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Bevan's Swift Mating pair

Bevan's Swift Mating pair
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of India 3, Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-14 7:40
Viewed: 4249
Points: 28
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Bevan's Swift mating pair
Borbo bevani (Moore)
Hesperiidae family

Today morning I visited lalbagh, the weather was erratic, one minute its good sunlight and next minute its overcast. The clouds were moving fast and it was mixed lighting situations. I found this swift pair mating and spent more than thirty minutes to expose around forty images using tripod. Different compositions under multiple lighting conditions which was fun and great learning process for me. Ultimately it was difficult to choose the image for TN because each one had its own merits. Here strong sunlight coming from right and shadow of the grass blade was falling on the bottom one and used built in flash here. I don't use flash but here thought its very much going well with natural light.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-14 7:45]

Hi Nagaraj . I find i have more fun and learn a lot when the weather and light keeps changing like you had in this picture. You take many shots and then one is right. This is the one all right. A good POV from the side against the plain BG. Good detail in the pair with natural colours. well done TFS.

Hi Nagaraj
I like it very much. Beautiful light, perfect OOF background without the noise. Also great moment, good composition. Very elegant shot. I know that you avoid postprocessing but little unsharp mask on wings could make this image absolutely perefect
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-14 7:50]

Hello Nagaraj,
I don't think I've ever come across Skippers in copula. This is an excellent capture showing them on the pretty grass and against a fine soft background. Very well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Nagaraj,
This is a top class capture of these swifts mating. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-14 12:00]

Hello Nagaraj,
An excellent capture of a pair of Bevan's Swifts mating taken with fine sharpness and lighting from a good POV.
It is not often we see images of mating skippers: I don't know why.
Thanks for sharing this unusual image,

Hello Nagaraj.
Great capture of this couple of butterflies!
Fine colours, sharpness and details.
Perfect framing and very well composed also.
TFS this beauty!
josť Roberto

Hi Nagraj,

Your visit to Lalbagh on uncertain weather conditions has been rewarded, patience always has its returns.The composition is excellent, lighting and complimentary back ground enhances the picture. TFS

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-14 23:03]


A very well composed pic. The detail and sharpness of the subject is excellent. I also like your DOF, OOF BG and POV that assist in making your pic very detailed and clear.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-09-14 23:45]

Hi Nagaraj , a nice pair of mates here , nice green background , good lighting and composition , and real good detail too

thanks for sharing it

Very nice image of this mating pair and it is also quite interesting to know of your efforts in taking the photographs for TNians.Keep it up friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-15 5:33]

Nagraj, Fantastic work and good shot. Superb mating scene captured. Well done. Ganesh

Hi Nagaraj, lovely maiting couple of beautiful skippers, wonderful details and splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Nice shot. The shallow dof giving such a beautiful green bg looks great. Also good composition.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-20 13:28]

Hello Nagaraj, well composed macro, good technique and a beautiful background!


Nice, clean photo, which I add to my new theme "Animals' Sex Life

Thanks for shaing
Ingrid Shaul

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