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The Clipper

The Clipper
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-25 3:05
Viewed: 4121
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another spectacular butterfly from my trip to Sabah last year. Found this one at Poring Hot Spring, the perfect place for those of you who enjoy watching butterflies.
This is a Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) from the family Nymalidae and is a fairly common species through Southeast Asia from Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, the Philippines, Sulawesi, Java, Bali, Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. It is found in primary lowland rainforest from sea level to around 300m.
The Clipper is a powerful and fast flying butterfly. The flight consists of short periods of gliding, alternating every few seconds with shallow but rapid flickering wing beats.
Both sexes commonly nectar at Lantana and other flowers. Males will also settle on the ground to drink moisture. If disturbed they fly up immediately, circle around at a height of about 3 metres, and then resettle nearby.

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Ciao Chris, splendid butterfly with fantastic bright colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-25 5:18]

Hello Chris,
A very interesting view on this spectacular Clipper. I like the pose you caught here, looks like it would be ready to fly away. Most beautiful patterns and wings of the butterfly. Excellent sharpness and fine presentation.
Thanks and kind regards

Hi Chris,
Awesome clear ans precised focused image, and wath a POV! this visual angle make the image evolution in impressive way. Correct ligth, correct saturation. A image very suitable to see the species chars. TFS, regards, Jesús

I can imagine this butterfly rarely sitting still and giving you this kind of an open-wing pose, Chris. How you have managed it at shutter speed 1/90 is a miracle of sorts.
The image is excellent in terms of rich details and colours on the open wings captured from a dorsal point of view.
Well done and thanks.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-25 11:38]

Hello Chris,
Very beautiful clear coloured photo of this butterfly. Good sharpness and a fantastic diagonal composition. Very nice DOF.

hello Chris
super pose of this beauty
great details and super good light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Mate, Superb capture of this pretty beauty. The sharpness and POV/DOF are also great.
TFS and have a nice WE!

Ps. i'll be away from TN for a week since i will conduct a trip to the SW of Mediterranean region, so take care MF!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-25 13:36]

Hallo Chris,
Beautiful macro capture of the lovely butterfly with superb details!I like the great contrast between the butterfly's colors and the blurry BG. The sharpness and POV are perfect. Great composition.
Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Chris. Intéressante photo de ce magnifique papillon. Couleurs, contraste, sens de la présentation... en un mot: parfait. Rudy

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-26 1:49]

Hello Chris
Wonderful macro capture taken from an interesting POV, with natural colors and great details

hello Chris
Clipper is very very beautiful tropical butterfly. colors and patterns on its wings pretty. you are lucky to see and captured it, with a great shot. sharpness of focus, POV, composition and exposure great. purple and yellow flowers and green leaves nicely contrasted to its colors. thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-03-27 11:05]

It is a fine image showing a beautiful species. Successful POV-DOF, pretty colour and composition.
Greetings and TFS.

Hello Chris,
a superb macro shot of this fantastic butterfly taken from an excellent POV showing perfectly the marvellous markings of the upperwings, very good sharpness and splendid colours, very well composed.
Best regards

hello Chris!
fantastica regalo che ci hai portato dal tuo viaggio in Asia
questa Parthenos sylvia ha un disegno delle ali stupendo e la
tua macro ce la mostra,con ottima definizione, nella postura ad ali aperte sopra i fiori

grazie e complimenti sERGIO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-28 23:30]

Hello Chris,
Nice to see this species taken in the wild instead of a butterfly house!
Though the POV demands a high DOF, you show the features of this Clipper with good overall sharpness and colours against a nice contrasting natural BG.
Thanks and all the best,

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