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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-16 15:54
Viewed: 4091
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a different view of the same butterfly that I posted here. Itís a Glasswing or Little Greasy (Acraea andromacha) a reasonably common species from south-eastern and tropical Australia. This time I show it backlit with the setting sun.

Adults have a slow buoyant flight with long glides interrupted by several wingbeats. The forewings are translucent and the hindwings have a number of cream dots along the edge of the wing. This species has a wingspan of 50-55mm and breeds year round in the tropics but probably only once in the southern temperate zone.
They live in forests and woodlands interspersed with grasslands, where groups of adults can be found congregating in preferred areas at dusk and rest on the ends of grass seeds such as illustrated here.

I found one such area by accident near Lapstone at the base of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. I was walking along a favoured trail after work when I decided to take a different route back to my car as dusk approached. To my surprise, an open area with a few weeds and grasses was suddenly populated by perhaps 20 of this species and they soon settled onto the grass heads. I had to use an ISO of 200 due to the low light and took several hand-held shot, of which this one was the best. Perhaps not an outstanding shot, but I was happy with the result.
Thanks for looking.

Luc, phlr, AndyB, dew77, wallhalla15, wkshelton, fiyo, ramthakur, coasties has marked this note useful
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Chris, nice shot. I like it with the light coming from under it. Nice framing ,too.

I like very much this shot because it was done in front of the light and that makes it different. Also the angle is not common.
Excellent colors and POV. Like the composition very much and the BG is excellent too.



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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-17 2:34]

Hello Chris,
A great capture and a difficult one too.
Very good composition and POV,nice detail of the wings with the light showing through.
Good exposure and a nice background.
Great shot.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-17 3:34]

Vey nice shot!
A diferent aproach!
Very good backlight!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-17 4:14]

Hello Chris!
Excellent close up.I liked POV,using of backlight,details,colors,
cross framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Hello Chris,
a very nice capture. Great sharpness and POV. Composition is great and good colours/lighting too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

Hello Chris,

great Photo, The lighting, colors, DOF, All just wonderful, , Ran out of smily face for the day I'll be back tomorrow and give the deserving 2 Points. TFS Kyle

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-17 10:05]

Hello Chris,
Very good macro,
Great colours, good details and composition
Well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-17 10:06]

Great lighting, well seen and beautifuly done. I like the stainglass effect. Thabks Chris. Have a good WE.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-17 12:32]

it's not an easy one Chris,
But I like the result, the composition is nice, the pov can b3e done better but I think you must have some luck too with it. The dof is perfect, I like the good reslult, good job.
gr. jaap

Superb backlit exposure, Chris.
Thanks for a detailed note on the species.
Sorry, smileys already gone today.

Hi Chris

Wow... this is a lovely shot. I like the diagonal composition. Really nice to view. :-)

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