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On a cornflower field

On a cornflower field
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/550 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-05 3:48
Viewed: 5040
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't have much free time lately. I'm finishing my studies and there's a lot of things to do now.

Anyway, I wanted to post something today and I choose this shot. It have been taken at field few meters from my house. There's lots of cornflowers there. In some places there's much more flowers than rye! Check my WORKSHOP to see what I mean.

The picture have been taken at late afternoon hence the warm light. I don't have time to search for ID now, but I'm sure you know these butterflies well because they are quite common, at least here.
These butterflies can be often seen in a low grass, but I hardly ever see them on flowers. I have luck to spot this one on a cornflower. I don't think it was feeding there though.

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Hi Monika ! This is such a beautiful picture ! Excellent details, colors and composition, great POV and DOF. The blurred BG, with high grasses and purple flowers, is also very beautiful. I wonder what happened to this poor butterfly, as it is missing a big part of his hind wong. Very well done !

Nice image, Monika.
The blue cornflower and the butterfly make a lovely composition together.

Wspaniale zdjecie :-)
Piekna GO, kolorystyka, ostrosc i tlo.
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

Hi Monika

Well done on a great shot. Nicely composed with lovely colours. Good POV, crisp, clear and sharp. Nice work. :-)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-05 5:22]

Bonjour Monika!

Cette prise est superbe et parfaite.Les couleurs sont parfaitement exposées et sont éclatantes. Bravo pour la composition et les détails. J'aime bien l'harmoni entre le sujet et son environnement.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-05 6:07]

Hello Monika,
Wonderful close up.DOF you managed is magnificent.I liked POV,colors,details,framing,3D effect and composition also a lot.


Well Composed, great Lighting, detail of the subject, DOF, BG and sharpness. TFS,

Hi Monika,
Great quality light and a spot on exposure add up to beautiful saturated colors and sharp detail. Very nice frame filling composition. Just a beautiful shot. Nice work!

Hello Monika, excllent details, Bg, POV, DOF perfect colors lighting right on target, TFS Kyle

Hello Monika, this is a wonderfull butterfly shot. I like it very much. Your workshop is excellent too! - Excellent lighting, colours and fantastic POV too. This is an excellent composition. Thank you for sharing with us.
Greetings and best wishes for you.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-05 9:17]
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Very nice shot, Monika. Colors, POV lighting and DOF are all superb. Nice workshop, too (cute BowWow:))
Anyway, a big Bravo and TFS

PS. The best of luck with your final exams...they'll pass quickly, you'll see. That's exactly what happened last week with me - they were done faster than you can realize :)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-05 9:59]

Hi Monika,
A lovely picture with soft and warm colors, a perfect focused butterfly and good composition and bg. The WS is lovely and gives a context to this shot.
TFS, José M.
PS. Have a good end for your studies.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-05 11:20]

Hi Monika, a nicely composed shot. Excellent lighting with good details and beautiful colours. Perhaps a tad sharp but that may just be my monitor. I like also the abstract feel to the background with the cornflowers, which gives the photo depth. Well done my friend and TFS.

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-05 11:22]

Very good photo of this Satyridae Monika!
Very good on colours!
Very good on details!
Excellent DOF!
Very good POV and BG!
5* and TFS!

Hi Monica, nice close-up with good colors and details.


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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-05 12:40]

The bright saturated colours draws attention to this picture while the good composition and sharp focus make it a prize winning picture.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-05 15:02]

Hello Monika,
a beautiful composition. POV, colors and lighting is very nice.

Hello Monika,
A bit rushed tonight, just time for a quick visit.
Well worth a big :)

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-05 19:22]

Hello Monika,

Lovely colours (I really like cornflowers) the butterfly looks a little worn, which I think adds to the shot. Good shot, very well done.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-07-06 1:58]

Wow, Monika!
Beautiful colours and nice contrast to the BG! Yellow and purple? You couldn´t find better composition in the nature...

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-06 17:20]

Hi Monika,
Another great shot from this wonderful area, you're lucky to have so much beautiful countryside close to your house. Nice detail, excellent framing/composition and great warm colours and light. A minor nit would be the shallow DOF leaving the nearest petal out of focus, but it's a very minor one. It's a lovely shot, gives a real sense of a warm summer's day.

And good luck with the exams!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-07 8:45]

Hi Monika!

These butterflies are very common last days. Surprisingly, cornflowers are also very common in my neighbourhood :-) Very nice composition of insect and flower. I love blurred BG with blue spots of hundreds more cornflowers. WS is great :-) This is kind of post I like most. BowWow and EU crops ;-) I'm learning every day :-)

Bonjour Monika
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce joli papillon , comme tous tes autres que tu nous as envoyés,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition .
Au revoir,félicitation et bon week end...JP

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-09 2:04]
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Nice shot ! The Satyridae seems old and has some damages on wing... I like also the dog in Cornflowers ;-) For ID first I thought to "Maniola jurtina" but I not sure...
Well seen and well done. Congratulations Monika and TFS.

Hi Monika,
I like the composition and an excellent POV.
Nice saturation of color, good details, and a lovely BG here..
Very well done.


We live in a similar situation, the farmer who owns the field I live alongside has abandoned one end totally, and there for it is full of flowers - mostly poppies, thistles, wild pansies, and I think camomile. It makes for great pictures when time is so very short, 15 mins in the morning.

As for the picture, I like it - The b'fly looks like a meadow brown or a gatekeeper, can't remeber which at the moment... the gatekeeper is the one that is totally orange inside and the meadow brown is orange and brown inside.

I love the WS by the way..


If I were to be really critical, I'd say that the DOF should have been greater, so all of the petals were in focus, but that may have spoiled the background which I love. Also, I think the sharpening is a little harsh, there are halos around the wings and the central parts of the flower. Still, none of that stops it from being a very beautiful photo, though, I really love the composition with the flower and butterfly almost filling the frame. Extra space would be un-neccessary, there's just enough background to set the flower in it's surroundings.
Well done Monika.

Hi Monika,
Nice close-up with sharp and clear deatail. This cornflower also very interesting. TFS.
By the way, congratulations to your graduation.

Beautiful colors all on a gorgeous soft background which brings out the subject perfectly. :)

Hey Monica
Great Shot of a nice subject. Great POV and an all round nice shot.
Is it a gatekeeper? I have apicture of one on my TN

Cześć, Monika
Bardzo rzadko piszę krytyki swoim ulubieńcom, gdyż z zasady uważam, że każde z Waszych zdjęć zasługuje na 2 punkty ode mnie :-) Muszę przyznać jednak, że to ujęcie jest zachwycające. Świetna ostrośc, kolorystyka, wymarzone światło i mała głębia ostrości, która jednak pozwała odbiorcy wyłapać z tła chabry i złociste łodyżki zbóż lub traw.

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