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Mountain Clouded Yellow

Mountain Clouded Yellow
著作権: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
ジャンル: Animals
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2009-10-02
カテゴリー: Insects
カメラ: Nikon D700, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
アップロードした日: 2009-10-30 11:13
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I continue to represent Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro on FF camera. Despite the fact that this lens disappointed me and was returned I like few shots taken with it and share them with you.

This is Colias phicomone (Mountain Clouded Yellow), which was attracted by Gaillardia in our garden and which attracted my attention just there. See also my WS. This is the same shot, which is cropped strongly only.

Colias is a genus of butterflies in the family Pieridae. They are usually called clouded yellows; the North American name "sulphurs" is elsewhere used for Coliadinae in general. The closest living relative is the genus Zerene, which is sometimes included in Colias.

This genus occurs throughout the Americas, including the arctic regions. They are also found in Africa, China and India. Their caterpillars feed on certain Fabaceae, for example vetches (Vicia). While most are thus beneficial by keeping weeds at bay, some occasionally become nuisance pests on crops like alfalfa. In some species, the wings of males have brilliant UV reflection, while those of females do not.
Most if not all species of this genus, as usual for Coliadinae, do not sequester toxins or other noxious compounds from their food plants. They are therefore a well-loved prey item of insectivores as compared to Pieris of the related Pierinae. They make up this disadvantage by being more nimble and better able to evade attacks by would-be predators.

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hello Alexei
this is a SUPER picture
very good sharpness and great details
very good light and the colours are BEAUTIFUL!!!!
greeting lou

Hallo Alexei
You have delighted my eyes and my heart with this beautiful and colourful image, jam packed with beauty and splendour. It is a warm and inviting image, just like I have experienced your personality. The overall image reminds me of summer. The colours of both the flower and the butterfly are striking and sharp. The anthers of the flower is clear and obvious. This is my kind of photograph. Colourful, warm, unpretentious and pleasing to the eye. SUPER STUFF. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Alexei,

How are you my friend?

Good to hear from you again.

It's a shame that Sigma AF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 has not met your expectations. However, note that some results were good. As for this, which reveals excellents colors, approach and a light level well, above average. I think you've done well.




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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-30 11:32]

Hello Alexei.
A perfect match in colours. The yellow butterfly looks quite distinct against the yellow flowers.Very precise focus and superb details on the wings.Best regards Siggi

hello Alex
impressive output in colours in this splendid scene,great photo!
TFS thanks for sharing

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-10-30 11:37]

Der Alex

It's quite difficult to find the right words to describe this marvellous picture. I can't discover any problems due to the lens. From the technical point of view, everything is perfect: the sharpness, the lighting and the colour management. But even more important is the expression of the picture, its pleasant aspect and the fact it creates the desire to look at it.

Kind regards


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-30 11:41]

Hi Alexei. This is such a colourful picture with the Mountain Clouded Yellow on the flower. You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail. I like the side POV so we can see the wing markings. well taken TFS.

Have a good weekend.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2009-10-30 11:47]

Hello Alexei,
This photo is not disappointing. What a perfection! Colours, sharp details, POV, choice of composition and DOF are really amazing. Together with the superb clarity its very high quality! Thanks for this beauty.
Have a good weekend,

I don't now what is the best:the wonderful butterfly or the lovely flower!
I think ...both!
Congratulation for this beautiful, sharp capture!

Hello Alexei,

An excellent capture with such brilliant colors, sharpness & fine details. Lovely POV, pose & composition.

Very nicely done & TFS.

Best wishes & regards


hello Alexei

this is a very beautiful photo, i love to see the butterfly small
and the flower bigger, it gives a environmental (for the butterfly) photo,
shot with fine POV and DOF, superb focus great sharpness
and details, very beautiful colour tones and luminosity, TFS


Impresionante y llamativo conjunto Alexei. Gran profundidad y excelente enfoque. Bien controlada la luz y mucha naturalidad en todo el conjunto. Realmente encantadora.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1000 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-30 15:25]

Slav Alexe,
This is excellent macro shot with splendid light,colors and great POV.The sharpness and details are very fine.Thanks for sharing.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-30 15:46]

Hello Alexei,

Интересно макросе мы предлагаем, с некоторыми деталями и отличные цвета.
Тихая ночь,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2009-10-31 3:12]

Hello Alexei,
I remember your earlier captures of butterflies on Gaillardia and I must get them for next summer!! A lovely view of the beautiful Clouded Yellow enjoying the nectar.
Fantastic details and beautiful light and colours. Very nicely composed too.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

WOOOWWWW!What an amazing shot, Alexei!
I love these bright colours and the perfect details!

Hello Alexei,
Excellent composition of this butterfly-flower, great picture.
TFS. Have a nice weekend.

Ciao Alexei. Indeed a magnificent dynamic compo with faboulose colours and light. Eexcellent details and DOF too.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 814 W: 0 N: 2392] (10502)
  • [2009-10-31 6:48]

Hi Alexei,
This "Colias" I have never seen the type ...
Flower on the razor-sharp details and colors are very nice.
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Alexei,
This is what I call a colorful photo and it is certainly a pleasure to see on a grey day like today. I love the brightness of the colors and the wonderful details in both butterfly and flower. The composition is very good, but I would have cropped of the OOF green leaf. It does claim some attention away from the subject.

Ciao Nick, lovely buterfly on a beautiful flower, great macro with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Alexei
un'altra composizione davvero meravigliosa. Il tuo stile inconfondibile. La messa a fuoco sulla piccola Colias precisa ed impeccabile come pure sul cuore del coloratissimo fiore: su entrambi i soggetti sia i dettagli che i colori sono eccezionali. Oltre ai particolari della farfalla quello che pi mi ha compito sono i colori bellissimi del fiori cos fedelmente riprodotti come nella realt con tutte le sfumature che possano immaginare nel passaggio dal giallo al rosso. Grandioso lavoro.

Hello Alexei,
what a wonderful picture of the Mountain Clouded Yellow taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and marvellous colours, fantastic omposition with a very lovely pose on this very beautiful flower
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-10-31 11:28]

Hola Alex,
bonito cuadro,
con espl駭dida nitidez y fino colorido.
saludos amigo.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-10-31 14:37]

Hola Alexei.
Excellent and fine Macro. Full of beautiful colors and lovely pose of this Butterfly.
Great work. Sigma 70-300 is working in a great way.

ciao Alexei!
beautiful composition where the small Colias seems almost overwhelmed by the colors..interesting specie well focused

greeting sERGIO

Hello Alexei
this shot is a delight for the eyes, the colors are fantastic !!
this Mountain Clouded Yellow is posed very nicely on this superb flower
wonderful sharp details and very good composition
Have agreat sunday

Hi Alexei

Great shot of this butterfly on these giant yellow flowers, very spectacular composition. Amazing colours, great composition DOf and sharpness.


Hi and Good Morning MF Alex,

An awesome macro capture of this pretty clouded yellow on a beautiful Gaillarda flower from wonderful lateral POV with great DOF, nice BG and impeccable clarity.
TFS and have a day!


Hello Alexei,

a very nice image from these flower and butterfly with good pov and details.
Fine warm colours.


Hello Alexei,

Impressive details!
Both insect and flower are stars of this show, where texture and colour reproduction is absolutely first class...
I like the framing, and the freshness of the whole scene is amazing!

Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40556)
  • [2009-11-01 4:24]

Hello Alexei,
Two colorful beauties on the same picture..it's almost like a competition..
I know the Colias phicomone, which I see sometimes in our mountain-regions, but it is a very shy butterfly, difficult to catch.
Interesting composition and a pleasure to look at all these colors.
I wish you a nice Sunday
Kind regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3474] (15151)
  • [2009-11-01 6:34]

Merhaba Alexei,
harika canlı renkler, 輟k gzel kompozisyon..
Tebrik ederim, 輟k gzel fotoğraf..

Dear Alexei,
lucky friend, what a splendour of colours in your garden! Stunning precision of details in such an extended depth of field acheived by excellent equipment in very skilled hands.
The strong cropping is a convincing demonstration of high precision delivering best resolution.
Feeling tempted to try out also some less rigorous cropping in order to increase the focus of attention in that fine picture's centre - please see workshop.
As far as the species is concerned: Some yellows are difficult to tell from each other, but C. phicomone is said to be confined in Europe to high elevation mountain areas only. So I would rather vote for a female of "Colias alfacariensis (Ribbe, 1905)- Berger's Clouded Yellow" which is a lowlands species.
Beautiful posting, sending a lot of positive energies - thank you!
With best regards,

Excellent colors & exposure Alexei, fine details & great DOF.
Frame filling color, the flower & b-fly share subject status nicely..
Beautiful work :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2009-11-02 6:21]

Hello Alexei,
A superb capture, you Sigma allowwing you to take this Colias species with fine sharpness and DOF on the Gaillardia flower. The colours and composition are excellent too.
As Odessa lies close to sea level I don't think this is a Mountain >Clouded yellow. This is more likely to be a female Colias alfacariensis, as Peter says.
Thanks and best regards to you,

Hello Alexei,
Very nice picture. I love the richness of colors and pov. Sharp focus with detail to appreciate. TFS,

Hello Alexei,

Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Lighting and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

The colours are so very vivid.... so alive.
Love the clarity of the image... can even note the tiny eye pupil of the small butterfly.
Mario with greetings.

Wow Alex! What an explosion of colors!!!

You did great with this composition showing us the flower and butterfly diagonally. That brings dynamism to the picture. We have several Pieridae in North America but it is the first time I see a butterfly of this family with yellow and white on the external upper wing. The flower colors enhanced so well the butterfly. A great and hot shot for us in Quebec, who suffers from cold for several weeks now...



PS. Thank you for your comments about my Falcon and Squirrel: it is very appreciated :-)

Just fantastic, Alexei,
this is an explosion of colours, so bright, so sunny, I like every detail so much. Thanks, pretty
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Alex,

Great shot
Excellent sharp details
lovely colors and composition
I think the BIG cropped version is the best IMO.

TFS Thijs

With your most kind gesture of sharing quality images such as this from time to time, I feel somewhat remorse that I have not had the time, certainly did have the pain as an excuse I suppose, to visit your fine quality gallery...of which this image is an example of how it is supposed to be done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-11-04 16:45]

Hi Alex,
this one renders beauty and skillful work.

What a stunning close up that shows the brilliance of the detailed butterfly and the excellent view of the stamens in a bright flower world.
Well composed with immaculate capture.


Beautiful macro of this beautiful yellow flower. Good framing. Nice work.
Best wishes,

Hi Alexei.

wonderful bright capture of this mall butterfly.
The flower is so vibrant and sharpness are just amazing.
Excellent composition and would be looking good on your office's wall :-)

Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Nice shot with gorgeous colours and charming composition. The combination of red and yellow looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


Privet Alexei,
Awesome shot of a butterfly framed by a colorful Gaillardia! Sharpness, colors, details are wonderful, although composition-wise I prefer Peter's WS version - but this doesn't mean I don't like the original shot. I not only do, but congratulate for the superb photo also.
Have a great Easter, best regards, L疽zl

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