01 Male and Fe­male Gonepteryxrhamni

Marco D’ab­bruzzi

NPhoto - - Photographer of the Year 2016 -

But­ter­flies were a pop­u­lar sub­ject in this round of the com­pe­ti­tion, and the stan­dard – as al­ways – was very high, but this stun­ning im­age of a male and a fe­male brim­stone but­ter­fly stood out as the best of the best. With its glo­ri­ous back­light­ing, per­fectly bal­anced com­po­si­tion and won­der­ful spring colours – not to men­tion its beau­ti­ful back­ground bokeh – it pos­i­tively sings of spring. In ad­di­tion, the very care­fully con­sid­ered plane of fo­cus, com­bined with the nar­row f/13 aper­ture, en­sure that both but­ter­flies are exquisitely sharp, from an­tenna to wing tip. A glo­ri­ous spring im­age! NikonD800E,105mmf/2.8, 1/80 sec, f/13, ISO100

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