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An ageing Spotted Orange Fritillary lights up... catching the evening light... on a spider's lair.

Provence 2011

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 May 2011 - 6:53 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Pedestal of Light
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:9 May 2011 - 9:58 PM
Tags:Backlit, Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Melitaea didyma, Spider web, Wildlife / nature
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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54169 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 10:02 PM

Just gorgeous. Wonderful light and excellent focus. Such a pretty picture.
Chris

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
9 May 2011 - 10:04 PM

fantastic image, superbly done
Tammy

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Dartmoor1
Dartmoor1  5 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 - 10:05 PM

Cracking shot great detail and colour good use of DOF

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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 10:05 PM

Superb image, the light and detail are excellent, well composed and captured..................

Tony.

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 10:07 PM

Quality macro work, showing fine detail & imaginative DOF. Good work, Tim.
Terry

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dormay
dormay  4
9 May 2011 - 10:09 PM

Excellent image. Barbara

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 10:11 PM

Beautifully captured against the light.

gill

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shawy
shawy  3 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 - 10:14 PM

A superb image well shot.
shawy

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Gemma9
Gemma9  5 United Kingdom
9 May 2011 - 10:27 PM

Wonderful image
Gemma

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Scuttleatflordon

A stunning shot well done.
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rogerfry
rogerfry e2 Member 8501 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
9 May 2011 - 10:36 PM

Beautiful image.......a butterfly on a champagne flute!

Roger

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 10:40 PM

Another magical macro Tim, you've captured this ageing beauty in such wonderful light

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JohnoP
JohnoP e2 Member 8JohnoP vcard
9 May 2011 - 10:55 PM

What a superb shot - John

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 10:57 PM

This is stunning pin sharp detail and wonderful colour,
saeid

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
9 May 2011 - 11:49 PM

Awesome, looks like a butterfly on some sort of glow stick. Really a cobwebby weed. But very beautiful...............Sandy

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NigelKiteley
NigelKiteley e2 Member 5NigelKiteley vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 5:40 AM

A truly stunning image of this beautiful Fritillary Tim.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 6:38 AM

Another exquisite image, perfectly captured. Carol

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cre8or2011
10 May 2011 - 9:33 AM

wow,such an amazing result and clarity! are the focal distance you used ie 1oomm and aperture 8 paramount to close up photography?

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celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2011 - 10:01 AM

Hi Laurent, the longer the focal distance the further you can get from your subject with the same magnification. So 180mm is currently the best dedicated macro lens for not disturbing these little creatures. But 100mm is also pretty good, it just means you have to be better at not scaring them away.

Aperture 8 is considered shallow depth of field in macro photography with most images being taken from f10 up to f16 to get the whole subject in focus. It's a matter of personal taste. I try to push the boundaries of shallow dof sometimes getting down to f2.8 if the wings of a butterfly are perfectly lined up with the focal plane of the camera. This gives you the benefit of having a nice out of focus background with a very sharp subject, but it's tricky to get that subject all in focus below f8.

Thank you all for your very kind comments. I'm impressed this image was so well received.

Cheers,

Tim

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ruurd
ruurd  3 Netherlands
10 May 2011 - 10:04 AM

hello verry nice, look like mij butterfly, look too mij galery greetings ruurd

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