Ochlodes faunus #2

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 12 June 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I noticed that the text from yesterdays image was not published. Maybe I was too much in a hurry when posting the image ... so I corrected this and repeat the text for today.

The Large Skipper (Ochlodes faunus - syn: Ochlodes sylvanus / Groot dikkopje) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family, which occurs throughout Europe. In Belgium it is the most common member of this family and the most easy to recognise. The faint chequered pattern on both the upperside and underside help to distinguish this species from other simalar species. It is a fairly active little butterfly and in sunny weather it is attracted to various flowers.

In this image you can see the butterfly the moment he (or she ?) opening the wings (you can see them moving ...) , lifting the frontlegs - ready for take-off ... which he (she) did the very moment after shutter-release...

Image: Broechem (B) - 8/06/2010

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Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, incredible macro shot, well done!

12 Jun 2010 6:13am

@Stefan: Thank you very much, Stefan.

dang from Atlanta, United States

Well done, nice addition to your portfolio.

12 Jun 2010 6:54am

@dang: Thanks, Luc.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Bedankt om al de informatie die je gisteren doorgaf in je antwoord. Had niet aan de "about" gedacht... sorry !
Ben een beetje op zoek naar de beste manier om macro's te maken zonder echt veel te investeren (bv maco lens). Ik ben nu bezig met voorzetlensjes, niet ideaal... maar ben aan het overwegen om eventueel tussenringen te kopen. Ik zal er nog eens over nadenken ;)
Weer een prachtige macro hier ! De details zijn echt indrukwekkend ! Mooi standpunt ook...
Ik wens je een heel fijn weekend Johan :)

12 Jun 2010 8:15am

@Tamara: Graag gedaan hoor. Om echt goede macro's te maken ga je toch wat minimale investeringen moeten doen vrees ik. Goed materiaal is nu eenmaal duur, maar anders ga je volgens mij steeds een onbevredigd gevoel over houden dat de foto niet is wat je der van verwacht had... Ik heb ook zo een tijd foto's gemaakt en ben nu ontzettend tevreden over mijn huidige materiaal. Het helpt me echt de foto te maken zoals ze in mijn hoofd zit - wat met mijn vroegere materiaal gewoon niet mogelijk was ...

kisskool from Fontainebleau, France

waouh, superb macro, the map is extra

12 Jun 2010 9:18am

@kisskool: Thank you very much. I do not understand what you mean with "the map is extra". Can you explain a little more ?

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

perfect for me

12 Jun 2010 9:30am

@Marie LC: Glad you like it, Marie, thx.

Florence from Paris, France

Definitely looking at you... me now. Clever focus. I love the symetry of the antennas, of the legs, as well as the curved wings in the back.

12 Jun 2010 9:50am

@Florence: It is a bit an unusual point of view for a butterfly-image. It was just an experiment but I think it worked out very well. Thx, Florence.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Simply marvellous macro photography.

12 Jun 2010 5:06pm

@Curly: Thank you very much, Curly.

Marina Pešić from Braunschweig, Germany

Stunning image! Bravo!

12 Jun 2010 5:17pm

@Marina Pešić: Thank you for your visit and comment, Manrina.

Becky from los angeles, United States

Well - Hello! I may lose in a starring contest with this one. Good job!

12 Jun 2010 5:59pm

@Becky: Be happy ... I'm not realy contest-minded :-) But thx for the compliment! I'm glad you like my images.

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow wow wow, mooi

12 Jun 2010 6:49pm

@Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤: Dank je alweer, Patricia. Hoop dat alles goed gaat met je ondertussen.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Sehr feines Foto ! Hast du schon einmal einen anderen Ausschnitt versucht ? Mir ist oben ein bißchen zu viel und auch symmetrischer würde ich es versuchen. Das ist natürlich Ansichtssache. Ich hoffe, du nimmst mir die Kritik nicht übel. Schöne Grüße von Sonja

12 Jun 2010 7:03pm

@Loner: I do appreciate all forms of honest and constructive critisism! So please say just the way you think !
I'll try to explain why I chose this composition.
First: I do not like the subject in the middle of the picture unless it is perfectly symmetrical. So I nearly always give more space in the direction the subject looks or moves.
For this reason I chose more space to the left side (direction the butterfly is looking) and to the upper side (the direction the butterfly will fly to when it is leaving ...) A picture is just something very static - a frozen movement. To create a dynamic image a photographer has to use some "tricks". There is a sense of movement in the unsharpness of the wings starting to move, so I tried make the suggestion of movement a little stronger with this composition. The butterfly has some space to move ... and in a viewers imagination it can fly off 'within' the picture - direction upper left corner. When using a more central placing I think this effect would be lost (or less).
But of course not everyone has to agree with this :-)
Thanks very much for thinking about this picture and sharing your suggestions. Hope you continue doing that, Sonja.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Excellent capture, with perfect timing. The focus is spot on-again!

12 Jun 2010 8:45pm

@Julie Brown: Thanks, Julie. (the unfocused or bad-focused images are already in trash ;-) )

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Wow another perfect shot. His antennae really make it look like his sight is very leveled on you.. really watching. Another very human.. insect.

13 Jun 2010 3:37am

@Dutch: I think i was more watching him/her then he/she was watching me :-)))
I'm just experimenting making shots from a different angle on insects then the one normally seen ... Glad you like it :-)

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Absolutely Stunning!!! Great shot!

13 Jun 2010 4:41am

@Pavan Kaul: Thank you very much, Pavan.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Heel mooi, prachtig standpunt, zulke mooie details op het hoofd!!

13 Jun 2010 8:03pm

@Mascha: Het is een beetje een ongebruikelijk standpunt voor een vlinderfoto, maar ik vond het wel wat hebben :-) Dank je, Mascha.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan ! Herzlichen Dank für die genaue Beschreibung, warum du das Foto so und nicht anders eingeteilt hast.
Es freut mich auch, daß du so positiv auf meine Kritik reagiert hast und ich würde mich auch auf kritische Bemerkungen, meine Fotos betreffend, freuen. Nur so kann man sich weiterentwickeln, auch wenn die Meinung nicht immer übereinstimmen muß. Lg Sonja

15 Jun 2010 5:36am

@Loner: You are very right, Sonja. One can learn a lot from positive critisism. "Good" taste differs from person to person so it is not nescessary to agree, but thinking about how to improve always helps and sometimes you can discover a new way of seeing things in those comments. So please - just be honest :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Congrats on that perfect timing! Some darling insects give you just enought ime to press the button ;D
But what a portrait! Also stunning is the tiny little tips of the leaf getting in focus, duuude, I love this.

17 Jun 2010 9:01am

@daniela scharnowski: The limited DOF works again ;-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/400 second
ISO 200
150 mm