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The storm is coming

The storm is coming
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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: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): ~~ Sunsets & Sunrises part I ~~, Skies, Butterflies Chapter2, Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, Heavens Above, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), 'Blues' of the Butterfly World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-13 5:56
Viewed: 9498
Favorites: 12 [view]
Points: 138
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) in not so common setting.
Photos of butterflies are usually taken in warm sunny days on meadows full of flowers - at least all my other photos of b'flies are of that kind.

This one was taken just before the storm. I was going home from the forest when I saw this fellow sitting on Sorrel flower.
He was just siting there and didn't fly away even when I get very close to him. So I think that he was simply preparing for the storm.
If he was sitting there long enough his body temperature decreased and so his muscles wasn't warm enough - even if he wanted to fly away, he couldn't. After the rain he probably sit for a while basking and lazily moving his wings to increase the temperature and then fly away.

Butterflies almost always seek a shelters to hide from wind and rain. They possess very fragile wings that can be badly damaged by predators (which when attacking the butterfly grab the wing rather than the body) or by the
strong wind and rain.
But even when b'fly lose the majority of the wings surface area he may still to be able to fly and navigate. Butterflies can do this because of the sense of balance afforded them by their antennae.

I know the photo is quite dark, but I think there is no need to brighten it - after all the storm sky must be gloomy.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-13 6:00]

Hello Monica!
Superb shot with excellent DOF.Colors,lighting and composition are perfect as well.TFS...:-)

Wonderful picture!
Superb composition,excellent BG,great colours.Well done!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-13 6:24]

Hi Monika, I do hope he was okay in the storm. He looks like he's holding on tightly to the stem. Good sharp POV with great details and colours. Well done. Thank you..

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-13 6:26]

Monika, everything is superb but this Common Blue isn't blue ;-) [Yes, I know, I know, only jokking!]. Dark mood in picture with butterfly? Possible as we can easily see on your image. Great post with informative note and superb, grim sky.

Hello Monica!
Very nice capture.Colors,details,DOF and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful composition!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-13 7:03]

Hello Monika,

This is a wonderful picture!! It has great depth because of the coming storm. Details on the butterfly are excellent, colors are superb and the composition is very strong. The combination of a landscape/wheather and macro photo makes this something different. This is great! Straight into my favs. Well done & TFS!


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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-06-13 7:10]
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Super photo Monika, La composition est plus que parfaite. LEs contraqste et lesw couleurs sont splendides. Merci

Hi Monika. This shot has bags of atmosphere. The contrast between the delicacy of the butterfly and the force of the impending storm is great, giving the shot emotional impact, and your technique is very good. I think your composition, exposure and DOF work really well. TFS :)

What an unusual and dramatic photo, Monika!
The impending storm has certainly been caught well in this excellent composition.
The butterfly clinging to the plant also adds a bit of desperation to this scene.
Well done, and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-13 8:51]

A fantastic capture.
I love the atmosphere here.
The lighting is excellent,composition and POV are superb.
Great work,very well done.

Brilliant shot Monika. Just superb.
Perfect composition,POV and DOF.
Absolutely fantastic!

Good shot with the clouds behind...looks like the butterfly is in for a wet time

Superbe photo Monika, l'arrière plan est magnifique avec ces gros nuages gris.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-06-13 11:19]

Very nice picture with good contrast. Well done!

witaj:) powiem tak:) brak mi slow:) pieknie i tyle:D



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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-13 12:39]

Excellent POV, background and shot.
Beautiful work and composition.
You have improved tremendously in your photography. My compliments.
This is the kind of images I like, heads up, and using the surroundings as part of the composition other then just the specimen.
Art work to the max!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Beautiful shot, Monika.
Excellent light, looks little dramatic, I like it.
Very good DOF, good details and well composed.
Very well done.

very nice shot / composition
the dark ground color help to highlight the subject

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-13 14:52]

Hi Monika, excellent lighting and magnificent Dof. I loved your unusual and attractive point of view.
Very well done.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-13 15:43]

Moniko, tu ju¿ wszystko powiedzieli. Piêknie zrobione zdjêcie. Sezon na motyle siê zacz±³, Grzegorz te¿ ma co¶ piêknego. Podoba mi siê.

Wow Monika, This is awesome.
You must have been so thrilled to get this shot, This has to be one of the best posts I've seen.
I love this shot, it's absolutely perfect. Thank you Monika.
Thanks for posting

Brilliant composition, the POV of the butterfly with t he storm in the background is unique.
I think the darker tones are quite apt in this shot, I would not have lightened them either.
Great stuff Monika

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-13 22:05]

Superbe photo, la prise de vue et l'éclairage sont très spéciaux.

Féliciatations pour le phocus et la netteté du sujet.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-13 23:15]

Monika, how happy I am you are taking these very nice shots.

Believe me: this one is another amazing one.

How I do enjoy lighting here. I agree with you: the lighting has to be gloomy here.

What I find amazing about this picture is the fact we can "see" the storm on the background - and that's very nice.

Congratulations on this.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-14 4:02]

Waouh ! Bel Azuré bien mis en valeur dans cette superbe composition photographique que j'adore avec le ciel sombre en fond.
Excellent composition for this beautiful butterfy ! The dark sky & the 3D effect !!! Congratulations ! TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-14 4:47]

Great shot Monika, I love the mood and it really does feel like a storm is coming. Lovely work, well done.

Oh my god! What a magnificent photo! So dramatic! Not often do you see a macro shot with a landscape and sky in the background. Perspective is so confusing, the butterfly looks massive! (that's not a criticism) Lighting is perfect. Excellent work.

Monika this is stunning, incredibly moody.
Excellent dof and pov.
Well done and thanks for posting.

Beautiful shot Monika and brilliant technique. Iv tried something similar a few times and never seemed to get it just right. Very good work, I love it.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-14 10:15]

Hello Monika.
Personal assessment of the photo: more than excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-06-14 11:07]

R E W E L A C J A !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Monika, Great, Great work here..Your photo's subject is not only clear and detailed but the picture tells a story..Very nice!!

Brilliant composition. The backdrop looks so nice. I like this a lot and wish I tak emore photos like this. Very nice POV. Very well done. Great shot!

Hello my darling, pacience has rewarded the one with persistence. One of the best images exhibited ever in the TrekNature ! National Geographic material ! I hope you dont mind I took the liberty of dding it to a few themes !

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-06-19 13:53]

Όμορφη φωτογραφία Monika
Μου αρέσει που είναι σκοτεινή. Σε κάνει να νιώθεις την καταιγίδα που πλησιάζει.(gr)

This is an incredible shot Monika. The colours, the vividness, the composition, everything is absolutley perfect. Superb work!!
Well done!!!
Thank you for sharing with us.
Kind Regards,

Absolutely among the most creative butterfly photos I've ever seen.
Great sharpness too!

I'm very glad to see it in your nice galler,Monika!
indeed skilfully captured with excellent used of DOF,wonderful attractive sky/background you had and create with your nice managing,great details,excellent sharpness and quality and must say it's LOVELY realy.
nicely composed and fine one.
Best Regards

Excellent and original shot Monika,
Very good storming background.

Hello Monica,

This is really beautiful.I like the contrast,colours and the light on the butterfly aganist dark clouds.Composition is very good too.TFS. Emin

I cannot belive that I missed this one Monika. Very artistic presentation of a beautiful butterfly. The light colours of the butterfly against the threathning dark clouds and the red colours on the seed. The simplicity and the strong composition. All together makes this picture one of the best I have seen. Great, great job you did here.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-08-04 13:48]

Great shot, just perfect moment and nice composition. Particularly I like the clodu, dark background.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-13 2:17]

Le contraste et la compo est saisissant. Très belle photo....


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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-09-09 22:36]

Hello Monica,
What a beautifull portrait, i like the composition , dof & pov are great. Vivid colours & razorsharp detail very well done.

TFS & greetings from Canada,

Hi Monika,
wonderful macro! The dark sky is great!
Focus and details are perfect.
Note very good too.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-09-14 8:43]

Great pic with usefull info!I dont thik its dark!

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-09-15 14:50]

I'm seeing your photos with my mouth open.
This photo is the best photo from yours photo for my.perfect done !
good work :o)
so composition is beautiful

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-03 16:08]

Hi Monika
I saw this on your cover page and realised I'd somehow missed it. Thought you might like to get the big 100 as the shot really deserves it. Excellent composition and beautiful light.
Regards Toni

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-05 21:46]

Bonjour Monica, I don't know this amazing shot!! Light and composition are very good. Congratulations Didier.

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  • Avare Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
  • [2005-10-17 19:53]

Hello Monica,

Really great shot!
The composition, colours and DOF are excellent. Congratulations!

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-10-22 1:38]

Great composition! The elemental and struggle of the this tender butterfly perfect convey.

Beautiful i like it!! very good with nice bg...

Hi Monica,

Very nice composition. The object is well in focus, with good DOF. I like this picture a lot.

Well done and thanks for sharing.


Great capture, Monika! I love the dark background and the great lighting on the butterfly. Well seen, and thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year!


I think there is nothing to add.
Well done.


You have beautiful photos!!!

This is another great shot!
Very good Macro with wondergul backgroud!



great macro, composition, colours light, details.....
well done!

I do like your lighting and composition, well done also with the POV and DOF. TFS, points later, out today

The users Galba and Baltar recommended to me to watch your photos, and I am really very good, this likes specially.
A beautiful image, excellent composition. Congratulations for your work and thanks to share it with all we.
We waited for more photos yours like this.

Great perspective and focus.
A fantastic capture.

thanks Monika

Well done, Monika!!!

Witaj Moniko,

Jedno z moich ulubionych,
fantastyczne polaczenie obiektu z przestrzenia.
Nic dodac, nic ujac.


amazing shot

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-11-04 9:36]

Very cool! It is a very different yet powerful image! I love the effect of the storm clouds in the background and the blurred focus around the butterfly. You have managed to keep good light and detail on the butterfly while keeping the background dark.
Well done!

Just perfect!

Poderoso impacto visual, una composición excelente!

Superb composition,excellent BG,great colours.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-22 22:16]

great shot!
very good pov and dof.
the b-fly against this sky!


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