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Mother Shipton moths

Mother Shipton moths
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies in love. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-16 3:48
Viewed: 5056
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm sorry but it's another picture with sky in BG ;-)

It have been taken at the same afternoon as the two others I posted this week. The light was very low and warm, perfect for such pictures. And since I'm a little obsessed with blue BG's ;-) than I simply cound't miss such possibility.

These are mating moths. I saw lots of these fellows on my meadows, but they are very shy and fly away as soon as possible. I don't have any picture of a single moth. Fortunatelly I found this couple on a Sorrel plant. They were a little too busy to fly away ;-) so I could take some shots. They aren't maybe very spectacular, but I like the way they have their wings.

I guess these are Mother Shipton moths(Callistege mi).

This is a day-flying moth, preferring sunny flowering meadows. The English name refers to the forewing markings, which appear to show an old lady or witch's head. I can't really see it, but maybe some of you have enough imagination :-)

These is an ocassion to learn who Mother Shipton was.

Ursula Southeil (1488 - 1561), better known as Mother Shipton, was an English soothsayer and prophetess who is said to have made dozens of unusually accurate predictions, including the Great Plague of London, the Spanish Armada, and the Great Fire of London.
The details of her life as recorded by Head state that she was born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, and was reputedly hideously ugly - supposedly because she was fathered by the Devil.
(from Wikipedia)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-16 4:08]

Hi Monika,
Lovely shot with these two butterflies. Color is very appropiate and background cumpliments well; sky is always present in Nature and so it's ok in photos too.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-16 4:09]

Hello Monika,
Wonderful close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.I liked POV,colors,moment you caught,framing and composition also a lot.

Hi Monika
With sky or not your shot is beautiful.
Nice composition and great BG

Ciao Monika,
fotografia molto interessante, complimenti!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-16 5:54]

Hello Monika, this is a good capture to catch them mating. I like the composition, the BG is a little busy but tht can't be helped. Well done on this one.

Oczywiście masz rację w sprawie identyfikacji ;-)
Fotka trochę może za ciemna - można by było lekko ją rozjaśnić
BTW: Bardzo ciekawy opis.

Hi Monika ! I love photos with sky in BG, and this one is particularly beautiful. The moth may not be very spectacular, but Ilike the patterns and textures of their wings, and their pose is fantastic. Sharpness, details, colors, composition and POV are wonderful. very well done !

Hello Monika, excllent shot, I like the BG compinsation and framing a lot, TFS Kyle

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-16 8:16]

Hello Monika, great macro-shot with these moths mating. Very good composition and great sharpness too, Didier.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-16 11:02]
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Hi Monika,
Another great shot, you know your work is very distinctive, as soon as I saw the thumbnail I knew it was your shot. I like the shots with sky in the BG, it works because the skies are blue. If it was white or grey then it probably wouldn't work. Excellent detail, exposure is perhaps a little under (I like the workshop by Chris). Excellent colours, framed very well and good POV (I like the plant in the BG on the left). Great work again!
Have a good weekend.

Hello Monika,

Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-16 14:51]
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Hi Monika!

Too much sun today or maybe something else but I can't see famous Mother Shipton's profile on thirs wings. SkyBG [TM] is very good choice IMHO, great soft and warm light and colours. As always your hard work and love to nature was rewarded with beautifull moment and interesting subject. After reading your note I'm slightly scared my friend :-)))

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-16 17:20]

DON'T apologise for your blue Polish sky Monika!! It is good to see, and I love your photos like this. Very good capture of the pair, showing good DOF and sharpness too. Well done,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-16 17:26]

Hi Monika, great shot. Don't appologise for the blue sky as this is your style of photography and it's a strong style. Excellent details and colours and a strong composition. Perhaps a tad dark but that's just a slight niggle. Well done and TFS.

Hello Monika, another fine capture from your cool-pix. Cant wait for the day you hopefully get your DSLR. Very nice work...

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-17 4:02]
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What's the problem with the sky, Monika? It's a very good BG!
Great capture!
The mating of this specie!
Very good POV!
Very good DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-17 8:58]

Hello Monika,
lovely shot, wonderful details and great POV. Nice sharpness and good light.
Lovely composition.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-17 12:41]

Witaj Moniko,

Sliczne ujecie...
Bardzo ladna ramka, kolorystyka i ostrosc.
Podziwiam i bardzo podoba sie.


All right! What the heck is going on in this picture, this is too graphic for me, I now have to close my eyes, nope not gonna look, not me.(peek) ah what the heck it's only two beautiful butterflies getting having a good time. Nice capture Monika. :)

Hello Monika
Tres belle prise de vue que ce jolie Papillon.belle composition les couleurs sont superbes et ils sont deux en plus
J apprecie la pose de ces deux papillons.Merci et bravo

Good eye, don't think I would have ever spotted this pair, well taken.



I like the Great detail, Composition, POV and DOF that blurs the BG. TFS,

Przylapane w ciekawym momencie ;-)
Bardzo ladnie sie maskuja.
Wszystko na TAK!
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Hello Monika!
Very interesting moment you captured! I haven't seen moth mating until now! Great colours and patterns on the moth's wings! bg is perfect again! i like the vertical framing a lot.
Thank you!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-18 15:55]

Beautiful picture Monika, with your trademark (blue sky in a macroshot). Well executed and well composed. Well done & TFS!


Lovely capture Monika! (and BG as well, don't be sorry) ;)
Excellent detail, color, and artistically composed..Very nice textures and patterns seen.
I notice an exceptionally fast shutter-speed? Were they moving about?
Very well done.

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