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milkweed butterfly

milkweed butterfly
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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: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-20
Categories: Macro
Camera: Nikon D300, Micro-Nikkor AF 2,8/60
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-25 10:05
Viewed: 2321
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a monarch butterfly taken from the Butterfly Garden of Brookside Garden in Wheaton, Maryland. 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! Monarch butterflies in the Eastern U.S. overwinter in Florida, along the coast of Texas, and in Mexico, and return to the north in spring. Monarch butterflies follow the same migration patterns every year. (Wikipedia)

Exif data:
Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0
Exposure Time: 100/17999 sec
F-Stop: f/6.7
ISO Speed Ratings: 320
Focal Length: 6000/100 mm
Date Taken: 2009-09-20 11:52
File Size: 200 kb

I used my trusty Nikon Macro lens (60 mm). And I was about one foot from the subject(s). Processing included tone balancing using Photomatix followed by adjustment of exposure and contrast in Photoshop.

Wishing you well.

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Hi Danilo,
Beautiful caught of view and amazing tone of colors,
great sharpness and details of this beautiful monarch butterfly,
nice saturation and lovely flower too.
Excellent POV.and DOF..
well done.

Merhaba Danilo,
Yine görsel açıdan mükemmel bir makro çalışma.
Renk ve detaylar harika.


  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-07-25 14:20]

Hi Danilo,

Very sharp and well-composed. The colors are gorgeous and the background bokeh provides excellent separation. This looks almost like a painting, mother nature's.

Hope you are well.


  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2010-07-25 14:42]

Boa noite danilo
I find you...it was with this nature compositions that I met u here. Impressive color world you show here...ok it is for defense : clever and beautiful.
Good sharpness and you made a good blur in bg giving some neautral background.
Um abraço

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-07-25 15:11]

Greetings Danilo,
This is a very vibrant image,due to your tight crop,the variety of the colours of both the flower & the butterfly ,pop right out.I'm nor sure if it is due to the Tone mapping technique or not,but there definately is a painterly feel to your image,more with the Monarch than the flower,& I really enjoy this effect you have captured.Three thumbs up from me.
Best Regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-07-25 15:27]

Hi Danilo!
Marvellous colorful image.
Excellent details and great contrast against the blurred BG. I like the texture: it seems a painting on glass :)
Very well composed.
Congratulatins my friend.
Ciao! Vanda

WOW! What color you have captured here Danilo!! Really cool shot, more artistic, more artful than most Butterfly shots we see! LOVE the color saturation here!

Hello Danilo,
Good composition, and perfectly lighting.
great focus, sharpness and details.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-07-25 20:08]

Hi Danilo
What a pretty picture - the Monarch on the flower - so colourful, crisp and sharp
Good focus and composition
Well done

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-07-25 23:37]

Hi Danilo...
Beautiful macro...
Beautiful colors, timing...

wow, superb work !!!

Hi Danilo:
I love the colorful details in this campture and good enough for a magazine and great notes to go eith!!!

Hi Danilo, how are you?
This is very impressive ... The flower and butterfly are so well isolated from the soft background. Maybe the contrast is a little too high for my taste ... but of course that's just my opinion :) Colors and light are great.
well done

The Monarch has a wonderful means of protection, Danilo. Who'd believe this beauty is so full of toxins!!
You've got a fine, detailed shot with your micro lens, showing the beautiful pattern on the wings and the chicken-pox type spots on the body. (Perhaps that is the warning!!)
I like the close crop, with the flower and the butterfly occupying most of frame, and set against a good oof, b/g.

My warmest regards,
Bev :-)

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-07-27 13:34]

dear Danilo,
those colors are fantastic,
especially the black framed wings look illusionary like mystic stained glasses in the church,
and pink flower petals show us mysterious charm so much,
blurred back are making attractive stage for the couple,
thank you for your beautiful shot,

Hi Danilo..nice shot...great range of colors you captured here...nice blur to the background which brings out the subject nicely.


  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-07-27 23:38]


Merveilleuse macro et iamge, quelle finesse, ce couelurs, cette position sur la fleurs, merveilleux captage, ce dessin sur les ailes, la netteté sur la fleur, spelndide.

bravo et amitié


Great colors and details,
regards Zoran

Welcome Danilo,
it's time butterflies. Beautiful colors. Ideal composition. Great shot.
Regards - Slawek

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2010-08-02 11:56]

Ciao Danilo

The pattern and colours are well reproduced!
The level point of view works well, DoF spot on isolates the butterfly nicely in the setting...
A balanced framing with good feeling of depth!



Hi Danilo
Wonderful butterfly macro
Perfect colors, figures and presentation
Have a nice days

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-08-09 23:05]

Hi Danilo,
two great macro..Zinnia and butterfly.Perfect clarity and light.I liked colours so much.Perfecr work from you as always..TFS.Necla.

Hi,Danilo. A well timed and sharp photo with a diagonal composition of the flowers. The details in the butterfly are superb and the contrasting Zinnia flowers add to the contrast. great DOF to isolate the subject. Congratulations friend.

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