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Inachis io

Inachis io
Photo Information
Copyright: Gisela Back (giba) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 63 N: 33] (327)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-14
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Casio Exilim EX-Z500
Exposure: f/4.1, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies go Free [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-16 5:23
Viewed: 2028
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This little butterfly was a real challenge for me. I made 30 pictures (or more) before I got one with open wings. Big "fight" but I won. :-)

The European peacock, or simply Peacock (Inachis io) is a well-known colourful butterfly, found in temperate Europe and Asia.
The butterfly measures about 5 cm (2 in) from wingtip to wingtip and is easily identified by its striking eye pattern on a ruddy background, although with wings closed the cryptically coloured dark underwings make it look like a dead leaf. The eyespots are reminiscent of those on the feathers of the peacock, hence the name. The eyespots are exposed when the butterfly is disturbed by a potential predator (such as birds) in an antipredator display in which the butterflies flick their wings open and make a hissing noise. The open wings create a false perception of another predator (note how a glance at the image can give the impression of a cat staring) and the effect is strong enough to deter the predator from eating it.

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  • Great 
  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2006-09-16 5:32]

Good macro with a great colour. But too much sharpened. Perhaps you can use USM rather than "sharpen more". If the quality need a "sharpen more", you can use it as a overlay for the unsharpened image. Easiest way just paste them in the unsharpened image and erase the others you dont want. or if you also use a channel masking to isolate your poi then sharpen that poi only.


  • Great 
  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-09-16 7:12]

Hi Gisela,
This is a very nice photo of this beautiful butterfly. The colors are superb. Excellent note also to describe it. TFS

Nice close up and colours.

I think it's a cousin of the ove I've captured:

hi gisela!
great shot of this butterfly,wonderful colors.

points tomorrow

Wow! Too gorgeous to be limping along on only eight points! You oughta get at least 100 points on this fine picture!

Hello Gisela! It's a very very wonderful photo, colors and all... Ciao, Lili

  • Great 
  • ose Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 442 W: 0 N: 18] (5420)
  • [2006-10-22 20:38]

Hi Gisela
Nice butterfly shot. Good colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done


Not a good contrast and sharpness... Better on TN.

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