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Warm and Fuzzy

Warm and Fuzzy
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/22, 1 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Happy New Year 2008 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 20:35
Viewed: 7169
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A friend and I went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri. A great place to spend a few hours inside taking photos in tropical weather conditions when the weather outside is really cold and nasty. I really liked this ultra tight closeup of this Owl Butterfly. They are pretty passive and allow you to set up your tripod and take your time trying a shot like this. This is straight from the camera without any cropping. Fill flash set at -2/3 exposure compensation.

Owl Butterfly / Caligo memnon

Owl butterflies, of which there are around 20 different species, are members of the genus Caligo, in the brush-footed butterfly family Nymphalidae. They are found in the rainforests and secondary forests of Central and South America.

The name is derived from the presence of large "eyespots" (ocelli) on the underside of the hindwings. To a human observer of dead butterflies pinned up in a collection, owl butterflies' underwings resemble the head of an owl when the butterfly is held head down. It was speculated that the ocelli are "false eyes" to scare smaller birds that attempt to prey on the butterfly.

Source: Wikipedia



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  • lemur Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 52] (191)
  • [2007-12-30 22:04]

Very nice closeup. Good DOF. I've got to meet this patient creature one day for my own photo benefit. TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-12-30 23:27]

WOW!! What an excellent macro shot Scott. Perfect focus - bravo!
Happy 2008 to you too my friend

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-30 23:31]

Hi Scott.
I am impressed with your terrific ultra-macro shot a lot. Amazing equipment, stunning technique of shooting (DOF is superb as ell as exposure time). Magnification ratio is magnificent. Texture and colour reproduction are great too. Only I am surprised with so long exposure time and quiet of the insect. Bravo and bet wishes in coming New Year.

HI Scott,
that's wonderful, so sharp, so many details, I love the spiral-tongue most ;-)
Thanks and all the best for 2008
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-12-31 1:02]
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Hi Scott

Thanks for your good wishes and for this lovely image. With appreciation for all the other wonderful postings you shared with us throughout the year and may there still be loads and loads of the same for the coming year.

As the New Year dawns…
may it open up more opportunities for you,
lead you unto the path of continued success,
happiness & good health.

A wonderful 2008 for YOU and your loved ones.

Best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-31 1:23]

Hola Scott,
brillante trabajo,
excelente macro y detalles, colores magníficos,

buen año 2008...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-31 1:48]

Hi Scott,
Outstanding macro shot with such immaculate sharpness and clear details. Superb light and exposure management and a great DOF. I like your chosen POV and the marvellous composition. Kudos. TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-31 3:43]

Hi Scott,
This image is truly magnificent with details that normally one never gets a chance to see, superb work and note Scott thanks and Happy New Year.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-31 4:09]

Dear Scott
With this stunning and amazing macroshot of yours I want to thank you for all the great moments enjoying your marvellous pictures and your comments. I hope to keep enjoying with a lot more from you during the next year.
Have a great Night and may 2008 will bring you great moments and lots of Happiness!!
With my best wishes

Hi Scott,
Thanks for writing your critique on my dual butterfly picture.
We have re-connected after a long lapse of time. Unfortunately, I have been very irregular on TN for quite some time.

This is a fantastic picture of the selective portion of an Owl butterfly. You have chosen the frame very thoughtfully. The composition looks abstract but highly artistic.
Thanks for sharing this great image.

I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a peaceful, fulfilling and joyous 2008.

Hello Scott,
My special compliment towards this outstanding super macro shot!
excellent and perfect in everything for a macro to have!
sincerely wishing you and family
friend Tony

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-31 11:32]

Hi Scott,

An amazing macro of this moth hawk. Absolutely amazing details showing off the various patterns. Colors are just fantastic. Perfect excecution. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. Hoping to see more of you in 2008.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-31 11:35]

Hi Scott, the details are super sharp and the DOF is incredible ! Perfect exposure too, thanks ! All the best to you !


Hi Scott,
Superb detail & sharpness, without the hint of over sharp..Straight out of the camera full frame then?..Top-Notch & Very well done mf!!
Happy New Year!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-12-31 13:55]

Hola Scott. Exelent Macro, fine details and very very sharp image.

Wishing you and your love ones the joyous Happy New Year...


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-03 1:22]

Hello Scott!

All the best for you in 2008!

Perfect macro my friend! Every detail is well visible, composition is just perfect, same as colours. I love tight frame. Surprisingly I like lower part of this image - for some reason it remainds me some kind of monster from old Japanese Godzilla movies :-) Great work!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-03 11:06]

Hello Scott,
fantastic macro, amazing clarity and great DOF
wonderful capture & nice composition
best wishes, Dejan

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-03 13:18]

Hi Scott,
Focus, sharpness and details are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-04 2:53]

Hello Scott,
Amazing detail with your perfect focus. outstanding exposure and very true color.

Wow! This is so close! I think that this butterfly has a very appropriated name. Details are amazing is a good composition and unusual POV! Thanks,

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-04 15:13]

This is really close Scott!! The tongue and eyes are particularly interesting.
Well done and TFS

Wow, and it does look owlish! Great to get so close!

Hi Scott,
This is super macro. Very close and all details are showing up. Very nice composition. With all best wishes.

Hi Scott,
I love those indoor gardens for Butterflies, we have one out here in Niagara , amazing all the butterflies although not all are as cooperative as this one! I love the up close and person focus , great detials and color. TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-05 13:52]

Hello Scott

Excellent macro of this butterfly,from this POV the details are amazing.
The textures of the fur and the detail in the eye is wonderful.
Very good lighting has produced vivid colours.
I like the crop and composition.


Hi Scott, superb mcro with wonderful details, excellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-06 7:39]

wow that is a close up macro shot Scott! Amazing details. I find it so interesting. Perfect focus and lovely DOF.



Hi Scott,
This is which we can call certainly a macro shot!!!
Impressive to know this is not a cropped image.
A whole new world can be discovered thanks to that lens, isn't it?
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best reagrds,

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