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A Knapweed fritillary butterfly 'digs for gold' in a Blue Aphyllanthes monspelliensis flower...

Provence 2011

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Apr 2011 - 5:57 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Gold Digger
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:29 Apr 2011 - 11:25 PM
Tags:Aphyllanthes monspeliensis, Backlit, Butterfly, Flower, Fritillary, Knapweed, Melitaea phoebe, Orange, Wildlife / nature
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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2011 - 11:30 PM

Yet another stunner Tim!

I hardly ever see butterflies feed on those flowers! Just one Green Hairstreak and Eastern Marbled Whites I think in all my visits.

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29 Apr 2011 - 11:33 PM

Simply stunning

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2011 - 11:39 PM

Thanks John, this was taken on the edge of the road near the field of wild sage where we've been several times (tall trees around). I also took the previous shot there, I'd say there were about 5 or 6 species feeding on these flowers at the time.

What happened to your travels this year? you could always still head over! Smile

Cheers,

Tim

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bazza21
bazza21  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2011 - 11:42 PM

Great image, sharp and clear, the sun shines through the butterflys wings. How did you get so close?

Barry

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grezmel
grezmel  5 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2011 - 11:43 PM

Brilliant !

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2011 - 11:51 PM

'Excellent, artistic, & very lovely Butterfly capture'>...LEx Wink

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2011 - 11:52 PM

The backlighting shows off the colours and detail in the wings so beautifully.....excellent shot.
Ronnie.

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JohnJohnstonPhotography

Beautiful. I'd love to get photos like this.
Thanks for sharing

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 430 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2011 - 7:14 AM

Just stunning

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
30 Apr 2011 - 7:23 AM

A stunning and beautiful capture.

Len

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2011 - 7:51 AM

Superb Tim..... one of your best!


Jon

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TonyDy
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30 Apr 2011 - 10:19 AM

Excellent shot, Tim, particularly the light through the wings.
Tony

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2011 - 11:04 AM

A stunning image Tim, they don't get any better than this. The colours, light, details, clarity and composition are all outstanding, you've raised the bar yet again

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Imagephotographics

Beautiful capture with super detail Tim

Chris

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 8vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2011 - 5:23 PM

This image is extra special for me - light, dof and composition perfect and I love the way the flower stem recedes!

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JohnoP
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30 Apr 2011 - 6:04 PM

This is just a wonderful image, great light, lovely detail and a great overall composition - John.

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2011 - 8:20 PM

Stunning detail Tim and lovely backlighting
Mike

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2011 - 11:17 PM

Thanks Vicky for the award! I'm glad this one got some good response, it's rather special...

Thanks to all!

Cheers,

Tim

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ChazB
ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2011 - 9:19 PM

This is gorgeous Tim, the backlighting and composition are just outstanding. Congrats on all the awards!
Charlotte

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celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2011 - 12:09 AM

Thanks Charlotte!

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2 May 2011 - 3:26 PM

Have to agree with you Tim, this is really special. Beautifuly captured in your own inimtiable style, congratulations on all the thoroughly deserved awards.

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fishiee
fishiee  10460 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2011 - 11:32 AM


Quote: What happened to your travels this year? you could always still head over! Smile

Tim - Ended up taking a trip to Portugal end of May as sue had a week's holiday to use up and I had some vouchers to practically pay for all of a package tour for a fortnight so we're off to Crete end of September. I was set to make one of tro trips to Provence like last year in April/May and had provisionally booked with L'Orée du Bois for last week April and first 2 weeks of June, but then someone asked in February about going fishing in Norway, which normally would be well and truly booked up by then. It turns out there was still space, so went for that which due to car hire issues meant I had to make it a 10 day trip leaving me with just 3 days holiday spare - not enough for Provence this year unfortunately Sad

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john_starkey
7 May 2011 - 8:39 PM

I love how this is backlit,superb image indeed,

john.

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