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In a dreamland

In a dreamland
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Dedications [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-04 9:49
Viewed: 6239
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo during my 2007 Macedonian and Bulgarian trip. In buckground you can see the Melnik sand mountains. It was my third visit in Melnik and I have great memories from that area. I visited Bulgaria with my friends Michal (cedryk) and Radek (cicindela). They are both in Bulgaria right now and I want dedicate this photo to Michal and Radek.
You can see Melnik in their lenses here and here.

Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Papilionidae

Scarce Swallowtail is one of 11 European specie of Papilionidae. The other European members of the family are:

Papilio alexanor
Papilio machaon
Papilio hospiton
Zerynthia cerisy
Zerynthia polyxena
Zerynthia rumina
Archon apollinus
Parnassius apollo
Parnassius phoebus
Parnassius mnemosyne

Habitat: The Scarce Swallowtail inhabits medows, gardens, fields and open woodlands.

Distribution: It is widespread throughout southern Europe and local in Central Europe. It can be found also in North Africa and in Asia in temerate climate zone to China.

Caterpillars host plants: Rosaceae, mainly Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa)

Flight period: one to three generations from March to September

Wing span: 62-75mm

It is my second photo of I. podalirius on treknature but first one that I rely like. You can see my firs photo here.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-04 9:54]

Hello Krzysztof,
I really like your POV here showing this beautiful Swallowtail from below with the light coming through the wings. Interesting too to see how it is clinging on to that seed.
Excellent sharpness and lovely colours in this splendid composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Bonjour Krzysztof
Très spectaculaire image en contre-plongée. Le cadrage en contre-plangée t'a permis d'isoler complètement ton sujet, très bien mis en valeur sur ce fond de ciel et de collines. La lumière est parfaitement maîtrisée, bravo.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-09-04 9:59]

hi Krzysztof Pabis ,
great picture from you.beautiful details and good photography.

Hello Krzysztof
Excellent shot of this Swallowtail in great pose, Perfect details,DOF and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Hello cataclysta
A very good composition, the light and the impeccable clearness. It is a beautiful photo. A greeting.

I love the way the butterfly is hanging onto the stem. Looks like a hug! Your lighting and composition are great. Wonderful background - wonderful color - great shot!

Hello Krzysztof
A super light in this shot,great composition too.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-04 11:40]

Hi Krysztof. This one i like you have named it well.you have captured a unusal pose but it works well. good detail and colours. with a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too

Hi Krzysztof, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors, great blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Krzysztof,

A very good capture of one of my favorite butterflies and also a great dedication! This is definitely better than your first post which looks excellent too (except for the background). This time the background is perfectly blurred and isolates the Swallowtail perfectly. The pose of the butterfly is also very nice and I really love the simplicity of your composition. The empty space was generously distributed to create a well balanced picture. Good colors and control of the strong light. Thank you very much!

With Friendly Regards,

Hola Krzysztof,
Hermosa composición de esta bella mariposa, gran nitidez bien contrastada con el azul celeste, excelente luminosidad. TFS. Saludos

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-04 14:24]

Hi Krzysztof,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful one with sharp details and nice colours. Superb lighting and you have captured a marvellous pose here. The lighting does give a fabulous effect on the wings. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Crispy clear... so sharp I can slice leather with it! That is one fine eye and lens you have my friend. Composition as well as full notations. A++

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-04 15:46]

Hola amigo,
bella realización,
buen pov, detalles hermosos...
color estupendo,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-04 20:42]

Hello Krzysztof

A beautiful capture of this butterfly.

Just marking the post for now.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-05 1:27]

Hello Kryzystof,
Excellent and unusual point of view chosen for this Scarce Swallowtail picture. And what a suggested landscape around. Grandiose,we say in french. Excellent picture.
Best regards

Hi Krzysztof,
Excellent detail and color against a great BG. Very well captured. Thanks for sharing.


Superb perspective on the Scarce Swallowtail, Krzysztof. It towers above the viewer and gives a fine glimpse of its lovely wings.
Well done and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-05 8:03]

Hello Krzysztof,
Superb capture of I. podalirius as seen from the underside. Great sharpness, POV, composition and BG consisting of the blurred natural landscape behind the butterfly.
Very nice to view!
Thanks for sharing and best wishes, Ivan

bonjour krzysztof
excellente photo rien a dire le BG flou laisse apparaitre un paysage montagneux je dirais,non?

Hello Krzysztof,
Excellent shot
Perfect details and light

Amazing shot with the butterfly on an unusual perch. Great POV to pose him against the distant mountains. Well done.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-05 23:25]

Hi Krzysztof

A winderful shot - the pose and lighting re both outstanding. You have also handled the exposure very well in what were difficult conditions.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-06 0:36]

Hi Krzysztof.
I like the pictured scene and at all such scenes very much. It is so impressive. Excellent sharpness, lighting and, of course, BG. The hills and vegetation are looked very nicely and create a great BG for your charming character. Bravo and TFS.

Czesc Krzysiek,
Zaparlo mi dech. Piekne zdjecie, ostre i na dobrze rozmytym tle. Wspaniala kompozycja. Cudownie przeswitujace swiatlo przez skrzydla. Moment uchwycenia bardzo mi siê podoba.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia - Roma

Hi Krzysztof,
Great capture!
Soft and beautiful colors, excellent
sharpness and POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
My best regards,
José Roberto

They are such beautiful creatures. I like this frontal pose you captured and this DOF that blurs the BG well and shows us very good details on this beauty! Exposure and composition are superb! This is very well done with interesting notes. Thanks!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-06 8:14]

Hello Krzysztof,
a masterful capture of this beautiful butterfly. Perfect focus and excellent exposure. The mountain back drop is amazing too. Very well done.

Very original point of view, showing the details of the body. I like bakground and sharpness.

Hello Chris,
A most unique pose, very interesting and unusual. Great DOF, details, POV, color, and you managed the bright sunlight well with a nice even exposure.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-06 23:46]

Taaaaa, tu to nawet nie ma co pisac, bo wszystko widac jak na dloni :-) Perfekcja :-) To zdjecie to pewnie bedzie przez jakis czas twoj 'okret flagowy' :-)

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-09-09 3:58]

This is a very nice point of view. The distant BG improves it imho. Very nicely exposed. Very well done.

Hi Krzysztof,
your swallowtail is wonderful, the pose is fantastic. Great luck to capture this one - it's the biggest butterfly in Europe and very rare here in Germany.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice and very sharp picture with good colors and nice contarst between foreground and background.I like your point of view and the positioning of the butterfly.
Thanks for sharing,Jonas

Hi Krzysztof,
Beautiful image . Love the light for instance the blue sky...
Great compo.

Very interesting BG, actually i think the picture gave me a feel of higher ground with the beauty of swallowtail. Exposure and DOF are great.

Hi Krzyfztof,
What amazing beautiful picture. The position of the butterfly on this plant is very beautiul. Excellent colors and lignt. Backgound is nice too.


Hi Chris,
Really outstanding shot you've taken. :-)
excellent POV and wonderful BG, nice details and pose, beautiful colours and composition is also great.
TFS and regards,

Hello Krzysztof,
Beautiful capture with a unique point of view! Sharp focus, perfert exposure and nice background. Well done!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-10-14 10:34]

Hej Krzys!
Wielkie dzieki za dedykacje przy fotce z miejsca milego memu sercu. Pieknie zagralo tutaj przeswitujace swiatlo, wydobywajac wszystkie barwy i wzorki ze skrzydel. Bardzo fajnie rozmyte jest tez tlo - byc moze ten, kto tam nie byl nie rozpozna, ale ja doskonale widze co kryje sie za tymi rozmytymi plamami jasnosci i cienia.
Jednym slowem - duza buzka!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-21 13:48]

selam Krzysztof
its really wonderful macro photo of this beautiful scarce swallowtail
i like composition, point of view, blurred background and details
thanks for sharing

Excellent capture Krzysztof,

Superb detail, great composition with an amazing background. Super work.


very nice wide angle, I like your camera very much, I had one some time ago, TFS Ori

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