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Common Leopard

Common Leopard
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature and Eye [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-01 7:04
Viewed: 4455
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, here is another picture of the Common Leopard I shot during my journey to Dehradun recently. In the course of editing, I noticed that this one was better than the one I posted some days ago.

The Common Leopard, Phalanta phalantha is a sun-loving butterfly of the Nymphalid or Brush-footed Butterfly family.
The Common Leopard is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 50-55 mm with a tawny colour and marked with black spots. The underside of the butterfly is more glossy than the upper and both the male and female are similar looking. A more prominent purple gloss on the underside is found in the dry season form of this butterfly.
The butterfly is found in Sub-saharan Africa and Southern Asia (including Sri Lanka and Burma).

Source: Wikipedia


uleko, maurydv, Argus, parasbhalla, eng55, siggi, eqshannon, matatur, Noisette, RII, vksivakumark, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hi Ram.
This butterfly look indeed like a leopard.
Good details and colours of yours picture.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-01 7:24]

Hello Ram,
Where would the butterflies be without Lantana!! This is a beautiful capture of the Common Leopard having been tempted there by the sweet scent! Excellent details and lovely light and colours that makes it stand out against the dark leaves.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

hello Ram,
a splendid picture of the Common Leopard, a very beautiful butterfly with this fantastic vivid orange, very good sharpness, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-01 7:35]

Yes I like this one of the Common leopard butterly too Ram!
The dorsal POV taken from the rear is great and shows the features with excellent sharpness and colours with the darkened lantana BG helping to show it up to make us realise that this is indeed a beautiful butterfly.
Thanks and all the best to you and yours,

hello Ram
great shot with beautiful colours and good sharpness
a Beauty
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-01 8:23]

Hello Ram,
This photo is a real beauty. The clear and contrasting colours are very beautiful. Good sharpness, details and composition. Excellent POV and DOF.

Ciao Ram, beautiful butterfly with fantastic bright colors, splendid sharpness and good details, lovely macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram,

Excellent, very beautiful colors. You're right, the focus in this picture was better than the picture a few days ago. The composition is very good and the contrast of the butterfly with a powerful green background, is very good.

Greetings, thanks for sharing!



A glowing butterfly, it's amazing.
This shot is excellent, Ram, the colours so brilliant, it's a wonderful post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Namastay Sir Thakur ji,

What an adorable Common leopard butterfly with such great details! I like teh perfect sharpness and comparatively dark BG, which in turn gives great contrast to this "glowing" beauty!

Marvelous work, as always!

best wishes,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-01 13:42]

Hi Ram,
Magnificent macro shot.Vivid colors,POV,3D effect and details are perfect.Excelelnt work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-01 13:47]

Hello Ram,
Excellent capture of common leopard having lovely details,excellent pov and composition.Great lighting and perfect sharpness,marvellos colours,
very well done,Best regards Siggi

Dang! this is a don't touch it...it is hot as a sizzler shot Ram! It sticks out in your whole album. Perhaps it is that we get used to one such genre and then something more spectacular comes along....but no matter!

Soft illumination of the diffused lighting really enhanced this composition Ram, the not so deep DOF also finely isolated the b.fly from its immediate surroundings which resulted in an eye pleasing macro-scene.
TFS and cheers my friend,

Hello Ram
this Common Leopard stand out very nicely against his surroundings
wonderful details and well saturated colors
the lantana flower on the left is a great bonus
Have a good night

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 14:09]

HI Ram.

Fantastic composition colors and contrast, excellent sharpness and POV. Beautiful capture,great work.


*smiley tomorrow.

It is one of the beautiful butterflies found here!The butterfly looks like a jewel among the a sea of lantana!Nice composition

Hi Ram,
a mesmerizing impression to see this Common Leopard's bright ornage colours glowing in the darkness of dense vegetation!
Thank you for your recent visit and kind words to one of my latest shot after my long absence. A pleasure to be in contact with you again.
Hope you are doing well, too.
With best regards,

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