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Beautiful Blue

Beautiful Blue
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-02
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro, Hitachi4GBMicrodrive, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-03 0:57
Viewed: 2809
Points: 22
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Beautiful Blue

Went yesterday to Schiphol airport to try my new gadget a video camera, but as always took my photo cameras with me, together with the mono- and tripod.

Positioned along the Polderbaan runway 36L it appeared I was in the middle of a butterfly garden and soon my attention was more to those butterflies than to the metal birds.

Here the small (not bigger than my thumbnail) Blue Beauty the Alcon blue Phengaris alcon or in Dutch the Gentiaanblauwtje (Gentiana blue). Anyway taken with the Sigma 70-300mm in macro setting fixed on the mono pod with 640ASA f/7.1 and a high shutter speed (it was quite windy) of 1/1000 sec.

PP work, slight adjustment of levels and curves, brightness and contrast, used blur tool to remove the noise in the background. Small crop, resized and sharpened, add frame.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2010-08-03 1:26]

Hi Hans
Wow!! The integrity is creating the beautiful composition. the Great quality, beautiful colours. Apart from that something new in your workmanship. Congratulations.

Blue Jeans butterfly, great! I love the colours.


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-08-03 4:36]

Hi Hans...
Beautiful butterfly...
Beautiful colors, great quality...

Hello Hans,

Haven't seen this sort of photgraphy from you for quite a while. The blue butterfly is beautiful; its colours and textures are spot-on. It is even possible to see the proboscis, sampling the nectar!
Although the noise has been removed from the b/g, there is still evidence of it on the flowers; it is evident but does not dertact from the appreciation of the butterfly.

My warmest regards,
Bev :-)

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  • przem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 68 W: 0 N: 6] (719)
  • [2010-08-03 8:22]

hi Hans,
very interesting colour of the butterfly, I do not know such specimen. Nicely situated diagonally, good composition.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-08-03 10:21]

Hi Hans,

Very good macro of the blue Argus, excellent détails and colors of the wings. Very good sharpness and light.
The POV and B/G , TFS.
Have a good day.

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2010-08-03 23:41]

Wow, wat een prachtig plaatje van deze vlinder! Een prachtige blauwe kleur! Mooi scherp en een goede focus!
Mooie blurry/wazige achtergrond.
Goed dat je je camera en je mono en tripod mee genomen hebt. Heb je hiervoor je mono gebruikt?

ps. Is je nieuwe video camera goed gekeurd?

Beautiful done
Have a good day

Yes beautiful butterfly and bgreat blue colors,
regards Zoran

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2010-08-05 2:02]

Hi Hans, long time no see me on here...but here I am...:-)

I wish I could see butterflies like this flying around here in NZ.. sadly I only see moths!! lol

This blue is so very eyecatching it certainly draws you to the photo, nice sharpness on the butterfly, and I do like your blured BG.

Good luck with your video..ing, may it be as successful as your photography!

Kindest wishes to you

Hello Hans,

This is teeming with beauty and delight. My kind of butterfly shot. The image is sharp, the b/g is uncluttered and noise free, and the vertical composition leaves me no other words but wow...Regards


Hello Hans,
Wow! Merveilleuse capture, ce buterfly est magnifique avec son costume bleu.
Une superbe macro. Excellents détails.
Bravo pour cette belle image.
Agréable semaine.

Hello Hans,
Wow Wonderful capture, buterfly is beautiful with his blue suit.
A superb macro. Excellent details.
Bravo for this beautiful image.
Pleasant week. Yolande

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