Prestbury Hill Blue

By Glostopcat  
A male common blue butterfly basking in some summer sunshine on a bright and breezy Sunday afternoon in the masts field at Prestbury Hill nature reserve near Cheltenham. Many thanks for all the c&c's on my recent uploads, I shall endeavour to catch up with what you've all been up to recently as soon as i've the time.

Tags: Close-up and macro Common blue butterfly Glos Wildlife and nature Prestbury hill nature reserve Butterfly conservation

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Comments


30 Jun 2012 12:11PM
Superb Ed, excellent detail,
Fred.

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
30 Jun 2012 12:13PM
Fine macro shot, Ed, the detail captured so precise. Stands out so well from the pastel b/g greens, and almost as if in 3D.
Very well done and if I may say so one of your best.
Ronnie.
skewey 9 31 England
30 Jun 2012 12:13PM
Another excellengt capture Ed

Paul
Tibetan 3 3 England
30 Jun 2012 12:33PM
Excellent clear detailed photo like it lots, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ade_Osman 12 4.5k 36 England
30 Jun 2012 12:34PM
Good stuff Ed but IMHO it looks just a tad over-sharpened, otherwise perfect!

AdeWink
PinkK 6 80 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 1:31PM
Beautiful image
30 Jun 2012 1:46PM
lovely vibrant image Ed'.

John Smile
Herge88 Plus
8 40 4 England
30 Jun 2012 2:42PM
Beautiful soft colours with some great detail here Ed, I assume by your comments that Gary_D has a frog phobia?

Best Matt
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
30 Jun 2012 2:55PM
A cracker, Ed, glorious colour, a well deserved award on its way to you Smile Carol
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
30 Jun 2012 3:10PM
Cracking good butterfly capture Ed.
Ron
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
30 Jun 2012 4:01PM
This is a stunning capture of this blue-- also a well designed image!
PattiW 10 24 2 United States
30 Jun 2012 4:40PM
Exquisite detail in this amazing capture, Patti Smile
30 Jun 2012 4:43PM
Wonderful Capture. Eric.
Irishkate Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 5:09PM
A wonderful Blue butterfly - didn't know ther were that many varities.
I too thought it a litle oversharpened having spend an afternoon editing
some of my own and trying not to overdo it.
so hard to get just right!!
KateGrin
helenlinda Plus
8 342 22 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 5:49PM
A beauty Ed SmileSmile
Helen
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
30 Jun 2012 7:01PM
WOW. One helluva capture, Ed!

Definitely a Blue Ribbon shot Smile

Andrew
banehawi Plus
11 1.3k 3353 Canada
30 Jun 2012 7:11PM
Very difficult not to oversharpen these, but this is oversharpened, I agree with Ade, and Ive loaded a mod with less sharpening. Could well be a little too much less, but you can at least see it makes quite a difference. I would also crop to place the Butterfly on a third. try not to use those borders that are the same as the dominant colour as the shot, - they dont work well. The purpose of a border is to frame, meaning indicate the edge of a shot, and these ones done do that. Ive includes a different frame in the mod to show what I mean.

Good effort though at 300mm.



regards



Willie
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
30 Jun 2012 7:16PM
Many thanks to Carol and Eric for the user awards and to Willie for his excellent mod and advice, it is greatly appreciated, Ed
Great shot.Smile
goso 9 2 1 Australia
30 Jun 2012 10:18PM
Caught well Ed ...Bill
BURNBLUE Plus
9 12 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2012 11:18PM
Razor sharp Ed with beautiful colour.
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
1 Jul 2012 12:04AM
Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
1 Jul 2012 1:11AM
This is wonderful ,ED ,very well done,
Saeid
1 Jul 2012 2:17AM
A super image Ed. Really well captured.........Sandy
Ray42 7 3 England
1 Jul 2012 6:33AM
An excellent shot Ed - there don't seem to be so many butterflies around this year or is it me
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
1 Jul 2012 11:06AM
No there aren't, you have to look hard to find the ones that are around, there have been nothing like the numbers in previous years
Shellio 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2012 8:20PM
I think these butterflies are delightful, great work!
Shell
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
1 Jul 2012 11:35PM
wonderful iridescent blue! You certainly won't get the blues about this one.
2 Jul 2012 8:57AM
A real beauty here Ed. A
6 Jul 2012 2:35PM
beautiful capture

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