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My 100th post

My 100th post
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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: 2005-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/340 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Caterpillars, 40 points or more (Chapter 5)., 50-60 points chapter 3, Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Australian Butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-02 8:21
Viewed: 6432
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 83
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My 100th post !
The caterpillar of the Wanderer or Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). A common butterfly of eastern Australia that can be found through most of the year, with their larvae found until the end of May. The adults apparently live for 3-4 months. They feed on milkweed plants, which, like the butterfly, were introduced to Australia. Even though they are quite large, about 60mm, and vibrantly coloured, the larvae are difficult to find and I thank Michelle (mrower) for pointing this one out for me.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has looked and/or critiqued my work. I value every comment, especially those of you who take the time to write scathing, constructive criticisms and workshops. I believe that since joining TN, my techniques have improved and I now think before taking a shot, always looking for that perfect angle and exposure.
Thanks again, and hopefully I’ll take many more shots to share with this wonderful global community of nature lovers.

Using some of teh suggestions in the critiques below I have posted a workshop incorporating the suggested improvements. Indeed, I think it looks better, Thanks to everyone.

red45, marhowie, Fisher, rodosranger, liquidsunshine, radz, twin, thistle, JeanMichel, naki, gerhardt, TAZ, fluorite, Janice, slrnovice2, Comandante, Tommysugar, alejandroguzman, Christopher_PL has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-02 8:55]

Cogratulations Chris!
Well choosen subject. This caterpillar is real beauty. I like diagonal composition, colours and shape of insect. Good work!

Congratulations Chris on your milestone..This has good details, colors and DOF, I like the way you've composed the shot also..I appreciate the sentiments in your note. TN and its community has helped all of us who use it to grow. Well done!

Great picture for your 100th post, Chris.
Very well composed, nice colours and goo details.
Excellent work.

Congratulations Chris.

Hi Chris, congrats on your Century mark.
Excelent shot and well done on the composition.
As Howard said, it's a great place to learn from Everyone.


Congrats on your 100th post!
Nice and sharp capture with good DOF and POV. Good handling of the sharp Aussie light. There's a teeny weeny fraction of overexposure on some of the whites in the belly area, you could easily clone that out, though.

Nice composition, very good POV and framing. I would just push a little more the saturation.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-06-02 11:49]

This caterpillar has got beautiful colors.
details are very sharp and clear.
Well done.


Wish they were common here too :) Like the composition here and the colours. Its a great looking caterpillar. It might help emphasise it better with a less fussy background perhaps?

Well done and congrats for your 100th!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-02 14:07]

Chris, congratulations on your 100th post. And it's an excellent one.

I like colors, composition and bg. Dof and sharpness are great too.

Congratulations on your 100th post Chris,
Great shot of this caterpillar. Well composed, good sharp detail and fantastic colours.
TN is a great site to share our nature photos and experiences.
Thanks for posting.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-02 14:38]

Congrats for ur 100th post Chris !!!!!
Good shot to celeberate 100th one :).
Keep shooting.

Superb shot Chris!
Very interesting subject, great POV and details.
I think vertical framing would've been good as well.
Congrats on your 100th post!

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-02 15:28]

Congratulations on your 100th!
You've marked that milestone very well with this one.
Excellent composition,good detail and colours.
Great DOF.
Very well done.


100 posts of pure pleasure for the photographer and the members... congratulations Chris! This milestone is a very good macro, full of colors and details, all in a nice framing. A subject not often seen and deserving a better place on TN. Very well done.

Hi Chris, great detail and colour good diagonal composition, a good choice for your 100th upload.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-02 18:01]

Hi Chris, very nice view of this caterpillar. Composition is a bit crowded though the colours and the details of the caterpillar takes all the interest.
Well done.

Congrats on your 100th post, Chris. 98 of them being really interesting critters. :) This is a lovely caterpillar and I like the composition. The whites are a bit OE around the head. Maybe -2/3 exposure compensation. I also think that the photo could benefit from +10 or +20 saturation and lab sharpening. Very well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-03 2:12]

Congratulations, Chris, on your 100th post. : )
Beautiful shot of this monarch caterpillar, with crisp details, gorgeous colors and patterns, and excellent composition. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful pictures. We are all enriched by them. : )

Congratulations on your 100th post, and what a beauty it is! Awesome macro Chris. Very good details. Excellent subject. Superb work. Thanks.

Congratulations on your 100th post,

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-03 8:17]

Congrats Chris. Very good macro, well detailed with sharp focus, and the colours are so real. Good job!

Hi Chris. Congrats on such a great 100th post :). I find the BG very slightly noisy and I'm wondering what ISO you used. If it was a still day maybe you could lose a little speed in favour of ISO? It's only minor though and everything else is perfect. I particularly like your composition here, it works a treat. Colours, sharpness and DOF are also great. Great notes too, TFS :)

  • Great 
  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-03 22:14]

Fantastic 100th post Chris, i like the composition & details, dof & pov are great,

Well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-04 3:44]
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Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique bien réalisée pour cette chenille rayée. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne netteté.
Beautiful, interesting & well done !

  • Great 
  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-06-04 16:01]

Great macro, excellent colours and very good details.
I like it very much.
Very well done!

Hi Chris,
Thanks for inviting me to see you photo of this caterpillar, is well captured and your note is good also, TFS Iris

Very nice shot, Chris. Good details, nice colours and very well composed.
Well done.

Very nice picture Chris.

Good work.

Hello Chris!
Great work with S5000.Colors and details are amazing.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • Deeb Silver Star Critiquer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 5] (14)
  • [2005-06-21 17:06]
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Wow again, your photos may have inspired me to try macro. This is another great one.

Thanks for your posts,


Wonderful capture with an even better workshop! Great colors and POV. Thanks for sharing this beauty!


Beautiful shot! The colours are fantastic and the subject is in good position!
Congratulation Tom


Great composition, nice DOF and POV, perfect lighness and the note, just perfect , very useful....


wow what a shot and nice colours well done


Hi Cris,

Nice Capture and very usefull note too.
I was wondering how did you get such DOF for f 3.2 :-)

Excellent pic, and composition i always like diagonal composition , so i like it!!

Goutham R

Great capture, beautiful colors, Chris!!!

  • Great 
  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-05-29 15:20]

Gracias por tus comentarios. Esta foto es realmente preciosa. Enhorabuena por el 100 post. Un saludo.

Wow Chris! Jakie piekne kolory! Dobre zdjecie. Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hi Chris
Congratulations! Very good picture for your milestone.
Nice object and nice picture - TFS


Great picture of your 100th post, Chris.
Nice colours and good details.


  • Good 
  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-02-23 14:59]

Nice colours and sharp.
Nature is magnific.
I also like the caterpillar's position that you capture.

Hello Chris,
Great specimen shot and done justice to.Very sharp pic and nice colors.

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