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Wings in Paradise

Wings in Paradise
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/6.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), Flutterbies, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 5:33
Viewed: 4237
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Winter has returned this week in full force, but last week I was lucky. I had wanted to get away from the snow for a little bit and invited my daughter and my sister-in-law to play hookey with me at the "Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory" just half an hour away from home.
It took about half an hour before my camera was completely adjusted to the temperature difference. the humans had an easier time: we just shed one layer after another and forgot all about the snow outside (^_^).

This beautiful creature sipping nectar from a Bird of Paradise flower is a Rice Paper Butterfly, Latin name: "Idea leuconoe," also known as a "Tree Nymph." They hail from southeast Asia and grow to achieve a phenomenal wingspan of 95 to 110 cm.

Tech: handheld (monopods and tripods are not permitted during regular visiting hours); shot in RAW and converted to jpg with no changes; cropped a little from the left side and bottom; resized, framed, sharpened edges and posted
Thanks for your visits and critiques

mikou, pankajbajpai, JORAPAVI, uleko, Adanac, delic, oki, jaycee, ramthakur, horia, XOTAELE, scottevers7, anel, jeanpaul, dew77, Silvio2006, dkaved, zeca, izler, SkyF, pierrefonds, Hormon_Manyer, wilmahabo, cataclysta, jmirah, shelbeesmom has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Hormon_Manyer: I am honoured!Silke 1 08-23 09:08
To dkaved: thank you for making my "wings" a favouriteSilke 1 03-08 16:32
To dkaved: Mastering the D70sSilke 1 03-08 15:54
To Shoot_Score: croppingSilke 1 03-07 05:48
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Silke, you are up way too early! Anyway looks like you got a good post here! I like this one better than previous shots of same b'fly! It is more focussed on the subject. I find the crop at the top very tight. Tfs, Jay

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-07 5:47]

Hi Silke.
Very nice capture with great sharp details on drawing on wings of this beautiful butterfly.Colors are amazing,white colour is pretty.Very nice composition and POV.I would let above butterfly little more space.However it is beautiful presentation of this exotic butterfly.
TFS and best greetings Milos.

hi silke,
this is a very nice capture, i have not seen this kind of butterfly in India, the black & white combination looks stunning, the shot has been composed well & framed with good asthetics, the butterfly is enjoying the nectar,
tfs & regards

Hola Silke,
Una gran belleza con excelente luz y definición, que tengas buen día. Un cordial saludo

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-07 6:07]

Hello Silke,
This is a wonderful butterfly which I've seen in the wild in Malaysia. Excellent shot showing sharp details. Most of all I like íts pose and the composition. A bit tightly cropped at the top perhaps, but that's a very minor nit.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Nice image, well presented, sharp and clear where it should be...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-07 7:10]

Hi Silke,
WOW, this is simply a exquisite capture with excellent composition, colors and details, thanks Silke.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-07 7:18]

Truly interesting capture, Silke: the pose, colors and the flower. Composition is well-thought. I hate it when they don't allow tripods. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Silke,
I like the butterfly's pose that you captured with its wings wide open. This is superb as well as this POV, composition, details and exposure. This is a very nice specie. Well done!

Hello Silke,

well done perfect detail svery crisp I really like this POV alot well colored

TFS Kyle

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  • oki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 10 N: 114] (587)
  • [2007-03-07 8:46]

Hi Silke,
this picture is taken with impressive sharpness (Nikon-like!). Colors, presentation, POV are also good, same as the text,
Thanks and best regards,
Your Oki

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-07 11:03]

Hi Silke,

This is beautiful! Fantastic colors and details and a very pretty picture.


Hi Silke,
I see your hold on the power of Nikon D70s in this macro shot of a lovely butterfly.
Well done!
A perfect point of view from which you have shot this butterfly in an elegant pose.
Sharp and precise focus, natural colors and a fine composition.
Great job!
Thanks and take care.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-07 11:22]

Hi Silke

A really beautiful butterfly on a really beautiful flower!
What a winning combination!
The detatils here are terrific and the definition in the textures is great!
Also the colors are lovely and well saturated and the DOF is impeccalbe - keeping all the main elements in full focus and blurring the small BG nicely.
The diagonal composition looks great, but personally i would have left the entire flower in the picture.

Anyway, Bravo and TFS

hello SILKE
voici encore une bonne réussite de ta part, de tres bons détails et des couleurs nettes et parfaites
bravo, continue et merci

Preciosa imagen Silke. La mariposa destaca sobremanera posada en la Estrelitzia.
Buena nitidez y detalles magníficos amiga, un cordial saludo. JL.

Hi Silke,
it's a real beauty, I love this butterfly, the wings are marvelous. A wonderful post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Silke,
An excellent shot on this Rice Paper. Great colors and detail here. Nice DOF has it all in good sharp detail. Beautiful!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-07 21:32]

Hello Silke

What a lovely butterfly and pose.I liek how you composed this one.Nicely focused and with very good DOF and A nice POV.The diagonal plant lends itself nicely yo your shot.TFS


Hi Silke,

Excellent shot.
Sharp and very neat.

Ben Lakitan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-08 4:25]

Hello Silke,
That's a really very fine and harmonious picture of a butterfly. Excellent composition with this b/w butterfly on a white flower. Well seen.
best regards

Bonjour Silke
Magnifique photo de ce joli macro de ce beau papillon! Les couleurs et la composition sont superbes. La netteté est parfaite.On croirait voir une peinture. Merci de partager!
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-08 9:37]

Hello Silke,
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,use ıf backlight,details,framing and composition a lot.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-08 12:58]

Belle élégance pleine de finesse.
Bonne journée.

Hi Silke, splendid elegant butterfly, wonderful colors and great details, very well done, brava, ciao Silvio

Hi Silke,
This is a wonderful capture!The detail you have captured of the butterfly is just exquisite and the pattern of its wings a joy to the eye.The whole of the butterfly is clear and sharp throughout.You have mastered your D70s very quickly.Its got to be a favorite!
Regards, David

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-08 17:49]

Hi Silke,
Very nice butterfly and excellent capture. Exposure, details and composition are spot on!
TFS, José M.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-03-08 22:25]

Hey Silke! What a delicate wings! Beautiful picture, with accurate sharpness and exposition!

Hello Silke.

Excellent image, nice compostion and colors.
Jose Luis.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-03-12 18:59]

hello Silke
whats a beautiful butterfly and nice pose. i like composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, details, framing and note in your photo
thanks for sharing

magnifique papillon,
ses ailes me font penser à de la pure soie,
bonne netteté,

Olá Silke!

Foto espetacular...uma linda composição, muito delicada.
Achei lindíssima a borboleta, eu ainda não tinha visto uma nessas cores, ou seja B&P.,amei. Parabéns!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-16 11:59]

Hi Silke,
one of my favorite places to go in the winter to capture the beauties. Cambridge of Niagarafalls has a wonderful selection of these exotic flyers. I love this capture, a very nice angle and great POV.

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the Rice paper butterfly, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hi Silke,
Unbelievably nice macro. I add it to my faves - this tells everything, I think. TFS and congrats, László

Hello Silke!
Beautiful butterfly, very nice shot, sharp and clear in details. Well done.
Regards, Agata

Hi Silke
Beautiful and very elegant and artistic photo. Original POV. Nice black and white set of colors nicely corresponds with black and white frame. Perfect sharpness and composition.

Best wishes

Hi Silke,
An excellent photo showing outstanding detail and color. Very well composed.


I'm shaking my head in disbelief... just amazing sharpness and softness all at the same time. Where have I been? I'm losing my mind... I had no idea you put out stuff like this..(shame on me) ***tears*** We need to have a talk... your energies are placed in the wrong realm! Fantastic shot... how in the world.......?

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