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A Knapweed Fritillary butterfly settling down for the night, backlit by the setting sun...

Provence 2007

Getting this close and face to face, was truly exhilarating!

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Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:tamron 180mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Jewel in the Night
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:23 May 2007 - 8:04 PM
Tags:Antennae, Backlit, Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Detail, Eyes, Fritllary, Head, Jewel, Knapweed, Melltaea, Phoebe, Sunlit
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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 8:05 PM

again, a good one

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 8:08 PM

Wonderful shot.
Sandra

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stevebidmead
23 May 2007 - 8:12 PM

Absolutely spot on. Steve

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proberts
proberts  10218 forum posts Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 8:23 PM

Still like it Tim ;0)
Andrew.

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blackbird
blackbird  7159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 8:24 PM

cracking capture, those wings are like a stained glass window

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7830 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom172 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 8:31 PM

This is a beautiful piece of photography. Really excellent work.
Alan.

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BRabbitts
BRabbitts  8 United Kingdom
23 May 2007 - 8:52 PM

Stunning
Brian

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Nickscape
Nickscape  8693 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2007 - 9:11 PM

Wow, this is beautiful, love the angle from underneath. the backlighting is great, deserves a lot of attention.

Nick

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nolongeramember
23 May 2007 - 10:42 PM

breath taking.. stunning detail and back lighting.. awesome and inspiring !!!!

Nikki Smile

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Snapper_T
Snapper_T e2 Member 10848 forum postsSnapper_T vcard United Kingdom
23 May 2007 - 11:14 PM

Well exposed, like the backlighting, good composition and detail.

Trev

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xinia
xinia  954 forum posts
24 May 2007 - 12:47 AM

superb capture with wonderful light

Last Modified By Dave at 24 May 2007 - 12:47 AM

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catnappin
catnappin  7666 forum posts United Kingdom
24 May 2007 - 8:41 AM

Absolutely superb!
Jacqui

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chase
chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2007 - 8:41 AM

Beautifully backlit Tim,very good colours & so well exposed.
Janet

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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
24 May 2007 - 6:53 PM

Don't know how I missed this wonderful shot, great detail and I love the natural backlighting

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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2007 - 10:19 PM

A different angle, but really works well. Love the curve of the flower stem coming in from the right.

Another of those species we don't get here Grrr!

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1577 Constructive Critique Points
25 May 2007 - 8:39 PM

So glad to be the 30th voter on this amazing image. The backlighting has brought out all the colours, and the stem coming from the fg is so unusual.

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Jens_Peter
25 May 2007 - 9:36 PM

This is a good one. Where did you take the photo?

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2007 - 12:05 PM

Thanks for all your kind support on this one. It took a while to get noticed, there's something about dark images on this website, people rarely notice them.
It's funny technically this one is ten times more difficult than the previous dragonfly I uploaded, but not quite so popular!

This was taken close to the ground with the sun in my eyes, lying on my back and feet pointed away from the subject, effectively I took this upside down in the most awkward position!

Cheers,

Tim

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Julian
Julian  976 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2007 - 1:07 PM

Great position to be in taking a picture. Why should the camera do all the work? Hope you got bitten by ants and ... yeah ok I'm jealous.It's a terrific shot adn again you have achieved some lovely and different lighting to many standard macro shots so you get 5 * for effort, ingenuity, inspiration, handling the camera and being there...

Well done

Julian

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
2 Jun 2007 - 10:44 PM

Superb. Well worth the effort. JNC

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Topo
Topo  7 England
5 Jun 2007 - 8:57 AM

Beautifully lit and great clarity. Isn't nature wonderful - thank you ! Mandi

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jun 2007 - 11:08 AM

Marvellous light through the wings, beautiful exposure. First class, well done.

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