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In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-28 20:09
Viewed: 6465
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 122
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'll bet you all thought I was going to post another raptor shot. I decided to mix in something different.
My buddy Scott Hale and I made an early morning trek to the St. Louis Zoo. Our goal was to get into the Insectarium as soon as it opened before there were too many kids in there to get any shots.

I really like this one for the dramatic lighting effect of the overhead sunlight. The glass panels in the roof diffused it just enough to keep OE to a minimum, but allowed the dramatic spotlight effect.

Malay Lacewing - Cethosia hypsea hypsina - is one of the several Lacewing butterflies found in Malaysia.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-03-28 20:19]

Hi Scott!

Slendid image you have there. Crisp sharp extremly well exposed with color saturation unbeleivable. I love the transparence of the leave.
Great work Scott and TFS

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-03-28 20:29]

Hi Scott,
Well life has changed considerably for me and there just doesn't seem to be any luxury time anymore for enjoying TN, but this shot is absolutely in the spotlight! And, very much worth commending! Excellent job! A real work of art!

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  • Luce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 15] (58)
  • [2006-03-28 20:34]


Ce papillon est superbe avec des couleurs très vives. Le fond noir fait très bien ressortir l'insecte. Bravo

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-28 21:08]
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Hi Scott
You are right; the spotlight effect enhanced this butterfly beautifully and edged it nicely against the dark BG.
The composition is excellent with the leaf carrying the insect into the frame. The colours are stunning, the DOF is absolutely spot-on, and the exposure was perfect.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-03-28 22:03]

Hi Scott,
Excellent BFLY composition my friend.
I like your pov,dof,vibrant colors,bfly's shadow,note,dark bg and lighting.Well Done.TFS

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-28 23:19]

The lighting hitting the beauty here does looks good Scott.
I think I would have cropped off the OOF flowers and then the B'fly would also not be so centred. But you show us a very attractive butterfly, super colours and details. TFS

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-28 23:20]

Scott, the title reminded me of the song "Losing my Religion", by REM: "That's me in the corner/That's me in the spotlight"...

An excellent image. Excellent colors, sharpness and contrast. The dark bg really works well.

Lovely saturation.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-28 23:51]

the composition I nice Scott.
The shot is well taken. I think I would used here a fill in flash, special for the upper side of the wings, but thats personal. The pov is good and Yes I like it too. Good job.
gr. Jaap

it looks like this butterfly is seating on the leaf..nice capture...Marilyn

great one, Scott! nice how the butterfly is silhouetting from the black BG.

Regards, Petru

Hi Scott,
this is a very good shot. The colours, POV, details and DOF are great.
But I agree wiht Janice about the flowers, they steal to much attention.
Great work, my friend.

Hi Scott,
Superb picture, flawless, i like the dramatic lighting and the perspective a lot. good POV and a very useful note
Goutham R

Great work Scott. Very good POV and DOF. But it's the lighting that makes this a 5 Star photo. Love the shadow on the leaf and the black backgroung looks awesome.


So nice POV & composition!
Very sharp and colored picture
TFS, Laurent

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-29 1:38]

Hello Scott,
A very good capture.
Great colours,excellent detail and POV.
The butterflies shadow on the leaf looks good too.
Great shot.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-29 3:29]

Wow, Scott... Perfect shot.
The light effect is indeed dramatic. Bravo. TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-29 3:47]

Very beautiful butterfly!
Very beautiful colours!
Nive POV!
Very good DOF and details!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-29 3:56]

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

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-29 4:13]

Hi Scott,
A very nice shot, I agree, the diffused light has worked really well. Colours and detail are excellent, my only nit would be that the POV is a little low and has allowed the leaf to obscure the Butterfly. Love the black background!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-03-29 4:14]

Hi Scott, nice composition. Good colours, detail and POV. TFS.

Hi Scott,
Very beautiful butterfly and very well captured,
excellent lighting and great background,
very nice colour and superb detail.
Well done!

Hello Scott,
Lovely shot! The contrasts and light here create a great mood. I like especially the look of the leaf. Picture has very nice colours too and some good details.

Woooooow! I han't critique! Is a great sh.

Hi Scott,
I think the spotlit effect, and the dark BG is excellent, with great impact. Very good colors, POV and sharpness, and the central composition works very well for this one IMO.
Very well done!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-29 8:11]

Hi Scott!
I think all TNers agree with me - one of your best photos! Perfect dark BG and colorfull butterfly. Detailed, sharp and well composed with flower. Shadow on leaf is nice bonus.

Hi scott, Great colors, The BG, DOF, details, POV, Just excellent, Great work, TFS Kyle

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-03-29 9:09]

Hi Scott,

Very strong composition. I like the background a lot. It's really superb in this photo.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-29 10:00]

Hello Scott!
Excellent close up.Colors,contrast between objects and BG,backlight
on leaf,sharpness,details and composition are wonderful.

American Indian war paint is what I think of. Beautiful work as always.

I love this butterfly, Scott. It looks so beautiful against the black BG. The colors are just fantastic.

Hi Scot,
What a great photo. The lighting is just excellent. I like the dark blurry b/g a lot. Great composition with the shade of the butterfly in the leaf. Great color and saturation.

Hey Scott - what a fantastic shot!
Brilliant colours, lighting and very nice bg!
Excellent POV and composition too. I like your picture very much.

Hi Scott,
Getting an early start to beat the crowds is always good.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and lighting are excellent. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

That's a nice macro capture Scott, love the black background and low POV. Nice work.

Hi Scott

Wow... this is magnificent. I don't think I can add to what has already been said...... :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-29 15:19]

Hi Scott,
Excellent buterfly composition.I like the shadow on the leaf.Beautifull close-up.
Well done


Wonderful image, I bet you and Scott had fun at the zoo. The lighting and colors are spectacular. Well seen!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-30 13:17]

Hi Scott,
this colorful butterfly looks lovely in front of this dark background. Excellent colors and details. Well composed.

I'd have been delighted with another raptor shot, but your still on a roll! I have a similar photo of this same butterfly on the same leaf. Of course yours is a much better quality image. I think the white edges of the butterfly are superb. I really like the transparency of the leaf and the shadow (looks like a grasshopper shadow) You captured the antennea against the black background well too.
Very nice image buddy,

Hi Scott,
brilliant colours, excellent details,
dramatic light, as you say, and one of the most unusual, funny looking shadows I have ever seen falling from a butterfly onto a leaf.
Wonderful. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-03-31 2:47]

Hi Scott!
Great image with very beautiful butterfly. Really nice lighting effect of the sunlight.
I like clarity of colors, shadow and dark BG.
My congratulations

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-31 7:24]

Bonjour Scott!

Excellente composition,les couleurs sont parfaitement exposées et les contraste de couleurs sont éclatantes. Félicitations pour l'absence de bruits et pour la qualité d'image.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Scott,
Excellent colours party in a dark BG. Very nice composition, shadow and illumination on the leaf. Extremely good details.
Thanks for sharing.

Fantastic photo, lovely colours, detail on the flower,leaf and butterfly are superb, and the background compliments both very well...

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-04-01 12:24]

Very good shot, very dramatic lighting. It's really beautiful Scott. Well done.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-04 10:57]

What a PoV, Scott.
Well seen and very well done. An excellent photo.
Thank you.

Bonjour Scott
Excellente prise de vue que ce joli papillon,les couleurs sont parfaitement exposées et la netteté est très bonne.Beau BG.

Merci et au revoir.....JP

Super post as always, you really have a great eye for this game. Do you auto fous on the 1.4 convertor with that lens?

Hi Scott,

Since I've been gone for a while it seems I missed out on some fantastic photos that you've posted. The colors on this absolutely amazing on the perfect black background. Well done. :)

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-04 0:38]

100 POINTS! You deverve it for this wonderful capture, presenting so nice contrast and colours on this nice black BG! This is a wonderful composition, Scott! Well done and congrats for all this points!
All the best!

hi scott
beautifull colors an good POV.
good details too.

woooow, lovley.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-13 2:42]

Wooow ! what an artistic shot ! The composition with dark BG is smart. The spot light effect is great like the contrast.
Congratulation Scott and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-05-23 21:28]

Lindo. Os detalhes em branco contra o fundo preto ficaram ÓTIMOS. Excelente composição, muito boas cores. Nitidez.

Beautiful. The details in white against the black bottom were GREAT. Excellent composition, very good colors. Clearness.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-05-31 8:10]

This is beautiful shot!I liked the compostion,lighting is cool ,as if u did shoot at studio!TFS.

Excellent macro shot with excellent colors,sharpness,focus,pov,dof and frame.....
Thanks Ana:)

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-06-29 14:48]

Ooo nice shot. I love the backlit compostion here. You would think the small flowers on the left would distract you from the butterfly but it doesn't. I think the pearch plays a great deal in this shot. The colors of the flowers accents the colors of the butterfly very well. Very nice shot. I love the shadw on the leaf

Hello Scott,

Excellent picture of this nice butterfly! You managed the exposure greatly: the white and black are very well rendered! I like your black bg enhancing the insect! Composition and pov cannot be better! Finally, the colors looks very natural! Great job and TFS!!

Excellent picture! Superb colors and great composition. Brilliant capture of a butterfly against a dark background. Exposure and details are perfect! Congratulations and TFS!


In thumbnail mode I thought photo was flashed. Great it isn't...
Nice shadow besides on the leave. Your note explains the technique and conditions.
Well done.

Hi, Scott. Very lovely image with excellent crisp color and detail, great composition. Good job. Regards, Roy.

Hi Scott,
this is also a very nice shot.


nice contrast, TFS Ori

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