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Butterfly Number 2

Butterfly Number 2
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Casio ex100
Exposure: f/6.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-21 12:43
Viewed: 3342
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,

Well, here is my second butterfly!
I just cannot believe it!
I must say a very big thank you to Ulla for this.
She advised me to look at a buddleia if I wanted to find butterflies.

I had been on a walk to the next village, with my small digital camera in my pocket, when I noticed a large buddleia. Bearing Ulla's advice in mind, I went over to inspect it and found four butterflies!

I waited patiently for one to flutter within reach as I did not have a zoom lens. Even with patience, none came low enough for me to have a really, steady shot! I held my arm aloft and tried to steady it as much as possible for this photograph of a red admiral.

Here are some interesting Statistics
Wingspan: 60mm.

Physical Description
Red admirals are mostly black with red bands on the upper wings and red borders on the bottom half of the lower wings. The upper wings have a pattern of white markings near the tips. Red colouration varies from dark red to orange red.

The caterpillars vary in colour from black to greenish-grey with a yellow line along each side. The upper surface is covered with a row of spines.

They are widespread in Europe, North America, North Africa and Asia.

Red admirals are found from sea level up to 2,000m in woodlands, orchards and gardens.

Caterpillars feed on nettle, spinning leaves together to make a tent-like shelter. The adults feed from flowers such as buddleia and also from rotting fruit.

c/o BBC Science and Nature

Thank you for stopping by and sharing this red admiral with me.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph. :-)

pp cropped, adj brightness and contrast, sharpened, added borders, resized

jrobertop, gracious, nglen, Silke, jmirah, PaulH, uleko, Lyndall has marked this note useful
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Hi Beverley,
Exuberant butterfly!
Nice colors, sharpness and contrast.
Interesting POV.
Pleasant composition!
Thanks for sharing!
My best regards!
Josť Roberto

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-21 13:21]
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Hi Beverley. a very colourful shot of the butterfly. good for you for taking your small camera with you. a nice top pov. the detail is a little soft but taken hand held with your arm out this makes it very a good picture.. TFS.
great notes too.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-21 13:52]
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Lovely colours and composition
Superb capture (I can't get this close!)

Hello Bev,
It's nice to see you catching up with your butterfly posting!
Looks like the Ex-S100 is still doing you a wonderful job here, apart from your D70!
thanks for the effort to find butterfly in the next village and I know how it's feel for being a photographer when you have something in mind!
This is a well composition on clarity, vivid colour and details also in a good pov to me!
Well framed of course!
cheers and have a nice day

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-22 1:26]
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Hi Bev,
what a great shot at arms length you caught here, a huge variety of vivid colours make this a shot with alot of impact. I sometimes wonder what people must think when they see photgraphers in strange positions trying to get the POV that they want..anyway, great shot, well done.

Hi Beverly,
I have to look for seeds of this flower. Amazing the amount of butterflies it attracts. Very nice colorful photo. excellently portrayed with the framing. Very well done.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-22 9:40]
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Hello Beverley,
I'm really pleased you found a Buddleia and a lovely Red Admiral on it too! It is really useful always to have a small camera in the pocket, things do pop up when you least expect it! This is a fine composition but the details are a bit soft, I think you may have blown it up a bit too much on the computer then the flaws tend to show more. Nevertheless - congratulations!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Beverley
This photo really caught my attention with the strong orange and purple colours of the butterfly and flower. I also like the pattern and textures which are evident and the excellent detail and focus. Also considering you have used a small digital camera to capture the buterfly, it has come out very successfully. TFS

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