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Polyommatus coridon #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 6 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Information on this species I provided on the image I posted yesterday. During the day I had found a place where lots of these blues were flying, so I went back there during "golden hour" (last hour before sunset) to make some images. This specimen chose the seeds of Scabiosa columbaria to get the last glimpses of sunlight before spending the night. Sun was already very low so I had to make this images with the camera upside-down, using an angled viewfinder (to look from the side of the camera) in order not to shade the butterfly.

Image: Viroinval (BE) - 24/07/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

This color combination is incredible...very clear shot, lovely.

6 Aug 2010 5:08am

@Chris Anderson: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Chris. Glad you like it.

Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

la lumière est vraiment splendide

6 Aug 2010 5:50am

@Julie: Thank you very much, Julie. I learned to wait till the last hour before sunset to make the best butterfly images. On sunny days, the light is most beautiful at that time and the butterflies are much calmer. Thanks again for your comment. Warm greetz.

Florence from Paris, France

Like turning round and around his own little earth ! Truly poetic Johan ,and colors are magnifiscent, so rich and warm !

6 Aug 2010 9:23am

@Florence: Thanks again, Florence. The seeds are realy nice in structure don't you think ?

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

So schöne, warme Farben, scharf und ein wunderbarer Verlauf des Hintergrundes ! Bei uns waren heuer die Bläulinge ziemlich rar, aber jetzt sind oft recht viele beieinander. Für meien Art der Fotografie (Digiskopie) sind diese Schönheiten einfach zu klein. Auf der Entfernung von 5 -6 Metern verlieren sich viele Feinheiten.

6 Aug 2010 9:37am

@Loner: I understand that digiscoping is not the most suitable manner for making butterfly images, but the one you showed a few days ago with the Gladiolus was wonderfull. Maybe you can't get that much detail on the butterfly, but I think it is surele worthy to make some more "habitat"-orientated images ... Of course every kind of photography needs its own material... You're so good in birds... (I can't capture those with my lens... so :-) ) Thanks again for the compliments and have a nice weekend there both !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Really nice framing, light, and color. Nice sharpness on the head. Well done! Did you hand-hold the camera?

6 Aug 2010 10:58am

@Julie Brown: Thanks Julie. No this was made on tripod. It is nearly impossible to get this kind of shots handheld I think...

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

perfect from the antennas to the wings

6 Aug 2010 11:18am

@Veronique: Thanks once more, Veronique. Have a lovely weekend !

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige details en kleuren!!

6 Aug 2010 6:15pm

@Mascha: Het "gouden uur" he... stilaan mijn favoriete fotomoment aan het worden.

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Great detail and background

7 Aug 2010 3:29am

@ISO: Thank you very much for your visit and comment.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

A nice ratio of perfect lately Johan! 5.

10 Aug 2010 7:29pm

@Dutçh: I'm getting happy with my images lately :-) Thanks, Kristen.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think you are mastering your 'eye', so yes.. all that practice is bring about your own perfection.

12 Aug 2010 3:14am

@Dutçh: there is always a "level-up" ...

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Splendid light and focus - as usual^^ - the fantastic seeds alone would do great for a single shot too ;)

21 Aug 2010 1:39pm

@daniela scharnowski: The seeds are wonderfull indeed. I think I was just too focussed on capturing these butterflies that I "forgot" to make some macros of the seeds alone. Something to return to next year :-).

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm