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Nymphalis urticae

Nymphalis urticae
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-24
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz, Schmetterlinge,Butterflies in Buerchen, VS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 5:04
Viewed: 4456
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae) has been presented quite often on TN, so I don't have to present it again. This specimen was one of about ten flying around on a meadow, chasing each other or other butterflies, defending their territory. Sometimes until three of them settled down, just on the same flower. It was fascinating to observe these very vivid and rapid creatures. They seemed to like especially dendelion flowers.

spalaxtr, jcoowanitwong, Alex99, vanderschelden, Jamesp, uleko, lemoineth, JORAPAVI, jmp, PaulH, ramthakur, mikou, Silvio2006, bobair, TAZ has marked this note useful
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Hi Anne,
Today I also added the same species from Turkey. However your looks better. Details, sharpness and colors very nice. TFS. Mustafa

Hi Anne,
Perfect angle, excellent shot!
Well focused, great sharpness, nice details.
Nice DoF, neat BG.


Liebe Anne ,
und jetzt setzt Du noch eins drauf! Ok,Ok, ich gebe mich mit einem so gut gelungenen Bild gerne geschlagen.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-07 7:50]

salut Anne,
ça ma plait beaucoup toutes ces couleurs, c'est vif et frais. Bonne exposition de la lumière, limite OE par endroit, bon POV pour profiter pleinement de son envergure.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-07 9:51]

Hi Anel,
Outstanding shot of this small tortoishell. Such brilliant colours and immaculate sharpness. Exquisite patterns on its wings. Excellent POV to portray it in a different perspective and a precise DOF. I like the horizontal composition. Kudos.

Well done Anne! Beautiful capture with vivid colors! BR Klaus

Hi Anne,
Beautiful pov and very nice composition. I like the color tone of this picture. Colors are vivid and well contrasted. The blurred background give 3D effect. TFS this fine image.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-07 10:25]

Hi Anne.
I congratulate you on such excellent shot. Your butterfly and its picture are simply terrific. Reproduction of all smallest details and colours are perfect. Lighting is great too. My kind regards and TFS. Superb done.

Hi Anne,
Excellent sharpness...and well composed.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-07 12:39]

Hi Anne

Lovely shot with great deatil and lovely colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-07 12:48]

Hello Anne,
THis is a really fresh and beautiful common species you've caught here in this close up. Excellent sharp details and lovely colours.
I find the composition a little tight but otherwise perfect.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour anne
une superbe vue de cette petite tortue,tres colorée.nette et detaillée.
bravo et encore merci pour mon petit mars changeant.

Belle photo de ce papillon, qui présente de très jolies couleurs, une bonne séries de détails bien claires et nets. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Anne,
this is a very mice picture with fine and natural colours.
Very good details and exposure.
I like the POV but maybe a bit tight cropped.
Well done.

Hola Anne,
Preciosa imagen, de esta bella mariposa, los colores son muy bonitos, la nitidez y detalles son excelentes. TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-08 17:48]

Hi Anne,
Excellent exposure, details, pose and background.
TFS, José M.

Hi Anne, splendid butterfly with lovely details, great colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Quelle photo, magnifiques détails.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-09 18:55]

HI Anne!
Nicely composed capture with good POV.Perfect sharp details on whole insect.I like very good reproduction details and texture of wings.Amazing colors and very nice blurred BG too.Superb done.

Bonsoir Anne,
Les couleurs de ce cliché sont vraiment magnifique. L'ornementation des ailes de ctete petite tortue est fascinante, et la photo en restitue tous les détails. La fleur illumine la scène.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-11 4:27]

Hi Anne,

simply amazing how you've squeezed so much detail into this shot, i am highly impressed! Needless to say the colours and POV are excellent. Excellent work!


One can never tire of looking at this pretty butterfly, Anne.
I remember having shot a rather ramshackle specimen of it back home in India last year. It was my first literal brush with this butterfly, so I was very excited about shooting it.
Yours is a brilliant capture of this young and healthy specimen. The picture is perfect from every point of view.
Well done and thanks for sharing the picture.

Tout est bien net a compris les antennes. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-13 6:51]

Hello Anne,
Excellent sharp close-up of the Common Tortoiseshell. The details are exceptional. Nice OOF BG and good contrast with the yellow composite flower.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Bonjour Anne,
Qels détails et précision, wow! La composition, la prise de vue et l'exposition sont superbes aussi. C'est une excellent photo d'une superbe espèce, bravo!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-13 15:26]

Hi Anne.
Great close-up of this beautiful butterfly.Composition is little tight(IMNO) with good upper POV.Razor sharp details and very well saturated vivid colors.Pretty blurred BG worked here very well.Very good your macro work.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Excelente enfoque con muy buena profundidad de campo. Colores bien captados al haber la luz precisa. Llamativo conjunto. Excelente !

Hi Anne,
looking through your gallery I see so many lovely shots of butterflies and so picking one to review is not an easy thing to do.This one has excellent detail,colour and focus with a shallow field of depth that works well to blur out the majority of the flower it is resting on,so the eye lands on the butterfly.Here in Alberta we have a similar butterfly as well but I think that it is not native but from Europe originally.Tfs. Bob

Hello Anne,
I paticularly like this capture as you have shown the butterfly's wings with all their splendid colours! Great sharpness and detail! I have thitype in my garden but have not managed such a clear shot.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Anne. He magnifies image of that beautiful butterfly. In France they call “Petite to him tortue” in the Pyrenean one are many like this. Grace by your gentile commentary. A greeting

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-26 13:27]

Hello Anne,
La Petite tortue est courante dans nos Alpes mais on ne se lasse pas de l'admirer. Son nom est étrange... Belle luminosté et bonne netteté.

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