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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-08 23:43
Viewed: 2669
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I just returned from a high altitude trek to the Himalayas. 23 boys of my school trekked with me to Sach Pass located at a height of about 13000 ft.
In our approach walk to the Pass, we encountered a number of butterflies. I shot this Swallowtail on the first day of our trek.

The Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a large butterfly of the Papilionidae family. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail and the Old World Swallowtail. It is considered to be the representative species of the Swallowtail or Papilionidae family and is spread right across the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia.
This butterfly is yellow with black wing and vein markings and a wingspan of 8 to 10 cms. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.
The Swallowtail is present throughout the entire Palearctic region through Russia to China and Japan (including the Himalayas and Taiwan) and across into Alaska and Canada. In Asia it is reported as far South as certain oases in Saudi Arabia and Oman and the high mountains of Yemen.
The butterfly has a strong and fast but frequently breaks off to hover over flowering herbsand sip nectar. It frequents the alpine meadows and hillsides and is fond of 'hilltopping'. In lower elevations it can also be seen visiting gardens.

Adapted from Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-08 23:45]

Hello Ram,
very nice to see my friend that comes with a beautiful posting of butterfly!Great pose of it in good sharpness, wonderful colour and superb details in the shot.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ram,
This is a beautiful butterfly, very nice point of view and the composition is very good, lovely colours, sharp image, nice details on the wings, very well captured and well presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-09 2:12]

Nice to see a Himalayan version of the Yellow Swallowtail Ram.
This is a subspecies of Papilio machaon, another subspecies of which occurs in my country.
Nice POV in fine lighting and well composed with the thistle flower that it is visiting.
The sharpnmess and natural contrasting clean green BG contribute to a high quality image.
Thanks for sharing this, what must be a first on TN of this species from your region.
Best regards,

wonderful closeup of the butterfly. good sharpness and contrast. good angle and background.

Ciao Ram, fantastic butterfly on a beautiful lighting BG, splendid natural colors, good details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram!
Very delicated and finely presented your beautiful butterfly ! Great job, a a real pleasure for the eyes! TFS
Regards from,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

Hello Ram
Recently I have discovered this butterfly with my own eyes! And I am looking for different pov-s. This is another approach, characteristic as well for this species and very well captured by you.
My kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-09 10:42]

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful photo in splendid natural colours. Splendid contrasting plain BG. Excellent shapness, details and composition.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-09 11:00]

Hi Ram.
Very very beautiful composition with excellent POV and nice pose of this amazing butterfly. Well focused and precise depth of field well separated the butterfly from blurred background. Thank you for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-13 2:05]

Hello Ram,
this is a lovely capture of the swallowtail. Excellent sharpness in good smooth and attractive background. The lighting is simply great to offer a very natural view.
well presented shot.


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