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Admiral on Board

Admiral on Board
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-25 9:43
Viewed: 4353
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As my mobility increases, I can venture farther afield, but this was a very lucky find. The lakeside park in Bronte is graced with boardwalks for such as I and somebody with a great deal of foresight planted a Buddleia into a nook against the wooden walkway.

The Red Admiral or Vanessa atalanta is well-known, found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America. It can be identified by the striking pattern on its wings. The caterpillar feeds on nettles (which I saw not too far from this bush), while the adult is nourished by flowering plants like this Buddleia and by overripe fruit.

Tech: Captured in raw, cropped, resized, sharpened, framed and signed.

Thanks for looking and for all your critiques, workshops and suggestions. Have a healthy, happy, and safe weekend.

Argus, Royaldevon, shelbeesmom, jaycee, eqshannon, siggi, nglen, red45, Juyona, gracious, maurydv, c_rapp, nirmalroberts, jusninasirun, pierrefonds, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-25 9:49]

Hello Silke and neighbour!
Excellent capture of a Red Admiral on Buddleia.
The POV and half open wing pose are great and the light management just right together with fine sharpness and contrasting OOF Bg.
Nice to hear that you are on the mend and thanks for sharing thi beauty.
Our buddleia is attracting some butterflies but I haven't seen this species yet.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-07-25 9:57]

hi silke,
lovely picture.good colours and nice details.

Hello Silke,

How lovely that you have captured a Red Admiral ... and on the buddleia! (I say that because I planted one this year, just to attract the butterflies. The flowers haven't opened yet, but as yet, I haven't seen a single butterfly in the garden!)
I like the way the butterfly has been captured with its wings creating a tight 'v' shape. The colours and patterns are absolutely fine and the positioning of the image is perfect.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Just gorgeous Silke! What details! how can I con you to post more of this on TL? How can I bride you? This is so pretty! You are way ahead of me on this! Great shot, of course, could be better by sitting him on a BLUE flower!! and posting on TL...but I digress.. Nice work!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-25 10:02]

Hi Silke,

This Red Admiral is just beautiful! I love the position you captured it in. Excellent details of the pretty markings. Colors are deep and rich and show off so well against the violet flower.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-25 10:08]

Hello Silke,
Great to see you back again too and with a beautiful capture of the Red Admiral on a Buddleia. We haven't seen one here yet! I like your POV, showing it with half-open wings, details are sharp and the colours natural. It stands out nicely from the background too. I'm not keen on big black frames as they tend to detract attention from the main subject, but that's just my taste!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

You are unique in that you alone can make one particular style of frame work so well for you. Ansel did that in his shows which rarely changed. His images were displayed either under glass with clasps holding them on..or with plain unmasked polished aluminum frames... In this way each photo stood out for itself. This same holds for you. As long as you continue to use the dominant black frame...with only slight alterations, it brings out the image...and if this were hanging besides all of your others in a a gallery...with same frames...one would no longer "see" the frames...so..essentially it is a technique that works for you. And it works good. I can always tell your images in thumb...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-25 10:41]

Hi Silke,all is beautifull in this pic,the butterfly,the flower,the colors and the shaprness,the point of view too is a great choice,just my best compliment,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-25 10:49]

Hello Silke,
I like this butterfly, special on this flower.
Sharpness could be a little better, anyway a beautiful shot with brilliant colours,
Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-25 12:20]

Hi Silke. A good shot of the colourful Red Admiral.Your close up shows fine detail and the markings so well. A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-25 12:28]

Aye, aye Sir! Errrm, Madame! :-)
Beautifull butterfly, very clear and sharp, with great POV and composition. I like your frame also. Blurred flower in BG is great.

Nice capture.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-25 13:36]

Hola Silke,
perfecto pov,
buen encuadre y sensacional iluminación...
foco y encuadre maravilloso,

Hello Silke,
Very nice to see coming back in this site once again and active once more!
good captured of this Red Admiral with good exposure and focus!
excellent sharpness, nice colour and details
many thanks for the sharing

Ciao Silke,
splendida macro di vanessa atalanta, eccellenti POV e composizione con una buona visione di entrambi i lati delle ali e una bella posa, ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori.
Grazie e complimenti.

Um okay first things first WOW!!! Beautiful sharp details and wonderful color. I think you chose your trek fine TN is the perfect place for him. Beautifully captured. TFS

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-25 21:04]

Hello Silke,

What a nice photo of this beautifull butterfly! Composition is great and well supported by the quality of the image. Sharp details on the main subject as well as the natural rendering of the colors makes the photo great too.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Silke,
Nice picture of this lovely butterfly.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-26 1:32]

hi Silke,
très belle image colorée, la composition est excellente, le pov bien choisi. Petit détail, malgré le F8 les yeux méritent un peu plus de netteté, mais rien de grave.

bon we


Hello Silke. With this admiral piloting the gorgeous flower, the composition is perfect. Sharp detail and well metered lighting keeping bthe background muted. Very good framing and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

Hi Silke, fantastic Vanessa and wonderful flower, great composition with fine details and excellent sharpness, elegant presentation, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Silke

Great shot of this admiral on the butterfly bush, though I'm afraid I don't like the big black border too much.

Great composition
Great sharpness
Good DOF and POV
Good background
Bad border :)


HI Silke,

The close-up image of the Red Admiral working on the flower is allowing us to see the details an colors of the insect which are clear and sharp. The light is enhancing the colors. The butterly is well frame. Have a nice day.


Very nice Silke,
The comp, color, exposure, and details are excellent :)
Well done,

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-07-28 22:42]

Belle présentation très artistique.
Bonne journée.

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