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The Grey Pansy

The Grey Pansy
: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
': Animals
: 2007-10-12
: Insects
: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh), Butterfly Encyclopedia [view contributor(s)]
: 2007-10-18 6:35
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The Gray Pansy Junonia atlites is a common species of nymphalid butterfly found in India.

This butterfly has wingspan of 55-65 mm. Its a medium sized butterfly with dark wing margins. There is a series of short bands on costal margin of the forewing. The underside color is much pale and the hind wing has an oblique line running across the wing.

Its behavior is very similar to other pansies except in egg laying. It often lay eggs on plants above the waterline in open water bodies.

The image hasnt been cropped. Its the original image without cropping, resizing , raw to jpeg and framing done.

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Amazing how you can take a normally bland color such as gray and make it into something other than simple. You have given this butterfly life in picture as well as his maker gave him life in spirit. Very well done in only your style.

Hello Pankaj,

This compo is a big softness in these colours and the delicacy of details.
The background puts the whole in value and i like the square frame.


Again a beautiful portrait! Great detail and DOF! Bravo, Pankaj! Cheers, Klaus

bonjour pankaj
je n'ai plus le temps de suivre!!!
encore une magnifique image sur laquelle je n'aurais qu'une chose a dire,felicitations.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-10-18 9:18]

Helo Pankaj,
I love this butterfly in its subtle colours and beautiful pattern and you've captured it very well on the yellow Lantana and against a dark background. Sharp details and fine colours too in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Voil un papillon donr le dessin des ailes est spectaculaire.
Bonne journe.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-18 9:28]

Hi Pankaj. This is a beautiful close up shot of the butterfly. you have captured it with fine detail and natural colours. I like the POV against the dark BG. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-18 9:34]

Hi Pankaj,

You have done it again with another outstandlingly beautiful picture. Everything about this is perfect. The pose of the butterfly, the pretty flowers, the fine details, great background and frame, and a truly beautiful composition.


Hi Pankaj,
Very difficult angle to capture this butterfly but I think you've managed very well to overcome this.Nice species and great colors.
Take care.

Not easy to capture such a clear details in low light condition. Well done, though exposure is a bit low. Anyhow overall rating is good.
Best regards,

joli prsentation sur ce fond noir , bien vu, les couleurs sont parfaites, jolies et nettes
bravo et merci atoi

Hello Pankaj
Very nice shot of this Grey Pansy,
Perfect focusing,lighting and framing,


Hi Pankaj, lovely butterfly with splendid colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-18 12:47]

Hello Pankaj
You not only capture the most beautiful butterflies, but you did it perfectly and in the most beautiful environment. Those lantana flowers are gorgeous and you achieved a wonderful composition between the animal and the plant with a perfect and beautiful bg and framing.
Just marvellous!!
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing this beauty.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-18 13:03]

You present another outstanding shot to us Pankaj!
+++ Striking black BG that causes the butterfly and perch to stand out vividly. Great colours that are natural but well saturated. Unique POV and pose that works well.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

As always another beautiful butterfly photo from you! They always pick such pretty flowers to light on! Great POV and beautiful color. TFS

Hi Pankaj,
This is a really nice frame filling composition on the Gray Pansy. Your fill flash exposure is spot on here. The flowers are beautiful and add alot to this great shot.

Hola Pankaj,
Otra belleza ms para tu galera, bonita composicin con unos colores muy bellos, buena definicin y detalles, saludos
Jos Ramn

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-19 0:22]

Hi Pankaj

It's amazing how something grey can be this beautiful...
Normaly, i would have said that a red, yellow or even black butterfly will always be more stunning than a grey one...but that's before i saw this gorgeous fellow.
The pattern on his wings is just awesome and the contrast created is great! The DOF that yoou used here is simply perfect and keeps the whole butterfly in complete focus.
Very good POV and charming composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Pankaj,
A beautiful capture of this rare to see pansy. Lovely details with excellent composition and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A beauty!
Wonderful lighting - to me it looks like the flower's aura is reflected on the butterfly. Excellent!!!

Querido Pankaj, cuando veo alguna de tus fotos me quedo corto en mis comentarios porque todos dicen lo mismo, lo estupendas que son tus escenas, perfectas en iluminacin, brillo y una gran calidad, como es el caso de esta preciosa macro. Magnficos detalles y acertado encuadre, casi sin aire.
Un saludo y muchas gracias por compartir estas bellezas. Juan Luis.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40558)
  • [2007-10-20 5:10]

hello Pankaj,
A very fine and subtle coloured butterfly, indeed. Very well posed on a yellow flower, which perfectely suits to the colours of his wings. The whole stands perfectely out against the dark background.
Thanks and best regards

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-10-20 10:48]

Wonderfull POV and composition Pankaj. Very nice BG and sharp flowers. TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-20 21:16]

Hello Pankaj

A lovely composition with excellent focus and sharpness.The flower makes a wonderful perch for this beautiful butterfly.The patterns and textures are very well seen.The colours are well saturated with very good lighting.The Dark BG is really well done.TFS


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-21 7:01]

Hi, dear Pankaj.
How I like our Sigma lens and your amazing butterfly pictures. I am impressed with superb light (and flash work), excellent colour reproduction and the best details and sharpness of the butterfly and flowers. Composition of the picture is great too. Bravo.
P.S. How have you got so delicate flash light?

Hello Pankaj,
I have missed many of your last posts and my attention was drawn to this beauty! I like the way its wings occupy the entire frame in a beautiful composition, details and exposure. This specie is a real beauty and I always loved the mix between those two colors: yellow and grey :) Thanks,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6031 W: 89 N: 15135] (63415)
  • [2007-10-23 15:18]

very fantastic shot !!! no others words need,thanks for share,Luciano

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