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Small Alpine Xenica

Small Alpine Xenica
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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: 2010-02-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-03 5:14
Viewed: 4819
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Small Alpine Xenica (Oreixenica latialis) that I found at Mt. Buffalo in north-eastern Victoria. They only occur above 1200m and are found on the edges of alpine woodland and in alpine meadows. They only fly between mid February and early April and only one generation per season is produced. They have a wingspan of 30mm.

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Hallo Chris
The dark "autumn" colours of this Small Alpine Xenica in contrast with the "sunny" yellow flower is great and complement each other very well, and the green background highlight the beautiful features of the butterfly as well as the flower. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Chris
very nice pose of this beautiful butterfly
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-03 8:29]

Hi Chris,this is a great gift to a butterflies fans like me,very nice and rare specie,never seen before,excellent composition and very good sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Ciao Chris, great macro of elegant butterfly on wonderful yellow flowers, fine details, splendid sharpness and beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-03 13:32]

Hallo Chris,
Excellent capture.POV,clarity,natural colors,DOF and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-05-03 15:08]

Hola Chris.
Great work when You took this photo, excellent camera and lens settings.
Lovely colors on butterfly wings.
TFS Chris.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-03 17:36]

Hi Chris,
dark and orangy butterfly really stands out against the dense rich green. The yellow flower too gives an additional effect to the visual presentation.The blurry blades of grass add some graphical composition.
Very nice to lok at and the presentation is so lovely,.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-05-03 23:05]

Hello Chris

Nice shot - good pov and exposure.

Best wishes


Hello Chris
Excellent presentation of a Small Alpine Xenica very well contrasted with a flashing yellow flower, nice blurried BG too

Hello Chris,

Very well-done picture of this nice butterfly. f/13 + the fact that you were almost perpendicular to the insect make you have the whole butterfly in focus including both antennas. The light is soft and nice. Colors looks very natural. The only thing IMHO, is that I would have tried to remove (via Photoshop) the light blurred stems to the right of the insect.

I like the antennas constrating so well on the darker bg.

Good job and TFS


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