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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-05 2:59
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Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dark Grass Blue (Zizeera karsandra) is a small butterfly found in Asia that belongs to the Lycaenids or Blues family.

A very small blue with a wingspan of 15-20 mm. The males are a uniform dark blue above and narrowly marked by black bands on the outer margins of both wings. The upper sides of the female are brown though some specimens have some blue at the base of both wings. The wings are somewhat transparent and allow markings of the lower side to show through when viewed from above.

In both sexes, the underside ground colour is a light brown, with some variation in wet and dry season forms. There are numerous small black markings on both wings - the ones on the forewings are always larger and often darker as well. A spot is always present in the cell on the underside of the forewing. The median band of spots on the hind wing are uniformly arranged in an arc.

A common butterfly found year round to at least up to 5000 feet. It is not as common as the Lesser Grass Blue or the Tiny Grass Blue. Its habitat is short grass with small leguminous and acathaceous plants.

It flies fast among the short grass that it inhabits and is seldom seen more than a couple of feet above ground. It is a very active butterfly and flies about a great deal in good weather. It obtains nourishment from the flowers of small herbs in its habitat. It is gregarious and is often seen in the company of the Lesser Grass Blue.

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que dire de plus que magnifique présentation, des couleurs parfaitement nettes, bon encadrement
pour tout dire super composition
merci a toi du partage

Hi Sumon
Very nice set of colors I love that violet, yellow and green surrounding. Also very good sharpness.

POV is strange maybe it will look better rotated 90 right

Best wishes

Hello Sumon,
Nice image...
Good colors. Very vivid and saturated.
Well domposed.

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  • Slana (42)
  • [2007-09-05 3:21]

Nice pic, fantastic coloures.But I would turn it 90%, so the butterfly is not upside down. TFS

Hi Sumon,
Excellent, excellent colors. So vivid and bright. Outstanding against the green BG. Great detail, composition and POV. Very well done.


The H2 is a great little camera for close ups like this. I t give excellent well saturated colours and you've achived really good sharpness. Not sure I like the POV, I keep turning my head to put the butterfly in a more upright position. But that's just my opinion.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-05 6:28]

Hi Sumon,
perfect focus and exceptionally vivid colour. The pattern of the butterflys markings against the strong tones of the background are very striking. Unusual POV, but i like it, it's different.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-05 7:24]

Hi Sumon,
Colors and contrast look great. Very well composed, focused and exposed.TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Sumon,
well composed with a good pov and unusual pose.
Lovely colours and fine lighting.
The details are good and the DOF as well.
Well done.

Beautiful image Mana.
The simplicity of the composition with the angled flower and bright colors, sharp subject focus and isolating DOF work wonders.
Well done again.

Hello Sumon,
What a beautiful pose of the butterfly in that beautiful violet flower!
another excellent work of yours with total sharpness, rich colour and details always
thanks for sharing

bonjour sumon
la serie ce libellules est terminé mais la qualité d'image continue avec ce super papillon et toutes les couleurs qui l'entourent.

Buen contraste, colores y enfoque aunque la toma se ve algo forzada.
Saludos Sumon.

Hello Sumon faboulous colours and superb details quality is top notch tfs rgds Necip.

Original PoV y preciosos colores finamente saturados.
Hasta otro momento Sumon.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-05 12:11]

Hello Sumon,
Technically this shot has all the qualities to meet a high standard. The underside of the Dark Grass Blue is shown with superb clarity, colours and lighting. However, if the original would have allowed it, I would have composed this one with the butterfly upright, with it just to the right of centre, but that's a matTer of taste, I suppose.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi my friend,
what a outstanding pallet of colors, brillant focus and background, great composition Sumon,
cheer and TFS,

Hi sumon,splendid composition and colours,i like it

Violet colorings make me happy. Not sure why, but they emote some deep vibrations in my spirit!

Magnifiques couleurs, superve POV, grande netteté.

Great bright colors of the flower against a rich green BG! Interesting pose for the butterfly, on his head. Well done.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-05 19:27]

Hola Sr. Sumon. Bella la foto. Exelentes colores llamativos y muy naturales tanto de la Mariposa como la bella Flor. Saludos desde Mexico. Luis52.

Hola Sumon
Preciosa composición, bonita combinación de colores, excelente definición y detalles, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-05 23:23]

Hi Sumon

Wonderful composition - the detail and colour are great. The contrast between the flower and the green BG works very well.


The colours of the butterfly are well saturated. The focus is very good. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

Hi Sumon Da,
WOW! A stunning composition of the beauterfly with the equally attractive ground orchid flower. Excellent details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Sumon, splendid butterfly and wonderful flower, excellent colors, great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

This butterfly is similar in some ways to the last one that Gert posted.
I love the colour of the flower it is on.
Details are great here.
A very pleasing composition.
Nice work!

Bold colors that really stand out well on this green BG Sumon..
Excellent detail and well focused where it must be. Perfectly exposed,
Very well done.

The purple flower combines into a perfect colour composition with the butterfly, Sumon.
It pleases the senses.
The image is very well composed with sharp focus on the subject.
Forgive me if I am not able to respond to your work on regular basis. I have taken up a work assignment which is rather time consuming.
Thanks and best regards.

Hello Sumon,

What a very nice picture!!! Colors are wonderful and the details are great! f5.6 was an excellent choice of aperture that let you had the flower and the insect in focus! The square composition was a great choice also...

I'm just wandering if the image could be also interesting if you apply a simple rotation of 90 degree clockwise...

Ciao! and TFS!


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-06 11:45]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition of this beautiful b.fly and flower .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-06 20:55]

Hello Sumon

The colours are striking and are the first thing that draws you into the photo.The shot is well focused with excellent sharpness,and the way you composed it is very good.The lighting and colour saturation are well handled.TFS


Joli contraste entre fleur et papillon.
Bonne journée.

Hello Sumon,

A very interesting diagonal composition from you showing the butterfly head downwards. The subjects stand out from the surroundings not only because of the blurred background but also because of the excellent contrast in colors. The yellow stamens add some color diversity.
I also like the details! They are very well exposed and sharply rendered. The patterns in the wings resemble the closely related Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus). Your picture looks very good in the black frame! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

BRILLIANT!!! Such rich colors!! Wonderful composition and excellent sharpness. The colors...I just have to rave about the richness. The purple and green really create a wonderful stage for your butterfly.

A crisp, sharp image -- and the brown butterfly (well and usefully described in your note) makes a pleasing contrast to those vibrant purple petals. I like the diagonal angle of your composition, the way the subject dominates the frame, and your control of depth of field to keep the focus where it should be. Well done.

This is an original composition Sumon, very interesting and different. I like those bright and contrasted tones of colors a lot and beautiful details on your lovely subject! I wish we have those beauties here :) Thanks!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-10 13:58]

Hello Sumon!
What a wonderful shot!
Good colors and composition!

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