Short-tailed Blue - Favourite Photo of 2011

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Short-tailed Blue - Favourite Photo of 2011

Postby The Annoying Czech » Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:39 pm

Mr. Cupido argiades is one of my favourites, so I'll start the thread. I actually have at least three reasons to love him:
• He compelled me to work with aperture, sharpening, and later better postprocessing
• Availability 2-3 times per season with increasing abundances
• He's subjectively one of the prettiest Blues when fresh

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I arguably didn't achieve more detailed shot with my 14-42 mm (not exactly butterfly-friendly) kit since this photo. It must have been a purely lucky shot of possibly new-born, passive male - but I was really hard-working this August! :D

Days after, I was making worst and worst photos of more and more badly worn imagos, less willing to let me to come closer...

By the way, it's only a matter of seconds with them in the grass. Males are relatively still only in muddy warm places, that are pretty atrocious backgrounds. Enjoyably problematic!

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby Reverdin » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:06 pm

I also think this is a beauty... but I've never yet had much luck with them... this year bought my best shot... so you will gather my others have been pretty poor :lol:

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby Padfield » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:40 pm

I agree. This is a lovely butterfly. I didn't get any really good shots this year and this was probably my best:

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That's a female, taking a breather between egg-laying sprees.

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby David M » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:41 am

That opening photo is excellent, showing superb detail.

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby John W » Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:04 am

Short-tailed Blue would definitely be my favourite photo if I had taken it here :!:

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby Rosalyn » Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:08 pm

That is a lovely pic 'Annoying Czech' :D

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby David M » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:33 pm

Rosalyn wrote:That is a lovely pic 'Annoying Czech' :D


I was going to add his name but we don't appear to know.

Calling 'Annoying Czech', can we know your real name, please?

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby The Annoying Czech » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:16 pm

Thanks, I guess I hit the "sharpening point" very very acurately when sharpening (manually). Which never turned out well again (42 mm limit).

Anyway, I'm Marek (Mark).

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - favourite photo

Postby David M » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:44 pm

Thanks for that, Marek.

We couldn't keep referring to you as 'annoying czech'.

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Re: Short-tailed Blue - Favourite Photo of 2011

Postby Maximus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:22 pm

Bit of a cheat I know, again, but I saw a Short-tailed Blue in 2012 in the Dordogne, this was the best photo I could get.


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I also saw this Provencal Short-tailed Blue.


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Re: Short-tailed Blue - Favourite Photo of 2011

Postby Padfield » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:51 pm

I wonder when this species will next have a UK year ...

My favourite picture was taken in August 2013, not far from where I live. It hangs on here in small numbers, probably augmented by individuals dispersing from larger populations.

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