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The Essence of TN

The Essence of TN
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics, My favourite naturescapes, Fauna of NOTOGEA (Australian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-07 0:34
Viewed: 5548
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I have no new images to show, this is a modified repeat of one of my early postings on TN. Unfortunately I forgot to mark as a re-post. You can see the first posting here . I have improved the composition and removed some noise.
In other words TN has taught me to improve my presentation of an image. In return I hope that I have helped others in the same way as well as supplying info. about the species.

Sword-grass brown (Tisiphone abeone)

This species is one of the exceptions to the tendency for Satyr butterflies to look dowdy.
This was photographed in a small nature reserve in Manly Vale, a suburb of Sydney. I used my wife's camera, her Canon Powershot S2 IS, which is very handy.
Most of the specimens of this Butterfly appear to fade and get worn very quickly, which makes this individual a lucky find. At first I thought it was a Nymphalid, but the eye markings, characteristic of Satyrs, soon made me change my mind.
It is found from Southern Queensland to SE Australia in various forms.

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Very beautiful butterfly, Ivan.
Yes, most of us have sharpened our skills on TN and you have been a leading light on this site.
Thanks and regars.

Ciao Ivan, elegant butterfly, superb macro with fine details and splendid sharpness, fantastic colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-07 0:51]

Hi Ivan,

I had to search some time to find the original (FYI if you post it as a repost RP the original can be founf as well as a link with the photo information),you did a great job with tuning up the original capture and I as well do this sometimes with captures I shot in the past,it is fun to do and you can see your own developed skills (in postprocessing),thanks and have a nice weekend


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-07 1:06]

Merhaba Ivan
Harika bir kelebek makrosu; canlı ve sıcak renkler, netlik įok güzel olmuş.

Hi Ivan

Pretty butterfly. I also many learnt on TN


Hallo Ivan
When you posted this image at first I have not been part of Trek Nature yet, and therefore it is completely new to me. This is really beautiful. The combination of dark colours on the wings is really special. Add the spot of fern on which it is resting, and it rounds of to a most beautiful presentation. A lovely close-up with great focus, sharpness and framing all in one. Presented in a most pleasant manner. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-07 1:17]

Hello Ivan,
When I look back at earlier postings I got the same feeling: It could a lot better. So we are learning more and more to get better photo's.
This is a fantasic one in a perfect composition, superb details and lovely colours.
Have a great weekend,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-07 1:39]

Hi Ivan.
What a beauty you managed to catch and what wonderful scenery where you have found it. POV and composition of the shot as well as the pose of the fine butterfly are amazing. Especially I like superb reproduction of the wing texture (it is clear details and colour reproduction are great) and pleasantness of the BG blurriness. Bravo. Great use of all your various equipment. My compliments and best regards.

Hello Ivan,
an unusual, very beautifully looking member of the Satyridae family, indeed, that you are perfectly well presenting here in a pleasantly well composed arrangement. So many well visible details in the dark parts!
I like your simple and clear brief notes. Speaking of TN: By combining the aim of learning about nature from observations of nature from all parts of the world with improving the skills of taking pictures and optimizing them for presentation, TN to me is unique and unsurpassed. Same as you, I have received a lot from this virtual community, and I am happy and grateful to be here. You are among the leading ones of those skilled photographers who are providing the high level of information on this platform. Thank you! Always a pleasure to see your fresh postings, and to read your critiques and comments.
With best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-07 2:21]

Hi Ivan,
without doubt you have helped a lot of people without knowing. May God Bless You. As for me, i learn a lot from you. Besides the names of the creatures - birds, butterflies or insect, you have thrown me abundance of light in this difficult worl of knowledge.
You photographic shkills too were transferred.
That is the essence of your existence in this TN too.
I must salute you for all these. Any furthermore, youre a very good critique writer also, pleasant - instructive and humanistic.


NB: Sorry, Forgot to sayu something about you shot, as usual it is lovely with excellent light exploitation and composition.
The colours are created by God and you display you excellenty skills in presenting it to us.

Hi Ivan
Great exotic presentation and great excample of postprocessing. Magick of TN ;-) Beautiful butterfly, great blured background I like it very much

Hello Ivan,
thank you for your contribution to TN, on which all members can learn from all members, i have learned and got knowledge of many new marvels of Nature, again thank you; very good postprocessing for this beautiful picture of a wonderful butterfly, i like the fine composition.
Best regards
Have a good weekend

Hi Ivan,
a very fine picture and it's a bit better than the first.
It's much better composed with less noise.
Good sharpness and fine DOF, the butterfly stand out well.
It's great that we all learn something new every day from TN.
Well done, mf.

Nu har gråvädret slagit till igen, ingen sol på en vecka snart.
Med snön smälter sakta bort, så kanske snödropparna tittar fram om någon vecka.

Hello Ivan,
Great photo nicely re-worked, details and colours are well improved
This is a beautiful butterfly too
TFS and have a nice W-E

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-07 6:50]

Hello Ivan,
What a shot and positioning of this Sword-grass brown .Look at it.What a beautiful species and your presentation has made it further beautiful.Sharp and clear.
Good sharing on TN.
Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-07 7:37]

Hello Ivan,
At first I would thank you to have stayed on this site, because it would have been such a loss for us to loose all this knowledge. J'ai été si touchée par le départ d'Ulla; je regardais les images ā fur et ā mesure qu'elles disparaissaient..j'en ai presque pleuré.
You show us here exactely the important impact on everyone coming on this site. We all had the chance to improve our skills thanks to others and to learn so much about the whole world.
With this beautiful butterfly-picture you illustrate so well what all TN is about.
Un trčs grand merci

merhaba Ivan dostum
I came back newly from formal meetin. Now I have enough time and internet. I visit your last last posts.
this is amazing beautiful butterfly from Australian marvellous nature and your shot perfect. all features wonderful, from POV/OOF and sharp focus to coloration and composition. circles on wings show it very preetty. fern also great for composition and contrasting with its green. I also looked at your previous one. Both of two wonderful. Congratulations indeed, my friend.

If I had a week to play with this..I could not improve on it, as it is already just as it should be Ivan. Fine contrasts of same colours..contrasting...Very nicely composed in the frame and great use of your depth of field!

hello Ivan
this is GREAT!!
so beautiful sharpness
great composition
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-07 10:30]

Hi Ivan,
It's very lovely close up.Details on butterfly are perfect.I liked exposure,lighting,cross framing.colors,contrast and composition a lot.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-07 11:12]

Hi Ivan. i had a look at the older posting of this Butterfly and i must say you have done a good job. This is such a colourful one with the orange ad blue on the dark wings. A good top POV so we can see all of the markings. well done TFS.

Hello Ivan !
I suppose you're waiting for the spring and summer to return, so you'll have new pictures to show us - in the meantime, this old one is very beautiful. You're really talented, and I understand what you mean about learning to impriove the presentation of a picture - feels the same for me. And I can assure you that you have helped MANY people here. You have given me ID so many times, and always useful comments, and you did the same for so many other members here. You're a great part of TN.
Greetings from France,

Hello Ivan
this butterfly shot is very beautiful, the colors are superb
great pose on this fern and the details are crisp clear
a delight to look at
Have a nice sunday

hello Ivan

i saw this photo first, but decide to give the critique later,
when i was in Europe i could not found it, then in Sweden
they where no this photo, i went to your TN page to found
that this photo was in Oceania !

very beautiful photography Ivan, i can tell one of your most
beautiful and your best, because the superb focus on the butterfly,
the very beautiful luminosity, i love to see details on the blurred background,
and great sharpness and details, yes the Essence of TN...
it is on TN that i started to love butterfly and other insect photos,
it is on TN that i started to love portrait photos of birds
and wild animals, it is on TN that i learned alot on nature all around the world,



Hello Ivan,
I can't remember your original posting of this butterfly,but this image certainly looks very good.
I agree. TN is a wonderful place to learn all about photography technique,as well as nature.
I think this reiterates how important it is to critique objectively.
I've always found your critiques to be honest and thoughtful,and I can always tell that you have actually read my notes.
Thanks for sharing this.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-08 3:17]

Ivan, What a colorful shot. I am 100% in line with ram sir. TN has changed my learning a lot and came in contact with such a gem of people. Thank you for presenting. Ganesh

Almost missed this beauty Ivan, a good POV and illumination, plus your expertise in capturing such images provided us with these velvety wings and spore laden fern leaves. TFS this fine image my friend.
Cheers and my best regards to Ulla,

Hello Ivan,

A dark beauty, good exposure and a nicely composed shot. THanks for sharing it here.


Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Sword-grass brown. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-09 23:55]

Hi Ivan!

Yes, you help a lot and are an important pillar of this community. Your critiques and comments are always well funded and competent.

You present us this beautiful butterfly for the second time. I don't see very spectacular differences, but the idea of removing the noise is fine and adds to the value of the picture. Also the composition has not chenged very much, now the focus is a bit closer and the main subject is more emphasized. The colours are superb and the clarity is marvellous.

Kind regards


Hi Ivan,

Many thanks for the feedback and apologise for not being around much lately, work is a little crazy at the moment.

This is a super shot, the detail in the blue/black wings is stunning, and those coloured markings are just so beautiful.

That narrow d.o.f has framed this so well with the Butterfly and the stem its resting on all pin sharp, just great photography.

t.f.s Cheers Rick :0)

hello Ivan
black beauty, very good macro
best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-10 12:31]

Hi Ivan,this is a great gift to a butterflies lover like me! Unknown specie,impressives details and colors...simply fantastic! My best compliments,thanks to show us this beauty,Luciano

This is a fantastic work with a very artistic and imaginative eye behind the viewfinder the bright,crisp,clear and steady shotcontaining great details and excellent DOF with gradually blurred BG.The thin frme is adding the ellegance of shot.Its lovely.And last thing my dear no bad feelings that was my point of view which most of you didnt like but I said what I felt at that time and now.tfs

Hi again Dostum Ivan, a great revisional shot of this beautiful butterfly which i did not see before.
Nicely composed and focused macro capture MF!
TFS and cheers,


I am a little late getting to this one, but it is lovely. I like butterflies and we don't have any thing this guy in my part of the US.

Your clarity, focus and exposure are right on. I like the POV we have of the beautiful butterfly.

Thanks - Bob

Hello Ivan.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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