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vivid monarch
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Macro
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX
Exposure: f/5.6
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday theme 2009/12/18: "Vivid Colors" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-19 11:47
Viewed: 2182
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks Michael for this week's theme.

The Atlantic Coast of the U.S. is being a battered by a major snow storm. We have gotten about 14 inches in Washington, D.C. so far. So beautiful outside.

I believe this is a monarch butterfly. But it could be a Viceroy butterfly which has evolved to look like the poisonous monarch so that predators will avoid him too! The monarch butterfly is sometimes called the "milkweed butterfly" because its larvae eat the plant. Milkweed is the only thing the larvae can eat. Most predators have learned that the monarch butterfly makes a poisonous snack. The toxins from the monarch's milkweed diet have given the butterfly this defense. In either the caterpillar or butterfly stage, the monarch needs no camouflage because it takes in toxins from the milkweed and is poisonous to predators. Many animals advertise their poisonous nature with bright colors... just like the monarch!

I should have used a shutter speed faster than 1/250 sec to compensate for the wing flutter. Slightly darkened. An uncropped version.

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Hello Danilo,

What a macro, full of colors and beauty!
Great control of light and sharpness!
Very well done, my friend!
Congratulations and TFS

Stunning shot, my friend Danilo!
Amazing colors, nice sharpness and framing.
Wonderful composition. Congratulations and TFS!

Merry Christmas,
Bruno Santana

Lovely colors and detail, Danilo. Yes, this is a Monarch.

Hope you are warm and well during this blizzard! We went out this morning and sleded (is that a word?) but then retreated to the solace of the fireplace and a good storybook with the kids.


Boa noite Danilo
Vivid colors in this very well composed and beautiful image.
It is a warm nature with delicious mood to make us feel in Harmonie with life.
Um abraço

Ciao Danilo, superb macro of fantastic butterfly on a beautiful flower, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Danilo

you still can t give up to summer :)
beautiful work as always
nice patterns and sharpness
i can see every little detail
vivid colors and a great contribution for Friday Theme
I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best
did u write to Santa ? :))
Have a nice day my friend !

Hello Danilo,
Again an outstanding contrast, compğosition and sharpness. This butterfly wonderful. Thank for useful information
Selahattin E

Hi Danilo!

This is very sharp! I can't get close enough to the butterflies here...maybe it's just me??? I'm scary looking.

I'm not a good guesser, but I'm guessing that you didn't take this today? :))) I hope you have a snow blower.


Vivid Monarch with vivid colored flowers, Danilo! A very suitable contribution to Friday's theme!

Superb macro capture from monarch butterfly with great sharpness and very well chosen POV. I like the perfect DOF in this shot, giving great details of the butterfly and lovely flowers. Very well done!

best regards,

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-12-19 15:28]

Hi Danilo,

A beautiful butterfly for such a snowy day. Is it ever going to stop? Our local news is saying that this has the potential for being the biggest storm on record. But I digress. Your photo makes a nice contribution to the theme. There is a bit of softness on the wings and as you mentioned this could be related to shutter speed. It's possible that some may be DOF as well because of the focal length and distance to subject.

Stay warm and get a good night's rest, there's a lot of shovelling to do tomorrow! :))


Bonjour Danilo.
Un splendide papillon qui vient réchauffer l'atmosphère par cette journée froide qu'il fait chez nous.
Merci de cette belle présentation.
Bonne fin d'année.

Great colors and sharpnes.
Nice b-fly.
regards Zoran

Hi Danilo,
Nice colour combination and the photo is very sharp..
Excellent photo...


so vivid ! great sharpness and background Danilo,

dd, île de la Réunion

Hi Danilo,
Nice caught of view of this butterfly, and let go to take Chistmas landscape with snow :)...
beautiful vivid colors and light,
very well done. *Merry Christmas with snow*..

Hi Danilo

Fantastic macro with awesome colors and clarity
The POV is professionaly choosed here
I wish the butterfly closed its wings..., well done
The quality of bokeh is superb

TFS, Alireza

Hi Danilo ,

Splendid macro with great clarity , vivid colors and superb
sharpness of this beautiful monarch on gorgeous flowers is captured
terrifically,the POV is perfect and so is your exposure,
wow 14" of snow is too much I haven't seen in life,must be enjoying
the the great heavy snow,we had a meager snow fall only on mountains peaks last
night,you presentation is outclass Danilo.

Merry Christmas
Mushtaq Hussain

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-12-20 2:16]


fantastique papilon, sur ces feurs bleutés, quelle merveille, cette finesse, ces coulelurs, grandiose macro, de toute beauté.

Bravo et amitié


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-12-20 3:06]

Hello Danilo.
Wonderful shot presented for friday`s theme. Well done! Gret colours and details. Well managed focus. Nice looking background as well.
Best Regards.
Janek Kloss

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-12-20 3:15]

Hello Danilo

A superb macro of the Monarch butterfly with impeccable sharpness & shallow dof. I like the warm cold color contrast between the orange & blue violet flowers. Tfs!

Great capture this lovely Monarch butterfly!
Wonderful colors and sharp details.

Ciao Danilo

Great shot of this beautiful Monarch
The dominating black and white pattern makes what
is of colors stand out even more!
Level point of view works well and the DoF is amazing,
adding this great feeling of depth ...
An excellent macro work!


Hello Danilo..:)

First of all...SALUTE BRO !!
This is really fantastic Marco Shot.. for me personally.. It's perfect..
All is there..what can i say bro... another good shot from you...Well done and ❤ it !!


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  • Nokin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 109 W: 0 N: 110] (1385)
  • [2009-12-20 9:37]


Komposition *****
Schärfe *****
Farben *****Ein sehr schönes Foto

Gruß Detlef

Olá Danilo

O contraste é marcante, dos detalhes muito bonitos,
a composição e luz muito boas, uma bela foto.

Hello Danilo!
We have a very cold winter, and you post a lovely summer picture! :)
Great colours, lovely butterfly, perfect focus and detail!
Best regards!

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-12-20 11:15]

Hello Danilo!
Wonderful flowers and it's lovely visitor!
Beautifull colours,lighting and clarity!
Perfect sharp details and blurred bg!
Regards and tfs

Hi Danilo,
Woowww!!an excellent macro photo vith colours, light and details are perfect.TFS.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2009-12-21 0:58]

Hola Danilo,
hermosos colores,
atractivo trabajo, finos detalles y pov.
Felicides amigo.

This is a lovely butterfly and you present it very well. Well captured with a good composition and sharpness.
Best wishes,

Impresionante macro de esta mariposa monarca con los tipicos puntos blancos ,maravilloso color y nitidez
enhorabuena ,gracias por compartir
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Hello Danilo,

I have only ever seen these beautiful butterflies in butterfly houses. What splendid colours and patterns they posses!
This was a very well composed shot, especially since it needed no cropping. The focus on the head is sharp and detailed; the slight blur on the wings is very common with butterfly shots and, I don't feel that it spoils the shot ... it is just motion blur! Your large aperture setting has given a fine f/g image and produced a good, blurred b/g with no detractions.

Have a lovely Christmas,
Bev :-)

Hi, Danilo.A very Merry christmas to you and the family and a sincere thanks for the wonderful photos, your insight and comments have provided to TL members over the past years.
This photo is beautiful , the clarity, DOF, colors all come together to give a very pleasing aesthetically appealing visual effect. Cheers and TFS.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-12-21 10:32]

Hi Danilo,
great macro.Amazing light and sharpness.TFS.Necla.

Olá Danilo,
Great, Great, GREAT! A beautiful post. Nice colors, and details, awesome sharpness and impecable lightness and BG.
Great one. Best wishes,

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-12-22 11:49]

HI Danilo
We are freezing our butts off this cold december,and you show us a beautiful butterfly pecking at flowers. A reminder of what was and something to look forward to. Simply beautiful
Merry Christmas my friend.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-12-23 4:28]

Hi Danilo,
Great contribution to the theme. Well seen and nicely photographed. Very strong details with nice natural colors. TFS Julie

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-23 4:57]

Hello Danilo, great macro, lots of great details, great exposure and a beautiful composition, well done!


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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2009-12-23 5:05]

Hi Danilo,
A brilliant macro composition.
Lovely angle of capture. I like it.
Wishing you and your loved ones A Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Magnificent macro shot!
Perfect sharpness. Lovely colors, fantastic light and nicely blurred background.
Excellent composition.
Great note.
Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year 2010.

Amazing macro-well exposed and well composed with a lovely POV! I love the contrast and colours here- simply breathtaking picture!

Best regards and season's greetings,


Hello Danilo,

Excellent macro shot of this beautiful colorful butterfly and these lovely little flowers.
Great POV/DOF, sharpness and perfectly shown colors.

Best regards,

Hello Danilo

Vivid colors yes !
A good idea this butterfly to say you : BEST WISHES
All the best for you and your family.
As always Danilo An excellent macro work.
Perfect timing here.

My best regards

You appear to be following in Silvios footsteps with some excellent butterfly shots Beautiful work
warm regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-12-30 14:20]

Hello Danilo!
Fantastic macro!
Great focus and superb details. Wonderful vivid colours and very good DOF.
Happy new year to you and your family!
Ciao! Vanda

Many thanks for your visit and comment :-)

Ciao amico Silvio,

Amazing macro capture of this pretty monarch b-fly. I liked your lateral POV here. The exposure, focus, clarity and compoosition ara al flawless MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Danilo!
Great shot of butterfly in natural environment.
Excellent focus and sharpness,lovely colours and light.

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2010-03-10 20:22]

This is a beautiful image, Danilo.
The sharpness of the flowers and the mornarch is excellent. Great colors and light.
Warm regards

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