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Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail

Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail
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Copyright: Gregory Lazzaro (glazzaro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 108 N: 1293] (4605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150mm F 2.8 Macro, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 4:47
Viewed: 4163
Points: 22
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Good Morning

Back into having sometime for a little photography. I have for the last year been traveling a lot for the company with very little time to myself. We will see how long I can last this time.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Description 3 1/8-5 1/2" (79-140 mm). Males and some females above and below are yellow with black tiger-stripes across wings and black borders spotted with yellow. Long, black tail on each HW. HW above and below usually has row of blue patches inside margin, with orange spot above and sometimes much orange below, running through yellow. Dark form females are black above with border-spotting of yellow, blue, and orange (blue sometimes becomes cloud on HW), below brown-black with shadowy "tiger" pattern. Yellow spots along outer edge of FW below are separate in all but northernmost populations. Most have orange uppermost spot on outer margin of HW above and below and orange spot on trailing edge.

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Hi, that's a very nice shot of a lady tiger on a butterfly bush. Yesterday the bush in my front yard was swarming with them, say as many as 8 on it at one time.

Thanks for sharing your photo.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-28 7:16]

Hello Greg,
Welcome back to TN!
A very fine well-composed capture of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on a buddleia spray taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness, colours and lighting against a light neutral Bg.
Thanks and greetings from Sweden,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-28 7:24]

Hello Greg,
A long time ago I saw a photo from you. A fantastic one to start again. Splendid colours in great clarity. Superb sharpness, details and composition.
I hope you got some more time for your hobby.

Welcome back Greg,

Lovely composed shot of this Beautiful BF
Excellent POV, sharpnes, DOF, colors and BG

TFS Thijs

Hello Gregory,
Very nice shot of back wings. All the details good visible.
Very good composition and POV.
Ciao, Melania.

Hello Gregory,
Oustanding capture with wonderful colours and great light.
Superb background, clarity and focus.

Great colors and a well managed exposure under these bright conditions Greg.
I like the comp, nice details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-28 16:49]

Hi Greg,

It's so nice to see you again - it's been a long time. But you are continuing right from where you left off with a magnificent post. This has the beauty of a fine Oriental print. The Swallowtail looks so graceful posing on the pretty violet flowers. Magnificent colors and details - lovely background - and a most beautiful composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-29 0:59]

Hi Gregory,this is a great gift to all the butterflies fans of TN! What a perfect pic,what a beautifull composition and what a very professional work,you work at the best in this difficult light to create a magic and colorfull pic! My greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Ciao Gregory. Indeed an interesting capture for thi beauty in stunning detaisl and sharp. Magnifcent colours and light. Best compliments.


Hello Gregory
WOW !! it's a superb shot, this swallowtail is exceptionnal sharp,
wonderful colors and lighting and great composition
Have a good night

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