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Red Admiral (face-on)

Red Admiral (face-on)
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Raynox DCR-250
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-12 1:35
Viewed: 2375
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Vanessa atalanta or Red Admiral is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The species is resident only in warmer areas, but migrates north in spring, and sometimes again in autumn.

This large butterfly is identified by its striking dark brown, red and black wing pattern. The caterpillar feeds on nettles, and the adult drinks from flowering plants like the Buddleia and overripe fruit.

In northern Europe, it is one of the last butterflies to be seen before winter sets in, often feeding on the pale fire of ivy flowers on sunny days. The Red Admiral is also known to hibernate, re-emerging individuals showing prominently darker colourings than first brood subjects. The butterfly also flies on sunny winter days, especially in southern Europe.

In North America, the Red Admiral generally has two broods from March through October. Most of North America must be recolonized each spring by southern migrants, but this species over-winters in South Texas.

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To Argus: Double-Barreled Proboscisjoey 1 10-15 01:08
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Hello Joe
Very nice portrait of this Red Admiral,
Perfect composition,lighting and DOF,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

This was a particularly patient one to let you so close for so long. You have borkeen down your Fstops to tenth of a millimeter. REal interesting Joey...keep on.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-12 8:33]

Composition and colours are as superb as ever, Joe, but I fear the dof is getting too shallow here

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-12 22:05]

Hello Joe

Wow great POV!

I am very busy at work just marking post for now


Hi Joey,
Outstanding POV showing the face and eyes of the butterfly. A finely done unusual photo. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great wekkend.

Joey, these are great!! Your close-ups are amazing. I just think there has to be a serious market for this kind of work. Incredible!!

Hi Joe,

A nice image of the red admiral, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-13 22:26]

Hi Joe,
Just marking this shot for a proper critique later. Hoping that my internet problem will be solved by the evening. Sorry again.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-13 22:41]
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Hello Joe,
Another close-up, this time frontal, of a Red Admiral that I could not achieve with my equipment. Good detail of the eyes and face in general, as well as a reminder that the proboscis is double-barreled.
Tfs and enjoy you sunday,

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