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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji S 7000
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Animal portraits, Butterflies Chapter2, European butterflies 1, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-20 19:46
Viewed: 14340
Favorites: 15 [view]
Points: 118
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A couple of Swallowtail Butterflies for you all to enjoy :)

Biggest British species, and one of the most beautiful. Also pretty rare sadly.
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Excellent capture on this butterfly. Beautiful color, and great detail. A great job here!

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-04-20 22:30]

Never seen these before, great capture good crisp details, well done and thanks for sharing.

What a beauty - the butterfly and the photo! Sort of looks like he's looking at himself in the mirror (with one in back). Great detail, color - including the whites, and compo. -Jenn

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-20 23:30]

Wow, beautiful shot of the two. Very sharp and full details, gorgeous colors and patterns, great exposure, superb POV of the two facing off like that. Congratulations!

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-04-21 2:17]

Beautiful butterfly.
I like this kind of butterflies.
Good composition and POV.
Nice colours and DOF.
Good sharpness and details.
Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-04-21 4:45]

What a beautiful butterfly Matt. His colours and shape are amazing. And I see another b'fly opposite him too sharing the thistle. Well captured.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-21 4:53]

Bardzo fajne zdjęcie, wygląda jakby przeglądał się w lustrze. Dobry strzał.

Awesome shot Matt. Nice to see neighbours talking over the fence. The colours in the butterfly are very well captured. Nice POV. Well done. Thanks

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  • ariw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 8 N: 25] (179)
  • [2005-04-21 9:47]

Matt, this is really beautiful, the butterflies are very colourful and you captured them in the right moment, well done!

Excellent capture, Matt.
This is really a lovely and in perfect condition specimen. Your composition is very well done and interesting. TFS.

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2005-04-21 11:56]

Excellent picture ! The sharpness is amazing.
The colours look a bit on the "cold" (blueish) side to me. Is that real for this local race or just a camera/PP effect ?
Very well done, keep them coming.

Great shot, beautiful colours and great sharpness.
Very well done.

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-04-21 13:14]

Very good capture of those two butterflies Matt. Incredible Dof with great sharpness and beautiful colors.
Very well done and thank you for sharing.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-21 17:34]

Excellent composition. Having a chat over the flower. Great details and colours.
Well done.

A new species for me and don't they look just great. Good crisp image and great detail. Excellent composition and POV.

Wonderful DOF to include the head of the second butterfly. Wonderful clarity, love the windswept hairs on the back. Colour luminescence is beautiful. Great crop! Very nice one, Matt!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-25 17:00]

This specie (Papilio machon) is common in Portugal.
Fantastic capture! Two at the same time!
Very beautiful colors!

Very lovely pic!
The details, the combination of colours, the POV and the light is great.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-24 1:54]

Hey Matt,
wonderful capture of this magnificent butterfly and the other in the background,
Yea its sad such beauty is rare.
very sharp and detailed shot,
great compo,
Cheers TFS,

Hi Matt:

AMAZING picture, very well composed with superb colors and definition.


Nice shot! Great colours, and a good pov

Excellent colours, lighting and detail. DOF is perfect

Great job

Amazing picture , great colours and details captured in this picture , TFS


This is an excellent shot. Bravo and thanks.

Hi matt,
very rare abgle to choose for butterflies. good. Nice DOF and good to see both of them in one frame.

Very nice macro. The details are really good as the colours!
Bye Tom

Beautiful butterflies.....they look like 2 dancers....very good POV...TFS....

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-03-29 16:55]

Hi Matt,
What a luck to catch two Papilion togheter in so good posture. Good photo.
José M.

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  • vrvijai (182)
  • [2006-04-19 14:36]

Wow! What a shot. Great DOF and Clarity. Very Well Composed. Looks like it is looking at the mirror. Beautiful butterfly.
Thanks for sharing.
Noticed Now Only. It is posted exactly one year back)

charming, pretty and powerful encounter of two swallowtails in friendly neighbourhood. Amazing colours, excellent details due to a very good wideangle depth of field. Very dynamic point of view. Telling from this picture, you seem to have plenty of those in England. Thank you!
Best regards,

It's really amzing picture!
Everything is excellent - colours, sharpness and background


tres belles couleurs de ce joli machaon

bravo, amitiés :) !

Hello Matt
Beautiful shot of the swallowtails. BG is a bit noisy, but the shot is outstanding overall. Regards.

Nice Capture. Good job.


Hi Matt,
I was born in Ipswich,Suffolk,but left there when I was 7. I had no idea there were such beautiful creatures there.
What an amazing shot.
Great work!

Excellent photo of these great butterflies! Wonderful composition and great POV! The colors are bright and natural and sharpness is spot-on! Very good use of DOF! Swallowtails are one of my favorite butterflies! You managed to capture them well! Great job! TFS!


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  • Ivoto Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (1385)
  • [2006-08-25 19:05]

Hi Matt,
Maybe it will be interesting for you to know that I saw such a butterfly here, in Bulgaria, about three weeks ago and managed to take a picture of it. I am going to upload it here tomorrow. Of course, it is alone and not so interesting as your excellent composition. The peculiar thing about this creature is - it has such colours, that at the first glance at the photo you think that there is too much noise in the pictute. Later you realize that everythign is OK :).

Hi Matt,

Excellent capture
Perfect sharpness,details,colours,POV

Gr Thijs

This photo makes me keep loving it.
At first it's beautiful and then it's adorable.
First it's the wings that grab you with their beauty then the other creatures face peeking over makes me say "Awe!".
Thanks for sharing

Excellent contribution. Brilliant colors. Seemingly fresh wings wide spread. Correct depth of field.
Murali Santhanam

Muy buena. Parece que se está mirando en un espejo.

Great capture!
Astonishing colors and details.
I like the composition and the POV!

năo poderia deixar de comenta.Muito nota dez!!!!

exelente photo micron, great perfect wealth of detales and synchronizes waits to see more photos its.

Nice makro. Nice colors.

Hello Matt.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details

Jose Luis.

great shot, optimal chosen of subject for the colors

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  • Calaca (157)
  • [2007-05-10 17:21]

Excelente foto, la nitidez, los colores, te felicito.

Very very nice

Hi Matt,

Wow. Thats a beautiful shot. Very sharp and full details, gorgeous colors and patterns, great exposure, great POV and BG. I like that. Regards and TFS Bob

Wow! thats pretty impressive, I love the other one just peeking over.

Wow, beautiful shot of the two.
Good composition and POV.
Nice colours and DOF.
Good sharpness and details.

Hello Matt,

An absolutely superb image, everything is just perfect! Sad to hear that they're rare.


Hi Matt,
your photo? Absolutely Great

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2008-05-21 3:41]

It is so beautiful, nice capture.!

Salam Matt

Very nice Macrography & colour

-- SADEGH --

Awesome shot; wonderful colors.

great swallowtail butterfly!

Excellent colors!

Very nice macro.

Erkan T.

A great capture of a beautifull butterfly.Well done.Best regards.Alin.

Wow Matt. The patterns in this are fantastic. I love the clarity and the DOF. It's framed well and has the action of a second butterfly in it. Very well proportioned shot Matt. It really is a beautiful shot. TFS Trevor

An excellent capture with sharp features and excellent color. Thanks for sharing



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