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Gaillardia & Galathea

Gaillardia & Galathea
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-29 3:45
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Points: 136
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have a big picture series of the Flower and its Visitors. I respect with your patience and consequently I do not plan to share all (even my best) pictures of this series.

However, I see that you have liked the Flower. Therefore I asked my wife to help me with identification of the flower species. (These flowers are really wonderful and blossom all summer and autumn despite the hottest summer this year.) We suppose that this is Gaillardia x grandiflora (G. aristata × G. pulchella).

I also think that this time the visitor is Melanargia galathea.
In the past year, there was a small debate in occasion of ID of the species (see note to In evening sun beams. I am not expert and cannot make things clear.

But I wish to put thing right concerning a lens Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 APO DG Macro. I do not love excessive delights and a unreasonable abuse especially as I do not receive fees from Sigma corp. :-)))

I only can approve, that the lens works very well with Minolta cameras (which have 6MP APS-C sensor and built in camera anti-shake system). I also consider the Minolta's skill of work with image and colours. I am sure a tripod (especially if camera has not sensor stabilization) is a key point of getting sharp images with this telelens. I also see that many other owners of the lens, which have other cameras, have excellent pictures.

Thus, concerning the lens, everyone can (and I suppose, should) do own conclusion for oneself.

Gaillardia (Blanket flower) is a genus of drought-tolerant annual and perennial plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to North America. It was named after M. Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-century French magistrate who was a patron of botany. The common name refers to the inflorescence's resemblance to brightly patterned blankets made by native Americans.
These plants form wiry, branched stems with lanceolate to linear basal leaves. The plant grows to 1 1/2 to 2 ft (45 - 60 cm) tall, with bright daisy-like single color and bi-color blooms in shades from buff to red to brown. The flowers bloom in the summer. There are more than two dozen known species of Gaillardia.
They will grow under very harsh and dry conditions, forming mounds, 8 - 18 inches (20 - 45 cm) high, and will even bloom in sand along a seashore.
Gaillardia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Schinia bina (which has been recorded on G. pulchella), Schinia masoni (which feeds exclusively on G. aristata) and Schinia volupia (which feeds exclusively on G. pulchella).

Source: Gaillardia.
See also: Gaillardia x grandiflora.

Melanargia galathea.
About Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) you can see: Marbled White, Melanargia galathea

Add. shot info:
Exposure program: aperture priority.
Metering mode: centered weighted average.
Exposure bias value: -0.70 eV.
ISO speed: 400.
Focal length: 230 mm.
Support: monopod.
Frame: full frame.
PP: minimum PP.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To snowfalken: Thanks a lot.Alex99 4 12-03 04:53
To jesst: Let remember (and thanks a lot)Alex99 1 11-29 04:41
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Hi Alexei,
Not very lucky today with an artwork in my back:-)
Superb colours, fabulous light...
Well done!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-29 3:54]

Hello Alexei,
Another lovely butterlfy photo from you. Light, clarity, focus, sharpness, POV and composition are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Alex
Beauty in yellow labirynth. Great composition, perfect sharpness, great OOF background Another great note Nothing to critique
Best wishes

Hello Alexei,

Great shot! beautiful composition, this time nothing to say against the crop. Sharpness is excellent. Great detail on the butterfly. Wonderful colours. Perfect!


Hello Neighbour,
What a colourful display!
This point of view is very effective in producing an image with this wonderful 3-D effect...
Superb sharpness in the details in butterfly and plant, a well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-29 4:31]
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It's especially wonderful to see bright and sunny image when there is snow everywhere. Wonderful sharp and detail, nice background. Your lens works good as macro lens.

Privet Alex,
Yes, we all love these flowers, and not only the flowers but also the expertise of the photographer.
I think you must be close to become an executive chief on Sigma! :-)
It's now very clear the capabilities of both the Minolta cam and the lens.
Amazing sharpness and geat composition of this colorful image!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-29 5:38]

Beautiful photo my friend!
The colours from the flowers are rich and vivid.
Outstanding sharpness and detail.
Very good DOF and BG.
Very well done,

hello alexei,
lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly, i have never seen such great results from a sigma 70/300. even i do use this lens, the details are just perfect here, liked the composition, colours and the pov,
another great post,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-29 6:16]

Hello Alexei
What a delightful picture with the marvellous Gallardias and the beautiful Melanargia so perfectly captured!! The flowers are indeed of outstanding beauty with those intense colors and the curious and beautiful shape and texture of their head. It's a marvellous shot with perfect sharpness and DOF, and a perfect beauty.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

Hi Alexei,
Love the bright flower colors of this sunny day with the gorgeous butterfly. Excellent POV and DOF.
Beautiful composition.
Wonderfully sharp details of this butterfly.
A treat for my eyes this morning! TFS

Ciao Alexei,
anche questa immagine è splendida come quelle che hai inserito prima.
Il contrasto fra i colori accesi del fiore e quelli, bianchi e neri, della farfalla, rendono questa foto veramente piacevole.

Your detail is so fine...so so clear. Remarkable and well done use of your gear sir! It has nothing technically nor aesthetically wrong at all. Fine work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-29 7:08]

Hello Alex,
The Marbled white is superbly sharp and contrasts beautifully against the Gaillardia flower. We must plant this flower in our garden as it seems to be excellent for attracting insects.
Thanks for sharing this lovely shot and for your kind comments on my 300th!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hello Alexei
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,composition and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.


Hello Alexei,
This is really outstanding! I love this chequered butterfly and those flowers are gorgeous. I havn'e got them in my garden but seeing your captures I must buy some plants for next summer! This is a lovely composition, all details are sharply in focus and the colours are wonderful.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alexei,
After your beautiful birds posts, three butterflies' macro very nice.
This is also excellent macro of both butterfly and flower in super quality. Superb colors, great details and sharpness. POV, BG, lighting also very nice.
Best wishes

Hello Alexei,
Another excellent composition of butterfly and flowers!
good close up with total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details in the shot
thank you once again for the very useful notes/information!
my best wishes to you!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-29 9:42]

Hi Alexei

Excellent composition and exceptional detail here. A wonderful shot!



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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-29 10:17]

Hello Alexei,
Magnificent close up.Lighting,crisp clear details,sharpness,BG and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-29 10:17]

Hi Alexei. This is a fantastic close up of this beautiful looking butterfly. your sharp focusing has given fine detail and rich but natural looking colours. It has nice wing markings which you have captured so well. well done TFS.great notes too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-29 10:56]

Hello Alexei,
What a very beautiful and clear colours in this photo. The green in the BG is also amazing. Sharpness and details are perfect. Fantastic composition and POV.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-29 11:19]

Hello Alexei ! Again, the sharpness and the brightness of this shot of yours are just fabulous ! Everything in it is so great ! Well done !


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-29 11:36]

Hello Alexei,
a wonderful variation of the theme "One and the same flower - but many different butterflies". Resolution and sharpness are amazing. Great 3-dimensional impression and exact natural colours make this picture extremely attractive.
Thank you for this nice contribution.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Alexei, elegant butterfly with splendid details and great sharpness, beautiful composition with lovely flower, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-29 13:38]

Hi Alexei,
You've got the perfection on exposure and details here! The best pov, pose, light, flowers, compositon and background. Congratulations!
TFS, José M.

i love these flowers
nice tiny specimen on it
fine quality
well composed

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-29 15:09]

your way to show the butterflies inside this coloured flowers are fantastic , a first class pic,very nice work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-29 22:19]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot again with such immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. These flowers do attract butterflies, must be full of nectar, anyway they look beautiful too. The lighting, exposure, focus and BG are exquisite with the DOF being precise. Very well chosen POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Bufffff, te has lucido !!! La toma es es de mucho talento Alexei. La composición es genial. Los colores son maravillosos y esa mariposa es un pequeño tesoro bien acompañado por tan bella flor. La geometria y dibujos del insecto es de gran belleza y la profundidad: práctica y sobrada.
La belleza estaba ahí, pero tú la supiste captar de manera extraordinaria. Enhorabuena por este fantástico trabajo !!!
J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-30 2:25]

hello Alex,
This picture looks like coming out of a nature film with this splendid light, the vivid colors and the nice pose of Melanargia galathea. The green blurred background gives to the whole a pleasant frame. Excellent!
Have a nice day

Hello Alexei,
A real show of beautiful colors!
The butterfly is wonderful, and the picture also.
Superb sharpness and details.
Perfect composition!
Very well done!
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this marvel!
José Roberto

Hello Alexei,

This is really outstanding! In spite of being a macro, this picture has a huge DOF! I love the vibrance and the way the colors shine. It's also nice to see that the white in the butterfly isn't perfect white but a slightly buttery color tone! The picture is incredibly sharp without presenting strange contrast artifacts at the outlines. And this at ISO 400! Against the perfectly blurred background, everything stands out nicely! A really great picture with great PP! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

Perfection again! :)
Perfect focus...great exposure...wonderful colors. Love the light butterfly on the bold flower.
Just beautiful!

bonjour alexei
holala,c'est encore magnifique!ces couleurs et ce piqué sur le papillon avec le même objectif que le mien en plus,je jai finir par croire que le 350D n'arrive pas a la cheville du minolta D7.
felicitations et bon W-E.

selam alexi; Excellent shot of this lovely butterfly.Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.splendid Colors. well done.
TFS ridvan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-30 9:47]

Hi Alexei

The flowers are stunning and obviously very attractive to butterflies. Excellent POV on this one, lovely DOF, beautiful colours and nicely sharp



This is a splash of colors Alexei! What a nice specie this is that you captured with great skills, amazing details and sharpness. I like this composition and colorful environment as well. This is a little work of art :)! Thanks,

  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-30 22:22]

Hello Alex,
I don't have much time today, only to make a quick point
You got a fantastic shot, wonderful presentation.. Well
done my friend..


Beautiful frame-filling colors Alexei, I like it.
Excellent quality image with very good DOF, sharpness, detail, and exposure..I also like the composition, that shows the beauty of the flower & b-fly equally well. Only nit would be the very top-left corner.
Very well done,

Hello Alexei,

I too love gaillardia flowers!
You have not only presented a beautiful image of the butterfly, but also of the flower!
I cannot see any way that this could be improved; it is superb!

My compliments,
Bev :-)

Dear Alexei,
wonderful! Such an opulence of rich colours and pin-sharp details in a brilliant, pleasantly warm-hued light. That image is radiating a lot of pleasure and joy. Thank you my dear friend!
My best regards,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-12-01 18:37]

Hola Alexei, detallada y luminosa, muy sugestivo la viveza de los colores y me sorprende gratamente. Saludos Sira

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-01 21:39]

Hello Alexei

The clarity is so sharp I feel I am there too looking at this.You have captured this moment in time beautifully.
The lighting is amazing,producing colours so real and vibrant.
The focus is laser sharp with lifelike textures.
You have composed the shot masterfully.
Truly wonderful work.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-02 4:04]

Priviet Alexei!

Beautifull picture. I don't know which part is more beautifull - butterfly or flower? Both are very sharp and detailed. Flowers are more colorfull, but insect has got beautifull patterns on its wings. Image is well composed, with good, sunny light and warm mood. I like it very much!

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-12-02 11:36]

Hi Alexei,
This butterflu seems so real that I'm almost be able to touch it!!!
TFS and see you later,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-02 12:43]

Hola amigo,
Gran variedad de mariposas,
hermosos colores,
espléndida calidad trabajo,
iluminación espectacular,
bello pov y finos detalles.
saludos Alexei.

Hello Alexei,
again an extraordinary macro-shot,
focus and deeph of field are perfect, wonderful and vivid colors, lovely background and excellent point of view,
a great shot Mister Alyokhin

Hello Alexei,
wow, this is so perfect it almost looks like this butterfly could fly right out of my computer...amazing details and beautiful color. TFS

Hi dear Alexei ,
very nice shot with vivid colours.
All of your photos are wondrful and nice. i like them.
thanks for sharing

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-12-03 6:43]

selam my friend
wonderful macro working of these two beautiful natural objects that are butterfly and flower
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Alexei,
A wonderful flower that attracts so many visitors. Lovely pose and light. Perfect sharpness and great color clarity. Very well done and seen.

Hello Alexei !
The first word that comes to mhy minde whe I look at this is : perfect ! I love everything. Amazing sharpness and details, wonderful bright colors, excellent composition and POV, beautiful blurred BG to make butterfly and flowers stand out. Very well done !

Hello Alexei, excellent work, very fine details with great light. Colours exposure , focus, dof - all perfect. Rgds, Necip

I like the composition of this one very much. Although you have done all the usual things right (DOF, sharp etc etc etc), I like the idea of the second flower slightly higher than the first and with the butterfly facing it. It gives me the idea that the butterfly will step or flutter up there next. That seems to let me add some story to your photo which I enjoy. Thanks!

hello alex
encore une qui n'attend pas mes deux points!!!!
félicitations+++ pour cette magnifique présentation, les couleurs sont superbes , bons détails et netteté parfaite
QUEL ARTISTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
merci a toi


A beautifully crisp clear image Alexei, very well positioned for best effect, a fine image.
Very well taken...

Hi Alexei!
There could be better period of time for watching your colourful and beautiful summer pictures! Almost all the time in it grey and cloudy in Lodz so watching them is more than pleasure!
But of course I like this photo not only because the weather is not nice!
Here are some additional points why I like it:
- sharpness - great!!! Both flower and butterfly is perfectly presented!
- DOF - simply fantastic! Using F14 was a very good idea
- contrast between insect and BG

Summarizing: :):):):)
Best withes and TFS!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-12-21 15:10]

Hello Alexei,
Wow, super photo!
Excellent composition! Lovely,bright, vivid colors! Good sharpness too.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-12-24 4:50]

Hi Alexei,
We have to wait a few months before these little butterflies show themselfs again.
The shaprness and focus are spot on and the colours are wonderful. Thank you for sharing this in these dark and gray days.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-01-21 15:28]

It's breathtaking, don't be angry cause I don't comment technical details, I just can't, there's no need to it's just perfect!

Bonjour Alexei.
Trés jolie la photo, beau papillon, belle prise.Amitiés.

Hello Alexei,

You have captured wonderful pictures in your gallery - to me they are top rated images. This is one stunning shot of this butterfly. Excellent details and sharpness in a well managed light and depth. The butterfly perched wll on the colorful flower is so stunning under the bright light. I like it better now that you are using the same lens as I do.


hi alexei!
really sharp and fine macro
with good composition and
nice colours!
well done!

Great piece of work, Alexei.
Kindest regards,

Hello Alexei,
amazing and really beautiful this capture
of Galathea,perfect colors and fine details of wings and all compo

best sERGIO

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-12-22 11:40]

Hello Alex
great colors for this composition. The butterfly is perfectly in focusing on a background much neutral that very puts in prominence the depth of the photo on a very detailed particular flower. Optimal contrast and clear details.
Merry Christams

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-13 3:02]

Hi Alex,
this super sharp and superbs colours are really outstanding presentation from you.
Clarity is beyond doubt nd details are seen to its most minute.
Well composed , well presented, and youre really skillfull.


Hi and God Morning Alexei,

Delightful and flawless macro capture of this pretty Marbled white on Gaillardia flowers from lateral and impressive POV with wonderful clarity and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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