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Papilio demoleus in Flight

Papilio demoleus in Flight
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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: 2013-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies in flight, Alex99 favorite pics, CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-08-24 2:57
Viewed: 1804
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday, in addition to my experience of shooting one dragonfly eating the other (which did not seem to make much impression on people here), I also succeeded in shooting a Common Lime butterfly in flight and here it is. The shot was taken hand-held from ground zero, looking up from a distance of about 3 meters at high shutter speed.
I hope at least our friend Asbed with expertise in shooting birds in flight would like this picture.

Papilio demoleus is a common and widespread swallowtail butterfly. It gets its common names from its host plants, which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime. Unlike most swallowtail butterflies, it does not have a prominent tail. The butterfly has also been referred to as the Butterfly of Death,a name it shares with a morphologically similar species, Papilio demodocus, which flies in Africa. The butterfly is a pest and invasive species from the Old World which has spread to the Caribbean and Central America.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-08-24 3:38]

Hello Ram,
Very successful effort. Sharpness and details are excellent and the coloiurs beautiful. But most of all I like the perfect composition and the DOF with the plants in the foreground. A beauty!

Hello Ram

Sometimes I come view photos on TN but I give
my critiques/comments later, it was the case
for this photo until I read you mentioned my
name as in-flight photos lover ;) so I decide
to come critique only this photo this morning.

When I was viewing the photo (before reading
the notes) in my mind I was telling I tried
few times butterfly in-flight photos but had
never succeeded, I tried with my 17-50mm lens,
I did not have the chance yet to try with
the 85mm fixed focal lens.

What I love more from your photo is that
for the POV we are in the level of the
butterfly and giving us the impression
we are flying with him, with excellent
framing leaving the free space in front
where to fly, beautiful soft light,
great focus, sharpness, details
of the main subject, TFS


Hello Sir,
One of the best picture I ever seen in the TN.
My regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-24 8:50]

Hello Ram.
A nice inflight capture with perfect sharpness,the colors are great,well timed and composed capture.Regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-08-24 9:15]

Hi Ram,
Fantastic shot and with a very good moment captured.
Aamazing colors and very good sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

hallo ram
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
thnaks greeting lou

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-08-24 11:05]

Hi Ram.
It is a shot for whole life. I t is almost impossible. My congratulations on so fantastic success. All is superb. Bravo.

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-24 14:49]

Hi Ram,a very lucky capture! What a quality of this in flight papilio,the details are really impressives,i would to do the same one day...ehehe..very well done!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ram, fantastic capture of lovely in-flight butterfly on beautiful blue sky, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderul natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Impressive in flight photo Ram! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness

Hello Ram,
Very nice image. Fantastic clarity and outstanding details. What an amazing image and interesting too......The composition, the light and exposure are very good.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-25 17:13]

Hello Ram,
One of the most difficult shots I have ever attempted was to capture a butterfly inflight like this. I believe I got one decent image out of about fifty tries.
You have done of great job of capturing this little beauty from a very low POV. Well done!!

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