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End of Butterfies

End of Butterfies
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Peacock Butterflies, 40 - 49 Points (Chapter 12) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-27 12:59
Viewed: 4446
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not much to say today. Autumn again. Summer ended suddenly. Weather is brilliant, but butterflies gone. I think they probably couldn't survive colder and colder nights. Or maybe their favourite flowers gone, too and butterflies died from starvation? I don't know, needless to say, I saw only few of these colorfull insects last times. Mainly our brightest star - Peacock. In my favourite area of Botanic Garden, in area with many different flowers, few Echinaceas survive. Peacock and Echinacea are the best friend. This time was no exception - I saw few of Inachis io flying from flower to flower. Autumn nostalgia. I took few pictures, quick. Postcards from last days of light and warmth, gems ready for long Polish winter.

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WOW! Splendid capture Grzegorz!
Great composition and colour tone. The colours make for a very interesting image. Very well done!

Hi Greg,
Yes, the summer reached the end indeed and our subjects getting decreased everyday :(, time for the mushrooms :-) This peacocks look really wonderful hope that i meet one of them next spring. i like the colours and lighting, the moody is appropriate to the summer ending.

Hi Greg,
Lovely dynamic deep color and I like the low key exposure, it works well for this "End of Butterflies" season capture..
Nice detail and a great BG, that come together along with this echinacea to make it an artistic offering :)
Nicely done mf.

Very touching farewell to summer, Greg. The Peacock sits poised to fly into the abyss of life's cycle and to emerge again into the spring or summer of the next season.
A beautifully composed image with lovely colours, shades and tones.
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
P.B. Shelly said that.

Nice close up, really detailed and colorfull.
Good compo and notes.

Hey Greg - what a fantastic shot!
Brilliant colours, lighting and very nice bg!
Excellent POV, sharpness and composition too. I like your picture very much. Thank you my friend.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-27 14:56]

Bella... muy bella macro, principalmente por la composición, que incluye no sólo la mariposa, sino también una maravillosa flor y un perfecto fondo.
Excelente POV con gran agudeza y un colorido suave, que brinda un efecto de intimidad del insecto en su entorno.
Qué apertura utilizaste para esta captura?
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

Nice... very nice macro, mainly for the composition, that it not only includes the butterfly, but also a wonderful flower and a perfect bottom.
Excellent POV with great sharpness and soft coloring that it offers an effect of intimacy of the insect in their environment.
What aperture did you use for this capture?.
Congratulations and regards... Ricardo

Hi Greg,
at the end of summer this beautiful arrangement.
It's one of the most wonderful butterflies and I also love the echinacea so much.
Together it's perfect, thanks, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-09-27 16:06]

Yes, today it is farewell to summer here too, and the only butterflies left around here are one or two Red Admirals and the odd Small Tortoise-shell but they are rather worn by now.
I'm amazed that you've found such a fresh-looking specimen of the Peacock - Really brilliant shot, dead sharp and wonderful darkish colours.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-27 16:31]

Hi Grzegorz,
Lovely colors, background and light. A good representation of the weather change.
Best regards,
José M.
Here in the South of Spain, summer still last (32ºC today!)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-27 17:04]

Hello Greg,
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,BG,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2006-09-27 18:13]
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Hi Greg
While you people in the northern hemisphere slowly start to unpack the warm clothes and thick blankets in preparation of the coming winter, we here in the southern hemisphere are checking the air conditioners and fans to ensure all is working well to provide some needed escape from the scorching heat to come.
So, your butterflies such as the beautiful specimen in your photo disappear while I'm getting prepared for another season of running and chasing exercises trying to capture one of these illusive flitters.
You presented this lovely peacock on the stunning flower in a very striking composition with excellent natural colours be it somewhat on the darkish side. The OOF BG compliments the insect rather well, the details are crispy, and the exposure was well managed.
Good work my friend and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-27 21:54]

Oh Greg! How sad, summer is passing too quickly. Here in NZ we have had 6 days of summer - so rare in Sept, but the cooler weather is returning again for a while. We have been very spoilt. (Check my TE pics)
You have a very pretty B'fly on the very pretty echanacea flower. Looks sad too,

Hi Greg

Beautiful work. Nicely composed with all the technical stuff looking spot on. :-)

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-28 3:26]

Hi Grzegorz,

Wonderful shot, great POV and the composition is excellent, the details are lovely and sharp but I think what really makes the shot so good are the beautiful Autumn colours that you have captured.

TFS Hilary :o)

je ne sais pas si c'est le meme que celui que j'avais publié il y a quelques temps,mais le mien n'avait psa les ailes ouverte comme ici.

Its hard to believe your summer is over, ours is about to begin. Already we have had bushfires with homes and lives lost. I fear it may be a long hot summer.
A nice shot, but I do hope to see some shots of the polish winter, snow is such a novelty for me, I've only seen it three times. Besides, there are other things one can do on long winter nights :) :)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-28 12:21]

Hi Greg

Sorry...i'm a little behind with my critiques :)
Splendid composition with this lovely butterfly!
The low light really brings out the best of him!
Perfect focus, impecable DOF, excellent POV and very beautiful colors.
Great work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Greg !
This is a splendid shot ! I love everything on this picture, the compositionm, POV, colors, DOF... You also have excellent sharpness and details, and your nots is very beautiful... So sad to think that butterflies have disappeared... The summer is passing much too fast ! :-) Very well done !

Hi Grzeg,
This old photo of You was featured on the main page today, and I of course didn't pass it through, on my "Peacock day" (I commented a lot of photos today dealing with this beautiful insect).
Great shot, although I feel it's a little underexposed - not brutally, but more than the optimal (to my personal taste, of course - although I myself use UE very usually, most of all if I shoot with a compact camera. On this photo I feel it a bit too much). Made a WS, I hope You don't mind.
I give my 2 points, because everything else is fantastic on the pic, except for the mentioned UE. Interesting note also - I was a bit surprised to read "peacock and Echinacea are the best friends". There's a few of this flower in my parents' garden, but I don't remember I ever saw peacock on them. I'll ask my father today about this. Thank You for the information, and of course for the pic.
Have a nice Sunday, friendly regards from Wegry, László (Wladyslaw)

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