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Just a shot

Just a shot
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my best 25 photos, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-02 11:24
Viewed: 9641
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 122
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The swallowtail butterflies are large, colourful butterflies, which form the family Papilionidae. There are at least 550 species, and though the majority are tropical, members of the family are found on all continents except Antarctica. The family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the birdwing butterflies of Australasia (genus Troides).

Swallowtails differ from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium. Normally hidden, this forked structure can be everted when the caterpillar is threatened, and used to emit a foul-smelling secretion containing terpenes.

The genera of extant swallowtails are usually classified into three subfamilies, Baroniinae, Parnassiinae and Papilioninae, the latter two being further divided into tribes. An additional subfamily Praepapilioninae, has a single extinct member, known only from a single fossil.

I did not know the right specie here. So I thought it is a swallowtail, but there are a lot of them. i hope you like the shot I made in a butterfly garden.
gr. jaap

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Hej Jaap,
just a shot!!, but a beautiful shot.
The colours are lovely, good POV and composition.
Very well done, my friend.

Hi Jaap,

Wow, what a beautiful butterfly! pof and vivid colours are perfect.

Thanks for sharing...

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-02 11:33]

The Butterfly has very crisp details. Excellent contrast, perfectly set off from the background. Superp composition. Very well done. Thank you for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-02 11:39]

Hi Jaap,
Superb detail and so clear! Excellent colours and I like the background, the colours there work with this image. The exposure and contrast are perfect, excellent shot.

Hi Jaap,

Even if i'm quite short on spare time, I must stop by to congratulate you for this one. You just left me without words (for comments :-) )

Regards, Petru

Fantastic shot! So colourful that almost dificult to look at ;o)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-02 12:07]

Hello Jaap,
This is a very nice capture.
The POV is excellent with good sharp detail and very good DOF.
Lovely colours too which give the shot real impact.
At 1/25 seconds you have steady hands!
A great shot.


Hoi Jaap,
Wat heb ik daar toch een hekel aan, gewoon een foto. Als mensen zulke mooie foto's maken, dan zijn ze niet gewoon. :-) Dit een super mooi exemplaar! Heerlijke scherpte diepte, prachtige kleuren.
Dank je,

Nice macro, good close up with loads of detail and color, nice work.


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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-03-02 12:44]

Hi Carper
Beautiful butterfly so clear in colors and details

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-03-02 13:00]

Jaap.- Me agrada mucho esta bella mariposa, tiene muy buenos colores y creo que hiciste un buen trabajo. Luis52. Ps Tu nota es exelente.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-02 13:05]

What a wonderful and interesting butterfly that you have well captured ! The wongs are superb. Congratulations Jaap and thanks for sharing.

Hi Jaap - excellent macro of a nice butterfly. Beautifull colours, very good DOF and POV and we can see many details. Excellent sharpness and details. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Not just any shot Jaap,
A rather good one.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week.

Hi Jaap.
Just a shot???!!! This a wonderful shot.
With these rich colors,

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-02 13:53]

Hi Jaap,
What a beautiful butterfly and you capture it so nicely,
great colour and very good details.
Thanks for sharing!

Absolutely beautiful. Stunning colors and just full in the frame. Great job,

Hi Jaap
What an incredible shot.
Great colors and composition.
Good POV and BG.
Love the simple frame.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-02 14:07]

Hallo Jaap , Een Prachtig shot ,mooie kleuren
licht pov dof en compositie ,mooi gedaan ,
gr ,Teunie .

Hi Jaap

Sorry, no time for a proper critique today, but enough time to see that this deserves a big green :-)! TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-02 15:25]

Hello Jaap, very nice looking butterfly, very colourful too. The composition is good too. The wings are very well in focus and my only nit would be that the body and head a re just slipping out a little. Very well done.

Nice shot Jaap,
The quality is really good. Nice lighting and colours too. I'm not sure about the composition though. I think it could've been better.
Overall, nice photo of very beautiful butterfly.
Well done!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-02 15:41]

Wonderful butterfly!
Excellent colours!
Excellent on detials!
Very good POV, BG and DOF!
Keep on going and TFS!

Hi Jaap,
you are joking - just a shot - hahaha, that's the perfect shot. Wow, what a wonderful butterfly, I love the colours and the sharpness, excellent, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Jaap!
Great POV. Beautiful colors. Excellent composition and details. Well done!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-03-02 16:28]

Sir Jaap,

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-03 2:14]

Wow, Jaap... beautiful.
Love the colors and markings on this butterfly.
Very sharp details and great POV. TFS. ; )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-03 3:25]

Simply the best Jaap! Orgy of colours, beautifull composition, details, perfect sharpness. No nits!

Hello Jaap,

...and what a shot!

Excellent details, colors, pov, exposure and composition.

Beautiful job again, thank you!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-03 7:49]

Hello Jaap!
Excellent close up.Vivid colors,POV,sharpness,clear details,
framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-03 8:14]

Hello Jaap,
Excellent macro.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-03 9:43]

Privet Jaap.
Pleasant photo for eyes. Color transitions to wings are very beautifully allocated. On these creations the nature has given all paints.

Beautiful capture,lovely sharp image...
Well done sir...

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-03 18:00]
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Hi Jaap
It is a beautifully preserved butterfly.
Brilliant macro, lovely colours, nice composition, excellent details, and lovely BG.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-04 3:29]

Excellent butterfly shot Jaap, great lighting, details and sharpness. I like seeing how it is attached so lightly to the leaf. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-03-05 2:26]

Dag Jaap,
In deze materie heb ik u het meest leren warderen, Vlinders. Dit is uw grootte specialiteit en deze is daar een bewijs van. Ik weet het niet maar met uw 350D zullen ze vermoedelijk nog iets scherper worden dan met dit toestel, we moeten later ze eens met elkaar gaan vergelijken.
Ik vind het wel een beetje jammer dat mijn vrouw het niet ziet zitten om eens samen de vlindertuin te bezoeken, maar ja u weet Jaap het leven is nu eenmaal geven en krijgen.
Maar ik probeer deze zomer absoluut macro's te maken, en zoals ik u ken zullen er wel kritieken gegeven woren.
Ik kom ooit op deze site terug maar dan liefst zonder punten te krijgen alleen kritieken.

Hi, Jaap.
What a beautiful butterfly! Excellent exposure, colors, sharpness. Thanks.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-06 20:36]

Hi Jaap.

Excellent photo, and excellent butterfly, great colors details and composition.

Thanks and I wait more photos ,tips, critiques and comments.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-03-12 19:48]

Good evening Jaap!
Wonderfull image of butterfly, vivid colours and clear details, nice compsition. Thanks for sharing,

Have a nice day,

The colours are very beautiful. It's all nice and sharp and the position of the legs around the leaf are interesting.

Beautiful shot Jaap! Sharp details, amazing colors. Excellent closeup mf.
Very well done.

Great capture Jaap.

Excellent POV. Colours are vivid and very sharp detail.

Great work

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-04-02 7:57]

A great shot of this butterfly. Good color and details

Beautiful colors are well displayed on the gorgeaous capture. Well done Jaap. :)

Hi Jaap !
I have never seen a swallowtail like this one, he is very beautiful, I love his colors ! Excellent sharpness and details, wonderful colors, beautiful composition and POV. I like that picture very much. Very well done !

Scherpte, frisse kleuren, compositie met muziek...
Zocht een beetje of het een blurred bakstenen
muur was op de achtergrond.
Maar heel mooie foto.

I can't describe the beauty of this swallowtail in words! The colors are bright and natural and composition and POV look very good! The photo is pretty sharp and with great DOF! Very nice framing! Outstanding job! TFS!


bonjour jaap
j'ai choisit ce cliché pour la qualité des couleurs et la forme des ailes du papillon.
bien que le BG comporte un peu de bruit je le trouve tres beau.
mes deux point vont lui faire passer le cap des cent points,bravo.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-25 21:16]

I saw this in your catologue and it really struck me. Great details and really a wondeful macro. I like the DoF a lot. I would suggest trimming just a bit from the bottom, though.

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-09-01 15:36]

This swallowtail butterfly looks like from a fairy tale! Beautiful collours and excellent POV, sharpness and details! Fantastic work and TFS!

Hello Jaap,
Well framed butterfly, I like the way you make it fill the frame!
Wonderful details, I can count the small spots on the wings...
Superb macro work!
Pablo -

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  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2006-11-19 8:25]

Hy Jaap
Your second name is macro, as I see...insects...all perfect picture in your opus, but this one is...I don't know...great!
Regards, M.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-23 6:42]

Hello Jaap
Wonderful shot with a perfect resolution, POV, DOF and composition. The butterfly is really a beauty.
Very good job.
Best wishes

Hello Jaap,
I found this photo featured on the main page..I can see why its listed in your best photos. Wow, what a strikinly beautiful butterfly and you've composed this photo so beautifully for it too! Details are so sharp I swear he could fly right out of my computer screen...TFS

Hi Jaap,
pretty big boy you have got in your butterfly garden.
Details perfect, DOF and POV well chosen.
Colours are cheerful.
Big smile for the shot -
featured on today's TN frontpage.
With thanks and best regards,

Hi Jaap,
You have caught every detail clearly! The butterfly is very beautiful - and the colors just pop! Excellent framing as well. Great job!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-14 0:54]

Hello Jaap,
beautiful butterfly! Captured with great details and in very nice pose
nice colors
great work

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-19 1:09]

Hello Jaap,
Stunning shot of a beautiful butterfly!
Good sharpness and beautiful colors!

VEry beautiful butterfly!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-01 8:13]

Hallo Jaap,
Toen ik de vlinders van Kadendamme aan het bekijken was, vond ik deze oude foto van jou. Schitterende foto. Perfect verzadigde kleuren en scherpte. Fantastische compositie.

just a great shot, TFS Ori

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