<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Vicky Adams (Vicky) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Devon and Cornwall visit 2005
Theme(s): Butterflies II, Peacock Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-28 6:48
Viewed: 4874
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Peacock butterfly

The conditions when I took this shot were not easy because it was very windy indeed and I was crawling about in the undergrowth trying to get into the right position...AND he/she kept flying off and then coming back again.
There were loads of bees (which I love) and spiders (which I don't) about, so the conditions were not really condusive to good picture taking!

Anyway, I rattled off about 30 shots and this is the best of them. I just got the bottom wing in shot, but this is not a result of aggressive cropping, it's just as I managed to take it under the circumstances.

Cloned out some distracting background and fixed some blown petals. Other than slight sharpening and resizing, no other PP done.
The eyespots of the Peacock act as a highly effective deterrent to potential predators and even manage to frighten large birds away. The undersides of the wings are nearly black and render the butterfly almost invisible when its wings are folded upright.

Eggs are usually laid on the tips of nettles in full sun. The female lays in large batches of over 200 eggs which hatch about 10 days later.

After the pupae stage, the adult butterfly emerges about 12 days later.

Hibernation takes place in hollow trees, garden sheds and other sheltered places.

Adult wingspan: 63-75 mm

Thanks for stopping by

phlr, carper, lucky, coasties, wgreis has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To coasties: NoiseVicky 1 08-29 08:48
To sAner: CropVicky 1 08-28 11:18
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-28 6:56]

The butterfly show!
Wonderful colors has this specie!
Rare in Portugal.
Indeed a very beautiful butterfly!
Perfect sharpness and details!
5* photo!

  • Good 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-28 10:34]
  • [+]

Hi Vicky. Colors are good and you framed this butterfly nicely. I do think the picture is grainy. Did you crop a lot? TFS!


  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-28 14:06]

hoi Vicky,
it is not bad, for a shot without cropping.
the composition is a little close to the bottom, I think more space was be nicer. I see also som nois special on the green. I think that a Neat Image can do here a good job. The colours are marvelous, yes i like it, good job,
gr. jaap

  • Great 
  • lucky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 5 N: 14] (84)
  • [2005-08-28 18:08]

Nice macro of this peacock... The colours and structures of the butterfly look good. The whole image is a bit noisy and I would have let a bit more room around the butterfly...
Anyway, well done!

Hi Vicky

Nicely composed. God POV. Colours are good, but the image is very noisy.

Hi Vicky,
beautiful colors, saturation ok too!
I liked the composition between the butterfly and the pink flowers.

Calibration Check