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A Dusky Heath butterfly shows off it's silver lining...

... on a twist of dried grass...

Provence 2009

These little butterflies are very easily spooked and it takes them ages to settle again... if you so much as twitch a hair on your arm... so I was very happy to finally get one this close!

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Tamron 180mm f3.5 Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Silver Lining
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:3 Jul 2009 - 10:16 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
3 Jul 2009 - 10:18 PM

Stunning close uo detail captue, love the colours.
Jeff

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BeiK
BeiK  8 Scotland
3 Jul 2009 - 10:23 PM

I wonder if you have actually excelled yourself with this one !! Wow!
Bitte

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bfgstew
bfgstew  7668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 10:24 PM

1st class photography Tim.
Stewart

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RRT
RRT  5 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 - 10:24 PM

Stunning Image

Ray

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SoulOfNature
3 Jul 2009 - 10:25 PM

Absolutely gorgeous !!! a brilliant macro with great detail,well captured.

Jean x

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romansnumber7
3 Jul 2009 - 10:28 PM

Superb. What a stunning butterfly, first time ive seen one of these.

Paul

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 10:29 PM

Love the dof here Tim,makes it seem like the Butterfly is coming right out of the screen into my room,gorgeous bg which compliments the subject so very well.

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GarethRobinson
GarethRobinson e2 Member 7954 forum postsGarethRobinson vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 10:35 PM

Stunning image, excellent isolation and detail.

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 10:39 PM

Thanks Beik! A real honour from you and my favourite type of award!

Thank you all for your very kind words!

Cheers,

Tim

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 10:53 PM

Beautifully captured! Large Version proves how good this is.
Terry

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ChrisWallace
3 Jul 2009 - 10:59 PM

stunning image
Chris

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:00 PM

Wow, this is utterly brilliant, probably the best butterfly shot Ive seen in ages. You deserve an award for this - I will be amazed if you dont get a premier award. You will get my user award for the week as soon as I can give it. Angi

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:07 PM

Gosh Angi, you're way too kind, but I really like the attention!

Cheers,

Tim

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:11 PM

All of the above. Brilliant butterfly capture. I've got to buy a macro lens, and I've got to hunt down some butterflies. Talk about butterfly inspiration........Sandy

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:14 PM

This is gorgeous. A butterfly shot that works well from a macro/nature point of view and is also hugely satisfying aesthetically. Love it.

Eric

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:22 PM

Thanks for your award Sandy! ... wow I must say I never thought this one would capture so much attention!

Tim

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lesgoodey
lesgoodey e2 Member 8lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:25 PM

Lovely macro shot.

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:25 PM

This is going to get my award when it becomes available, Tim. It's exquisite - a real gem and a delight to view.

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Angi_Wallace
Angi_Wallace e2 Member 6172 forum postsAngi_Wallace vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2009 - 11:46 PM

Just had to come back and tell you that you have inspired me with this shot, butterflies here I come, Wink.
Hmmmm, photo of the week maybe?

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Tony_M
Tony_M  10342 forum posts England
4 Jul 2009 - 12:30 AM

A truly stunning butterfly photo with out-of-the ordinary colours. A welcome change from the usual green background and lush vegetation.

Tony

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User_Removed
4 Jul 2009 - 12:55 AM

yu've got yourself a creacker here, it's lovely & the detail excellent, the final icing on the cake i=s the grass it's on, very pictorial shot to

di

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 3:06 AM

fabulous, the butterfly, dried grass and the Bg just all work together brilliantly.one for my shortlist too.lesley

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84255 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 7:08 AM

Wow! I love it.

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 7:11 AM

Superb shot,
Alan

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 8:11 AM

Superb Tim... love the DOF... a wonderful peice of grass... great photography

Jon

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ChazB
ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 8:37 AM

What a beautiful butterfly, and beautifully captured too! The dof used is stunning with a wonderful bg and the composition is superb.
Charlotte

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2009 - 8:38 AM

Stunning shot.
Dave

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porty2003
porty2003  1097 forum posts Scotland
4 Jul 2009 - 9:11 AM

Gorgeous image
John

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 9:19 AM

Wonderful - shortlisted.

James

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 9:42 AM

This is quality.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 3:24 PM

A fantastic close up of this beautiful butterfly, you've raised the bar yet again. This one is exceptional even by your very high standards

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maratsuikka
4 Jul 2009 - 4:00 PM

Like your images very much,i wish here were more bflies to shoot

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fossilized
4 Jul 2009 - 4:40 PM

Superb and very attractive shot.... delightfully arty!
Jean

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4 Jul 2009 - 8:11 PM

A beautiful detailed shot Tim, great comp.
Vanda

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 8:32 PM

Thanks again to all of you for your incredibly kind comments!

Thanks Karen and Ian for the awards. A real honour!

Ian hilarious design too! Smile

Cheers,

Tim

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 9:09 PM

If I had to choose one of yours it would very probably be this one. Very possibly your best
Mike

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Silverzone
4 Jul 2009 - 9:50 PM

Fabulous image. Sylvia

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MandyD
MandyD e2 Member 516777215 forum postsMandyD vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 10:16 PM

Amazing shot!!!!

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2009 - 10:30 PM

Thanks Mandy! I am truly honoured to feature so prominently on your award list!

Cheers,

Tim

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Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 8:11 AM

Well done Tim.......It would have had my award mate, but I've just given it to the enemy (Matt Berry) for his swallowtails! That's 3 awards I could have given out this morning.

Ade

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fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 10:04 AM

Superb shot Tim. The background colours really complement the butterflies and the detail is superb. I never did get a decent shot of these even if my images can be saved. One to target next year Smile

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Gaucho e2 Member 122207 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 9:38 PM

If I knew what this award thingy was I'd gladly award you one. This is beautiful Tim.

Malcolm

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 10:19 PM

A truely wonderful picture Tim, beautifully framed and with the most wonderful colouring. The butterfly leaps out of the page in it's brilliance and the twist of grass couldn't have had a better shape if it had been painted.

There have been some glorious photographs this week, but I have no doubt that yours is the pick of the bunch.

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Best regards,

James

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2009 - 11:48 PM

Thanks Ade & John... and Malcolm now that you've worked it out you can give me the award then! Smile

James you're award and especially your kind comments mean a great deal. It's been very encouraging I must say to get all this great feedback!

Thanks to all of you again!

Cheers,

Tim

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brianhaslam
7 Jul 2009 - 8:57 PM

Another stunner.

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jul 2009 - 10:27 PM

Truly wonderful the detail,perch,colour composition oh just all of it is simply superb - Ina

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2009 - 7:45 AM

Stunning!! Not just a macro shot with detail- its truly a work of art.
Worthy too of all those awards and the HC
Congratulations on an amazing shot!
Helen

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jul 2009 - 5:38 PM

Thanks Tom (toffee) for your award! I really do appreciate these user awards!

Thanks also to Brian, Ina and Helen!

Cheers,

Tim

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cuffit
cuffit  7165 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2009 - 8:40 PM

I missed this one, outstanding as a photograph let alone the capturing the butterfly. Brilliant. If you ever run a course or a day out I'd come along! Chris

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2009 - 10:16 AM

Thanks Chris!
If you ever head down this way I'd be happy to show you the ropes... although there are so many butterflies you'd probably find yourself wandering off!

Cheers,

Tim

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celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2009 - 1:04 AM

Thanks Angi for your award... sorry it took me while to notice!

I really do appreciate it coming from such a magical photographer as yourself!

Cheers,

Tim

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