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A Knapweed Fritillary butterfly settles down...

... on the petals of a Saw-Wort flower...

Provence 2008

Technical Note :

This one was taken looking North with the sun setting in the West, a little backlight through the wing tips and the rest lit with a small reflector attached to the 580EX flash unit.

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Tamron 180mm f3.5 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Jewel in the Light
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:24 May 2008 - 9:09 PM
Tags:Backlit, Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Fritillary, Knapweed, Melitaea phoebe, Serratula tinctoria, Wildlife / nature
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CHIPPYX1X
CHIPPYX1X  7 England
24 May 2008 - 9:15 PM

Beautiful shot
Davey

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whiteswan01
24 May 2008 - 9:16 PM

wow stunning little butterfly Dawn

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ChrisWallace
24 May 2008 - 9:17 PM

1st class image, lovely light quality and fine detail.
Chris

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blacky
blacky  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 9:19 PM

superb shot

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Rodmac
Rodmac  8 Scotland
24 May 2008 - 9:22 PM

An absolute stunner - well done.

Rod

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 9:24 PM

A splendid shot of this beautiful butterfly, such excellent detail and light

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rmr
rmr  6 Wales
24 May 2008 - 9:27 PM

stunning capture,super detail and colours
mark

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graeme34
graeme34  7 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 - 9:28 PM

Excellent detail and dof

Graeme

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 - 9:28 PM

Wow stunning detail, super colours, Great close up.Shaun

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churchill123
24 May 2008 - 9:38 PM

This really is a jewel. Fantastic detail, colours & DOF
Linda

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 9:39 PM

Beautiful shot - the lighting is perfect Smile

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7788 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom171 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 9:49 PM

Composition, lighting, detail and colors are excellent. Beautifully shot.
Alan.

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fishiee
fishiee  10457 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 10:03 PM

Great shot Tim. I see you are experimenting with the flash now. I tried a similar thing with my first ever Small Pearl Border Fritillary last night. Wont be home till Monday to check them out on the PC but look good on the camera Smile

Saw my first English Glanville Frits today. Loads of them. Very windy and most were past their best so don't think I got anything great. Hunting for Marsh Frits tomorrow to try and make it 3 new british species in 3 days!

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angelica_cab
24 May 2008 - 10:34 PM

Beautiful
Carol

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celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2008 - 10:49 PM

Thank you all for your very generous words!

John, actually I just covered the flash with a small reflector to get this shot. So there's no flash at all, just diffuse sunlight from the sunset. I think fill flash is too intense to leave any decent backlighting... Although here it was too late in the day to get very much anyway... at least they're much easier to photograph then!

There's a few Pearl-bordered Frits. over here now too. Good luck with the new British species!

Cheers,

Tim

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RubberBullets
24 May 2008 - 11:54 PM

Another superb shot.

Tim

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nolongeramember
24 May 2008 - 11:58 PM

Truly beautiful...and love the back lighting through the hairs...and read in depth about the reflector and flash.. good advise.. noted..

Thanks for your helpful comment , appreciated Smile was battling the wind.. ! but need to experiment with b/gs and F settings Smile

Nikki !!!

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Possum  7148 forum posts England
25 May 2008 - 12:04 AM

The light here is indeed magical; a beautiful shot.
Allie

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Paddy
Paddy  11254 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 3:26 AM

the is more than beautiful, a favorite Smile)P

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Xxticy  6 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 6:40 AM

Outstanding shot, love the image...

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
25 May 2008 - 8:24 AM

excellent image

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Julian  976 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 10:03 AM

Nice pastel shades again Tim. I like the rosey patches on the bg and the butterfly forwewing.

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Gaucho e2 Member 122042 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 10:41 AM

This really is art Tim. It gets better and better.
Malcolm

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 10:52 AM

Gorgeous shot, butterfly and flower.

B.

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England53 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 11:16 AM

You are very good at getting quality b'fly shots

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cuffit  7160 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2008 - 4:54 PM

Excellent. Chris

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