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Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon
Photo Information
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: 2011-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-11 12:44
Viewed: 3416
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am coming back after a very long break. Here you can see some of my new photos taken 3 weeks ago in The Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. I hope you like it

Papilio machaon is often presented on TN so this time the note is about something different

The Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, also known as the Polish Jurassic Highland or Polish Jura (Polish: Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska), is part of the Jurassic System of south–central Poland, stretching between the cities of Kraków, Częstochowa and Wieluń.

The Polish Jura consists of a hilly landscape with Jurassic limestone rocks, cliffs, valleys and vast limestone formations, featuring some 220 caves
Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed largely of the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate

Photo was taken In Gora Zborow Nature Reserve here

In the next WS here you can see other photo of the same individual

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-11 12:58]

Hello Krzysztof,
Good to see a new posting from you after a year. Fantastic sharp detailed photo of this butterfly in very beautiful clear colours. Nice centred composition and OOF BG.

Witaj Krzysztof!

Bardzo ładnie uchwycony Paź Królowej, szkoda tylko że lekko kontuzjowany. Byłem kiedyś w tym rezerwacie ale nie miałem szczęścia spotkać tych pięknych motyli (może dlatego że byłem w marcu he he)


Hallo Krzysztof,
a very good macro shot, outstanding shapness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view
Best regards

Great POP for the beauty! Razor detailsand sharp and best natural colours. Verty well done Krzysztof!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-11 14:57]

Nice to see you again whit your class to take pic and experience,beautiful pics but i think you choose right for the gallery,perfect sharpness,colors and wings position for the best result,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Beautiful photo Krzysztof! Good composition, wonderful colours, beautiful BG and impressive sharpness.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-11 22:23]

Bonjour Krzysztof,
Belle composition. Jolies couleurs, grande netteté et le sujet est bien mis en valeur.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-12 4:39]

hello Krzysztof,
Nice to see that you are back on TN! And with a butterfly which is one of the most attractive in our areas.. I had a look at your WS photos too. Interesting surroundings and a very fine picture of the Machaon on a flower, which I prefer to your first choice.
Kind regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-12 5:54]

Beautiful and colorful butterfly in good lighting, sad it lost some of its hind wing. tfs.

Hi Krzysztof,
welcome back after the long break!
Machaon is presented powerfully frame filling, clear, sharp, and lively.
One or two tails missing as it may be often seen with that species always seem to confirm to me the theory of false head - with the red eye spots and the antennae-like tails looking like the head, and inviting attacks from predators like lizards and birds to be directed there, allowing the swallowtail very often to escape the other direction. Nothing new to you, of course.
The image tells me also of the feeling of joy and excitement such a close meeting would always evoke in people who are loving nature, even when they are professional biologists who are maybe used to such encounters in the field.
I consider it to be extremely useful always to present the habitat and the region where the shot was taken. Thank you for that, too.
With thanks, and best regards from Vienna,

By the way, it has also become my own habit to take frequent and sometimes long breaks from here. Not because that I am unhappy with TN, but because I am generally so happy with that lively community that I could easily spend my whole day with it. Whenever my job needs my whole concentration I feel forced to take a break, whenever family and friends need special attention - the same. Even long or very long breaks, at times. Therefore, it is as it is, and I guess this is ok for the great majority here. So, once again, happy to meet you here again dear old friend!

Hello Krzysztof,
Even if the right wing is not full you made a great job. I like details, sharpness, colours, POV and blurred BG. Well done!

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