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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies 3, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-05 18:06
Viewed: 6206
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

The medieval town of Moedling is located close to the slopes of the Southern Vienna Woods covered with vineyards and deciduous forest. There is one isolated lime stone hill right in between the vineyards that is covered with woods and Pannonian grassland full with blossoms. For a naturalist, that place is paradise. Its name is "Moedlinger Eichkogel":

The day was brightly sunny, but very windy. Butterflies all over the place, gone with the wind the moment I approached them. Not a good day for a man trying to test a newly purchased dSLR camera.

The unexpected happened: All of a sudden, a fresh young Swallowtail sat down on a dandelion flower right in front of my path, clinging to the blossom, and fighting against the wind. What a chance for the new camera to take a picture of a swallowtail.

I guess I made twenty shots.

I also had a old compact Minolta with me, and just for reasons of comparison I made another couple of shots with that one of the storm shaken swallowtail before it took off.

Checking the pictures at home: All the shots with the new Canon dSLR camera were out of focus, and overexposed as well.

The unexpected No 2 : The couple of shots with the old compact Minolta DiMage were maybe slightly shaken due to the wind - but still quite ok.

Papilio machaon (Linnaeus, 1758)

European Swallowtail
Le Grand Porte-queue

Wingspan 70 - 80 mm

Family: Papilionidae.

Widely distributed all over Europe, from the lowlands up to the mountains well above 2000 meters above sea level, scarce and very local in the UK. Rather local and not very common in the rest. In the southern parts two to three generations from April to October. Caterpillars feeding on Umbelliferae and Rutaceae, e.g. Dictamnus albus that grows in abundance on Eichkogel.

A limestone hill called Eichkogel, near the town of Moedling, South Eastern Lower Austria.

Camera: Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixel, Macro Zoom 50mm, F/6.7, 1/180 sec, ISO-100, 05.05.2006, 13:23.

Postwork by Photoshop Elements: cropped, slightly sharpened, contrasts adjusted, downsized to 800 x 600 pixels for the web.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good weekend.

fiyo, SkyF, cedryk, jeanpaul, marhowie, scottevers7, Luc, dew77, jmp, phlr, samos, coasties, firelord, wallhalla15, aido, red45, limier, eruyanik, izler, pitai, loot, moustique, lebois, zeca, ddg, thistle, maurizio50, valy67, Miss_Piggy, magiqa, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To magiqa: ... very few butterflies nowadayspeter_stoeckl 1 09-21 15:15
To thistle: luck to have the old good camerapeter_stoeckl 5 06-03 15:59
To lebois: Salut Morag -peter_stoeckl 1 05-12 16:07
To marhowie: Expect the Unexpected ;-}peter_stoeckl 1 05-10 11:19
To SkyF: erfrischend.peter_stoeckl 1 05-10 11:02
To red45: Errare humanum, errare Canonum est ;-)peter_stoeckl 2 05-08 08:55
To jmp: to tame a high tech. camera :)peter_stoeckl 2 05-07 11:04
To wallhalla15: Schwalbenschwanzpeter_stoeckl 1 05-07 10:17
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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-05 18:51]

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

Great composition Peter.
Great colors and details with excellent POV and BG.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-05 18:53]
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Hallo Peter.
wow da hast ja wieder einen Prachtfalter erwischt, super diese Perspektive. Schaerfe und die Farben sind herrlich und ganz toll freigestellt. Ein richtiger Augenschmaus nach einer so oeden Trainingswoche, erfrischend.
Gruss und tolles Wochenende..Sky

This one is Peter Perfect! Great everything about this wonderful capture. The colors and detail are spot on. :)

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-05-05 19:37]

Hello Peter,
Nice classic shot with an amusing story :-)
I like the details of the wings and exposure.
Best greetings,

Bonsoir Peter
Une belle présentation de ce beau papillon,l'éclairage est parfait et fait bien ressortir les belles couleurs du papillon.

Félicitations et merci et bon weekend...JP.

Hi Peter,
This is a killer shot! Beautiful saturated colors, and the detail is very sharp. I really like the frame filling composition. Nice work! I haves always said it is better to be lucky than good. In this case, you were both.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-05-05 23:18]

A very good photo.
An excellent note.
Thank you Peter.

splendid butterfly, it has very beautiful colors, the good details and the quite fuzzy BG. cheer

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-06 2:11]

Wow, Peter.
Excellent focus and light, great POV, gorgeous colors.
A real beauty, this one. TFS. : )

Wow, a fantastic shot ! Colors, light, details, composition, POV and BG... everything's just perfect ! I love the wonderful patterns and colors on the butterfly's wings. I also liked your note :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-06 4:42]

Hello Peter!
Crisp clear macro.I liked POV,sharpness,details,lighting,colors and composition a lot.Have a very good weekend too!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-06 4:58]
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Hi Peter,
Great photo with known techniques. You must study the manual ver and over and make a laboratory at home to tame a high tech. camera :). My disappointment was so big with my camera that almost returned it.
Soon we'll see better photos!
Best regards,
José M.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-06 5:02]

Very beautiful Peter!
Indeed a wonderful buttterfly!
I wonder why the photos made by your D-SLR was out of focus! It isn't a normal situation.
Very good POV!
Very beautiful colours!
5* and TFS!

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-05-06 5:21]

Hello Peter wonterful macro photo very beautiful butterfly colours and sharpenss are superexcellent thanks have a nice weekand regards Stavros

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-06 6:10]

Bonjour Peter,

Félicitations pour l'exposition parfaite qui fait bien ressortir les belles couleurs du papillon. Bravo pour la netteté et la composition.

Merci pour l'envoie.


Hi Peter

Sharp detail, good clarity and well composed. Excellent POV good DOF, great colour with good exposure. Well done!

Hi Peter, Excellent work, Great details, colors, BG,POV, DOF, TFS kyle

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-05-06 13:27]

Privet Peter.
Magnificent colours, the invoice and quality, a dim background and the butterfly is good - all is well done! Very beautifully.

Hallo Peter, genügt Dir nicht Euer schönes Schmetterlingshaus in Wien? Da machst Du mich auch noch mit einen Schwalbenschwanz ganz narrisch. (ich hatte meinen letzten vor ca. 45 Jahren life gesehen!!) Auf jeden Fall: Gratulation mein Freund - erstklassige Arbeit! Das gilt sowohl für das Foto als auch Deiner Bemerkung. Danke! Ich wünsche Dir noch ein schönes Restwochenende.

As always - excellent picture ;-)
Non standard but good POV, excelent colours.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-07 12:35]

Hello Peter,
Wow, fantastic shot, beautiful detail and superb colours. A nice POV too. A beautiful subject and a great note. Excellent work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-07 15:20]
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Hi Peter!
You're lucky man! This is dreamshot! Real Angel who visited your shopping hell :-) One of most 'royal' butterflies. Great work! Story in note is very interesting, same as workshop. I think about two possible reasons of your new 350D malfunction - 1) Errare humanum est 2) Errare Canonum est ;-)

Hi Peter,
Vividly clear picture. Nicely compose and POV. Amazing colors and details. TFS

Excellent shot Peter just in time with excellent colors details and POV.
Useful note too.

Hi Peter,
Is this taking off!
Excellent macro, i liked the composition and perspective a lot!
The exposure is also good i'm able to see the details on the yellowish part of the wings :-)
Goutham R

Hello Peter,
This is a great work with your old friend as always! I hope your new friend will be better, but not forget your old friend ;-) This macro is so close and had great details. I like it a lot, thank you!

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-08 16:15]

hi peter
woow whats a beautiful model. colors, pov, details, dof and note are great. i hope i will capture like this photo ;)

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-09 20:04]

Hello Peter, what a nice record of this butterfly. They are always so hard to shot. For me this is a very good composition. Very clear and sharp. Lovely colors and contrast against the bacground. I hope you get better results with your new camera when you know it better. Kind regards, Gabriel

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-09 23:32]
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Hi Peter
Firstly, thanks for the very interesting note. I enjoyed reading about your experience in Hades and how the old camera proved to be the trusty one. However, I am sure we will soon see the results of the new camera, as you learn to apply the 'high-tech' magafters.
The photo is more than just 'quite ok'. It is excellent with a lovely composition and POV. The colours are stunning and so are the details. The BG is well OOF and the lighting/exposure was well controlled.
Great work and TFS.

Hi Peter,
Wonderful capture again of this magnificent beauty..And gee wiz, you just got the Canon...
It has to warm up to ya mf :)
I'm sure you'll find that the results will meet or exceed your expectations, once you're comfortable with it..

Expect the Unexpected ;-}
Very well done.

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  • Moscato (1449)
  • [2006-05-10 19:33]

Olá Peter, muito bonita sua foto, lindas cores e uma nitidez perfeita, parabens.

Hi Peter,

Excellent close-up.
Lovely detail, colors, composition and 3D effect.
Well done!

TFS :-)

très beau cliché, très fin, très precis.
Belle lumière et netteté impeccable.
Merci du partage

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  • lebois Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 3 N: 81] (236)
  • [2006-05-12 12:33]
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Salut Peter
What a magnificent photo! AND such an interesting note to accompny it. 10/10 for the info & 11+ for the photo!!!! It makes my photo of the same subject look very ordinary indeed!

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-13 1:02]

Nice capture, Peter! Amazing shape of this butterfly! Colours are also beautiful! Perfect sharpness...

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-05-15 6:17]

Hello Peter, well caught this Butterfly. Great POV and great details too. Colors are gorgeous. Best regards, Didier.


Great detail and sharpness of subject in this pic. I also like the Comp, POV, DOF, BG, Lighting and use of colour. TFS,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-05-17 9:35]

Great picture of this butterfly. Great color, backgroundand sharpness


Hello Peter,
This is a great shot! I like the POV and tight framing a lot! Colours are beauitful and the lighting perfect. You had luck to have the old good camera with you to capture this beauty.

Hallo Peter,
bin auch wieder da - und habe so viele schöne Photos verpaßt. Zum Glück nicht diesen wundervollen Schwalbenschwanz. Die Umgebung von Wien muß ein Insektenparadies sein, wow, was Du nur immer wieder für Schönheiten findest. Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Peter, you love nature and your shots tell us this.
This machaon is perfect for colours, details and framing.

A breathtaking image, Peter!
Beautiful colours and nicely composed.
Just personal taste, but I feel that it's slightly too sharpened on the wings.
Best wishes,

What a pleasure to shot this beauty.
I have one of this in my portfolio.
My compliments.

Hallo Peter
You deserve each of your points over and over. You are an excellent photographer with lots of talent. Wonderful capture of this Swallow tail. Excellent depth of field that keeps the whole butterfly in perfect focus but blurrs the background notably. Vibrent colours and awesome patterns on the wings. As usual a flawless presentation with superb sharpness. Truly precise in every aspect, with excellent framework. I appreciated looking at this beauty.
Kind regards

Marvellous photos of butterflies - and this one looks much more exotic than I expected to find in Austria. We have very few butterflies in Sweden nowadays. I do not know why and I miss them.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-18 7:36]

Hi, dear Peter.
I do not know what you think about light or heavy photo equipment but you manage to create fantastic shots with help of any camera you hold in your hands. This shot is the best proof of this statement. Simply terrific details of the entire butterfly and flower. Colours as well as BG are amazing. Pictured scene is sweet and POV is brilliant. My warm greetings and kind regards.
P.S. I am very touched with your warmest comments. Thanks a lot.

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