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Peacock on Field Scabious

Peacock on Field Scabious
Photo Information
Copyright: Jax Westmoreland (Jax) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon 100-300mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies, Peacock Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-09 7:55
Viewed: 6027
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Peacock Butterfly Inachis io) is widespread in the Uk and is easily recognised by the large eyes in the corners of both front and hind wings whilst the underside is almost black and well camouflaged. Male wingspan is 63-68mm and the females 67-75mm. The adults hibernate over winter and the butterfly is one of the first on the wing on warm spring days. It is a highly adapatable species but the best sites are where the favoured food plants (willow in spring, teasles, thistles and buddleias in summer) are found. They feed during the morning and males will then establish territories from which the see off other males and persue females. Large batches of eggs are laid in nettle patches. Hibernation takes place in September in dark sheletered crevices in trees, garden sheds and even church towers.

Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)is a medium tall, hairy perennial which grows to 1m high and is indigenous to the UK. Flowers are bluish-lilac and the heads are 15-30mm and bloom between June and October. It likes dry, grassy and cultivated areas but not heavy soils and can be found in meadows, footpath edges, fields and dry slopes.
Taken at the local nature reserve the Peacock butterflies have been plentiful this year as has the crop of Field Scabious.

Cropped, sharpened and lightened +8

PDP, TAZ, carper, AndyB, RAP, mogens-j, Robbrown, milloup, gerhardt, poppygan59, Active has marked this note useful
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  • Verti Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 12] (99)
  • [2004-09-09 8:17]

great shot with good detail, the coposition is excellent

This is a very good photo. It has good DOF and sharpness. Good composition. Bill

Jax, Beautiful specimen. Love the blood red that predominates through its wingspan. Your presentation (wings @ 45 degrees) works very well. Your DOF includes the fore-wing eyes & seems to give the photo balance. Very Nice!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-09 11:22]

Ce papillon est maginfique et fait bien penser un paon comme son nom l'indique... Belle composition en diagonale !
Well done !

Great macro Jax.
Very good colours , nice composition and good sharpness.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-09 12:12]

Jax this is a really good butterfly photo,
The colours are fantastic and the composition is well taken and your note is complete, very good job

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-09 13:19]

I can't remember seeing a peacock in the flesh this year. Very nice shot, lovely colours and composition. One part of me likes the DOF here, and one part wishes it was deeper, which wins I couldn't say. Superb stuff. Well done Jax.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-09 14:06]

A very nice capture.
Very good composition with excellent colours and good sharp detail.
A great note too,very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-09 14:54]

The maroon and blue to lilca, on the wings, juxtaposed on the Purple -blue flower of the same hue really makes this work for me. Well done!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-09 15:13]

Que gran imagen Jax.
Bella composicion con una excelente perspectiva y profundidad, dejando slo la flor y el insecto visibles.
Colores naturales y encuadre atinado.
Buenas notas y PP.

That great image Jax.
Beautiful composition with an excellent perspective and depth, leaving only the visible flower and the insect.
Natural colors and accurate frame.
Good notes and PP.

This is really an excellent capture of this beauty followed by an interesting note Jax. Very good colours, well used dof to set the focus on the head and leting the tail just drop out of focus which makes an interesting composition in a well cropped picture. Only nit - there is some noise in the background which could easyli be removed using NeatImage - download a free version here. So I took the liberty to do it for you - hope it is OK.

I saw a nice meadow full in the peak district at the week-end, they are a great flower, this one is spot on in capture, the peacock seems to fall off in DOF rather rapidly, but it doesnt seem to affect the overal effect of the imageas the flower and head are taking centre stage. Nice one.

Great capture of this beautiful butterfly on a flower which compliments his colours nicely. Nice diagonal and oof background. Great sharpness on the front of him and fading off towards the background.

The POV and the handling of focus from front to back gives this composition a nice touch. You have succeeded in capturing it very well. Thanx for sharing.

great shot with very good colors and sharpness. Very nice composition...and note, too :)
well done
TFS :-)

PS. welcome to visit my butterflies, I have similar one in my gallery :)

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