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Backlit Brimstone on Lavender

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Male Brimstone on lavender. These beauties are on the wing again as the new generation takes to the skies. This will be a butterfly from an egg laid this year, as opposed to an overwintering adult from 2007/2008. After supping nectar-they will take cover for a month or so and then sip again just before Autumn wanes, maximising their fat reserves before Winter and waiting until 2009 before emerging from hibernation and finding a happy little female to mate with.
I have a couple of good patches of Lavendar in the garden. This one was feeding all over it. Lighting conditions were difficult with such bright sunshine, the shot looked completely different from one minute to the next as the butterfly changed its position. Backlighting seems to work for me but I do find a little loss of detail in highlit areas.

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 100 macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Backlit Brimstone on Lavender
Username:Julian Julian
Uploaded:5 Jul 2008 - 12:14 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
5 Jul 2008 - 12:29 AM

Stunning shot Graham

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 12:30 AM

A beautiful macro shot, the colours, detail and clarity are all outstanding

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 2:07 AM

Excellent macro shot.
Ty

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 - 7:27 AM

A stunning image.the dof just right.
Dave

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 7:33 AM

The lavendar makes a lovely soft backdrop and the backlightling lifts the flutterby out of the shot. A cracker
Mike

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Paddy
Paddy  11254 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 7:38 AM

such wonderful colours ... a real winner, my favorite SmileP

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david1000
david1000  7 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 - 9:20 AM

Beautiful image. The purple makes an excellent backdrop.

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 10:27 AM

Excellent shot Julian.

Alan

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
5 Jul 2008 - 10:28 AM

Lovely colour, nice bits of web too.
freda

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fossilized
fossilized  1079 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 - 11:16 AM

A very striking shot. DoF is perfect and the contrast of such vibrant colours works very well.
Jean

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Julian
Julian  1076 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 11:29 AM

Thanks everybody. At least this one didn't bomb.
Julian

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Melanie_M
Melanie_M e2 Member 9168 forum postsMelanie_M vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2008 - 5:52 PM

Stunning contrast in colour and of your subject against the BG.
If I were to be really picky then I might have gone for portrait format adding a little more space above. Won't stop me from giving it an award.

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2008 - 10:01 AM

Excellent and beautifully taken.
Particularly love the colour of the butterfly against the colour of the lavender.


~Alley~

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2008 - 10:23 PM

Brilliant simplicity! I do like the colour combination with the lavender... must try this some time Wink

Well done!

Tim

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Julian
Julian  1076 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2008 - 11:27 PM

Thanks for the comments folks and Melanie for the award!
Julian

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Marian
Marian  962 forum posts England
21 Jul 2008 - 9:45 PM

I love the colour combination.
Marian

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