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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
3 Jun 2011 10:34PM
A superb image, fabulous light and what an unusual sight. Like riding a rocket...........Sandy

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
3 Jun 2011 10:43PM
Beautiful clarity, Tim. Ron.
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2011 10:43PM
Stunning photography.

mondmagu 8 75 Ireland
3 Jun 2011 10:51PM
An absolute cracker.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 Jun 2011 10:52PM
A breathtakingly beautiful image Tim, this swallowtail looks like it is floating in the air
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2011 11:04PM
They don't get any better Wink

JOHNu 8 Ireland
3 Jun 2011 11:04PM
great job
Cormy 10 3 England
3 Jun 2011 11:09PM
Magical light,a real stunner.
3 Jun 2011 11:18PM
A well compiled image, mixture of photoshop and machaon manipulation put to good effect!
soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
3 Jun 2011 11:19PM
with Mike smith.... and it takes macro to another level.. pure professionalism at its best Tim !!!!

Nikki !
LexEquine 11 19 United States
3 Jun 2011 11:38PM
'Superb & lovely image rendering'...LEx Smile
debu 8 India
3 Jun 2011 11:47PM
Great work.
fix 11 Malta
4 Jun 2011 2:12AM
nice macro
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
4 Jun 2011 3:11AM
absolutely stunning captureSmile, fantastic lighting and detail
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
4 Jun 2011 4:07AM
Amazing detail
4 Jun 2011 4:24AM
Well Done. Great capture.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jun 2011 6:08AM
Simply stunning. Carol
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 7:27AM
Amazing capture.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
4 Jun 2011 9:20AM
Superb Tim. That perch does add a great effect to the image - beautiful butterfly and love the backlighting.
Beautiful well captured image

TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 10:26AM
Brilliant shot, Tim.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
4 Jun 2011 12:31PM
Beautifully done Tim !
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
4 Jun 2011 1:08PM
Top notch Tim, went and had a search for some large blues on Thursday, although we saw one or two specimens we couldn't get anywhere near them. Not much in the way of Wild Thyme about at the moment though, so we think that was the reason why, going to give it another week and hopefully we'll have better luck, as they say watch this space!.....Congrats on the well earned HC BTW.

Exquisite work as always Tim, congrats on the awards.
Pricegrah 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 7:59PM
One to be proud of!
4 Jun 2011 8:32PM
Stunning macro!
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 10:31PM
Just stunning!
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 11:46PM
Wow, I'm truly overwhelmed by all the superb comments!... You all made my day, I have been insanely busy lately, various shoots and weddings coming out of my ears... work is a good thing to a point!

Thanks Pete and Tammy for the awards! Smile


celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 11:48PM
Ade, I wish I could see a Large Blue one of these days. John (Fishiee) found some around here last year... but I doubt I'll have a chance to go check them out.

We only get wild thyme here in early spring then it's gone. I'm surprised you get it coming out this late in the year.

PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
5 Jun 2011 12:08AM
Absolutely gobsmacking! Excellent details, wonderful DOF and great colours! Top-notch!

Congratulations on the awards! Well deserved!


celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 12:16AM
Thanks Phil!

It only just occurred to me why some of you thought this was a Photoshop effect. Actually when I said "riding" in the wind I meant hanging on despite the wind. The seed head is attached to a stem and fixed to the ground. The shallow focus hides most of the stem so we get the impression it's all floating, this is more about technique and very little PS except to clean up some specks here and there.


Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 9:22AM
Those of us who have been following you for years would know you don't rely on PS but one can understand some folk getting confused as to how the hell you do it! Quite remarkable.

PS Glad you're getting the work in. Wondered where you were Smile
rickie 13 98 1 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 9:53AM
amazing shot
5 Jun 2011 10:51AM
Congratulations on a superb capture.
stunning capture,well done indeed.ray
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 8:48AM
A cracker Tim! The one year I don't come to Provence early June and out they all come. Typical!

Love how the stem 'disappears' with the shallow DOF. I guessed that was the cause of it and not photoshop, and the EXIF does confirm it. F5.6. Very good Smile
fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 9:08AM
Large Blues - I can remember the precise clearings where I found them last year Tim at exactly this time last year. It's about a quarter of the distance that I have to travel in the UK to see them (hopefully in a weeks time). You know you can do it! Western Marbled Whites in the same location and there's the Black Veined Whites on the way home too while you're at it!
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 3:19PM
Thanks for the encouragement John! Now I'll just have to go look! Smile

Thanks again to everyone for the very kind comments!


fishiee 14 478 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 5:44PM
The bride will turn up late anyway, so you can spare half an hour I'm sure! Smile
lobski 6 2 1 Philippines
6 Jun 2011 6:00PM
excellent photo!

Fred Grin
john_starkey 7 2 3 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 5:21PM
That's a very well taken image,

vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 9:55PM
Your images are always spectacular and this one is no exception!
8 Jun 2011 1:15PM
Hi Tim been away for a month, a superb shot to come back to, regards gray
oldbiddy 12 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 8:14PM
Fabulous truly fabulous

Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2011 5:20PM
Just one word - inspirational!!! and oh how I wish it was mine - Ina
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2011 9:55PM
Thanks Ina, Biddy, Gray, Vicky, John and Fred!



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