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Old World Swallowtail

Old World Swallowtail
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Copyright: Fikret Yorgancioglu (fiyo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-03 2:17
Viewed: 3839
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 70
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Old World Swallowtail

Binomial name
Papilio machaon
Linnaeus, 1758

Tr name: Kırlangıç kuyruk

Scientific classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Papilionoidea
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Tribe: Papilionini
Genus: Papilio
Species: P. Machaon


Juyona, nirmalroberts, mariki, uleko, fartash, Argus, Alex99, SelenE, scottevers7, spalaxtr, smitha, MMM, Ena, Maite, JORAPAVI has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-03 2:21]

Hola Fikret,
preciosa macro,
foco y color maravillosos...
excelente trabajo,

Bonjour Fikret
Très belle composition, couleurs et gestion de la luminosité, excellente netteté, très beau sujet, bravo et meilleurs Voeux pour 2008.
Amicalement Robi

Hi Fikret Bey,
A beautiful swallowtail feeding on thistle flowers, both in sharp focus but almost nothing else in the BG, thanks to the chosen shallow DOF. Thanks for sharing this lovely scene.

Hi Fikret,
Very sharp, with excellent detail of the body and legs. Very good composition and colours. I think this is a female Swallowtail, judging from the shape of the abdomen, with a little amage o te wings. Clearly she has been around for some while, busy laying her eggs. Well done.

Hello Fikret,
Sharp details. Brilliant colours. Good composition. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hello Fikret,

Great composition. Very nice POV. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-03 4:46]

Hello Fikret,
Wonderful close-up of this lovely Swallowtail on the Clover flowers against the soft background. Excellent DOF, sharp details and beautiful colours. I really like the point of view! A very beautiful composition.
Many thanks and best wishes for 2008!

Hi Fikret,
a brilliant and sharp picture of this beautiful Papilio machaon.
Colours, light, focus, sharpness, point of view and composition are perfect.
Well done.

Hello Fikret
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Swallowtail,
Great focusing,colors and composition,
Superb shot.


Fikret merhaba , nefis bir makro , tebrikler , bu netliği gören diğer arkadaşların kelebek fotoğrafı yüklemeleri zorlaşacak :(

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-03 7:52]

Hello Fikret,
Superb capture of a rather worn Swallowtail with excellent sharpness both of the butterfly and the flower that it is sitting on and excellently composed against a fine contrasting OOF natural BG.
Well done and thanks.
With best wishes for 2008!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-03 8:25]

Hello Fikret,
Wonderful photo of this Swallowtail. Perfect composition with excellent colours, details and DOF.

Hi Fikret,
Niiiiice! You choose an unusual angle for the picture, photographers are tempted to shoot from above but you did it from the side, and you won! The light makes all details stand out. I would have cropped the flower to the right a little more, but that's an unimportant detail
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-03 9:53]

Hi Fikret.
I cannot imagine the better subject. It is simply wonderful. POV, framing and composition are brilliant. I like crisp sharp image of the butterfly and flowers. They are superbly reflected. And i so like wonderful smooth colourful BG. Bravo and best wishes in 2008.

Merhaba Fikret,
that's just marvelous, I love the moment and those brilliant colours. Sharpness is excellent.
Thanks, a fantastic shot, selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Marvelous shot Fikret!
A perfect composition and sharpness and amazing colours. A great photo and a performance!

Bonsoir Fikret,
il n'y a pas grand chose à reprocher à cette photo, si ce n'est peut-être que l'arrière-plan aurai gagné à être un peu plus uni : quelques hernes brillantes attirent un peu trop l'oeil, mais on est proche de la perfection ici. Bravo !

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-03 13:32]

Merhaba Fikret Bey,
Netlik, keskinlik, isik, detaylar ve renkler cok iyi. Tebrikler
Size ve ailenize mutlu yillar dilerim

Hi Fikret,
A beauty! Wonderful colors and sharp detail here. A well controled DOF has rendered a nice OOF backround. Very well done!

hello fikret,
fine capture of the beautiful swallowtail butterfly, liked the pov and the composition, good dof, excellent deatils on the wings,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-05 0:55]

Hi Fikret,
Just marking this wonderful post for now and will be back with a proper critique later.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-05 7:00]

Hello Fikret, fantastic macro my friend ! The sharpness is really impressive and your blurred background is breathtaking ! Well done, thanks,


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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2008-01-05 11:46]

Çok güzel Fikret abi eline sağlık .

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-01-05 22:45]

Hello Fikret,
Beautiful image of the Swallow tail Butterfly and the flower.
Good focus, sharpness and details. Excellent POV and DOF. Good composition.
thanks and Regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-01-05 23:00]

11 points out of 10 from me Fikret!!
It's absolutely stunning - wonderful display...

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-06 14:19]

Hello Fikret
Beautiful composition.Very sharp image whit great POV.Details and colors are anazing.
TFS Michel

Hi Fikret,
Swallowtails are beautiful and graceful to look at. The gorgeous flowers add attractiveness to the picture. Very well done.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-08 5:48]

Selam Fikret,
What a wonderful composition!
Nice bright colors!
Good details and sharpness!
Nice POV!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-09 20:12]

Hello Fikret

My first impression is "WOW".The clarity is exceptional.Wonderful POV and DOF.
The shot has beautiful lighting and vibrant,well saturated colours.
The focus is razor sharp with amazing detail.
The composition is excellent,"can you tell I like this photo?"
You have not only captured this beautiful butterfly,but I feel as if I am looking first hand at the flower too.
The OOF BG has a fantastic bokeh.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2008-01-11 5:39]

Selam Fikrek
Nice shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details and BG
Well done MF


Yine harika bir kareye imza atmissin tebrikler

Great composition..

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-19 4:30]

AMAZING!!! What a great beauty!!
I love the perfectly sharp details on this marvellous butterfly and flowers, Fikret. You did here the best and it's really thrilling.
Magnificent focus, lighting, colors, POV, DOF and composition.
A master-piece.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
With my best regards

Outstanding work again!
Colours, light, sharpness, DOF, POV and so forth: the word is superb.

Hola Fikret,
Una imagen de gran belleza en su conjunto, magnífica composición con gran definición y una luz y color muy bonitos. Saludos
José Ramón

WOW, I love the clarity and the brillant colors.

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