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Reflected Colours

Reflected Colours
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, AF Micro 105mm f2.8
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): NATURE'S BEST, Gems from India part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-04 4:41
Viewed: 4388
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Dark Blue Tiger, Tirumala septentrionis dravidarum, is a Danaid butterfly found in South and Southeast Asia.It is a common butterfly in the hills of South India, found upto 2700 m. It is active throughout the year, but is common at low elevations during wet weather, frequently appearing in vast swarms.
In the adult butterfly the upper side is black with pale blue markings. Similar to the Blue Tiger. T.limniace exoticus but with narrower and darker markings. HW with a characteristic wish-bone marking in the cell, formed by 2 white streaks joined at the base. It is a large butterfly with a wingspan of 70-85 mm. The sexes are similar and are indistinguishable in flight.
Similar species are Blue Tiger, Glassy Tiger, Blue Glassy Tiger, Female Dark Wanderer and Common Mime.
This photo was taken when I saw the Dark Blue Tiger came to sip the nectar of cosmos flower.I liked it because it was sitting with open wings and also with the opposite light it's wings looked as if they are painted.
Exif data:
Camera: D200
Lens: AF Micro 105mm f2.8
Exposure Programme: Aperture priority
Flash: Flash without strobe return
ISO: 200Metering mode : Pattern
F stop: f/9
Exposure time: 1/250
Tripod: yes
The photo was given minimal crop and resized to upload in TN.
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Hello Smitha.

Impressive is this tone and details.
The flower looks like a rising sun..

jean paul

Hi Smitha,
Very beautiful picture. Excellent reflection effect. Lovely colours and perfect focus. Excellent détails.


Hello dear Smitha
Wonderful shot of this Blue Tiger,
Great details,exposure and DOF,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-04 7:48]

Hi Smitha
Excellent capture.Good POV and sharp image whit lovely colors.The light is also very nice.
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-04 8:20]

Hello Smitha,
A photo with fantastic colours, light and focus. Composition, DOF and details are very good.

Hi Smitha,
Fine image of this butterfly,
Excellent detail, open wing POV, and the BG colors are gorgeous with the black and white butterfly.
Well done

Hello Smitha,
Very beautiful overall colouration and fine details,
Well focusing and composed, well framed too.
TFS and regards,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-04 10:12]

Hello Smitha,
beautiful light and colours - the orange colour of the flower 'staining' the bright parts of the butterfly wings. Furthermore, sharpness is excellent. Perfect background.
Best wishes, Peter

Wow, you really captured the reflected flash light from the flower through the thin wings!!!

Smitha, Brilliant picture. Indeed the yellow flower is painting the butterfly from below. The butterfly is fresh and very lovely. Good catch.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-04 12:15]

Hello Smitha,
This seems very familiar as I used to paint on silk and I painted the Blue Tiger in the same pose on this species of flower after seeing it in Singapore some years ago. - Your capture is excellent, very sharp and I like the transparent look of the wings. Lovely colours and well composed although perhaps a bit tight at the top.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-04 16:41]

Hola Smitha,
bella macro,
agradable coimposición...
buenos colores,

Perfect compo and nice details.

Hola Smitha,
Una imagen muy bonita de bella composición, con gran nitidez, luz y colores magníficos, saludos
José Ramón

Hi Smitha,
A beautiful capture of this Dark Blue Tiger. Excellent composition and fine details with a very good and difficult POV (for me). The yellow color of the flower is piercing the delicate wings. Nice work.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-05 2:48]

Smith, Super super and super. Lovely position and great clarity. Excellent sharpness. Ganesh

Hello Smitha,
Nice light and colors, good exposure, DOF, and details..The OOF BG works well in your composition, as does the centered placement of the B-fly. If possible, less space below, but this is subjective here.
Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-05 14:08]

Well done Smitha on this very good butterfly shot, I really like the colors coming trough its wings ! Good composition and great technique. Thanks my friend !


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-07 0:30]

Hi Smitha,
Splendid shot of this beautiful Dark Blue Tiger. I like the way the transparent wings show the flower. Very impressive sharpness, colours, lighting and DOF. Great view. Excellent POV to portray this majestic pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-07 2:36]

selam Smitha
congratulations it is a wonderful close-up working of this beautiful butterfly
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details, note and plain framing are great
thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-08 20:51]

Hello Smitha

Outstanding shot.The focus is spot on with wonderful sharpness of detail.The lighting is excellent with deep ,well saturated colours.The pose is very good and you have composed it masterfully.TFS


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-09 13:22]

selam smitha , excellent macro shot and very good composition of this b.fly .nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Hi Smitha, a superb image, it is perfect focused and framed with fantastic colors.

Hi Smitha,

I apologise for my long absence. The hectic pace of life leaves one little time for relaxation and hobbies.

This is sublime. The colours shining through the wings is so nice. I like it very much. Very well done.


Hi Smitha,
Truly a lovely photo of this butterfly and flower! Good focus, perfect exposure, gorgeous background, excellent POV and composition. A beautiful treat for the eyes!

Hallo Smitha
Thanks for sharing this colourful Dark Blue Tiger with us. This photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. It is actually difficult to describe the beauty of this butterfly. The arrangement of colours is breathtaking. A good close-up with clear details. I enjoyed the sight. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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