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On Envy to Fashion Women

On Envy to Fashion Women
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !"The eyes have it..." [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-20 8:22
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture has been taken in a hot sunny day. I very seldom saw this butterfly near my country house. It always was in movement, and there was no opportunity to capture it. In that day my wife watered a lawn. To water has flied many insects and birds. This butterfly has arrived also. It long satisfied thirst, motionlessly sitting on the open site of a ground. It explains the color of a background and a pose of the butterfly and posture of its wings.

I believe, that any woman of fashion could envy such fur coat. The remarkable clothes of this butterfly also have drawn my attention.

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Hand-held shot
Focus length 400 mm
Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG applied.

Scarce Swallowtail
Iphiclides podalirius
Despite its name, the Scarce Swallowtail is one of the commonest butterflies in the Pelion region and Greece.

It is a large distinctive butterfly, with a wingspan of 65 - 80mm (2 1/2 to 3 1/8 in) and creamy white wings, boldly marked with black tiger-like stripes. Its hindwings feature long black tails and are adorned with blue crescents and red spots.

It is continuously on the wing, with no special territory, but it prefers the lowlands and only rarely flies in areas higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). Because of its foodplants it frequents orchards and flowery gardens.

Scarce Swallowtail larvae are green, with small red dots and yellow stripes, while pupae are usually green in summer and brown in winter, to match the color of the background.

Larva Food Plants
Hawthorn, Blackthorn and various cultivated fruit trees.

Flight Period
May - September in the south (incl. Greece), early summer everywhere else.

Warm, sheltered grassy/scrubby areas, fruit orchards and flowery gardens.

A southern species, extending to N. Germany, but very local through most of the region.

Superkingdom: Eukaryota; Kingdom: Metazoa; Phylum: Arthropoda; Superclass: Hexapoda; Superclass: Hexapoda; Class: Insecta; Subclass: Neoptera; Order: Lepidoptera; Family: Papilionidae; Genus: Iphiclides; Species: podalirius.

Scarce Swallowtail

leboistoo, horia, wallhalla15, Hil, jcoowanitwong, saguzar, peter_stoeckl, dew77, anahory, JORAPAVI, izler, mlines, oscarromulus, alenka, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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To anahory: Thanks... RatioAlex99 1 11-17 12:49
To peter_stoeckl: Thanks...Alex99 1 09-23 04:51
To saguzar: Thanks. White lines.Alex99 1 09-22 01:44
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Hi Alex,
Wow! You caught amazing details on this beautiful specie! I like this crop and this is an excellent POV. Lightning and colors are great as well. This is very well done and well seen. TFS,

Hi Alexei, amazing macro of the swallowtail. The details are outstanding and so much in focus. I like it alot! Awesome note! Well done, thanks for sharing. Regards Tim.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-20 9:03]

Hello Alexei

This is really a great macro! The magnification in this image is fabulous! Even more impressive is that you managed to mentain all details nice and sharp. The colors look great, the light is very good and the Dof very well chosen.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

bonjour alexei
excelente macro tres detaillée.

Bellissima macro complimenti .Ciao gigicacco

Hi Alexei,
that's a marvelous close-up.
I love to see all the details of the beautiful butterfly. Very well done, thanks, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Alexei,
this is a great butterfly shot.
Sorry, I have no time - critique later.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-20 14:39]

Hi Alex,

What a fantastic macro shot, the composition and POV are both excellent, the detail is totally superb, and so clear and sharp all over the Butterfly, the colousr and lighting are also perfect, well done on a really great shot.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Alex,
This is a magnificent Macro shot of the butterfly! Super detailed. Lighting is fantastic! Very good and steady for a hand-held shot. Composition is very well done and the colours are great! SUPERB!
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Alex,
This is the closest ever for a swallowtail that I have ever seen. Great achievement. TFS.

Hi Alexei.
Wow! What a great detailed photo! I cannot find any thing to say! Bravo my dear friend. TFS.
With my best wishes and sincere greetings.

Hello Alexei,
Very good close up, the details shown here are nice. I like the composition and illumination, but what is the white line surounding the proboscis?
Best regards

Hello Alex,
fascinating portrait of the Scarce Swallowtail.
Perfectly focussed, details overwhelming.
Subdued colours look very pleasant in strong natural light.
A well decided close approach and tight cropping have created an image that looks extraordinary and new.
Thank you! Best reagrds,

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-09-27 14:09]

Beautiful macro shot with great details!
Excellent work!

  • ewiczek Gold Star Critiquer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 0] (815)
  • [2006-09-29 0:13]

WOw:-))))) Great shot this macro photo:-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-04 14:20]

Privet Alexei,
Very nice macro.It's very close and well detailed.POV,sharpness and composition are wonderful.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-10-06 11:05]

What excellent close up Alexei! Every detail is visible and sharp, great colors and very successfull croped to even more show the portrait of a butterfly!Awesome!

your iso 400 comes over very quiet and pronounced..i think this is about the closest i have seen a specimen
clarity and truth...
the best ingredients for a presentation..
you have both and an interesting look at what is normally difficult to see

fantastic macro,Alex!
almost unbelievable the sharpness and magnification you get...and handheld!!( what is the magnification ratio,2:1?)

Cette photo est superbe,les détails sont, bien éclairés,nettes,il y en a beaucoups,cela me fait voir ce papillon chez mo, de près.Amicalement merci Thomas

Ey ey Alexei, I see a selfportrait in the eye!

What a catch! I can iagine that the butterfly was sucking up th ewater for a while! Great macro revealing unusual detail!
Thanx for your patience! Jay

Hola Alexei,
Espectacular macro, la nitidez y el detalle son extraordinarios. Un cordial saludo

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-28 17:58]

hello Alexei
this macro shot looks like a microscopic working :)
composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, lighting, sharpness and details are perfect

In a word....MAGNIFICENT!

Hi Alexei. A wonderful macro. Clear as a bell with good colours. Thanks for showing what is possible. Murray.

Another BEAUTIFUL and SUPER ENLARGED creature.
Good show Alexei.!!!
Your notes too have been done with "meticulas" care.
A lot of detail.
Amazing variety of colours.
A lot of co-ordinated contrasts provided by nature to this insect. Perhaps for camouflage.???
Regards from your friend in Canada.

Just WOW! And I'll use his mascara, too :)
Best wishes

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-11-13 22:51]

Magnifique détail, quel oeil !
Bonne journée.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-24 4:50]

Dear Alexei
How amazing this macro!!! It has stunning details that I had never observed in this species. I like a lot the scales in the wings and its black and white dressing :) Magnificent POV and composition.
Thank you very much for your kind wishes. I wish for you and yours the best of 2008, and I hope to go on seeing by myself through your postings that you are all fine and happy.
Thank you very much dear friend
Best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-31 0:26]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding close-up shot with immaculate sharpness and clarity. The hairs look amazing and you have controlled the harsh lighting well and exposed perfectly. The mud-puddling activity is presented from close-quarters here and one can feel the intensity on its eyes. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Alexei

Great portrait shot of this insect, the excellent
light helped to obtain great focus, sharpness,
and details, TFS


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