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Lift Off!

By celestun
A Spotted Fritillary lifts off... caught mid-flight...

This was taken low on the ground to get the natural backlight...

Provence 2009

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Jekaro, ringyneck, KBan and 206 more

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helenlinda Plus
13 366 22 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 9:31PM
What amazing light you have captured here behind the flower and the butterfly - wonderful image

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Varanus 15 32 1 England
3 Aug 2009 9:32PM
That's too good!!
imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 9:37PM
superbly taken
jeanmarie 11 12 England
3 Aug 2009 9:43PM
wow the light on the butterfly is fantastic, and all so sharp, love it. jeanette
celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 9:59PM
Wow thanks Pete!

I think I can safely say I like the changes to the award system... very very fast selection process and I am now very biased in favour!


phil_j 14 134 4 England
3 Aug 2009 10:01PM
Congrats on the EC, very deserved imho.

SoulOfNature 11 23 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 10:09PM
Wow this is stunning........congratulations on the EC....good for you.

Jean x
peterkin 16 666 England
3 Aug 2009 10:11PM
Lovely shot. Well done on the EC.

Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
3 Aug 2009 10:13PM
A perfectly timed inflight shot, this is work of the very highest calibre, congratulations on a fully deserved EC award, Ed
SurreyHillsMan 12 27 2 England
3 Aug 2009 10:31PM
Superb Tim... well deserved EC, love it

Terry L 16 609 5 England
3 Aug 2009 10:32PM
Cracking capture Tim, well worthy of the EC.
Woofmix 11 69 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 10:34PM
Great shot, congrats on the EC.

comma 12 108 6 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 10:39PM
Cabit 13 104 England
3 Aug 2009 10:40PM
fishiee 16 478 3 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 11:35PM
Incredible Tim! The EC is well desreved!

How you managed to get it in flight with wings parallel to the sensor like that I'll never know. That is some good timing!

I'd be tempted to get rid of the flower - it'd look an even more impressive inflight shot then!
celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 11:50PM
A lot of luck involved! I have been taking these on 5 shots per second for ages and finally, for once, pulled one off!

As usual, aim, shoot, close your eyes and hope for the best... Wink

The finest technical advice at your service!


whiteswan01 12 13 England
3 Aug 2009 11:51PM
wow wow well worth the EC well captured spot on shot
steve5452 16 15 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2009 11:57PM
Great timing, wonderful colours too.

LesF 13 182 9
4 Aug 2009 6:19AM
The light is stunning here, congrats on a fully deserved EC

Chant57 Plus
14 395 3 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 8:42AM
Superb timing, stunning light, gorgeous colours. Congratulations on the EC.
SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JNC
I think I can safely say I like the changes to the award system.......
so do i ,Tim
Philip_P 15 71 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 9:59AM
Congrats on EC, great lighting & time, super shot
SlowSong Plus
11 9.0k 30 England
4 Aug 2009 11:55AM
Beautiful focussing.
Shroomer 13 14 167 England
4 Aug 2009 12:20PM
Absolutely stunning Tim, timed to perfection and love the backlighting and simplisic scene uncluttered.
Congrats on the EC
riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
4 Aug 2009 1:23PM
exquisite use of backlighting
fossilized 15 79 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 2:49PM
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2009 8:23PM
Well done on the EC and such a magnificent shot - well worth the commendation - Ina
AlleyCatz 14 274 6 England
5 Aug 2009 9:12AM
Superb capture Tim.....and congrats on your EC Smile


P.S Wish we were still in sunny provence....the weather is awful here Sad
Rach1970 11 14 1 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 9:56AM
A beautiful capture.
Wooly 14 112 4 England
5 Aug 2009 12:11PM
Congrats on the very well deserved awards Tim.

motorsportpictures 11 289 23 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2009 3:26PM
ANother stunner, and another EC, WOW.
5 Aug 2009 9:02PM
Fantastic timing!
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
10 Aug 2009 11:03AM
Only just saw this as it was on EPZ's front page!......Unfortunately, I'm having one or two personal problems at the moment and because of this I'm unable to get online as often as I'd like. Anyway, as I said I saw this on the front page and noticed it's done really well for you Tim, not that I'm surprised, it deserves all the accolades it has so far had, well done to you mate......Hopefully I'll things will be back to normal in the next week or so and I'll be able to post as regulary as I normally do, but in all honesty, I don't think I'd be able to compete with you on this wonderful shot mate.
Well done again mate, you deserve it........Hope everything is well in your life, best regards to you as always.......Ade
celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 12:01PM
Thanks Ade, I hope things works out for the better for you. You deserve happiness!

I didn't notice this was on the front page either until you wrote! So a big thanks to Pete and his fabulous award team (bias in the extreme here)!

Thanks to Helen, Dom, Ian, Jeanette, Phil J, Jean, Peter, Jon, Ed, Terry, Paul, Stuart, Dave, John, Dawn, Steve, Les, Chant, Jean-Noel, Mara, Phil P, Chris, Richard, Nic, Jean, Ina, Alley & Alan, Rachel, Scott, & Neil for all your kind comments and encouragement on this once in a blue moon image!


janet 18 27 England
10 Aug 2009 1:18PM
Wow! Amazing image!
A worthy winner, well done!
borrower 10 4 England
10 Aug 2009 1:35PM
sparrowhawk Plus
11 282 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 2:06PM
User_Removed 16 17.9k 8 Norway
10 Aug 2009 2:21PM
Missed this on too.. Sad

Congratulations! a very worthy winner of all the accolades.
itzno 12 1 Australia
10 Aug 2009 3:26PM
pfft..? this super imposed?.
Terry L 16 609 5 England
10 Aug 2009 4:18PM
Photo of the week as well Tim, can't be bad.
10 Aug 2009 6:27PM
one of the most impressive displays of nature...divine!
10 Aug 2009 6:59PM
User_Removed 13 11 11 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 7:04PM
Cracking image, one to aspire too!

Chris C
IanFlindt 15 740 21 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 7:48PM
Even by your own inspiring standards, Tim , this is exceptional. Many, many congratulations!
fishiee 16 478 3 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 9:30PM
I had a feeling this was gonna get POTW and well deserved Tim. A stunning image Smile
User_Removed 10 718 9 England
11 Aug 2009 2:09AM
~Yes very well done. beautiful.
Be hard for anyone this week to live up to the standards shown here, fantastic Smile
solorize 13 12 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 8:03AM
Stunning image! I love the how butterflies wings are lit. great work.
torres99 11 119 1 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 8:20AM
Just Brilliant


Gaucho 18 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 9:53AM
I've just seen this Tim as I've been away. Just the other day I was suggesting that you were going to have trouble bettering the latest of your efforts and then you come up with this! Quite remarkable and even if you were shotgunning it, that doesn't help in turning out a beautifully balanced shot in terms of colour and composition. Well done sir.

celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 11:12AM
Thanks Malcolm! That's mighty kind of you!

Thanks also to Carl, Mark, Alison, John, Ian, Chis C, Rikki, Traci, Mike, Steve, Louise and Janet!


HowardA 13 231
11 Aug 2009 11:42AM
Fantastic capture. The light is great and your angle of shot lifts this to a whole new level. Thoroughly deserving of the Holy Trinity of awards!
BarbaraR 14 498 1 England
11 Aug 2009 3:12PM
Wow, superb.
Many congrats !

ChazB 15 64 3 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 10:52PM
Stunning!! Well done on all the awards!
pennyspike 17 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 11:11AM
This is truly beautiful, so glad I've seen it, even if I'm a bit late to add my congratulations to the rest. It will look so good as a canvas print.Smile
fatherpie 12 18 12 England
12 Aug 2009 11:15AM
Deserves all the awards and plaudits - enjoy the canvas!
celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2009 1:55PM
Thanks Howard, Barbara, Charlotte, Penny and Dave!

It's very kind of you all to leave such encouraging comments!


12 Aug 2009 10:13PM
Fantastic timing, wonderful light..Spendid capture! Congratulations
hagrid 11 England
16 Aug 2009 12:10PM
I like the way you've got the natural light behind the butterfly, you deserve my award, well done tim.
hippysnapper 11 17 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2009 10:30PM
Fantastic!! My fav subjectSmile
Emmog 11 38 1 England
18 Aug 2009 7:09PM
Great backlit and DoF
20 Aug 2009 2:23PM
An extraordinary image, very well done
27 Aug 2009 2:47PM
Amazing photo
Alan_Coles 14 178 11 Wales
31 Aug 2009 6:24PM
Double amazing !! Congrat on the EC, well deserved.
HUMIE 13 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2009 9:28PM
WOW....sensational capture !!

e_MAGES 10 Saint Vincent And Grenadines
3 Sep 2009 9:04PM
Great captureSmile
celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2009 9:12PM
Thanks to Rick, Terry, Angela, Matt, Pete, Linda, Mike & Ed for your very kind words!


phil99 13 45 6 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2009 9:21PM
Only just seen this amazing image . Well deserved awards for you and many congratulations....Phil
Gilly01 13 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 10:44PM
That is fantastic, brilliant, superb!!!
ColouredImages 15 47 35 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 10:08AM
No idea how I missed this gem Tim especially when I've trawled through your gallery so many times...must ba an age thing.

This is a stunning capture and I can see why it has got all the awards.....a) you managed to freeze time and motion
b) the backlighting is quite extraordinary
c) the clarity and pin sharp focus combined with isolation
from the background


viscostatic 13 47 7 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 9:17PM
A stunning image - great light, great timing, amazing clarity. Well done!

Joline Plus
14 30 56 United States
23 Sep 2009 4:54PM
Wow.....congratulations on the photo and the accolades. Gorgeous shot!
Goggz 13 2.3k 72 Wales
23 Sep 2009 9:52PM
Outstanding image!
Well done on all the awards!
Cheers, Goggz
Mavis 18 143 2 England
24 Sep 2009 6:44PM
Your hard work paid off . Such a beautiful photo , justly deserves to be POTW Well done
Yazz66 10 England
28 Sep 2009 5:50PM
jonah794 10 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2009 8:10PM
Super super super shot - well deserved everything!!
How much I wish I could get one of these one day.....
Truly a Beautiful shot here....
Hat`s off to ya on an awesome Macro shot
satee 10
15 Oct 2009 9:09AM
A wonderful Capture, Compliments.
Tony_B 12 6 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2010 1:52PM
Woooow, stunning
hippysnapper 11 17 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2010 10:58PM
10 Apr 2010 11:45AM
Outstanding ! great !
27 Oct 2010 5:12PM
An amazing shot, well done!
mio2mio 11 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 9:31AM
Well timed capture, great shot

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