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Colorful Giant

Colorful Giant
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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: KODAK Z612, 35-420mm Schneider Kreuznach Variogon
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BUTTERFLIES OF AMERICA, Butterflies of North-America, Butterflies, Butterflies III, 50-59 points Chapter 7, Butterfly & Dragonfly, Butterfly, I love [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 21:23
Viewed: 3677
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Giant Swallowtail
Papilio cresphontes

Info on the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

Taken at Sundance Garden in Texas City on a day when there were many Giant and Black Swallowtails. I never did find any caterpillars.

Exposure Setting: Manual +/- 0.0
Lighting Conditions: Partly Cloudy/Mid-Day
f/stop: 4.8
Shutter Speed: 1/500
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 420mm[35mm]-equivilent
Auto Focus: Normal/Center-Zone/Continuous
Compression: Standard
White Balance: Daylight
Color: Natural
Sharpness: Normal
Tripod: No
Flash: Off
Megapixels: 6.0
Dimensions: 770 x 650
Size: 112 KB
Location: Texas City, Texas
Date: August 31, 2007

Cropped, sharpened, Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting

gannu, jhm, keanhoon, Argus, uleko, mjaniceanne, angybone, eqshannon, pierrefonds, nglen, Silke, jaycee, gracious, JORAPAVI, Luis52, haraprasan, SelenE, Patleboss has marked this note useful
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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-06 21:26]

Jim, we were just close to posting each other's picture. You at night and I am in the mrng. lovely shot and excellent view. the composition is so perfect. Lovely DOF and wings clarity. Well Done. Ganesh friend from India

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-10-06 23:32]

Hello Jim,

Very well capture, and nice composed and detailed picture, together the colours and DOF, excellent done.

Greetings from Belgium,

Wow, amazing shot. Focus and exposure are great.
Best regards,

Destacar la composición y bello conjunto a pesar de ligeros desenfoques y colores no muy definidos.
Saludos Jim.

Hello Jim,

This is a great capture of the swallowtail showing all its beautiful details of shape and colour! It looks to be having a good meal!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your comments on 'Autumn Colour'

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-07 2:01]

Hello Jim,
It must be fantastic to see these beauties in real life and this is a fine capture showing the wing undersides in a great composition with the orange flower. It seems to have many host plants but unsprayed citrus fruit trees can be good to find the caterpillares.
TFS and enjoy your sunday,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-07 3:53]

Hi JIm,
Another lovely Swallowtail, they seem popular on TN and rightly so! To keep the balance here it obviously has to flap its wings hence the blurrness which is typical for this species. The composition is beautiful as well as the light and the background makes the butterfly stand out.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Lovely shot with great composition! Its amazing how big they get especially when they are flying around you and this one looks in perfect condition.

Hi Jim, splendid papilio, great composition with wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello jim,
the size of this butterfly impress me , liked the way you have captured this shot, beautiful composition, suitable pov, lovely colours,
tfs & regards

Great shot of this beauty!
THey are amazing, aren't they?

Great clarity - this butterfly flutters like crazy and is hard to capture.
Well done!!!

A classic shot of a classic butterfly. Perhaps among my favorites in color and shape, which you have done service to in this image. Some days your notes are just so complete...very well done Jim.

Hi Jim,

A good POV of the giant swallowtail butterfly, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-07 9:20]

Hi Jim. Nice shot of the Butterfly. you have captured it with fine detail and rich colour. a nice pose on the orange flower. well done TFS .good notes too.
Have a good week ahead.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-07 9:36]

Stunning composition once again -- outstanding colours and details. This sure is a beauty

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-07 10:49]

Hi Jim,

A beautiful Swallowtail feasting on a very pretty flower. As always you show fine details, beautiful colors, and a wonderful composition.


Hola Jim,
Magnífica composición, gran nitidez y detalle con una luz y color muy hermosos, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-07 18:31]

Hola Jim. Very sharp Macro of this beatiful Buertfly. I like his colors and the pose over this colorful flower. Nice work you made here. Luis52.

Hello Jim,
this is trully a good composition of Swallowtail in a best possible pose with flower!
good DOF with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and very details in it
very well done and well seen, Jim!

Hi Jim,
A nice capture of this giant swallowtail. Lovely composition with very fine sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-08 0:47]

Hi Jim,
Good POV, composition, colors and setting. TFS
Best wishes,

Magnifique composition, les détails t les couleurs sont superbes.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-09 2:46]

Hi Jim,
Just marking this post and will be back with a proper critique. Facing internet problem, hence doing a short job.

bonjour jim
une leger flou sur l'ensemble du papillon mais il faut dire que cette espece ne ce pose pas longtemps et ce n'est pas facile de l'avoir parfaitement net,les couleurs sont naturelles et belles.

Hello Jim, splendi shot, colors are wonderfull, perfect focus and good deeph of field, it is a realy lovely composition,
a great cheer,

Hi Jim,
Beautiful close up shot of a beautiful butterfly. Nice work with the color saturation, and crop. TFS

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