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Black Swallowtail Papilio polyxenes)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-30
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Goldys' Personal Favorites, Pretty - Perfect - Picture, Alex99 favorite pics, CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-02 9:05
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This is one of my favorite shots of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, that I took this summer while on vacation in New York.

I was visiting the Roger Tory Peterson Wildlife Santuary which is located in Jamestown New York. The grounds contain a couple of small lakes, forest lands, a swamp and many trails that take you from fields to woods.

Roger Tory Peterson was a world renown naturalist who has published many guid books on plants as well as wildlife.

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hello Ron
A beauty with beautiful colours and great sharpness
great shot
greeting lou

Maravillosa escena Ron. No se si quedarme con la mariposa o con la flor...
Eficaz manejo de la luz y unos colores realmente desbordante.
Enhorabuena por tan buen trabajo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ron,
Fantastic clarity in this photo with very beautiful colours. Sharpness and details of the flower and butterfly are superb. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Very, very nice picture of this butterfly. The composition is great, the colours are splendid and lively and the picture is nice and sharp. Lovely,

Kind regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-02 9:47]
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Hello Ron,
Great capture of a Black Swallowtail butterfly!
Excellent technical quality in this ideal lateral POV taken while feeding while the OOF natural BG provides good contrast. The Dof is perfect and the colours natural but eye-catching.
Well done, thanks and have a good weekend,

Cropping out a part of the petals of the purple cone flower keeps the attention on the insect. Nice technique. Keep on trekking.

Hello Ron,
Wonderful image with great details, vivid colours, excellent sharpness and POV. Well done!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-02 10:01]
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Hello Ron
Superb macro capture and composition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-02 10:33]
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No comment...simly fantastic..the pic of a day on TN!!!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Ron,
absolutely great shot!
Fantastic, lateral POV, adequate DOF, natural, contrasting colors, very good composition... So, this is the way this should be done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-10-02 11:37]
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Hi Ron,
Magnificent close up.Well caught,framed and composed.DOF,3D effect,vivid colors,lighting,exposure and visual impact are wonderful.Excellent work!Thanks for sharing..

Great Achievement Ron! Amazing detail, wonderful shadow details, stunning sharpness, point of view and composition! 5D mark II Rocks! My only advice for you is to avoid using extreme aperture settings like those in that case due to process called Diffraction. Please check the available Internet information regarding that matter. f/16 can create sufficient dept of field often. Have a lovely evening Ron!
George Veltchev

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-02 14:12]
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Hi Ron,
What a great macro with excellent sharpness,colors and splendid details.TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-02 14:54]
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Hello Ron.
Lovely Black Swallowtail shot. Great light, wonderful composition and pin sharp. DOF and POV are excellent as well.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ron,
I presume that this must be like ours papilios that "never stand still "!... So this is a difficult and well-managed photo! Congratulations! TFS, Jesús

Sometimes, don't you think it's better to leave things unsaid, Ron?

Hi Ron,

This one looks very clear, truly outstanding quality. Such a well suited blurr background for the butterfly to stand out against, it all looks well composed.
The lighting and focus both seem perfect, exceptional work my friend.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-10-02 22:53]
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Hi Ron , wow great image you have here , a perfect clear capture on this dark subject , nice detail and color...


Hello Ron,

what an very nice image from this beautiful butterfly with good pov and sharpness.
Very good coloured picture.


Exposure looks perfect in this perfect specimen, colors very natural Ron.
Complete DOF that brings us nice details of both flower and insect too..
Who could ask for more than this?
Well composed - Well done :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-10-03 21:03]
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Wow, Ron! The sharpness in this shot is amazing.
The colors are so rich and brilliant.
Love that chocolate color on the wings,
and the beautiful patterns.
TFS. : )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-10-06 17:05]
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Hola Ron.
This is also one of my favorites too. Very sharp and excellent use of the flash. Beautiful colors and great focus-
TFS My friend.

hello Ron

this is a very very beautiful macro shot with the wonderful setting,
very fine POV and DOF, superb focus great sharpness and details,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 17:31]
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Hi Ron,
Now that is an image you should be so proud of, amazing quality throughout. The scene is so wonderful and you nailed it, congratulations.

Hi Ron
The color of your Swallowtail and Cone flower (Echinacea purpurea) complement each other nicely. Your image shows off very sharp detail and is wonderfully composed. You've captured a very special moment here Ron, well done.
TFS Janice

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-15 22:41]
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Hello Ron,
A wonderful composition showing this fantastic butterfly on a pretty Echinacea purpurea flower. Very fine sharp details and beautiful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Ron. Great shot with fine details and wonderful colours. Best compliments.

Bonjour Ron

Très belle composition. Belle luminosité et netteté. Les couleurs sont splendides.
Bonne journée,....JP

Hi Ron.
Outstanding picture, fantastic subject and superb quality of the image. Flower, butterfly are simply amazing as well as an impressive BG. Dark and lights, vivid colours, exactness of details impress the imagination. My congratulations and Bravo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-11-01 5:08]
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Hello Ron,
excellent sharpness in superb details. This shot is really wonderful. The feature of the butterfly and the pretty flower is a pleasure to look. such an outstanding composition.
so well defined and this close up is top class one.


This is a beautiful butterfly Ron. The swallowtail perched on that beautiful flower is just gorgeous. Fine details of both subject and you have framed the composition in pleasing manner. Top job and I like it.
Thanks for sharing and greetings from Malaysia - Jusni

Hi Ron,
Very beautiful butterfly image. Very nice vivid colors of both butterfly and flower. Swallowtails are my favorite butterfly, they are big and beautiful. Roger would have loved it.
Have a wonderful day.

Hallo Ron
Talking about some envy or jealousy about my giraffe image. I actually envy you for this one as it is an absolute delightful image with beautiful colours and stunning details. I like the full framed composition very much, as it brings the subject so much closer to the eye, this way one can really see all the lovely features of this Black Swallowtail Butterfly as well as the pretty flower it is resting on. It almost looks like a drawn picture. This is indeed a fine macro which is worthy of all the similes it received. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ps. The image on your intro page with the whole Warner clan is really lovely.

hello Ron
what an excellent scene of amazing beautiful Papilionid butterfly and flower. coloration splendid for both of butterfly and flower. sharp focus and POV/DOF great. exposure and light using wonderful in your master quality. thanks for sharing this beauty. well done
have a nice weekend my friend

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