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Orange Swift

Orange Swift
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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: 2008-09-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 3:58
Viewed: 3419
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This has to be one of the plainest skippers I’ve seen; there were no markings on the underwing at all. So after a lot of time in my butterfly books I have decided it’s a male Orange Swift (Parnara amalia) from the family Hesperiidae.
This species is a medium sized skipper with a wingspan of 26mm and they live around swampy areas, which is where I found this one. They are distributed along the north east coast of Queensland and in the Northern Territory and there are several generations be year. Apart from that, not much is known about the species.
This one was found in Townsville Common on the northern outskirts of town.

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Hi Chris,
This is beautiful image of the skipper, we often see similar ones with markings on the underwings here. I liked your composition, POV,background,colours.TFS.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-13 4:41]

Beautiful composition.Flower colour adds to the charm..Very good POV&DOF.TFS!

Hi Chris ,
So nice shot.
It has great details and nice BG.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-13 5:00]

hello Chris,
A very fine and poetical shot. I love the pastel colours and the subtle composition of this picture. Butterfly and beautiful flower are shown with a fine sharpness and in a very balanced manner. Very well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-13 5:35]
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Hello Chris,
A fine and beautifully composed closed-wing macro of a Skipper of a fine technical standard.
These Australian skippers are difficult to ID and your suggestion could well be right, but I have also found a very similar species in my little book on Australian tropical butterflies with the name of Lower's Darter (Telicota mesoptis).

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-13 7:26]

hi chris,
beautiful and perfect composition with this flower stalk, ofcourse, the skipper standout against clear and simple background. tfs.

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-10-13 8:09]

Hi Chris,
A good capture of skipper! Lovely contrating colours with that purple flower, wonderful sharpness and great blurred bg.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-13 10:36]

Hi Chris.
You have create a true art picture. I am amazed with beautifulness of the colours, pleasantness of the shapes, curves and details, artistry of the BG. Bravo. Well done.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-13 12:29]

Hola Chris,
preciosa macro,
fino trabajo y atractivo pov y pose,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-10-13 12:48]

Hola Chris, muy bonita composición, buen control de la exposición, nitida y con tonos de color muy atractivo. El fondo limpio y bien desenfocado le da mas valor aún a este excelente macro. Un saludo

Hi Chris,
Lovely capture, I like the diagonal flower and perfect composition, I think it lacks some contrast and sharpness so I adjusted it in my workshop, hope you don't mind.
TFS & regards,

Hi Chris,
I think that we have the same specie here as well. This is a very nice composition and this flower adds a fine element. This plain pastel background makes your little subject stands out well. I like this diagonal branch too. Well seen!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-14 6:03]

Hello Chris,
Well, you've certainly found a lovely flower for this plain Skipper to settle on! The light and colours are very beautiful and I like the plain background too. Excellent sharpness and very well composed!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Chris
I like your composition: skipper with flower, good focus and nice blurred BG
Well done

Hi Chris, superb diagonal composition with splendid skipper on a fantastic flower, wonderful colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus with lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-14 13:22]

Hi Chris,
a lovely delicate and simple capture.
I really like the composition.
Nice colours.
Great lighting.

Well done!

Hi chris,

Exellent composition and bg.
Beautiful colours.


Ciao Chris,
bellissima composizione con la posa sul fiore e lo stupendo OOF BG, perfetta messa a fuoco e ottima definizione dei dettagli.

Hello Chris,

Beautiful capture of this skipper. Superb composition. Excellent POV and focus. Excellent exposure and beautiful colours.

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