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Backlight Pararge

Backlight Pararge
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-30 10:22
Viewed: 3755
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I suppose some of you must be bored with my fungi, so I decided to give them a rest and post a butterfly Cris photographed. I liked very much the backlight effect she managed.

Pararge aegeria - Speckled Wood

This is the most common butterfly where I live.

The aptly named Speckled Wood flies in partially shaded woodland with dappled sunlight. The male usually perches in a small pool of sunlight, from where it rises rapidly to intercept any intruder. Both sexes feed on honeydew in the tree tops and are rarely seen feeding on flowers, except early and late in the year when aphid activity is low.

The range of this butterfly contracted during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but has spread back since the 1920s. It has continued to spread over the past two decades, recolonizing many areas in eastern and northern England and Scotland.

European/world range
Widespread throughout Europe; also in North Africa and eastwards to the Urals. It has expanded in several European countries, and its range has extended northwards.

Various grasses are used, including False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanatus), and Common Couch (Elytrigia repens).

Towards the northern and eastern margins of its range, the Speckled Wood breeds only in woodland habitats, but elsewhere it also uses lanes and tracks between tall hedgerows, parks, gardens, and scrub. It seems to prefer slightly damp areas where there is tall grass and some shade.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

marhowie, uleko, Silvio2006, cataclysta, scottevers7, AndyB, XOTAELE, RAP, dew77, cedryk, Alex99, jeanpaul, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-30 10:40]

Hello Felipe and Chris,
Very interesting light effect in this capture! It looks almost as if it was shot in moonlight! Wonderful backlight highlighting the wings and a glimpse of llight on the eye to make the picture complete.
TFS and best wishes for 2007, Ulla

Hello Felipe.
Old TN Friends, side by side :) Nice way to close out 06..Very nice backlit effect and dark BG achieved with the small aperture. Excellent detail in the head, antennae, and backlit parts of the wings. Well composed, Well done mf.
Happy New Year Felipe!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-30 10:42]

Hola Cristina y Felipe.
Original contraluz, muy atractivo. Gran nitidez, excelente punto de vista y una cuerda azul que van muy bien para el conjunto.
Abrazo, José M.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2006-12-30 11:23]

Hi Felipe,
Wonderful backlit macro shot.
Colours are brilliant as is the sharpness and composition. Looks really beautiful.

Ciao Felipe, I like this photo, amazing backlight, beautiful butterfly, wonderful colors, great light, perfect details, you use very well the little light, very well done,BRAVISSIMO
* Happy New Year * to all you and your family.
Ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-30 12:05]

Wonderful backlighting here, excellent POV and nice details. Lovely



bonjour felipe
j'aime bien l'effet d'ombres chinoises données a ce papillon.de plus malgrés le contre jour la tête est assez bien detaillée.
bravo et meilleurs voeux pour 2007.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2006-12-30 12:42]

superb lighting. vyer nice and unique approach.

bravo felipo,photo parfaite,merveilleux les jeux d ombre merci

Very interesting light and POV. I like it very much. Almost perfect sharpnes and great effect with black buckground
Best wishes

Hi Felipe and Christina,
Great dramatic backlighting makes for a very artistic shot. The play of light and shadows is excellent in here. The lighting shows the patterns and structure of the wings in a unique way. Great job!
Happy New Year,

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-12-30 13:36]

Hello Felipe & Cristina,
A very good backlit shot of this Speckled wood.
Great lighting,excellent detail and a nice dark BG.
A happy new year to you both!


Hi Felipe,
super shot with beautiful light in the wings,excellent detail too!

Bonita imagen en color pero con claroscuros. Muy íntima, la mariposa y nosotros solamente.
Muy bien presentada. Saludos amigos.

P.D. No creas, yo particularmente no me canso de ver las maravillas que presentan.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-30 14:33]

Cuando hablas de nuestros gustos que antes diferían ligeramente y ahora se parecen algo más, creo que esta imagen es la perfecta demostración de tu gusto y de mi complacencia querido amigo.
Una perfecta composición con un efecto lumínico maravilloso, la nitidez y el foco exacto, incluso dejando fuera del mismo a parte de la superficie enroscada.
Gran punto de vista, gran encuadre... gran presentación.
Mis felicitaciones para Cris por semejante captura y mi afecto para ambos con mis mejores deseos para el 2007.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-30 15:48]

Hello Felipe,
It's a unusual and perfect amcro.I liked use of backlight,framing,composition and visual impact a lot.
Happy new Year to you and Cristina.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-12-30 20:20]

Hello Felipe & Christina,
I simply love this picture. It's very unusual for the backlighting and low key tones. Also the surroundings is unusual, usually we see the butterflies on flowers :-)
Very creative contribution!!!
All the best for 2007!!!

Hi Felipe

Beautiful! Love the light in this shot. Just wonderful to view. Thank you! I wish you and your family all the best for 2007! :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-31 7:23]

Hi Filipe and Christina.
Very expressive shot with excellent creative approach. Nice experiment with lighting.
I like the POV and composition of this shot, impressive deep shadows and bright spots on the wings.
Happy New Year and best wishes.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-31 13:30]

Sorprendente perspectiva y generosos detalles los de esta preciosa foto, mientras esperamos que llegue el 2007 y los invitados, me doy una vuelta por este mundo "casi virtual" y desearles lo mejor de lo mejor para el próximo año, y muchas felicidades,

Bonjour Filipe et Cristina
Félicitation pour cette grande prise de vue avec ce beau macro, c'est du grand art.Les couleurs ,les détails et la composition ainsi que le BG tout est parfait.
Bonne Année a vous deux et a votre famille
Merci et au revoir....JP

Holá Filipe, una luz preciosa!!!
Saludos de Portugal.

Hello Felipe,
hello Chris,
magical backlight revealing most beautiful colours and shapes out of the dark.
I wonder if it is a rope or a garden chair Maculada is sitting on, but whatever it is, it looks good and it is very well fitting in colour.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • bpy Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 10] (207)
  • [2007-05-28 13:31]

Fenomenal foto para mi gusto, jugando con las sombras pero manteniendo la nitidez y detalles justos, excelente.

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