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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *3, Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 0:04
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 152
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken in a few minutes after my last picture titled as "Before". This is the same specimen of Scarce Swallowtail, which was represented by Before.

Despite my intensive advertising of art creation of lady-neighbor from our garden cooperative some of you did not estimate her canvas with impressive and differently coloured gate beam. Therefore, I have been compelled to follow a butterfly and to take a whole series of shots in addition.

After rest on a gate and pose to me this cute creature had flied up on a bush of a lilac which grew behind a gate and had sat down on a top of a faded inflorescence. There was strong enough wind and the top of bushes shaken strongly. The blurred BG had been created by shaken branches of the next tree and bushes. It was so difficult to get crisp sharp image with tiny details. Except for that the distance of shooting was great enough also it was necessary to photograph from below upwards to me.

I also understand that rich blossoming lilac flowers are more preferred than faded ones. However, I also can see the charm and of such stage of flowers life. I wish you the same.

Scarce Swallowtail
Iphiclides podalirius
Despite its name, the Scarce Swallowtail is one of the commonest butterflies in the Pelion region and Greece.

It is a large distinctive butterfly, with a wingspan of 65 - 80mm (2 1/2 to 3 1/8 in) and creamy white wings, boldly marked with black tiger-like stripes. Its hindwings feature long black tails and are adorned with blue crescents and red spots.

It is continuously on the wing, with no special territory, but it prefers the lowlands and only rarely flies in areas higher than 2,000 m (6,560 ft). Because of its foodplants it frequents orchards and flowery gardens.

Scarce Swallowtail larvae are green, with small red dots and yellow stripes, while pupae are usually green in summer and brown in winter, to match the color of the background.

Larva Food Plants
Hawthorn, Blackthorn and various cultivated fruit trees.

Flight Period
May - September in the south (incl. Greece), early summer everywhere else.

Warm, sheltered grassy/scrubby areas, fruit orchards and flowery gardens.

A southern species, extending to N. Germany, but very local through most of the region.

Superkingdom: Eukaryota; Kingdom: Metazoa; Phylum: Arthropoda; Superclass: Hexapoda; Superclass: Hexapoda; Class: Insecta; Subclass: Neoptera; Order: Lepidoptera; Family: Papilionidae; Genus: Iphiclides; Species: podalirius.

Scarce Swallowtail.

See also:
Scarce Swallowtail.
Scarce Swallowtail.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mogens-j: Thanks.Alex99 2 02-04 14:39
To TAZ: Nice impressions in Italy.Alex99 1 01-31 09:16
To Maite: Good day. Thanks.Alex99 1 01-31 09:12
To mrcrow: Fortune.Alex99 1 01-28 11:48
To jmp: Thank you.Alex99 1 01-28 11:43
To jusninasirun: Many thanks.Alex99 1 01-28 11:41
To peter_stoeckl: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 01-28 11:39
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Hi Alex, dear friend -
that's the one and only!
Perfectly announced - EXCELLENTLY made.
Excellent in every aspect.
Exciting. Inspiring. Wonderful.
My congratulations!
With thanks, and best wishes,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-26 0:40]

Hi Alexei,

This is a a nice capture,and razorsharp with excellent details,well achieved despite the hard wind,the whites of this swallowtail contrast very nice against the blue satured BG,tfs


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-26 0:41]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful butterfly close up.I liked POV,natural colors,cross framing,details and composition a lot.TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-26 1:00]

Expléndido trabajo amigo,
foco, iluminación y agradable ambiente...
una sensacional captura.
hermosos colores,
saludos Alexei.

Hello Alexei,

Very nice composition. Great POV. Very good sharpness. Wonderful light and colours. Superb!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-26 1:51]

merhaba my friend
wonderful macro photo of this beautiful scarce swallowtail
composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-26 2:22]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent photo of this Butterfly. Great sharpness and details, wonderful contrast against the blue BG and beautiful natural colours. Perfect POV.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-26 3:07]

Hi Alexei

Superb composition and colours. The detail is wonderful too. Excellent shot.


Hi again my Friend!
And this one looks like the "Caesar" after the great victory!!! Simply monumental pose of this butterfly!
I have to say, that Crimea was of of only a few places (next to some region of Bulgaria and Macedonia), where I observed this species in relatively high numer of individuals :) Its good for it (in Poland it is strictly protected as endangered and rare).
Bravo and... I am waiting for the next one!!! ;)

PS. Thank you for interest in the PES gallery, I am ALWAYS interested in adding your photos there!!! :)

Hi Alex
Beautiful clear blue sky, perfect sharpness, interesting POV and probably the best note on these species on TN.
As always great photo
Best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-26 4:23]

What say? It's perfect under all corners of view,great pic and great note,thanks for share your beautifull work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-26 4:58]

Hello Alexei,
great depth of field and beautiful light. In combination with the clear background and the excellent sharpness,
you 'celebrate' this species.
Clearly, you cannot increase the beauty of the specimen but you underlined it professionally.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-26 5:19]

Many thanks, Alexei, for showing us this wonderful capture of the Swallowtail in a natural environment! I love its pose on the brown wilted flower and against the beautiful blue sky. It's very nicely in focus showing razor sharp details and beautiful colours. A lovely composition too! I'd give you four points if I could!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-26 5:33]

Nothing but praise for this one Alexei!

The lighting, sharpness, composition on the plant, the POV against the blue sky and the perfect DOF all show what a skillful photographer you are and that these qualities are to be found in this potrait of the Scarce Swallowtail make it a delight to see!
Thanks for helping to brighten up a dark and stormy day here in S. Sweden!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-26 5:37]

Hi Alexei,
wonderful capture of this impressive butterfly.
It looks really proud for some reason :)
Very, very, sharp with impeccable clarity and sharpness.
Gorgeous lighting and colours.
Superb DOF.
Very well done my friend,

I go with Peter on this one: Excellent! Bravo!
Cheers, Klaus

hello alexei,
what a great capture, the spot on focus and the different pov makes this so special, liked the composition and the sky as the bg, sharp image with good details in a pleasing composition,
excellent work,
tfs & regards

Hello Alexei,
Stunning shot against the blue sky. Superb perch and excellent clarity throughout. You have wonderful collection of pictures all are captured in superb clarity. Please allow me to add to my personal theme.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-26 7:01]

Hello Alexei, crisp sharpness of the details, fantastic background and beautiful subject. Well done, thanks !


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 8:26]

Hi Alex,

I get a kick out of your titles! A beautiful swallowtail perfectly executed. It looks wonderful on the aging leaves. Marvelous colors, sharp details, a wonderful background.


A stairway to heaven, Alexei.
Superb image. A typical Alyokhin.
The light, the sharpness, the blue sky and so forth are well done!

My dearest friend Alexei!
pressing for time, now going out of city for some photographing!
just drop by and compliment this excellent posting of yours
see you later

Hi Alex,
Amazing, quelles magnifiques couleurs et composition ave ce papillon si net qui ressort sur ce beau ciel bleu.

Ciao Alexei,
questa non è solo una formidabile foto.
Questo è un monumento alla I. podalirius.
Una composizione veramente eccellente e tecnicamente esemplare.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-26 14:24]

Hello Alexei,
Outstanding work my friend, this i8mage is truly amazing in its' sharpness. Thank you Alexei.

Buena prespectiva y preciso enfoque Alexei.
Los colores son muy acertados y el fondo muy apropiado.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

You've acheived excellent DOF and sharp details Alexei.
The lights direction looks great, and the POV from below works very well. Great composition and well seen from this BG. The dried flowers are "charming", I must agree ;}

merhaba Alexei,
this is also excellent as like "before" and "after". I think today will be your day on TN. all three first class captures. I see you use f/18 again. Its perfect result. thanks for sharing. If I cant write for all shot of your, I fallow them very pleasurely.
all the best

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-26 23:35]

Hi Alexei,
Appreciate and like this wonderful shot from you. Out of town, hence doing a short job. Sorry friend.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-27 1:11]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful picture! Captured in really magnificent pose & from great POV!
Light and details are fantastic, very nice background,
Great work!
best regards, Dejan

Hi Alex, I like a lot this elegant butterfly, lovely composition with splendid colors, great focus and lovely blurry BG, excellent details and good sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Its been so fun following the before/after series. ha ha
Great shot - wonderful sharpness and interesting POV!

yes this one is better then the one before, Alexei
good pov, very nice buttlerfly, good pov and fine dof, very good photojob, have a nice evening.
gr. jaap

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-01-27 11:10]
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Hi Alexei,
What a pov, light, texture and composition! Perfect in every single parameter, this master photo conveys some special feeling and emotion to the beholder. Congratulations my friend!
TFS, José M.
BTW, we have no winter this year. Temperatures easyly reach 20ºC or more these days.

Hi Alexei,

Excellent photo! Nothing to add.


Hi Alexei,
The light helps very well here making amore "texturizated" picture. The angle a bit from behind is something not preferred in photography, but in this pic woks very well and give more interest to the photo.

Hello Alexei good sharp detailed shot, very nice composition good background. Lovely light tfs Necip.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-27 22:01]

Hello Alexei,
What a beautiful butterfly! great colors
I like very much the tail at the end of its wings
you capture it very well.. Well done


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-28 4:25]

Hi Alexei,
well, you've done it again with this one - wow! Pretty much perfect in every way - details, composition, DOF, exposure, background - very well done indeed, thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-28 9:29]
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So splendid and beautiful!!
I love the POV and every crips detail on the butterfly. Magnificent contrast with a great use of light showing the beautiful natural colors.
A really superb shot as ever, dear Alexei.
How would be this place without you? Unimaginable.
Thank you very much for this new beauty.
My best regards

your application amazes me..
i chased butterflies all over madeira..so it seemed and they would never rest long enough for a decent shot closeup
the only one i got close to i discovered was dead
so big points again for sheer professionalism

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-28 9:56]

Fantastic shot with superb details and sharp. Alex, your butterfly is more real than in reality.

I really like that Sigma lens...Mine has similar qualities but it takes a bit more battery powerr from the Fujifilm with Nikon mount...Very nicely defined against the accurate blue sky backdrop. Your depth of field is perfect and focus is spot on!

Hello Alexei
Wonderful shot of this Scarce Swallowtail,
Perfect details,colors and POV,Superb shot my friend.

Good Luck

Hello Alexei,
what again a great sot, colours are just fantastics, great sharpness and perfect focus, lovely pose and perfectly composed,
a great cheer for this one,

Hello my friend

Oh, this is so much better than BEFORE because we here can see the beautiful tail too. This must be a young one since there are no or at least very little damage on the wings and tail. The colours are so nice and very well captured. Perfectly blurred background and great sharpness/focus with lots of details in body and wing. You did a great job in both picutres.

Have fun

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-28 14:19]

Hi Alexei, A beautifully sharp and clear butterfly photo. I note we have the same lens so i am very keen to use this as a benchmark to aim for. Very fine composition. TFS. Murray.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-01-28 14:21]

Hello Alex,
This is really a super macro, so colourfull and detailed.
My compliments.

Simplismente maravilhosa esta foto...amei a composição, as cores, ótima nitidez.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-28 22:23]

Que voilà un cliché remarquable par sa profondeur de champ et bien mis en évidence par un bon cadrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-28 23:24]

Hi Alexei,
What a beautiful capture of this lovely butterfly... Light is very good, and the image is well focused and crisp sharp. Colors look great. I liked the composition and the POV a lot.
Best wishes,

Great contrast between the butterfly and the plants. Sharpness is excellent.
Best wishes,

Hi Alexei,
Thanks for having commenting my last picture as it gave me the occasion to go to your gallery to see if you have posted a new picture. How could I have missed this work of art? Wow! What a wonderful capture! Everything is perfect! Details, colors, exposure, DOF (F/18.0 !!!) I can almost feel the texture of its wings! This is a winner, congratulations!

very nice shot. The low POV is appropriate. The detail is amazing. Good exposure. TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-29 9:41]

Hola Alexei.
Well I like the two photos. Both of them has excellent sharpness and great colors.
Your Friend

Hi Alexei,
I love swallowtails. Alway feel good at swallowtail picture. This one is no exception. The image is crystal clear. Very nice composition. Best wishes,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-29 22:28]
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Hello my old friend,
Wooow ! You offer us a wonderful (summer) picture during the cold winter ;-) I am jalous because I made photos of this lovely butterfly from the top but I prefer its profile.
Great quality shot but for composition : perhaps less centered with more space in front of the insect...
Congratulations Alexei and thanks for sharing,
Note : Friday I go for 3 days at Venice in Italia for the famous carnival. It is not nature but it is beautiful for eyes ;-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-30 4:33]

Hi Alexei

Firstly, thank you for your very nice comments on my last picture...they are most welcomed and heart-warming :)

This is a splendid shot of the beautiful scarce swallowtail!
I like this one a bit better than the one before, probably because of the impeccable blue sky in the BG :)
The details here are again fantastic and the sharpness on the entire butterfly is great - leading to the conclusion that you used a perfect DOF setting! This is again a great example of setting for this lens for me, to try when te warm season comes.
Other than that, the exposure is spot-on (as usual in your photos) and the diagonal composition is really wonderful.
Superb work, my dear friend!

Bravo and TFS

bonjour alexei
l'image parle d'elle même,pas besoin d'en rajouter.

Hello Alexei,

WOW!!! What a fantastic picture my friend!!! Your images are becoming better and better!!! You got a wonderful and unusual pov in order to let us see this great swallowtail under a fantastic blue sky bg!!! Details are splendid and you managed perfectly the exposition (not too easy here). I like also the diagonal formed by the insect and the plant bringing dynamism to the picture! I like the natural colors and the fact that your specimen has its 2 great tails undamaged!!! The small aperture of f/18 was a great choice in order to have both antennas, tails, plants, in focus !!! Very sharp also!!!

Great photo and TFS!!!


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-30 10:39]

Hi Alexei

This is such a lovely shot. The butterfly is wonderfully sharp, which is amazing with the conditions you described. The blue BG really sets off this pale butterfly. Perfect exposure and spot on DOF



Hello Alexei,
Amazing details in this fine specimen!
I like the point of view and the fine light, making the pattern really stand out...
The fake antennas are really impressive for this fellow, and the 3-D effect is convincing!
Pablo -

Bonjour Alexei Félicitation tu nous envoies encore une superbe prise de vue d'un très jolie papillonqui va se retrouver dans ma collection . Belle composition
belle couleur et beau BG
Bravo et merci....JP

Hi Alex,

Outstanding as always!
Excellent sharpness, great details.
Very neat BG.

Ben Lakitan

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-03 15:37]

Hello Alex

Wonderful clarity and sharpness,the focus is spot on.
The lighting and colours are excellent.
I like the low POV.
Great job.


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-02-05 6:43]

Hi Alexei!

After "before"... A great title and a very beautiful story among the shots.

Your photo is amazing particularly in the perfect background that it has. Lovely contrast with the foreground, fantastic details of the butterfly. Very artistic work, thanks for sharing.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-02-06 5:07]

Hi Alexei

This is a great macro-shit of the Swallowtail. Very well detailed. Good DoF with a nice blurry BG. A beautifull species. Well done!!

TFS, Thijs

Privet Alexei,
I'm amazed by the unique macros you are capable to do with the tele zoom!
It gives me hopes to be able to do similar ones with mine.
You did it great with the closed aperture (1/18), only 400 ISO and still a speed of 1/640!
Shadows/textures on the wings are remarkable.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Alexei,

Beautiful capture, crystal clear and clourful. The brown dried up perch enhances the colour of the beautiful butterfly. And yes fantastic composition.

Well done my friend,

Warm regards,

hi alexei!
very nice macro with really good
sharpness and fine composition
nice background to!
well done!

Just marking your post for now...will be back presently.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2008-04-14 12:17]

Hi Alexei

What a wonderful shot. it is so very clear, clean and crisp with the 'tail' across the diagonal...

It is absolutely beautiful, it really is.


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-04-14 13:46]

I can't believe that I missed this one, I just love how sun makes their scales and wings gliter, great POV and sharpnes, well managed sun exposure something I always fail to...

Ciao Alexei,
bellissima immagine di Podalirio, catturato con un ottimo POV dal basso e con un'eccellente definizione, splendida la composizione diagonale con la posa ad li chiuse di cui si apprezzano i fini dettagli dei disegni, magnifici i colori e il contrasto con BG del cielo.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-12 3:19]

Hi Alexei,
again a superbs shot of this butterfly. Reaslly sharp and clear. The patterns well rendered and beautiful presentation in lovely muted background.


Hi Alexie,

Impressive tele-macro capture of a swallowtail from great POV. The clarity, details and compositioan are all impeccable.
TFS and have a nice day and WE MF!


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-12 16:31]

Fine profile of this swallowtail. Precise point of view, pleasing background and colour.

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