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The Butterfly Dance

The Butterfly Dance
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-21 11:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today is the first day of Autumn, I think.
These two didn't seem the least bit concerned with that piece of trivia. They floated and danced as if it was the first day of Spring.

Once again meet Papilio (or Heraclides)cresphontes - otherwise known as the Giant Swallowtail. According to Stokes' Butterfly Book, they stay in the south all year.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-21 11:49]

Hi Angelina,
Fabulous shot of these dancing Swallowtails. They really look huge and the lighting creates a fine effect on their wings. The blue sky acts as a perfect BG to let them stand out. You have freezed an awesome moment here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-21 11:57]

Hi Angelina. i think Autumn has arived here as well. i like the compostion in you piture with one in and one out of focus. it gives a sense of movement. good colours and detail. well done TFs.
Have a good weekend.

Hi Angelina,
What a surprising shot you produced here. I like the surrealistic atmosphere in it. Very good composition, vivid colours and a very good DOF.
Compliments Angelina!
Regards, Ruud

I love this: the ballet of the butterflies. Very beautiful lighting. The subjects seem fragile, but seem to be in sync with each other. Nice, clear details. I love the softness of the second butterfly - a wonderful, uplifting shot.

Hello Angy
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect focusing,ligting and composition,

Good Luck

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-21 12:25]

Hello Angelina,
Fabulous capture of these two beautiful dancing butterflies in suitable autumn colours! Clever shot, I love it!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-21 12:44]

Hi Angy,

I didn't realize it was autumn until I saw this. You wouldn't know it here - still feels like the middle of summer. This is a fantastic capture - hard enough to get one in-flight no less two. The colors are just beautiful.


Hello Angy,
beautiful captured of this two Swallowtail in flight and dancing!
the exposure is good with clarity and details
thank you so sharing

Hello Angy,
A beautiful in action shot, I love this butterflies dance eith beautiful composition and focus.


awesome catch, wow, I would be very hapy with such one, lovely

Wow... Now this is how butterflies should be taken. It sure portrays the term frittering and free.Spectacular lighting through wings.The one that is blurred adds to the artistic effect in my opinion. Great stuff Angelina.

Hi Angelina.
Wow, great flight capture to get them both. Great light on them really showing up their colour and patterns in their wings.


Hi Angelina,
Two in the same frame, very hard to do..The upper swallowtail is well focused, and I like the their positions in opposite corners of your frame :)
Well done!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-22 6:13]

Hi Angelina,
An action shot like this one is very very hard to get! I tried so many times without success.
Great composition and lighting.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-22 6:25]

The composition is superb, Angy, but I must admit I am just a bit distracted by the softness of the foreground butterfly

It is definitely the sense of movement which makes this picture stand above. If they were both still it would just be another double which isn't bad at all come to think of it...wonderful title and nice feel to it.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-22 10:47]

Back later, cutting grass

Hello Angy,
thank for you kind words and for these fair Ladies (in Italian the name butterfly is FARFALLA, and it is feminine, so I imagine every butterfly as a female...), not easy to capture them together with this grace.
Have a nice Sunday,

Wow girl - you got 'em, and you got 'em good. That's very poetic - and besides the experience, just seeing that, you also captured a memorable shot. Off to my fav's you go! Bravo!
Cheers, Klaus

hello Angelina

excellent flight image, in your title The Butterfly Dance ,
looking at your photo, i can imagine the steps (up and down)
of this dance in the air, TFS


Hi Angelina,
A beautiful concept of shooting these beauties in the mid air. The experiment turned out well. Only the STBF below is a little blurred and I think SSpeed of 1/1000sec would have better. Any way a nice concept. Thanks a lot for sharing.

very good job here !
great catch 2 in 1

Hello Angy,

Fabulous capture of these two beautiful dancing butterflies. This is indeed a photo when you can say I was on the right place at the right time. An action shot like this one is very very hard to get. Chapeau. Wonderful colors. POV, and BG are good. It's only pity that the butterfly is a bit out of focus. But nevermind, only pity. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

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