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Beautiful Monarch

Beautiful Monarch
Photo Information
Copyright: Scott McDougall (Taggart) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 64] (196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-07 4:12
Viewed: 3934
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first visit to a butterfly garden with my new Canon 300D using a close-up +2 lens. My Canon 100mm macro lens has just been ordered ;)

Monarch Butterfly

The most common species of the milkweed butterflies. The monarch occurs mainly in North America. The adult has wings of a striking reddish-brown, with black veins and black borders with two rows of white dots. The wingspan is 10 cm (4 in). Each autumn the monarch butterfly migrates southwards to California, Florida, and Mexico. The longest flight known for a tagged adult is some 2,900 km (1,800 mi), from Ontario to Mexico. In January 2002, 250 million of these migrating butterflies were killed by a freak cold front in Mexico, one of the worst incidents of butterfly mortality on record. Some experts fear that deforestation may also have contributed to the massive death toll, as a reduced forest canopy is less effective at maintaining temperatures among the trees where the butterflies rest.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-07 4:36]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique pour ce superbe monarch aux jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Welcome with this first good macro !

Wellcome to TN
Very good first post, nice colours and good POV.
Thanks for showing

Good post to start - welcome here!
Nice colour and composition. A little soft in places, but a minor nit. Well done. Tim

Very good macro, Scott.
Good colours, well composed, maybe a little soft.
Well done.

Welcome to TN.

Great opening shot Scott!
Almost perfect composition and POV, very good quality and great colours.
I like it very much.
Well done and welcome to TN :-)

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-05-07 5:01]

Welcome to TN Scott, great first post, look forward to seeing more :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-07 5:13]

Hello Scott,

The colors are great, POV & DOF are excellent and details are sharp. I think you just cropped/framed a little too tight. TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-07 5:29]

Welcome to TN Scott. This lovely Monarch is a very good first posting. Good composition, details and colours. Well done.

Hello Scott and welcome.

Very good first post. I have seen many Monarch B'flies recently and have two swan plants looking a little worse for ware at present as a few fat caterpillars eat their way to becoming a beautiful b'fly. Nice POV and exceelnt sharpness. May have needed a wee bit of contast, but that's a personal opinion. Very good work. Bring on more! Thanks.

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  • lost (0)
  • [2005-05-07 6:55]

Wow..great shot..i love it..well done

Your first visit was very good.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-07 10:00]

very wellcome on this side Scott,
where you can learn when you want. Very nice first post, the composition is very well taken, it is not good in pov, it is to soft, maybe something for the next photo for working on, good job,
gr. Jaap

Very nice post, it could ba a bit more contrasted. Good details and POV.
Well done.

Great picture Scott!
Focus and exposure are excellent.
Artistically the butterfly detach beautifully from a nice blured BG. Composition is very good to. TFS

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