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Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon
Photo Information
Copyright: Emmanuel Boitier (emmari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF Micro 60mm f/2.8 D
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Switzerland, Schmetterlinge Schweiz [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-10 5:26
Viewed: 10228
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was a rainy day, many insects were standing on vegetation without moving.
This butterfly was searching for heat, trying to open its wings as wide as possible.
The wings are not entirely clear but I did not want to use the flash, which would have destroyed this soft scene I think.
Hope you like it.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-10 5:29]
  • [2]

Such a beauty!
Wonderful colours indeed!
Perfect on details!
Excellent POV and very good BG!
Not "P. machao" but "Papilio machaon".
Known as Swallowtail in enaglish.
Specie also common in Portugal.
Keep on going and TFS!

Hello Emmanuel,
This is very nice photo. TFS.
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-02-10 5:32]
  • [2]

Hi emanuel, excelent shot, cleare and terific details. Good job. TFS

Very beautiful shot, Emmanuel.
Silent and peaceful. An invitation to meditation. Details and colours come very clear. The one by one very well visible blue scales on the hindwings prove the very high quality of that shot. The pose of the resting machaon is delightful. That picture superbly demonstrates the blessings of a rainy day. Good you did not take a flash. Excellent.
Thank you, and my congratulations for that posting!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-10 6:27]
  • [2]

Beautiful butterfly Emmanuel. Very good sharpness and fantastic colors.

very nice butterfly...:)

Just about as good as it gets... well done.

What a shot. Those beautiful colours. really like this picture alot!!

Gr Cris

Hi Boitier,

Real good POV and great BG , amazing colours caught by u.Really great picture.



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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-10 7:14]
  • [2]

Excellente photo Emmanuel!

L'exposition est parfaite et les couleurs sont éclatantes.



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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-10 8:43]
  • [2]

Picture perfect, the colors and details are crisp and sharp. A wonderful POV and DOF.
Thx for sharing

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2006-02-10 8:49]
  • [2]

Excellent job Emmanuel. Fantastic colors in very beautiful bacground. DOF, details, exposure are perfect.
Wonderful shot, thanks

belle photo , belles couleurs , photo bien piquée , sujet trop centré mais la qualité est la ;) !

Amitiés ;) !

I consider this kind of shot the zenith of perfection.
Thank you very much for sharing.

oooooooooooooo what a picture , this is one of the classic shots i have ever seen, great capture. i am dumbstuck to say anything , unfortunately there is no more than 2 points !!

Great shot! Great shot!Great shot!. the wings on the top being soft doest not take away the value of the pic!

Wow.... doesn't get any better than this Emmanuel. Beautiful shot.

Hi Emmanuel!
Great colors, POV and DOF. Excellent macro!Brawo! TFS ;-)

A picture perfect image of this beautiful butterfly, Emmanuel,

Well done and thank you!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-02-10 19:07]
  • [2]

A beautiful butterfly and very well captured.
Great colours and detail,very good DOF.

Well done.


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  • Jannie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 6 N: 264] (1227)
  • [2006-02-11 3:22]
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WOW. DOF is perfect and razor sharp detail. Ecellent colours and the background works really well.

Thumbs up.

Excellent macro shot Emmanuel, great sharpness, details, excellent colours and great POV too! Thanks for sharing.

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  • metcher Gold Star Critiquer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 990] (4284)
  • [2006-02-13 13:50]
  • [2]

Absolutely beautiful butterfly. Excellent exposure, DOF and sharpness. Very nice colors.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-16 3:56]
  • [2]

Hi Emmanuel,
This is a superb shot!
Brilliant colours and details,
excellent composition and good work on DOF.
Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for sharing this photo. It is amazing. I get to know of it through browsing other photo. well, i guess that is why we all as member of TN come together.

beautiful...the fantastic colours and texture of the wings are amazing!

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  • Lican (12)
  • [2006-08-30 9:41]

Congratulations, this picture is very beautiful!!! Great colors

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-03-05 12:54]

Great macro shot!
The sharp contrast between the clear butterfly and the silky background is amazing.
I love the details and the colors on it.
Very nice picture!

Excellent macro shot.Fantastic colors in very beautiful bacground. Very sharpness!

Hello Emmanuel!
This butterfly looks like a paited one! Great DOF and POv, and really amazing details!
TFS and have a nice afternoon!

Congratulations for NO flash. It's wonderfull

really nice photo, so nicely done!!
and always a pleasure to see the Papilio machaon



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