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Papilio Machaon

Papilio Machaon
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-14
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-31 5:22
Viewed: 3743
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Papilio Machaon (Swallowtail) was one of several which were flying around at 2100m altitude at a place called Stand, on the Moosalp in the Canton du Valais from where we have a panoramic view on the Swiss Alps. The vegetation there is very low and surprisingly there was this high flower (a sort of chervil, I suppose) which the swallowtail choose to rest. I was standing a little higher, which gives this strange perspective to the picture. I took several shots of the butterflies on the ground also.

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belle composition
originale pour le traitement des papillons qui sont souvent en close up parfois trop près justement

salut alkes ;)

Hi Anne
I like the POV with the flower growing from the right of your shot and to the othe side where this swallowtail resting.
The beautiful BG making the theme more clear and beautiful
TFS and see you

Hello Anne,
Well composed. Beautiful natural light.
Though a bit noisy but beautiful background; could be managed through selective blurring in a random photo editor IMO.
Well done

Hi Anne,
Nice seeing this swallowtail from underside. Well exposed with vivid colors. The image is in perfect focus with appropriate off background. TFS,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-31 7:46]

Hello Anne,
Beautiful close up.I liked exposure,cross framing,lighting and BG a lot.

It's beautiful portrait. Very good composition and sharpness, interesting tones of brown.
Best wishes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-31 7:54]

Hi Anne,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Swallowtail with lovely colours and sharp focus. Superb backlighting and the effect is marvellous. The BG looks great and highlights the subjects well here. I like this unusual POV which looks excellent and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Bonjour Anne, tr§s belle composition, l'originalité est de mise sur cette photo, je la trouve superbe, bien vu d'avoir pris ce magnifique porte queue du dessous, très très beau shot, bravo

bonjour anne
un petit peu loin mais ce machaon a tellement la bougeotte en general que c'est deja une prouesse de l'avoir dans le cadre.
j'aime bien ce cadrage en diagonale.

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  • CCD Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 25] (422)
  • [2007-07-31 8:51]

like the POV and nice composition.

thanks, Chris.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-31 9:07]

bonjour Anne
belle image en contre jour qui atteind son but, mettre en valeur ces jolies ailes de couleur. J'aime aussi le point de vue et la netteté. J'aurais cependant cadré plus serré pour neutraliser le BG un peu distrayant.


Hi Anne,
the POV and DOF are really good. The butterfly standout well against the OOF BG.
Find e details and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-31 10:10]

Hi Anne.
Beautiful composition with nice framing picture to the diagonal posture of flower.Amazing front low POV and wonderful light.Beautiful colors and details(on long distants).And nice blurry BG too,little noise although,but not disturb me.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Anne ,
very nice macro with excellent composition.
nice BG and sharpness.
well captured
thanks and regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-31 11:35]

Hi Anne,
Original pov from below, excellent sharpness and with a nice blurred background. Also a clever composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-07-31 13:08]

Salut Anne
Très belle composition macro, cadrage très original
belle posture et netteté du sujet. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Anne, splendid papilion from inusual POV, superb composition with wonderful colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-31 20:36]

Hi Anne, this is an interesting position, shooting up on an angle like this. It gives us a perspective we don't often see with butterflies. The composition too is interesting, filling much of the frame with the stalk of the plant. I don't know how tightly you've already cropped this, but I might have been tempted to take it a little tighter, with less stalk, but that could be a personal thing. The detail on the butterfly and the colour are very good, and you've made great use of your depth of field to tone down the background.

Thanks, John

Hello Anne,
Great composition with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
good exposure and focus too!
thanks for sharing

Bonjour Anne !
Le Machaon est un papillon magnifique, c'est toujours un grand moment quand on arrive à le photographier. Ce que j'aime ici, c'est la composition et le point e vue un peu différent de ce qu'on voit d'habitude. La diagonale formée par la tige de la fleur est très belle. Excellents détails et jolies couleurs. Félicitations !

You have some great butterfly shots!! I don't know how I never noticed your gallery before.
Great shot and a wonderful pov!
Very unique and interesting.

Belle photo de face de ce papillon, jolis coloris,grande netteté ainsi que de la fleur et beau flou autour qui le fait bien ressortir. Amitiés Thomas

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-01 8:09]

Hello Anne,
Wow, this is a very exciting point of view! The Swallowtail looks fantastic on top of that tall flower and with the light coming through the wings. Very sharp too and the colours are beautiful. Brilliant!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Bonsoir Anne
Oui j'ai la chance d'avoir rencontré beaucoup de nos amis 'butterfly', mais je vois que toi aussi, ils te rendent visite...
L'angle de ce Machaon est très différent de ce que l'on voit, et la netteté fait bien ressortir les détails de 'l'autre face'

Hello Anne,
Nice angle on the butterfly , good Dof and color. TFS

Hallo Anne,
Wunderschöne Begegnung mit dem Schwalbenschwanz auf Augenhöhe. Stimmungsvolle Präsentation, herrlich zu sehen, wie der Falter auf dem Blütenstand schaukelt. Das Gegenlicht lässt seine scharf gezeichneten Flügel eindrucksvoll erstrahlen. Elegante, schwungvolle Komposition mit dem diagonal das Bild durchziehenden Stängel.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-02 8:54]
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Hello Anne,
This is an excellent swallowtail photo. The focus is perfect with very nice edges. The natural backlight really shows off the wings well and you also managed great light on underside of butterfly.
I don't know what lens you used for the shot, but if you want the background to be more blurred into a smooth natural green, I think you would have to do one of two things:
1. Use a longer focal length if possible and then crop a little closer to butterfly.
2. Use a larger aperture (instead of f13.0, try f8.0). Your shutter speed will still be fast enough to get a sharp image.
Now this is really nit-picking, but I would try cropping about one inch from bottom of photo. That will give you a more pleasing rectangular composition instead of almost square and it with move the exit of the stem from frame a little farther away from corner of frame.
I think this is an outstanding photo, but I just want to give you a meaningful critique and make possible suggestions of how I think it could be even better.
Best Wishes,

This is a TRUE beauty, Anne.
I love diagonalled images.
Great creativity on your part.
Best regards from Canada,
P.S. How is your son doing?

Bonjour Anne.
Una bella imagen, de esa preciosa mariposa.La composicion es muy buena.Le machaon es una de mi preferida.Un saludo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-27 4:02]

Hi Anne.
Subject of your nice picture is so interesting. I like such lowest POV. Beautiful butterfly on the fine plant is looked from this point very impressively. Back light and blurred colourfull BG underlines the beauty of the main subject very well. Diagonal composition is great too. My best wishes and TFS.

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