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Australian Painted Lady

Australian Painted Lady
Photo Information
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: 2004-12-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies Chapter2, Flora of the Sydney region, Australia, Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Butterflies of Australia, Australian Butterflies 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-30 0:02
Viewed: 5712
Points: 9
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) with a wingspan of around 5cm. It is closely related to its relatives of the northern hemisphere Vanessa cardui and Vanessa annabella which have been illustrated several times on TN. The most noticeable difference is the four pale blue centred dots on the hind wing. The species is widely distributed through subtropical and temperate Australia and they are highly nomadic with large numbers occasionally migrating southwards in early spring The sexes are similar in appearance and adults have a maximum life expectancy of just 50 days. In Australia, the larvae feed for 30-40 days on numerous species of daisy and everlasting from the Asteraceae family. Adults feed on nectar from a range of plants. Here it is feeding on Round-fruited Tea-tree (Leptospermum sphaerocarpum) a moderately common flowering plant of late spring through summer from the greater Sydney Area.
This particular specimen was captured near where I work. The bush was heavily in flower and a large number of butterflies, flies, bees and wasps were being attracted to it and a few other bushes nearby. Unfortunately it was the middle of the day, but I think the shot came out reasonably well using the S5000. In photoshop, I adjusted levels and sharpness, cropped and resized for TN.

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Great macro Chris.
It's very like our Vaness Cardui.
Good colours and details.
Very good note too.

Happy New Year.

Great DOF, Beautiful subject. Well done Chris. Happy New Year

Composition: ***
Sharpness: **
Color: ***
DOF: **
POV: ***

Interesting shot, but focus too soft.
The butterfly should be more present.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-30 11:41]

pros: colours, note, DOF
cons: focus

Good composition with flowers, what do you think about closing-up a little Chris?

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-30 15:27]

I think the shot came out a lot better than "reasonably well". The color, sharpness and composition is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting. May you and your family have a wonderful and prosperous new year.

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