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Waking Up..

By ejtumman    
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) on Field Scabious

Taken early yesterday morning, just as the sun came over the hill at Aston Rowant nature reserve. This is one of a number of shots I took as the sun hit the butterfly, and it started to open its wings. I just love this warm light.

ISO 400
Shutter Speed 1/320

The Marbled Whites natural habitat is grassland, and while I moved grass away at the time of taking the photo, I decided to leave some in the background to show the natural habitat.

Never properly tried butterfly photography before, not with an SLR anyway, but I enjoyed it. a bit different to the usual plain flowers ;o) I spent about an hour photographing this particular butterfly.. about 2 minutes after this shot was taken it had warmed up sufficiently and it flew off.

Cropped and adjusted the levels in photoshop.


Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: KarenFB, Rachy1821, liparig and 78 more

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onewildworld 19 696 4 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 8:54AM
Oh to be first!
Nicely done Emma. Good DOF and lovely soft lighting.
Thanks for a good day yesterday.
terry_cavner 16 332 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:01AM
Stunning Shot
phil_1975 17 165 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:12AM
Beautiful Emma, love the composition and the DOF. Oh and the detail isn't bad either!

helendixon 17 30 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:15AM
You are right about the light, it's wonderful, very well captured.

annaliese 16 421 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:16AM
Bluke 16 303 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:23AM
lovely delicate shot ...great DOF ..
John_Duckett 17 386 2 Norfolk Island
18 Jul 2005 9:26AM
This is superb. Love the composition and background. Pin sharp and beautifully lit.

andytvcams 18 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:27AM
Its a bit special.

stevebutler 16 122 England
18 Jul 2005 9:28AM
Nice lighting and well composed.

ColouredImages 16 47 35 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:30AM
Stunning image, one of the best I have seen in quite a while!!

MoWiz 16 114 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:30AM
great shot, fantastic detail
ejtumman 17 2.8k England
18 Jul 2005 9:31AM
Thanks for the comments.... mcu appreciated.

I think I proved to myself yesterday, what a difference spending a bit of time on a shot makes.

Thanks again
danpen 17 15 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 9:36AM
Gorgeous shot, excellent composition
JouŠo 17 56 Finland
18 Jul 2005 9:44AM
Fantastic shot, Emma!
Great details in this.

alanDwest 16 40 England
18 Jul 2005 9:58AM
Lovely shot Emma well presented.

pcjackso Junior Member 16 7
18 Jul 2005 10:00AM
Beautiful shot.the colours are lovely.
silverwolf 19 7 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 10:15AM
Superb shot and presentation
stevie 17 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 10:18AM
Excellent macro shot in every way. Well done.
tepot 16 4.4k United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 10:44AM
nice shot although i may have saturated the colours a little more to give it more of the OOOH factor.
ericfaragh Plus
17 149 5 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 10:46AM
Beautiful colour, great macro detail, well caught.
ejtumman 17 2.8k England
18 Jul 2005 10:50AM
Thanks again for the comments. I thought about upping the saturation, but I wanted it to look natural, not artificial.

Emma ;o)
Hannahs_Pics 16 37 England
18 Jul 2005 10:55AM
Yes it looks fantastic!
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
18 Jul 2005 11:31AM
very well spotted, taken and presented.
18 Jul 2005 11:50AM
Beautiful Emma!, well done on the RC and EC
18 Jul 2005 11:51AM
Beautiful Emma!, well done on the RC and EC
old timer 17 55 1 Scotland
18 Jul 2005 11:55AM
What superb quality, Emma!
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
18 Jul 2005 12:02PM
Looks like I'm right there with a magnifying glass!
Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
18 Jul 2005 12:06PM
tigs 16 145 3 Netherlands
18 Jul 2005 12:06PM
This is an excellent close-up, wow!! Stunning detail, the lighting and the DoF is lovely. Congratulations on the EC.
naturenut 18 1.8k England
18 Jul 2005 12:08PM
Congratulations Emma.
MarkyMarc 16 498 Canada
18 Jul 2005 12:11PM
Great neutral background to set off the subject and excellent detail, well done.

brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 12:20PM
Excellent work Emma, well done on the EC

18 Jul 2005 12:29PM
A very worthy EC congrats.

18 Jul 2005 12:52PM
A worthy EC, brilliant. k.
bassan Plus
18 15
18 Jul 2005 1:19PM
wonderful image. congrats
starliz 17 1.6k 3 England
18 Jul 2005 1:48PM
superb shot.

geoffrey baker 17 501 1 Wales
18 Jul 2005 3:34PM
A lovely shot, congratulations on the EC.
flowerted 17 106 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2005 10:45PM
great shot emmacongrats on both awards well deserved
Greyheron 19 282 7 England
18 Jul 2005 11:14PM
Not surprised Emma & you have a few more I know........a fine study!

....& fun day out too,
suleesia 16 176 Malaysia
18 Jul 2005 11:35PM
superb composition! congrats!
conrad 17 10.9k 116
19 Jul 2005 12:10AM
Absolutely wonderful, there are no other words for it!

User_Removed 16 132
19 Jul 2005 4:13AM
excellent capture
jimbo_t 18 959 England
19 Jul 2005 6:44AM
Very nice shot, well taken. Did you sharpen this at all in PS? I'm still finding my macros need a touch of unsharp mask. Also what parameters on the 350D did you use? (Sorry for pestering!)
ejtumman 17 2.8k England
19 Jul 2005 9:23AM
Thanks for the comments..

Jim, I use the parameters where everything is set to 0, so no in-camera sharpening or colour enhancement. Sometimes I find I have to use USM, but this one didn't need anything..

Emma ;o)
Tony_M 17 342 England
20 Jul 2005 3:45PM
It's a cracking photo and the reward of your time spent on this one butterfly.

It was good to meet you on a fine day out with other epz'ers.

Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
21 Jul 2005 10:34AM
great capture, emma.

MarkT 16 119 2 England
21 Jul 2005 12:46PM
Beautiful capture.
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
26 Jul 2005 11:57AM
How did I miss this......Sorry Emma....
Deserving of all the attention it has received!

ojjo 16 10
27 Jul 2005 2:50AM
nice one!!

liparig 17 233 United States
28 Jul 2005 5:56PM
Hawkgenes 16 10 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2005 12:24PM
A wonderful image

bzbee 17 108 3 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2005 9:56PM
Absolutely beautiful, Emma - worthy of all the attention it's getting. You have a real gift
foxybrown 16 368
13 Sep 2005 2:08AM
great shot, nice exposure & colour - gets my vote!
rosie42 17 7 Australia
7 Nov 2005 6:58PM
A delightful image, Emma - congratulations ...

Susie :o)
deemac 15 6 11 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2005 3:50PM
Beautifully handled, and I admire your dedication being up there before the sunrise.

Your decision about the grass in the background works for me - far enough out of focus to avoid distraction, but still a hint of the surroundings.

wyatturp 15 2 England
2 Dec 2005 12:29AM
Great picture to look at fab.
Jaye 15 3
4 Feb 2006 1:54PM
This is just so beautiful colours and detail supurb..If you weren't in my favorites I would have missed it as I realize having a different time zone the phots go so quickly miss some excellent ones . Judith
izitgood 15 4
16 May 2006 1:43PM
I think I'm a bit late for this one but it is great to see such a good shot against a natural background. Excellent technique.


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