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Monarch and Sunflower

Monarch and Sunflower
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Copyright: Ho Tony (gracious) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1987 W: 0 N: 3151] (13068)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 Points I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 10:28
Viewed: 5349
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
This Monarch butterfly was captured at the garden of mine on a Sunflower in a bright sunny day! I do apologize for the focus as I was hurried out with my camera hand held before I miss the shot!
Thank you for viewing!!

Alex99, NinaM, eqshannon, Argus, hester, JoseMiguel, MMM, Juyona, Ena, jaycee, Luis52, jusninasirun, CeltickRanger, uleko, JORAPAVI, SelenE, zhelach, Miss_Piggy, japiey, sranjan, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-11 10:38]

Hi tony. A butterfly from you today. beautiful rich colours and fine detail with a nice POV. /DOF. well done TFS. would be nice to see some more beauties like this.

Hello Tony,

What do we get now ??? Tony show us butterflys and sunflowers (-: I have never aspect this from you, but it is a nice capture. Ful of details, very nice natural summercolors. Your POV,BG and DOF are good. Only the top of here wings are a bit out of focus. Don't worry my friend. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello Tony
This is simply put... Superb!!
The monarch has a look to me of a stained glass window.
The sunflower seems to leap from my laptop screen with an almost 3D effect.
The light from the bg could be totally over exposed but its not..it just highlights the monarch and sunflower perfectly.
As for the Focus...Its a tad out on the wing tip....but that to me adds to the picture because the focus is so sharp on the antenna and the front 2 thirds of the monarch.

My Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-11 11:45]

Hi Tony.
What an impressive and rich of content close-up picture. I like combination of crisp sharp images of the flower and butterfly and well detailed pictorial BG. Very unusual and nice shot. You managed to create a strong 3D-effect. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-11 11:48]

Hello Tony, that's a shot with warmth, vibrance, heat and joy! What colours, this is absolutely beautiful, so lively and warming to me up north. I like the big sunflower's heart with the butterfly, the POV is original and perfect. Thank you!


A nice change of pace, a beautiful butterfly and flower with background out nicely...gee...I wouldn't complain about focus mu8ch. Sometimes a softer touch is called for and this might be it!

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-11 12:52]

Hello Tony,
Though the POV and angle made the focusing difficult the colours, composition and lighting are all excellent in this capture of a Monarch butterfly and the light sky BG is a fine contrast.
Well done and thanks,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-11 12:53]

Hi Tony

You are showing us that not only can you do lovely landscapes but you can also do wonderful butterfly shots. I adore the colours. The composition, POV and DOF are all excellent.

Nice work my friend


I think your focus is great! Please do not apologize! I love that you've given us a soft peek into the background. It's not often that we get to see the whole picture on close-ups like this. That depth allows us to understand why the butterfly chose to come visit the colorful sunflower, don't you think? Just awesome!


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-11 13:08]

Bonjour Tony
Très belle prise, bonne netteté, bien cadré et commenté. Les couleurs sont trop pimpantes à mon gout.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Tony,
What a change!
I like a lot this splash of colour you present us today.
It's really vibrant, and the contrast with the green of the background works great.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Tony, splendid composition with lovely butterfly and beautiful sunflower, wonderful bright colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-11 13:56]

Hello Tony
Beautiful composition.Excellent POV and sharp image.Light and colors are beautiful.I also like that nice light blue color in your BG.
TFS Michel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-11 14:24]

Hey Tony...!!! The quality of this pic is impressive,i like a lot the fantastic colours and the point of view,the backgorund too ....who like butterfly must you say thanks,have a nice week-end,Luciano

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-11 14:51]

Hola Tony,
preciosa y colorida escena,
bella macro, composición y sensacional pov.
buen trabajo amigo,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-11 15:17]

Hi Tony
Beautiful shot!
Lovely combination of colors!
Interesting POV!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-11 15:20]

Hi Tony,

A wonderful summer scene of this lovely butterfly and Sunflower. Most of us don't see this anymore. Just as in your seascapes the colors are beautiful and the details are excellent. The two subjects jump off the screen.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-11 16:54]

Hi Tony.- Well done, great photo. Wild animals and insects gives sometimes only one chance to take a photo, I know that very well.
Nice colors of this Monarch, and the flower too.
Saludos Tony.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-11 18:57]

Hello Tony,
Very nice capture, I guess you took a brake
from the beach photos, it is very clear is sharp
Great POV, you managed to capture it very well


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-11 23:52]

Hi friend Tony,
Just marking this wonderful shot from you for now and will come back.

Hello Tony,

This is such a change for you!
But it has the same competence that you display in your landscape photography!
The colours, the detail and the composition are excellent! Let's see some more like this, my friend!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-12 2:32]

Wow! The colours are amazing!
Very sharp with excellent clarity.
Excellent composition and POV.
Wonderful lighting as well.
Great work Tony!

Hello Tony,
Your monarch collection is so brilliant. The sunflower looks delicious and well matched with your subject. Well managed depth composed to perfection.
Best regards,

Wonderful composition! Gorgeous light and color...just a very uplifting photo.

Hi Tony,
Magnifique, une très belle réussite, les couleurs sont extraordinaire, la composition est superbe et le détials très nets.

Interesante sensación de profundidad y un ángulo de disparo diferente a lo común. Bonitos colores.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello my friend
what a splendid colorfull shot !!!!
realy good focus on the butterfly and on the flower,
splendid composition with a very pretty background,
well done,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-12 12:27]

Hello Tony, you've done a fine job on that macro ! The butterfly has crisp details, the exposure is good and the background is beautiful. Good work my friend !


Hi Tony,

This is another stunning shot. The butterfly and cclower are stunning, but the composition and the very low pov turn this wildlife shot into art. It really is stunning.


Hello Tony

superb composition with wonderful warm colours and excellent
details of the 2 subjetcs, i like the pov of your image, TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-12 21:21]

Hello Tony

Love the colours.
The composition is well done,with the flower bursting into the frame.
It is radiant and the matching Monarch contrasts nicely with the beautiful patch of blue sky.
The OOF BG is well done.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-13 1:28]

Hello Tony,
What a striking composition with the butterfly and flower matching each other perfectly in bright colours. I like the POV and the contrasting background.
TFS abd regards, Ulla

Hola Tony,
Precioso macro de bella composición, buena definición con luz y color magníficos. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Tony,
A lovely capture of this Monarch over the sunflower. Very well composed with good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ho,
Beautiful composition,very sharo and nice colors.
Best regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-13 10:16]

Hi Tony,
excellent composition and amazing vivid colours, a wonderful shot my friend. The slight blur doesn't bother me at all, this is great!

Bonjour Tony,

On croirait voir le soleil à travers un vitrail, tant c'est beau...


Hi Tony,
Ohhh its sooooo pretty! I love how you put the sunflower way over in the right hand side, its a beautiful photo, TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-13 23:49]

Hello my friend,
Colors, contrast, POV, background and details look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Tony,
Excellent details in the butterfly!
Thatnks to the strong colours the subjects really stand out, and the macro work is well done isolating the insect nicely...
A well framed presentation, sharp fine details!
Pablo -

Hello Tony,
very bautiful butterfly and composite flower species. Superb coloration, great details and focus. Nicely composed. thanks for sharing. best wishes and have a nice new week my friend.

Bravo Tony!
Wonderful macro! Beautiful colors and details! Lovely scenery!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

Hi Tony,
What could be nicer than a Monarch on a Sunflower? Nothing! :) Colors are striking! Well seen and well done!
PS, with a smaller aperture (F7.1-F8) you could have captured its entire wings in focus :)

Hello Tony,
Marvelous composition, I like much the angle, butterfly and flower colours combination and wooded BG. Great work

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  • miumiu (12)
  • [2008-01-26 13:49]

Perfect photo and idea! :-)

bonjour tony
tres jolie photo,les deux sont parfaitement coordonnés dans les couleurs.
le POV est bon,le BG est un peu moins bien.

Olá Ho

Mais que linda...é uma obra de arte.
Parabéns, um trabalho maravilhoso.

Hallo Tony
The details of this photo are nice, clear, sunny and sharp. The colours are lovely and pleasant. I like the composition too!! Great capture and the wings look like stained glass. Very well presented and really eye-catching details. Thanks for posting. It was a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi My Dear Friend,

Beauty of image...
All the best.


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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-04-18 13:36]

Hi Tony,
beautiful picture of a nice butterfly, my friend, the image is very bright and has great colours
kind regards

Hello Tony,
I was watching your gallery & found no where your scores less otherwise. Finally reached this photograph & decided to make it 100 just by adding another two to it. Here it is.............. 100. TFS this beautiful composition.

Hi Tony, A superb macro capture of this beautiful monarch perched on a beautiful flower with great clarity and sharpness.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!
Cheers my friend.


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