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Balkan Marbled White

Balkan Marbled White
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-15 7:10
Viewed: 3067
Points: 50
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Balkan Marbled White - Melanargia larissa

This Marbled White of the subspecies lesbina was a common sight by a reservoir near Molivos on Lesvos. This particular species is recognised by the dark area of grey-brown scales on the upper wings extending out from the body. It belongs to the Satyridae family and it occurs across the Balkans and in W. Turkey.

This was captured with the camera handheld. It was a hot but very windy day as we walked along a minor road where the flowers were very tall and swaying in the wind, hence I’m quite surprised I managed to get a shot at all!

marius-secan, maaciejka, joska, Dis. Ac., CeltickRanger, siggi, matatur, Luis52, Adanac, Noisette, maurydv, marhowie, Mikolaj has marked this note useful
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hello Ulla
great sharpness picture with good BG and beautiful colours
lovely shot with good details
greeting lou

Hello Ulla,
What a great capture. Splendid colours and very good details.
Exceptional clarity and focus. Lovely composition with a wonderful butterfly.
I see only once this interesting butterfly this summer but I have no luck to take a shot.

Recently I have seen some very good images taken with the little Powershot SX10IS. With its powerful x20 Zoom the created depth of field is outstanding. Good day Ulla! Lovely image of the beautiful Balkan Marbled White butterfly. Good simple composition, fine natural colors and moderate sharpness. Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Ulla!
I love when you post one of your "Tele-Macros" made with the SX10 using full zoom! ... Awesome! ... Congratulations, a masterful job!
Regards and TFS!

Hi Ulla,
I like this butterfly, especially the composition between the butterfly and the flower. Very nice colours and background.
Thank You for sharing,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-12-15 9:05]

Hi Ulla,
Excellent photo of this Melanargia larissa, interesting species for me, TFS!

Ciao Ulla, great macro of beautiful butterfly on a lovely flower, wonderful blurry BG, splendid light, fine details, good natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ulla,

very nice image from your archive.
Good low pov and details.
Fine colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-15 9:49]

Hi Ulla,what a nice and rare specie,never seen in my country.Your pic is the best way to discover this butterflt,the perfect light for the best details on the spectacular design of the wings,very great sharpness and nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-15 10:06]

Hello Ulla,
Great photo of this special butterfly. Beautiful colours and excellent sharp details. Very nice DOF, composition and blurred BG.

hello Ulla

beautiful photo of this butterfly over his flower,
with fine POV and appropriate framing, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, beautiful light,



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-15 10:59]

Hello Ulla.
Beautiful shot , very good sharpnes and composition.Great contrast beetwen the very sharp and detailed butterfly and light blured BG.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ulla. Very good light on white. Fine details.


Hi Ulla

Great shot of this beautiful butterfly perched on top of a purple flower. Great composition and sharpness. The SX10 continues to take great pics for you :)
It is horrible and rainy here these past few weeks, I have still not taken and wildlife shots since returning from SA a month ago. Have a great week (in the snow I guess).


A beautiful snapshot taken under adverse weather conditions Ulla, the illumination was just right to emphasize the wing venations. A pleasant composition indeed my friend!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-15 18:33]

Hola Sra. Ulla.
Gran calidad y contenido en esta bella imagen.
La mariposa posada sobe una muy bella flor son toda una delicia a la vista.
Me agrada el recorte elegido para la presentacion.
Saludos Sra. Ulla.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-16 3:04]

Hello Ulla,
such lovely view of the marble. Excellent white color with lovely pattern. You have shown it beautifully with lovely smooth blurry background. How i love to see this camera work wonderfully. Im learning the technical composition from you, as sometimes my result is not that impressive as yours.
Very lovely and peasant presentation.


Hi Ulla.
Beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Hola Ulla

Bella mariposa y composición muy agradable, con contrastes con al flor y el fondo fantasticos. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-16 12:10]

Hello Ulla,
What an incredibly beautiful species captured superbly in this wonderful composition. Great work as usual Ulla, thank you.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-12-16 13:07]

Merhaba Ulla,
çok net, çok detaylı bir kelebek fotoğrafı olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, sevgilerle..

Hello Ulla
great capture of this Balkan Marbled White, very good quality and sharpness in spite the wind, excellent 3D effect and BG color tones
very well done and have a good night

Hallo Ulla,
a very good picture of the Balkan Marbled White taken from an excellent POV, fantastic colours, very nice vertica composition
Best regards

Beautiful marbled white Ulla, the flowers color works well to compliment the B&W of the insect.
Great shot, especially with the windy conditions you describe.
Happy Holidays!

Hello Ulla!
Amazing macro. Perfect exposure and capture. High Fidelity.
Good contrast and sharpness. Very good POV and DOF.
Interesting information.
Well done!

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