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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above, Butterflies of India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 4:38
Viewed: 3427
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Jay (Graphium doson) is a black, tropical papilionid butterfly with pale blue semi-transparent central wing bands that are formed by large spots. There is a marginal series of smaller spots. The underside of wings is brown with markings similar to upperside but whitish in color. The sexes look alike.

It is widespread and common throughout Southeast Asia, including lower elevations in Sri Lanka and Southern India, Eastern Ghats, Satpuras, Bengal and Assam, and the Himalayan foothills. The species is however scarce in southern Honshū, Japan. It is common in thick, riparian, moist, deciduous, semi-evergreen and evergreen forests.

The Common Jay is active throughout the day and constantly on the move; it rarely settles down. Its flight is swift and straight.

This was a chance shot. As usual I was there looking out for flying insects suddenly this beautiful one flew in and sat just in front of me with its wings open which is very rare. I was stunned at its beauty and the abrupt action and chance. This shot was almost like reflex action as it was too close and I surely knew that time was absolutely short. There was no time for settings or experiments. 3 clicks and it was gone. Hope this is satisfactory and you all like it. One thing - this is rare. Shot taken hand held in windy and subdued sunlight conditions.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Genus: Graphium
Species: G. doson

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Hi Sumon,
A beautiful capture. Nice POV and Excellent colors and lighting. Great details. Very well done. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Sumon.
It is a beuatiful specie and your capture is very descriptive.
Light is a bit too hard for my personal taste. Details and colours are very good, as is the composition.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

Hi sumon,
excellent shot,nice pov and beautiful colour,very well composed

What a fantastic shot, Sumon! The colours are so brilliant. Fabulous PoV. TFS.
Cheers, Uma

Well focused with great DOF Sumon. I like the classic open-wing pose and closeup composition. Very good color, exposure and nice detail. Well done.

Hi Sumon,
Your butterfly fills the frame wonderfully. You have captured the colours and details very well.

I know now the difficulty of taking butterflies’ pictures and I'm always impressed by those great shots some of you here manage to realize. This is a fine example of a perfect picture with excellent details, colors, exposure and beautiful composition. This is a very nice specimen. Thanks,

Hi Sumon,
Great that you capture this Blue Jay in open wing position. This active species is very difficult to get close to. The image is sharp with vivid colors. Well seen and tfs.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-01 6:03]

Hi Sumon. A very good shot of the Common Jay. very good detail and colours. sharp focusing.it haas very nice markings which you show to its best. a nice top view and DOF. very well done TFS. good notes to,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-07-01 6:17]

Excelentes colores y detalles muy nítidos.
Agradable presentación amigo.
Saludos y gracias por compartir, Sira.

Beautiful color on this one. Sharp and composed as usual.


Excelente enfoque. Los colores de esta mariposa son maravillosos. Estas haciendo unas buenas capturas, de gran belleza. Dificultad en plasmar esas alas, que como todos los negros cuestan trabajo jeje. Saludos Sumon.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-01 7:32]

Hi Sumon,

A wonderful close-up of this beautiful butterfly. Beautiful colors and wing patterns. Fine details and lovely in its open position against the nice green leaves.


I"m two days behind on critiques I think. I wonder if the new owner of TN will sell me some extra points. ha ha
Great shot! WOnderful colors and great pose.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-01 7:45]

Hi Sumon, all of your Butterfly shot are wonderful and this is no exception. Lovely pov showing the pretty markings in great detail. Nice and sharp, lovely composition.

selam sumon ;wow excellent shot of this lovely b.fly, very good details presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hello friend Sumon,
What a beautiful colour of this sort butterfly!
good pov with superb sharpness, real colour and details
thanks for the information and notes

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-07-01 8:57]

What a beautiful butterfly, Sumon.
That neon blue against the black makes a stunning color contrast.
Excellent sharpness and light. POV is perfect.
TFS. : )

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-01 9:06]

Hi Sumon.
What a nice species of butterfly you have found and pictured. I like all components of the shot. Great composition and view. Amazing details and sharpness, nice colours and lights. My compliments and TFS.

Witaj Sumon!
Your pictures are amazing. Beautiful colours and flawless sharpness. You have in good taste compositions - elegant. And this next Your work.
It congratulates and I greet - Roma

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-01 10:06]

Sumon, Beautiful butterfly. The shot is excellent and spot on. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-01 10:07]

Hello SUmon,
Very lovely close shot of this fabulous butterfly. Fantastic colours and you're showing very sharp details. Well composed too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-01 10:24]

Hello Sumon,
This is a fine capture of the Common Jay, taken at a good moment and I know how active and difficult these Swallowtails can be. Nice and sharp and great composition with the BG leaves,making this anothe fine contribution from you.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • runa Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 11] (46)
  • [2007-07-01 10:29]

Hi Sumon,
It's a beautiful shot, excellent colours! Nice sharpness and detalis.


Hi sumon,
very good sharp picture, with nice details on the butterfly. I have not seeen this. nicely captured. dood lighting too.TFS

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-01 10:50]

Hello Sumon,
Wonderful capture of this amazing butterfly, fantastic colors, does the blue brights up in the dark? hehe
Great POV and composition, very sharp and well presented, great BG.. well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-01 13:56]

Hola Sumon,
maravillosa captura,
preciosa mariposa,
color y pov, sobresalientes,

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-07-01 13:58]

Nothing common about this beauty! Great capture, showing all the details! And for a chance shot? Wow - thumbs up! My chance shots usually show my feet or blue sky! :) Cheers, Klaus

Hi Sumon, an other splendid butterfly with wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, saluti dall'Italia, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-01 19:54]

Hola Sr. Sumon.- Elegante Mariposa de bellos colores en azul. Exelentes detalles a la vista. Las alas abiertas exiben agradables colores. Saludos Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-01 20:30]

Hello Sumon

A beautiful clear image of this jay.The focus is spot on with sharp details.The lighting is very good.The colours are vibrant.TFS


Hi Sumon

Beautiful colors, good DOF and composition. I presume its not easy to photograph butterflies due to their flitting behavior and consequently a great use of natural light at the given moment!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-03 18:10]

Hi Sumon,
another superbs shot of this beautiful coloured and attractive butterfly. You have rendered it very well in detailed capture and its pose.
Clareity and sharpness is superbs and the overall composition is outstanding.


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