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Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail
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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: 2008-03-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-22 6:28
Viewed: 3388
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Papilio polyxenes asterius Stoll or Black Swallowtail

I haven't been posting much. Winter had me down I guess. Then the other day I saw a Monarch and I felt my heart soar. There is something about spring that changes everything...both figuratively and literally.

As you can see from the photo, my Dianthus is thriving already. Except for my darling dog, Sparky, digging up the flower bed in which they live, they're doing great for early spring.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-22 6:36]

Hello Angelina,
Lovely to see you posting again and this capture of the Black Swallowtail on the red Dianthus flowers is lovely! Great focus and sharp details. The pattern and colours of the wings are so beautiful even though they seem a little worn already. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-22 6:44]

Hi Angy!!!!!
Looooong time no see!
It's really great to see another post from you.
This is a magnificent shot.
The colours are very vivid and bright.
Superb bird's-eye POV and a superb composition.
Very sharp with superb clarity.
This guy must have been overwintering because he looks quite old!
Hope to see more from you soon.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-03-22 7:31]

Hi Angelina

Great to see one from you again and it's a nice colourful one. The red dots of flowers and the multi-coloured butterfly is a joy on the eye. The insect might be a bit central in the composition though. I like the overhead POV giving a 100% clear view of the opened wings. Exposure was well done.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Angelina,
It is ages I have seen a post from you. A beautiful capture of this nice looking swallowtail. Excellent details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

HOOOOOOORAY~! A wonderful addition finally Angelina! It gives me hope! I was feeling all alone in some ways here...even though amongst friends, I knew there was one missing...hard to get along without an appendage:-)

And what a spectacular way to represent....The large butterfly which I happen to love so very much and now has Angles special angles...Angels' Angles for Easter!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-22 8:29]

Hi Angelina.
Simply wonderful subject. So wonderful butterfly among nice tiny red flowers. I also like fine green carpet from the plants. Great Upper POV and amazing wingspread of the butterfly, superb colours and sharpness of the insect and entire scene. Bravo and TFS.

Dear Angy
What a wonderful spieces you've showed us here :o)
Perfect composition,colors and POV,Superb shot my friend.


hello Angelina

i love to see this butterfly on green plants and red flowers
(i'll mentionned because here is everything white snow),
excellent POV & framing, excellent DOF,
excellent sharpness & details, TFS, Happy Easter


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-22 9:19]

Hi Angy,

Our fair-weather friend is back - hope you stay a while! It really looks like springtime in Texas with the nice flowers and the beautiful Swallowtail. Wonderful deep colors and sharp details. The markings are gorgeous.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-22 10:25]

Linda borboleta suas cores são facinantes um exelente trabalho parabéns.

Hello my friend Angy,
Delighted to see your beautiful posting once again! nice to see you!
a beautiful presentation of the Dianthus with good sharpness, wonderful colour and details
the exposure and fous is spot on
well done
best regards

Hello Angy,
Superb shot of this beautiful butterfly with excellent clarity, nice lighting and good sharpness. Great composition as well. Thanks for sharing!
Happy Eeaster time!
Regards, Nazım

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-22 12:49]

Hi Angelina. Good to see you posting again. Winter is not a good time for me i am much more happy in the sping and summer. seeing this Butterfly would cheer me up i think. Great detail and colours. you were able to get a top POV. well done TFS.

Hi Angelina,
very lovely looking butterfly and well photoed by you with great colour and details.Winter is all but over and I can relate to it being a bit of a downer if it lasts too long.Now that spring has sprung it is time to get some camera work done and I hope that you can get even more photos of the wild things that you love and have fun doing so.Thanks for sharing this little beauty. Bob

A perfect capture of a fine swallowtail in fine focus and natural colors from an ideal POV Angelina, that bed of Dianthus really forms a good backdrop for this fine comp. TFS and cheers,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-23 8:20]

Hi Angelina,
Lovely butterfly!
Beautiful colors!

Hello Angelina,
This is spring all right!
A lovely butterfly is captured with fine details, and this is a very optimistic image telling life is waking up again...
Here we just had the coldest night this winter, with -13C this morning!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hi Angy
Im glade spring is here too. I do like winter but only for so long. Great job on this Black Swallowtail. Really stands out in the green. Very nice,TFS

Now I am jealous Angelina!
Spring weather so nice for you.
What a good comeback image.
Those blue markings are so nice to look at.
Finally the queen of butties is back.
Keep coming.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-24 0:44]

Hi Angelina,
I was hoping to see a fantastic post from you and I got one. Very beautiful butterfly with such lovely colours and markings. Very impressive sharpness with perfect lighting. I like this open winged pose and your chosen top POV. Those red dianthus look so charming and set up a nice tone to the shot. Excellent composition and hope to see many more like this. Kudos.

Hey, I'm glad to see your back outside with the camera and posting again. I too have started to notice a few butterfly's around. Soon they will be everywhere. Beautiful swallowtail you have here. Nice spread of the wings.

Hallo Angelina
I think this is such a pretty picture with the lovely butterfly and red flowers. The colours and patterns are just wonderful. A lovely sunny and bright summer scene. You caught the Swallowtail in a wonderful aerial position and the details are excellent. It is a lovely specimen pictured from a nice angle. Great clarity and sharpness. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello Angelina,
It's really amazing how nice is Papilionidae family!
Very good composition - thanks


Mario from -6*C with warm greetings.

Hello Angy,

It is a pity that the red flowers the beautiful colors of the butterfly prevail. I know, I know this is the enviroment where they live. Maybe it was better to cropped the photo a bit so that the butterfly stays more in the picture. Sorry Angy about this critique. But the butterfly is so beautiful. Take a look to the colors at here wings. Amazing. Anyway it is a beauty. Thanks for sharing. Greetings and TFS BOB

nice flowers around this interesting specimen with opened wings, colours & sharpness are very good,

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