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Common Brown

Common Brown
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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: 2005-12-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Australian Butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-06 6:01
Viewed: 5338
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Common Brown (Heteronympha merope), with a wingspan of around 65mm. This is a common butterfly through the woodlands and forests of south-eastern Australia. This one was found in moist eucalypt forest near rainbow falls in Macquarie National Park.

The females of this species prefer to spend the summer in cool shady gullies, while males tend to spend time defending territories in the hope of attracting a female. One generation is produced per season. Larval fool is a mixture of perennial and annual grasses.

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Hello Chris,
been immediately attracted from the thumbnail by that beautifully composed portrait of a pretty Common Brown. Colours are deliciously soft and rich, like a painting. Composition is very well balanced. The fern is an impressive stage for the sitting beauty. Sharp details. Getting both the left and the right wings sharp with that pose from that point of view is a technical masterpiece and looks like a miracle to me. Very good contribution. Thank you!

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  • agea0 Silver Star Critiquer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 0] (86)
  • [2006-02-06 6:56]

Hello Chris
very good photo:)


Hi Chris,
he colors in this photo really stand out. Your fill flash exposure really looks great. I love the green ferns and then it goes to the very dark backround. Compositionand framing are flawless. Nice work!

excellent composition and POV. Colours are vivid and very sharp detail.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-06 8:09]

Hello Chris,
Very nice shot,POV,colors,sharpness and composition are excellent.TFS

Hi Chris.
the colours are lovely.
Well composed, good details and nice POV.
Very well done.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-06 15:33]

Hi Chris,
Very nice colours and excellent contrasting of green/gold.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-06 17:16]

Very good colours commbination with with brown of the buterfly and the green of the plant!
Very good on details too!
Beautiful BG!
Very nice POV!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2006-02-06 17:24]

Hi Chris
It's unusual seeing pretty butterflies like this on ferns. The contrasts, colours and details are stunning.
Regards Toni

Hi Chris

Nice shot. Good POV and well composed. Crisp, clear and sharp. Excellent exposure and depth of colour. Good job. Thanks.

Very nice work Chris. You have excellent light, color, exposure and detail. Composed very well, with this POV. I'll even throw-in the great border ;-), that adds without distraction. Well done!
Have a great weekend.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-02-27 3:40]

Hi Chris.
Wonderful photo, magnific colors details and composition, the contrast is magnific, is a excellent photo.

Thank you and I wait more photos, tips, critiques and comments.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

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