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Scary Monsters

Scary Monsters
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/18.0, 30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-14 16:30
Viewed: 14395
Points: 93
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a white tree nymph (Idea leuconoe).
Another shot from the London Butterfly house in Syon park.
I have had no luck in finding any useful information on this butterfly. If anyone knows of any good sites, please let me know.

I must apologise for the extremely dull BG, it's not very lively.
This butterfly seemed very interested in watching me, and allowed me to get in very close to get this shot.
I hope you like this post.

Thanks for looking

sAner, PDP, Signal-Womb, Runnerduck, Fisher, hummingbird24, scottevers7, AndyB, dew77, red45, slrnovice2, TAZ, naki, puffy, gerhardt, Comandante, Luc, JeanMichel, Observer_tn, alejandroguzman, pitai, nardophoto has marked this note useful
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f/18, 30s and so sharp (no noise)!
Nice macro, and composition. I will prefer to have his front legs not cut ... (seem to be sharp)
TFS, Laurent

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-14 17:12]

Extreme close up Alan, nice details and composition. Nice looking butterfly. Very well done.

hello:) I am scary:D becoz of this monster:D really nice work:D I like colours here:) great one:)



Why do you need a lively bg with such a vibrant subject? This is a stunning close up, great detail. You have captured the black and whites perfectly.
Thanks for posting.

Have a look through this site, it's a bit of a trawl but you may find something...

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-14 17:49]

Super shot, just beautiful. Excellent work and well done on the composition and details.

Again as I mention in some cases, it's ART, one must understand why, the point of view.

It's PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-14 18:51]

Hi Alan, all I could find out about this when I posted one was:
Ideopsis gaura perakana (The Small Wood Nymph)(FAMILY : Nymphalidae) (Subfamily : Danainae) The Ideopsis gaura is a rather rare butterfly from Tapah Hills, Perak, Malaysia. It is quite a slow flyer and is attracted to flowers.
That was the name we were given at our Butterfly House, so I looked up that on Google.
Your photo is excellent - so up close and sharp to see. Super shot of it. Well done.

An intensely close view of this butterfly, Alan!
I am not sure anyone looking at this image would notice the BG at all, if you hadn't mentioned it.

Your POV is the key in this well composed shot. Well done and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-06-14 20:35]

Wow, that is fantastic, Alan. I really really like the composition, the way you framed it in a diagonal, and the way you cropped it, emphasizing the stripes and the antennae. The details are incredibly sharp. TFS. : )

Hi Alan,

A great extreme closeup macro. The colors and detail are perfect. I eally like this tight crop...EXCELLENT!!!


We have a great macro here, Alan.
Very good exposure, nice crop, nice colours and well composed.
Great sharpness with good details.
Excellent work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-15 2:05]

Hello Alan,
An excellent macro.
Superb detail and very good composition.
Great work,well done.

Nice close-up, well composed, but a little noisy. Good details and DOF.
Well done.

Wow... great sharp details. Exposure is very good. This is really 'in your face' stuff. Awesome!! Thanks.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-15 4:21]

Superb work Alan!
It's so close and well detailed.Colors,framing and composition are perfect as well.TFS...:-)

That's a close one Alan, great POV and such nice markings and colours on this butterfly. Good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-15 4:38]

Wwwwwow! Alan, what a monster ;-) Zebra-like, with ugly face and Alien eyes. May I call for Scully and Mulder? ;-)

Very nice shot Alan!
Great close-up of this sweet creature, not a monster at all ;-)
Perfect details and nice composition.
Nobody wouldn't probably notice the "dull BG" if you didn't mentioned it.
I like the photo very much.

S U P E R B!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-15 6:05]
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Hello Alan,

Did you recover from your hang over yet? :) Hehehe! This is a great macro photo, it really is! Details are razorsharp, exposure is spot on and POV is great. So close! Well done & TFS!


This is beautiful Alan, I like it a lot. Great macro, great composition and detail and lovely exposure. I like your crop and I didn't even notice the BG cos the butterfly is so eye-catching. It's a stunning shot :)

Nice extreme close-up Alan, This is composed well with a great POV. Some great details, Well Done!

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-06-15 11:07]

This is what I call extreme macro. Never saw a butterfly in this format.
Great performance.



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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-15 14:36]

Hi Alan, very nicely composed close-up. Great details here even to the 30 seconds. My only nit is, image seems to need some more saturation IMO. but a great image to look at.
Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-15 17:23]

Alan, the bg is not a problem to me at all.

Besides, this capture is really nice. In fact, I have the feeling the butterfly is smiling, and, because of that, I don't think it's scary.

I've always a similar shot, and you did great on this.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-16 3:56]

Belle et intéressante capture macro-photographique bien réalisée pour ce superbe papillon. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté. Compliments Alan pour ce portrait !

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-16 6:47]

Hi Alan, excellent macro shot... your nymph look like dressing up with Hallowin custome. :) Great details, colours, sharpness and DOF. Well done, thanks for sharing.

Great shot Alan. Could almost be a B&W shot. I mailed you some sites with info about this butterfly.

good details, they are very furry. great POV. you can see the rolled up tongue too.

Well done :D


This is all but dull, Alan. Very impressive macro work. Fantastic capture. Very well done.

Hello again Alan!
Wonderful close up.It's so close and clear.Excellent work.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-17 10:14]
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Hello Alan.
Personal assessment of the photo: great. 30 seconds? Really?
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a good weekend.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-19 13:44]

Well Alan I go for this one,
the macro is very nice, full with details, it is fantastic in pov and the dof is great, fantastic job I realy like the good job,
gr. Jaap

Alan, I think you should not apologize for the BG, I like it this time, gives a different mood to this beautiful and detailed image you offer. Great work. TFS.

Wow, that butterfly posed for you for 30 seconds? It must have found you very charming, LOL!!

Wonderfully sharp photo, full of great detail. The dull background actually goes well with the B&W butterfly.

Your friend from the land of beer coozies!


This is an original way of showing a butterfly, Alan. You took very well advantage of the high contrasted body to come out with an impressive view, well framed and with very good head details. Another way of looking at butterflies. Good idea and very well done!

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-12-15 23:02]

Excelente macro...!! Muito bem realizada.
Nitidez e composição.
Excellent macro...!! Very well accomplished.
Clearness and composition.

A great one, Alan!
I like your POV as it makes the insect look down on me... Indeed a great composition with good details...
Pablo -

fab detail this so close and spot on exposure well done

Oh, what a coincidence. I posted a Tree Nymph today of which you have already seen. useful info
You managed to get much closer than I did which is good. Very nice details. I can see I will have to get a macro lens one day (I hope). Well done.

Hi ALan

MAGNIFICENT macro shot of this butterfly.... !!!


Hi Alan,
Amazing, a really extreme close-up.
I love the composition, colors, details and specially the POV, is excellent.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-04-29 0:51]

Wow! Excelent capture, Alain! Thanks for show the face of this monster! So beautiful far from it, so monster near to it. Amazing!

Great macro with perfect focus and DOF!!! well done Alan!!!

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-02 19:25]

Hello Alan, I think that with this colors of the butterfly who cares about the background. Very good macro. I wish one day I can get that close! Just perfet exposure. TFS. Gabriel.

great macro Alan!
30 sec of shutter speed!!how you keep this fellow quiet??!

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-06-01 4:04]

Hi Alan!
I love macros like this, great portrait of butterfly, beautiful and sophisticated, not a monster at all.Very good work, details, focus and sharpnes, well done!

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-06-22 3:47]

Wspaniale zdjecie! Piekne makro! Rewelacja!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-16 21:10]

Bonjour Alan!

Bravo pour cette parfaite macro.
Félicitations et merci.

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