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Thank you very much for the clicks and comments on yesterday's Common Blue and especially to myrab for the UA, all are very much appreciated.

This female Spanish Purple Hairstreak was photographed in Spain last year. I went over in June with my good friend Pete Withers and this was one of three Hairstreaks that we were hoping to see. My girlfriend Pilu had told me to expect to see hundreds of Hairstreaks all over the yellow broom bushes and she was not wrong. We really did see hundreds including Spanish Purple, Ilex, and False Ilex as well as many other species busily feeding on the bright yellow flowers. Conditions were windy and this coupled with the fact that the butterflies were constantly moving made photography very difficult. How frustrating to see so many butterflies with very few photo opportunities! However on our last morning we did find this female that sat still long enough for us to bag a few photos. The background colour was provided by a path as she was quite low to the ground.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 100mm f2.8 L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jun 2012 - 8:28 AM
Focal Length:100mm
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-0.375
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Spanish Purple Hairstreak
Username:NigelKiteley NigelKiteley
Uploaded:29 Jan 2013 - 12:29 PM
Tags:Butterflies, Close-up / macro, Spanish purple hairstreak, Wildlife / nature
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mossy
mossy  146 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 12:46 PM

Purple hairstreak is on my to see list, good to see this photo of the female. Well exposed and sharp as a pin.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 12:48 PM

A fantastic capture, Nigel. Carol

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 - 12:56 PM

Brilliant shot, Nigel.
Tony

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32366 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 1:34 PM

A stunning image of the finest quality Nigel.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom72 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 3:49 PM

You never fail to amaze me that you always find your butterflies with perfect backgrounds.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 8JohnoP vcard
29 Jan 2013 - 6:42 PM

What superb macro work Nigel! John

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85750 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 7:27 PM

Could this be the oneWink

Adrian

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85750 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 7:49 PM

Aye it isSmile

Nothing reciprocal at allSmile

Subject + perch + backdrop = Quality photography

Adrian

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 7:52 PM

You seem to be able to overcome difficulties and produce great images.
Joan.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2013 - 8:23 PM

An image of exceptional quality Nigel, the detail and colours are first class

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