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Winged Jewel

Winged Jewel
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flutterbies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-02 6:35
Viewed: 3717
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I offered you the cocoon of a rice-paper butterfly. Today my offering is a step forward in the life of a butterfly, although it is a different one from yesterday.
This Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus, Philippines) emerged from a cocoon in the hatchery of the "Wings of Paradise" butterfly conservatory even as I stood watching. I had seen the casing twitching as I passed by just fifteen minutes before and now I had watched it slowly split to reveal this delicate gem, its wings still crushed with the weight of birth.

Tech: Camera handheld (tripods and monopods are not permitted during regular hours) and without flash as I did not want to disturb the emerging miracle
Shot in RAW, converted to jpg without changes, cropped a little to eliminate as much distraction as possible (the yellow shadow in the foreground is a rice paper butterfly chrysalis), resized, framed, sharpened

Thanks for your visit, your suggestions and your critiques. Thank you too for your patience with me as I try my hand at something new

Pentaxfriend, XOTAELE, ramthakur, Silvio2006, jeanpaul, jmp, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Belle texture des ailes.
Bonne journée.

Hi Silke,

Nicely captured and well done on the comp.

Neat image killed/plasticized the image, frankly, nothing wrong with grain.
When using neat, careful use should be maintained to keep the natural, if over used, flat/smooth surfaces can look plastic.


Hi Silke,

This is a nice shot of a (Papilio palinurus)Green Banded Peacock.
Great collours

TFS Thijs

Estupenda macro. Con un colorido finísimo.
Bella presentación.
Ciao. JL.

A great moment to capture, Silke, and you have done a great job. Congratulations!
The colors and patterns on the wings of the newly-born are glorious.
I am sure you will continue improving your skills further.

Hi Silke, great macro with splendid light and colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Silke
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon. Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Silke,
I love those colors as they almost look like an abstract painting. This is a beautiful and colorful specie that you capture in a good composition and POV. The picture is a little grainy as you know but still a good one ;)TFS,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-04 4:16]

Oh my. Silke! What an incredible shot!
A fascinating moment to record.
And you did it so well with perfect sharpness and exposure.
The colors are just stunning.
Great POV.
TFS. : )

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-04 4:27]

Cool colors, Silke. Sharp considering that this is handheld macro. I read the thread on noise reduction, too. Very useful info.
Best wishes,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-04 4:40]

Hi Silke,
A great moment, where one of the miracles in material complexity can be seen. Here in TN there are millions of butterflies, but not so many cocoon or emerging butterflies and much less caterpillars.
Thank you for show it!
José M.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-04 22:13]

Hello Silke

Wow,great moment captured.Beautiful colours.Good detail.Good POV.TFS


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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2007-08-04 6:07]

Hello Silke,
I think the shot is a little disturbed but that remains a good shot with a splendid butterfly. MaX.

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the butterfly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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