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Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 5 May 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I don't think it shows very well at 800 Px, but I'm starting to realise about the hidden beauty of the refractive colours that shine from otherwise unremarkable insects.
This is a Speckled Wood, a common butterfly that normally wouldn't warrant a second glance, but looked at more closely, the hairs on it's back shine with all the colours of the rainbow.
I haven't taken them yet, but be ready for shots of various bits of insects legs and wings etc with these amazing colours...

Canon EOS 7D 1/1000 second F/7.1 ISO 2000 100 mm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

woow, stunning shot !
it s a really good macro ! i ♥ it !
5* of course, and i wish you a good day ☼

5 May 2011 5:13am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

First thing that struck me was the colour of the hairs, then i read your bit, amazing detail.

5 May 2011 5:32am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom


5 May 2011 6:03am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Amazing, one of your best, looking forward to more. . .

5 May 2011 6:20am

ursulakatariina from Greenock, United Kingdom

Wow, great details and colours.

5 May 2011 6:29am

David from Avranches, France

Simply stunning. Looking forward to this series.

5 May 2011 6:29am

Phil Morris from Canada

Good to see you're branching out to insects, with such spectacular results as this magnificent
photo, you should do well. That bit of gorgeous color is something I guess another moth sees
all the time and they find each other beautiful when they see themselves so close up, as this
photo illustrates wonderfully.

5 May 2011 7:02am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Your refractive colours idea is excellent; a whole new spectrum within the wonder that is macro photography. Great shot you present here. As you say, the hidden beauty is all the more remarkable from an otherwise ordinary insect.

5 May 2011 7:17am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

You're right it's pretty colors. Great there is a macro lens!!!!!

5 May 2011 7:18am

ceanothe from France

Very nice shot !

5 May 2011 8:09am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You are quite right friend ... insects are iriscentes! I've been seen in some of those who live in my country. If not give them the sun is harder to appreciate. But if they receive direct light is awesome coloring. It will be a great research ... I have very curious to see it in your future photos ... A hug, Adela

5 May 2011 8:12am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I always say with Nature that the closer we look the more we find to see . . endlessly on and on . . a fine example for sure.

5 May 2011 8:17am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

I agree there is hidden beauty everywhere we just have to have eyes to see it.

5 May 2011 8:24am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

It is all about the light too. You will have plenty to photograph when you really get into it.

5 May 2011 9:59am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

great. the details are suberb.

5 May 2011 10:07am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom


5 May 2011 10:07am

Sam from Chennai, India

Excellent macro. Wonderful colours, Amazing ... I agree with Ronnie and other friends. This is really great. Love it ... :)

5 May 2011 10:08am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh my word so fabulous. I see your high ISO and am so impressed with the clarity. Looking forward to the next instalment of animal parts;)

5 May 2011 10:31am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

That's the magic of nature...great.

5 May 2011 11:09am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Stunning close up, I guess the high iso was to get the high shutter speed?

5 May 2011 11:14am

@Curly: Yep, it's been so blowy down here that any shot I've taken over the last 10 days has had to be at a high shutter speed

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Absolutely superb macro, stunning colours and I really like the tight frame

5 May 2011 11:23am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

It's amazing just how many animals and insects have varying levels of iridescence if we just look close enough - great shot of this one.

5 May 2011 12:39pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

approcher l'infiniement petit réserve toujours de belles surpises !! :) jolie irisation !

5 May 2011 12:45pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Fantastic macro ! I truly like the gorgeous details and the colors here... great work ! Have a lovely day :)

5 May 2011 1:31pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

There are a lot of suprises when you do macro's :) Wonderful shot!

5 May 2011 2:46pm

Don from spokane, United States

You've discovered a whole new world of close up to explore! Fine ultra close up to show us these amazing colors. Fine work indeed!

5 May 2011 2:49pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

marvelous macro

5 May 2011 3:15pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Really excellent macro. Tremendous detail in spite of the high "iso"

5 May 2011 3:46pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Huge closeup, it seems to be on him and we will take off :) Splendid. Good day.

5 May 2011 5:06pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Just A M A Z I N G !

5 May 2011 5:25pm

franz from Baden, Austria

amazing is the right word, re the details and subtleties of this butterfly! i also find the blur at the fringe most attractive!

5 May 2011 6:13pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wow.. these colors are really awesome... as if he flew through a rainbow before landing...:-)

5 May 2011 6:36pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A 5 stars shot

5 May 2011 6:50pm

STEED from D, France

Gorgeous !!!

5 May 2011 7:33pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Fantastic this macro...

5 May 2011 7:54pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow! - Very cool! Can't wait to see the various colorful body parts.

5 May 2011 9:51pm

marci from in, Morocco

very beautiful - thanks for pointing out those hairs!

5 May 2011 10:10pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A very good close-up shot, I thought it was a moth. Various bits of insects...? btw, on channel Film4 they are running some Horror movies tonight :0

6 May 2011 12:22am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Well done..super details and texture.

7 May 2011 1:11am

Canon EOS 7D
1/1000 second
ISO 2000
100 mm