer migrant to the Sydney region of south-eastern Australia where they occur from February to April.
Normally they inhabit the tropical savannahs in north of the country where they breed throughout the year with several generations per annum. In summer they become nomadic and can travel up to 2,000 km outside their normal range.
They have a wingspan of 40 mm and fly in an erratic slow manner, usually close to the ground and often in open habitats with many grasses. The larval food plants are several species of Bush-pea from the genus Sesbania.
I captured this one extracting salts from a wet patch on a vehicular track in Cattai National Park. I lied on the ground to get this low POV.

This species is also found through south-east Asia, Japan, India and eastern Africa.

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Hello Chris,

Great capture of this beautiful butterfly. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb detail. Excellent contrast against the background. Splendid well-saturated colours.

Hello Chris,
Very beautiful capture of lovely butterfly,excellent sharpness and lighting, wonderful details,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-30 6:09]

Hi Chris,
A very good and clear photo,nice colour and sharpness.I like it!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-30 6:30]

Hola Chris,
preciosa captura,
buenos colores y tonos,
magnífico foco...
saludos amigo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-30 6:52]

Hello Chris,
Great sharp focus on this beauty. Good details. The low POV makes this photo very interesting. Excellent DOF and composition.

Hola Chris, una toma con un acertado encuadre y atractiva composición, nitida con buenas texturas y detalle, el exceso de luz que habia en ese momento lo has resuelto muy bien. Un saludo

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-06-30 7:33]

Hi chris,
very decent image, good capture of this grass yellow mudpuddling. the brown overall background makes the yellow standout clearly in a good composition. TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-30 8:26]

Hi Chris,
Very nice close-up capture of this butterfly. Color tones, POV, lighting and details look very good. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-30 11:08]

Hi Chris!

Perfect macro. I like razor sharp details on wings of butterfly, yellow colour looks great. Well composed BG. This sand looks really hot.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-30 12:44]

Hi Chris. A fine close up of this Large Yellow. which you have captured with good detail and bright colours. You must have got down low for this POV. well done TFS.

Hello Chris, perfect shot of this Large-yellow. TFS. Regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-30 13:21]

Hello Chris, perfect macro shot of a beautiful butterfly. TFS. Regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-07-01 5:50]

Hello Chris,
im still very much indebted to you with the help you gave. What a great you gave cos Im very poor in this butterfly bussiness.
This one is really exciting. Very sharp and clear. It stands out of the Bg of the almost same colour.
Great shot.


Hi Chris
Wonderful macro with lovely color contrast and fine detail
tfs jon

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-01 14:31]

Very nice. I really like the low POV, the composition, and the well saturated color. Very nice detail in wings.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-01 21:19]

Hello Chris

What a vivid yellow.
The colours are natural and well saturated.
Excellent tack sharp focus.
The pov is well done to get this low angle.
Wonderful detail and texture in the wings.
Well done.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-01 23:08]
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Hi Chris,
Nice cheerful, beautiful yellow...And a great idea to go on ground to get this fine capture with a good PoV and DoF. The colour and texture of yellow stands out very well on the wings.Isnt this process called "puddling"?

The details on the butterfly has been picked up excellently by you.I also like the way it is captured against the ground.The environment captured also compliments the bright butterfly very well.

Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-02 20:10]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Large-Grass Yellow with lovely colours and details. The mud-puddling activity is so perfectly presented here from your low POV. Superb lighting and exposure management and the image is tack sharp. Very skillful work done. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

Excellent capture Chris.
Such a beautiful rich yellow and great detail.
Very nicely done.

Hi Chris,
What a perfect and splendid macro capture of this beautiful Large Grass-yellow butterly which it is new for me. Superb clarity and excellent DOF my friend! Many thanks for sharing this beauty.


Hello again Chris, perfect macro shot of this beautifully coloured butterfly. TFS. Regards,

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