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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 2:32
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Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As i am noe in my times of experimenting, I said to myself why not try something new again...at least for me :)
So, here is my first butterfly post, which also coresponds to my first 2-in-1 picture.

This is a Purple Emperor (Apatura iris), a quite common butterfly in my latest trips.
What i like most of all about it is that the upper side of its wings can reflect the sunlight i a very unique and beautiful way, making them appear blue. But, thare is a catch: this phenomenon can be observed only if you look from the right angles - both the angle with the sun and the one with the vertical.
This being said, i'm not going to give more info on the species, since i've seen other posts about it and they pretty much cover it all :)

Both the images in my picture are about the exact same specimen, only from different POVs...the reflections are more than visible.
Unfortunately, as i saw it was the case of other photographers, i couldn't catch it on any other BG...only cow poop :(

Even so, hope you'll like it.

PP: cropped, sharpened and resized for TN.

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Hi Horia.
Excellent shot. I like it. What an interesting colur on the butterfly. Lovely. Bravo, TFS.

Hi Horia,
Interesting effect and very well depicted!
I have observed the same phenomenon, but not in butterflies though...
Good macro work, with great colours and superb details!
Informative presentation, both note and paste-in picture...
Pablo -

Very interesting shots. A curious phenomenon!TFS
Best regards

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-29 3:03]

Hi Horia,
beautiful wings of b-flies, good colours, interesting work 2 in one. Good note also. I like it. Well done photos.
Gr., Aleksander

A verry well done shot, Horia!
Nice, vibrant collors and a good POV.

This is a truly amazing phenomenon, Horia. The wings of the butterfly look quite different in these two shots taken from different perspectives.
The bigger one by virtue of the shade of blue on its wings looks prettier to me.
Well done and TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-29 3:59]

Hi Horia,
A very good demostration of reflection, showing both version with and without blue colors. Perfect capture with very good texture and pov.
TFS, José M.
PS. Here you are an explanation of Iridiscence on butterfly wings

Hi Horia,
Amazing capture! The colours are very beautiful, excellent details and great composed.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-07-29 6:11]

Hi Horia,

Well done getting the right angle to capture the brilliant blue colour, I like the 2 in 1 shot showing how different the butterfly can look from a different angle. Great Shot.

TFS Hilary

Ciao Horia, thanks for yuor comment on my holiday!
I'll sure post lot of pics from Namibia when I'll be back.
I like the presentation of your pic.
Thanks to the small pic whe can well see the reflection in different POVs.
Well done.


Horia, superba anche la foto di questa farfalla!
Bella la composizione, bravo.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-29 7:08]

Muy bonita presentación con estas 2 imágenes de gran colorido y nitidez.
Me agrada la composición con los 2 POV para mostrar el nivel de coloración del insecto.
Saludos... Ricardo

Very pretty presentation with these 2 images of great DOF and clearness.
I like me the composition with the 2 POV to show the level of coloration of the insect.
Greetings... Ricardo

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

Hello Horia,
a very pretty specimen of Apatura iris that you have captured very well, with excellent colours and details! The chosen point of view demontstrates the striking blue iridescence in a perfect way while it makes it difficult to get the butterfly sharp - but you managed that very well.
Presenting the same butterfly from another angle without the blue iridescence is very well informing.
Don't worry about the cow dung, I saw these very pretty butterflies sitting on stuff that is much worse indeed. They never visit any flowers.
Thank you for this pretty posting, and best regards,

PS: By the way, the species you show here is not the "Lesser Purple Emperor" which is a bit smaller, has eyespots on its forewings, too, and is called "Apatura ilia". It is the true and classical "Purple Emperor" you have shown here.

Hello Horia.
The experiment come out superbly nice and the butterfly looks superb not only for the colors but because of the details and the composition.
Great POV and nice touch with the insert.
Keep them coming, they look great.

Hi Horia,
it's a nice picture of a beautiful butterfly.
But I'm not so keen on coping picture in photos.
Good details and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-29 22:49]

Hi Horia

Very interesting photos and information.The colours are beautiful.Nice documentation of this butterfly.Well composed and excellent detail.TFS


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-30 5:00]

Hi Horia
Beautiful colours on this buterfly. Great shot. Good sharpnes, light, details, DOF and POV.
Well done mf


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-30 9:36]

I like the experiment - this is a good way to show how the light is reflected. Beautiful colours and sharp details.

Hello Horia,
beautiful butterfly shot- very clear and colorful. Great composition and great details. Natural colors. Well done and thank you for sharing.

Salut Horia
Belle présentation ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition
J'apprécie les beau papillon il alimente a merveille mon écran de veille
au revoir et merci ....JP

Super unghiul din care l-ai fotografiat, se poate vedea reflexia aproape ca si in conditii naturale.
TFS, Lucian.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-31 5:52]

Hi Horia,
Great picture of this Butterfly.
Great POV, color, DOF, sharpness and BG.


Nu lam vazut niciodata in Romania. Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Hello Horia,
Very nice job with this. Excellent color and exposed well. Interesting POV with good DOF and sharp detail. And the cow poop...well ;)
Great presentation with inset view.
Very well done.

Ha ha! What a beauty but look at where it is sitting! Great shot except the bg for sure! Sorry Hoira, but this scene made me laugh indeed ;-) No matter about fresh looking poop, so it should be one of its natural habitats, i know the butterflies feeding from flowers generally!

So clooose to b'fly and superb focusing and sharpness, amazing colours on it. With your collage this is a great post!

Hi Horia

Congratulations on a very well composed shot. Excellent clear details, perfect POV and good depth of colour. Top quality work. :-)

Hi Horia,
why have I missed this wonderful butterfly?
Wow, the colours are marvelous.
Excellent sharpness and details, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Just great shot! The blue colour an the wings are perfect visible. Thanks for sharing


Excellent capture of this magnificent butterfly! I always dreamed about photographing a blue butterfly but never had the chance. Very good composition and POV! The colors look bright and natural and contrast is nice! Sharpness is spot on! Great use of DOF! Congratulations and TFS!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-08-05 12:09]

Brilliant, what more can one say!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-08-11 6:34]

Nice picture Horia. I like sharpness and fantastic colors. It is one of my favorite butterfly, but quite rare in our region. Also I found it on cattle excrements only :-( and I have two picture of the species on TN. Have a nice weekend.

Very interesting post: rare subject and informative notes, plus the shot is well taken and the image is sharp. That's what TN is all about. Thank you, Horia!

Nice POVs Horia and useful workshop on the reflections.
Excellent work from all sides. Really useful note too.
TFS and see you

je suis fan de papillons et je trouve ta photo magnifique
belle exposition, bon travail couleurs parfaites et netteté

Nice capture.
Brilliant demonstration of the reflection depending blue coloration. New to me. Also the fact that they feed on bullshit (could one believe he's an emperor?).
Very useful note

Hi Horia,
So beautiful and bright colours! Great capture.

Horia, what one can't accomplish with cow-poop eh!

Outstanding presentation. The only improvement I would make is to shift the inset flush with the upper left corner. See WS for that idea...

I also played a wee with the colour balance and sharpness.

The reflection aspect reminds me of the BlueJay. See my Note:

TFS, Jay

Hi Horia,

How beautiful this is. You have captured it perfectly. Well done.


Dear my friend Horia,

Very beautiful and wonderful shot of this amazing butterfly. I know this one and in my country, we have similiar one is named "Freyer's purple emperor".
It's amazing to appear the various colours on the wings regarding the angles and sunlight.
I will post the collage of korean butterflies next time, you can see the our purple emperor, it's very small size though.

You've captured very close-up shot with nice pose, excellent details and focusing.
Well presented and TFS,
Best regards, Kevin
Have a great weekend!

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