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Polyommatus icarus - female #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 August 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Polyommatus icarus (Icarusblauwtje (BE) / Common Blue (EN) / Hauhechel-Bläuling (DE) / Argus bleu (FR) ). I provided some information on the species on yesterdays post. I think I'm addicted to this species - I just can't stop making images when I meet them ... Again an image taken during "golden hour" (the hour before sunset). I consider this image as "my personal best" of this species (so far).

In our region today is "mother's day"... This image is especially dedicated to my mother who always is so enthousiast and supportive when I show her some recent images and of course because the best mother in the world happens to be mine ;-)

In onze streken is het vandaag "Moederdag"... Deze afbeelding draag ik graag op aan mijn moeder die altijd zo enthousiast en ondersteunend is als ik weer eens met een nieuwe lading foto's kom aandraven... En natuurlijk ook omdat de beste moeder van de wereld toevallig die van mij is ...
Fijne moederdag, mams !

Image: Lille (BE) - 08/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 100 150 mm

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Perfectly shot, great focus and perfect details....really really nice job.

15 Aug 2010 5:17am

@Chris Anderson: Thank you very much, Chris. I'm glad you like this image.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

The composition, clarity and colours in this shot are stunning

15 Aug 2010 6:29am

@Christine: Thank you again for you enthousiast comment, Christine. Have a nice day !

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Common Blue is common as its name says - but still difficult to identify if you don't have many photos to watch. There are too many similar butterflies... Brilliant photo again, Johan!

PS. I took today about 80 pics of a dragonfly (can't say what it was) but the compact flash card didn't show the photos. You can imagine how disappointed I am...

15 Aug 2010 11:25am

@Marilla: The more time you spend among butterflies and the more determinations you make, the more easy it gets to see the little differences between the species. You just get to know which details are distinctive for a species and where to look... For the blue's it is always important to get a good image of the backside of the wings - the coloring and position of the black spots are distinctive there. But I agree that determination is not always that easy.
I can imagine your disappointment. Weard the CT does not show any image. Can you see them in the camera ? Hope you can recover them in some way. Good luck with that, Marilla.

Florence from Paris, France

Perfect composition Johan. Colors are really superb. Great details.

15 Aug 2010 11:50am

@Florence: Thank you very much, Florence. I read there are different opinions on the compo but i'm glad you like it. Have a nice day !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Das ist ein ganz spezieller Bildaufbau - da hat sich der Bläuling wie auf Wunsch niedergelassen !

15 Aug 2010 12:56pm

@Loner: This female was enjoying the last bits of sunlight. For me it was the perfect oportunity to make some good images. A few moments before this image, a male was sitting just next to the female, but this one was disturbed while getting closer. I'm glad the female stayed in place...

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

magnifique composition ,et cet arriere plan est splendide !!
amitiés !

15 Aug 2010 2:19pm

@marc battault: I'm glad you like the compo, Marc. As I read there are different opinions about that. It's nice to see how different people react differently on the same image. Have a nice day !

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Prachtige details, erg mooi dat het stokje zorgt voor die mooie scheve lijn, waardoor het voor mij een spannend beeld word!!

15 Aug 2010 6:39pm

@Mascha: Dank je, Mascha. Voor mij is de beeldopbouw zo ook enorm geslaagd, maar ik hoor ook andere meningen. "spannend" is een heel mooie omschrijving :-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I like the angle formed by the stick, a little geometry in nature!

15 Aug 2010 8:58pm

@Dutçh: I tried not to break the "Golden ratio"-rule in this composition - the scene just asked for that I think.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is a wonderful image. The light and background color are gorgeous, the seed head and the butterfly is tack sharp. You chose your aperture well here, Johan. In my opinion, the angled broken stem, although interesting, is a bit distracting. I know you do not like cloning. Overall, a great photo!

15 Aug 2010 9:54pm

@Julie Brown: Nice to see that there are different opinions on the angled stem and of course not all viewers should have the same apreciation on this. For me it makes the image more dynamical, intensifying the direction in which the butterfly is looking. I think the line of the plant in general just guides the eye through the image in a very natural way. Thanks for your honest comment !

Becky from los angeles, United States

wonderful comp - beautiful image.

16 Aug 2010 2:57am

@Becky: Thank you very much for your comment, Becky.

rio from United States

iiiiii love Butterflies, and your image.

20 Aug 2010 3:33am

@rio: Thank you very much, Rio.

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 100
150 mm