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At long last....

At long last....
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-18 14:41
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 80
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At long last....I managed a half decent shot of a swallow tail!!!!
Only yesterday, I came across a splendid specimen flitting from one thistle to another, but althiugh I did manage to get close, it never stopped fluttering its wings, so I could not get in a decent shot.
Today, I was lucky. The shot I posted was captured this afternoon, with the butterfly 'cooperating' magnificently and moreover it chose a colourful plant to pose on.
Swallowtails are quite easily the most beautiful butterflies hat inhabit the island. They appear in late winter and can be seen all through spring and summer, usually flying strongly or sitting on thistles.
I have never seen it on any other plants and even more curiously on this cultivated plant. I think I must consider myself lucky this time!

dew77, RAP, ramthakur, Hil, peter_stoeckl, Christopher_PL, coasties, scottevers7, SkyF, mikou, pitai, nainnain, marhowie, Ilya_Borovok has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-18 14:48]

Hello Mark,
Excellent close up.Clear details,sharpness,POV,colourfull BG,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-18 14:55]

Nice macro Mark with great shaspness and colors.

Composition: **** (I has preferred a different framing)
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: ****
Background: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: **

Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Mark!
You got yourself a prize shot of this lovely swallowtail, my friend. The beautiful colourful plant on which it is stationed adds to the appeal of the entire composition.
Alas, my eyesight is getting weaker at my age. That may be the reason why you discerned lack of focus in my recent picture of a robber fly though it was sitting peacefully when I shot it.
Thanks for sharing this picture perfect in every respect.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-18 15:12]

I wouldn't call this a "half-decent" shot! It's brilliant, very sharp and the butterfly looks great against the red-orange leaves. I'm envious, I think you were lucky!
Thanks, Ulla

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-18 15:33]

Lovely colours setting off this beautiful butterfly



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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-18 15:47]

Hi Mark

Congratulations on getting your first Swallowtail shot and I think it was well worth the wait as it is excellent, the composition is superb also a great POV that shows off the beautiful shape of the Swallowtail, the detail is lovely and sharp and the colours are perfect, great BG too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-09-18 15:51]

Hey Mark,
another excellent macro you have here,
great colour balance and composition :)
Vishal Sabharwal

brilliant capture of the European Swallowtail!
Flawlessly sharp, well exposed, and placed on a most magnificent background of splendidly colourful leaves. Slightly more space on top or less below would make the composition a perfect one, but even so, this is a most beautiful, very unique, eye catching, extraordinary portrait of P. machaon! My congratulations!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • sebcz (6)
  • [2006-09-18 16:50]

I am breathless. This IS incredible photo.
Kind regards,

Hello, Mark. Beautiful image with excellent color and detail. Fine work. Regards, Roy.

Hello Mark,
A superb shot. Nice compostion with vivid colors. Well balanced and seen picture. Congratulation,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-19 0:44]

I love the way this swallowtail stands out against the red leaves.
Really stunning. The butterfly was captured with perfect focus and exposure and a fantastic POV.
A beautiful shot. TFS. : )

Hi Mark
I too would argue that this is much better than a "half decent" shot. Sharpness is excellent and the color of the foliage really sets off the color of the insect. I'm glad he decided to pose for you. Well done.

Well captured Mark,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and great framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Great shot of Papilio machaon. I very like the composition and the background. It's really great. Thanks


Hello Mark

You have done a fantastic job here. Excellent exposure, lovely BG colours, good presentation. Crisp, clear and sharp. Good work. TFS.

Hi Mark,
You found a real beauty. A perfect specimen with no flaws. The plant it is resting on makes an amazingly colorful backround. Nice detail in this one. Well done!

  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-19 8:07]

Hello Mark,
beautiful composition, the fall colors make a wonderful backdrop for this swallowtail. POV, sharpness, and details are beautiful. Very well captured.

Great shot. Color composition is great.

Bellissima farfalla, ottimi i colori anche dello sfondo.


Hi Mark!
Please, don't "half decent" it! The only half decent thing with it might be the composition with the subject place in the upper part of the frame instead of the lower portion of it. But the background colors are splendid. When I think of taking a shot of a butterfly I always try to remember to blur the background as much as possible so that it's not a distraction. But in this picture the sharpness of the BG is a necessity. Genuinly beautiful image. My congratulations,

Such a beauty you managed wonderfully in your photo! Sharpness is superb and all colours in the frame looks wonderful! pov, framing, composition all are impressive! i also love that autumn coloured leaves!!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-28 2:19]

Hi Mark.
Excellent colours this superb macro.Beautiful colours butterfly.Greatly completion background color - wonderful.Sharpness,details,composition is very good.I like it very much.TFS!!

Greetings Milos

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-09-28 8:56]

Hello Mark, Congrats for this perfect work. You have great colors, lots of textures and perfect DOF. Besides of that you are right, this butterfly is just stuning! THanks for sharing, Gabriel

Excellent shot!! Very beautiful this swallow tail. Very nice colours and composition. Sharp details and I like the frame

Very well done! Congratulation's with this shot

TFS Greetz Kristy

très belle macro de ce MACHAON (je crois ), belles couleurs très nettes, bravo, bon wee-end

Excellent picture Mark, I really like the contrast colours of the red leaves with the yellowish colour of the swallow tail butterfly!

Hi Mark,
Excellent capture. I think what I like most of all is this BG that makes the shot something special, and very pleasing to the eye..Very good detail, colors, exposure, and DOF. Half decent? Much more than that! ;)
Nicely done & TFS!

Hi Mark,
A wonderful shot. Very colourful..no need to mention:-).
Excellent sharpness butterfly.

Nice picture, good sharpness and colours

Hi Mark,
Absolutely beautiful, I love everything about this wonderful capture. Well done and kudos for you. :)

Hello Mark.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

Very nice shot, Mark.


It is really incredible photo! Everything is so natural and, therefore, so excellent! Congratulations!

A beautiful shot. Nicely done.

Hello Mark,
beautiful composition.
Beautiful butterfly.

Beautiful colors and very sharp, even the position of the leaves radiating out from the butterfly itself is great. It was your day!

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  • Sayre Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
  • [2007-10-05 14:56]

I wouldn't call this a half decent shot. I would call it an incredible shot. The colors and composition are truly magnificent! The clarity and detail you were able to achieve are amazing. This is really great!
TFS Steph

Great colours and composition. The background makes the picture even more beautiful!

Color, Details, POV, BG... all excellent!!
Prize winning shot in every aspect. Tom

Much more than a half decent shot as you describe it - excellent I would call it.
Colours, pose, dof, sharpness and lighting are all top notch on this image. Maybe a bit more room above the butterfly if possible?


Half-decent?? That's an exquisite shot! Perfect focus, nice composition, exposure is right on the money, nice light, colorful background, everything is exceptional. Wonderful!


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