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Meadow Brown

Meadow Brown
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Copyright: Anghel Eliz (eliz) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD Macro, RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): My Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-17 1:29
Viewed: 3597
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Reposted photo !
After i played with levels i like the result more then the original version.
The Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) is a butterfly found in European meadows, where its larvae feed on grasses.

Similar species are Gatekeeper (which prefers to rest with its wings open) and Small Heath (which is smaller).

There is marked sexual dimorphism in this species. Males are less colorful, with smaller eyespots and much reduced orange areas on the upper forewings. They are also much more active and range far about, while females fly less and often may not away from the area where they grew up.

A variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to 6 on each wing. The factors that govern polymorphism in this trait are not resolved, although a number of theories have been proposed (Stevens 2005). On the other hand, the evolutionary significance of the upperwing eyespots is more obvious: The more active males have a markedly more cryptic upperside pattern, whereas the females have more often opportunity to present their eyespots in a sudden display of colors and patterns that presumably make neophobic predators hesitate so that the butterfly has better chances of escaping.
P.S. I love the Minolta colors. Never seen this green color on my actual Canon 400D on any picture style.

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Ciao Anghel,
splendida macro di Maniola jurtina, eccellenti POV e taglio compositivo, ottima definizione dei dettagli, molto belli e luminosi i colori, bello il contrasto con BG scuro. E' sicuramente migliore della versione originale.
TFS. Maurizio

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-08-17 2:18]

Hello Anghel,
the clarity of structures and colours is impressive. You have two eye-catchers here
- the flower and the butterfly. Both stand out clearly against the backgroung and
are shown with superb sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-08-17 8:50]

Salut! O fotografie aproape perfecta.Pacat, ca aripile nu sunt clare in totalitate. Nu incercati cu diafragma mai mica?
La si mai bine,

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-17 9:31]

Buna Anghel,

Felicitari pentru aceasta foarte buna imagine. Atat floarea cat si insecta sunt redate cu o claritate deosebita putand fi observate cele mai mici detalii. Modul in care ai folosit lumina este de asemenea deosebit deoarece a permis redarea fidela a acelor delicate reflexii pe suprafetele lucioase ale florii.


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-08-17 10:51]

Bonjour Anghel
Très belle prise, excellente netteté et couleurs, une magnifique composition.
Amicalement Robi

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