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Open Wings
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies, 60-69 points (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 22:03
Viewed: 3820
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

The Tiger Swallowtail in my previous post was a side view, so I want to follow up with this top view with wings open. This photo was also taken near the area lake along the bike trail. The butterfly is nectaring on wild thistle amid the maroon seedheads of tall grass. The sun was low and the purple thistle with the maroon seedheads gave the background and interesting tint. Maybe it was because of the circular polarizer I am using. I do not know, but I hope you like the effect.

Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1000s
ISO = 400
Focal Length = 225mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-20 22:07]

great colors nice focus good DOF great pose with the open wings

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-05-20 22:19]

Another beautifully detailed capture...Really like the way the BG is OOF with some parts in focus...Outstanding contrast...Informative note...TFS

wow wow wow wow wow...it's like you have a light that shines through the butterfly. WOW! The little branches of Johnson Grass (that's what it looks like anyway) frame the photo. As usual your color and photo are perfect.

I'm buying a circular polarizer this week. I had to wait to pay for my camera first. ha ha

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-20 22:50]

Hello Ken

A superb image of this beautiful swallowtail.I am surprised at the low f stop.Excellent DOF and POV .The subject is well focused with razor sharp detail.The lighting is wonderful and the colours are natural and well saturated.A top notch shot.TFS


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-05-20 22:56]

Hi Ken, excellent sharp shot of this Swallowtail. You've composed this one very nicely with the angled shot. Your use of the depth of field is very good and interesting with the purple "sprigs" helping to frame the butterfly.

Thanks, John

Well taken and usefull note.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-21 0:54]

Hello Ken,
Stunning capture of this Swallowtail in a perfect position isolated from the background.
Sharp details and lovely colours. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Ken,
very nicely detailed shot of this butterfly with great colour and focus.The polarizer probably doesn't tint the background but rather your choice of f-stop blurs it that way and the effect is nice.The maroon colour of the grass seedheads is very rich and looks great with the butterfly.Tfs Bob

Hi Ken ,
very nice shot with amazing colors.
excellent sharpness and well composed.
it is a perfect shot.
thanks for sharing
best wishes

Hi Ken,
Just superb. What an amazing capture of this wonderful image. The colours are just perfect as is the quality of the image. Great DOF too. Great stuff.

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  • dip (59)
  • [2007-05-21 3:02]

Hi Kenn,
A good clear and sharp shot with wonderful colors.
Well done!

Hi Ken,

A wonderful picture. The depth of focus, the crispy sharpness, the colours. It just all comes together and I like it!

Greetings, Dennis

Hello Ken,
The right point of view and a good pose from the butterfly combine in a great image!
Macro work is very well done, superb details and fine natural colours...
Subject really stands out, well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-21 3:23]

hello ken,
It is amazing how many butterflies you meet. This one is a splendid swallowtail, which so fine colours. The background is smooth and subtle too.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-21 4:10]

Hi Ken,
Outstanding shot of this swallowtail. Superb colours and very sharp details. Perfect lighting. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-21 11:04]

Hi Ken,

This Swallowtail with the opened wings is wonderful! The pattern shows up so well and is so crystal clear. Looks beautiful with the little bit of the flower showing. Excellent colors and details and bg.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 11:21]

Hello Ken,
Very nice butterfly close up.Vivid colors,lighting,clear details and cross framing are wonderful.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-21 14:57]

Hi Ken.
This butterfly shot is as perfect as previous similar photos. Pictures scene and quality of it reproduction is outstanding. Bravo and my congratulations. The best job.

Hi Ken!
Excellent colors, light, POV and DOF. Well done!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-05-21 16:40]

Hi Ken,
Beautiful in all aspects! I particularly like the way the leaves and stalks form like a natural frame. Excellent capture, splendid colours and spot on exposure

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-21 17:45]

merhaba ken
whats a beautiful swallowtail and well close-up photo
composition, point of view, depth of field, blurry background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Hi Ken,
WOW! That is a beauty! A nice frame filling composition. Rich color saturation and intricate detail in the wings. A well controled DOF has created a nice soft OOF backround. Nice work!

selam ken; excellent close up shot of this pretty butterfly,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

Ciao Ken, splendid butterfly, wonderful composition with beautiful light and colors, excellent details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-23 6:28]

Hi Ken,
thank you for your very interesting e-mail :D
Another great macro shot with no macro lens, the colors are fantastic, perfect contrast to give some details.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-23 8:46]

Hi Ken.
Amazing shot with sharp details.Both your capture of this beautiful butterfly are splendid with perfect poses.I like this pose with full opened wings and shows his beautiful drawing and colors.Superb blurry BG with very interesting colors tones.Great work!My compliments dear friend and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Exceptional detail and color, nice comp, well taken and presented.


Hi Ken,
Interesting portfolio...browsing it, I saw I missed this one rece,tly.
Beautiful is the word applied here; especially the sharpness is outstanding.

Hi Ken.
This is a very lovely piece of work.
The composition of the butterfly and the colourful and well blured BG really makes it.
The head is falling slightly out of DOF, but not serious, and overall effect is stunning.
TFS and regards.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-27 17:31]

Hi Ken!
A superb, beautifull macro, great, first class quality, perfection!Congrats!

Hi Ken,
Nice catch of this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, beautiful colors and great POV. very sharp and perfect picture.. Très jolie photo..

Excellent all around!

This is just gorgeous, it looks like a painting, the dof is just so subtle and the butterfly just stands out perfectly!

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