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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, European Butterflies and Moths., 40-49 points, Butterflies, Swallowtails, 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), papillon en europe, European butterflies 4, Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-09 18:19
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Wing span: 2 1/2 - 3 inches (6.5 - 7.5 cm).

Identification: Upperside of hindwing near tail has reddish-orange eyespot with black along lower border. Edge of hindwing and body are hairy.

Life history: Females lay eggs singly on the host plant, and newly-hatched caterpillars eat the leaves. Older caterpillars feeding on plants of the parsley family prefer to eat the flowers. Chrysalids overwinter.

Flight: In north, one flight in late May-July; two flights in south.

Caterpillar hosts: Arctic sagebrush (Artemisia arctica) in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), and some species in the parsley family (Apiaceae).

Adult food: Flower nectar.

Habitat: Open hilltops, mountain meadows, tundra.

Range: Holarctic. In North America, south from Alaska to northern British Colombia, east across Canada. Southern British Colombia south through New Mexico.


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To sunkirana: Thanks a lot!snowfalken 1 03-28 12:27
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lovely image - great colours and clarity, the yellow on blue is superb.

well done!

Great butterfly shot Eduard.
Superb composition, framing, colors and details.
Excellent POV and BG.

This is a magnificent capture With brilliant colors and extremely well framed.it would be very informative if you included in your notes how you set up this photo . Thanks , jim

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-09 22:33]

Great composition, Eduard.
The simple background of the sky really brings out the beauty of this butterfly daintily perched on the stem. Excellent focus and exposure on the butterfly. Gorgeous colors and POV.
TFS. : )

Incredible! I love the light on this butterfly. The blue sky background, is non-distracting, the image is sharp all the way through. One of the best butterfly images I've seen on Trek Nature. Great job.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-10 0:33]

Super poza, Edi!
Culorile sunt superbe, punctul de vedere e unul excelent, iar cantrastul cu BG-ul l-ai realizat grozav. Ai ales intr-adevat si un moment foarte bun, in care lumina e calda si placuta.
Brvo si TFS

Very nice composition and light. Thanks, Ori

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-10 2:51]

Hi Eduard,
Extremely attractive photo of the Swallowtail against the blue sky! Very good colours, sharpness and positioning. (Possibly I would eliminate the shorter straw.) Thank you very much for this inspiring touch of summer,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-10 3:17]

Hi Eduard!
Really impressive work, I think one of best shots of Swallowtai I've ever seen!

Good picture

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-10 5:52]

Hello Eduard,
An excellent capture.
Lovely colours and good sharp detail.
Top quality work,well done.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-10 6:15]

Hi Eduard,

A superb shot of a very colorfull butterfly,with a different POV against the blue sky,well done and TFS,


Great POV, DOF, colours and clarity.
The blue BG is fabulous in this beautiful image.

Hi Eduard, lovely shot of a Swallowtail against the sky. I like the unusual POV and composition, it looks like a creature of the air. Lovely detail and exposure. Very well done :)

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-07-10 7:16]

Beautiful butterfly.Nice composition&good compo.

Hi Eduard,
This is a superb shot! I love the overall composition and framing. Beautiful color saturation and tack sharp detail. Excellent POV from this low angle. Great camera work!

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-10 8:52]

Very beautiful photo Eduard!
Excellent POV against the blue sky!
Exellent on colours!
Very good DOF and details too!
5* and TFS!

hello Eduard,
Excellent composition, each thing is in the correct place in the pic. Great details and colours.
Very good job.

Hi Eduard

Excellent work. Nice POV, good depth of colour. Well done :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-11 4:42]

Hello Eduard,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,warm lighting,colors,details,sharpness,framing,blue sky at BG and composition are excellent.

It's really good picture. The composition is great.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-15 10:25]

You are the master of Papilio machaon ! This composition is simple and smart. Nice point of view for this beautiful profile and pleasant blue sky.
Great work Eddie.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-20 9:45]

Hello Eduard...

+ composition, framing, DOF, focus and sharpness, POV, background, notes.

= lighting.

Greetings... Ricardo

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-25 14:30]

Great shot !
Very well composed, nice colours & clear details.


Hi dear Eduard ,
excellent shot . realy this photo is nice.it has beautiful colors and good BG.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2006-12-23 11:23]
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Merhaba Eduard ;
Mükemmel bir kare...tebrik ediyorum..selamlar

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-10 10:00]
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Hi Eduard:
Simplemente: ˇMagněfica!
Gran tiro. Bravo!

Hello Eduard,
clear details, sublte colours, superb composition!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2007-02-20 15:28]
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Very nice shot my friend . nice composition with nice simple bacground. thanks for sharing with us

hello eduard!
this picture i really like!
beautiful composition and
nice pov and dof,the sharpness
is very good an also the exposure
fine butterflye and it goes very
well against that nice background
great work!

Truly outstanding Eddie!

I love the very low viewpoint you've got in to show use this beauty. The light and colour is wonderful. Congrats!
A marvellous image very bright and clear with intricate detail on the specimen. We also have plenty of space against that awesome blue sky which sets the subject off well.

Great work.

Τέλεια χρώματα!

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  • swarg Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 3 N: 21] (373)
  • [2007-03-27 7:37]

This is a stunning shot, Great POV and Composition, Sharp Clear and correct DOF
This shot is an inspiration to Macro photography - Well Done

Hi Eddie, You got an amazing edge to edge clarity on this Swallowtail. That too with a f5.0 aperture. I am not sure what the focal length was, must be nearing 200mm. Good work Eddie.

Warm regards, Kiran

Beautiful image where the subject contrasts with the blue BG in the most pleasing way. Colours really pop. Sharpness and detail are evident.

Following the initial "Wow", my reaction was that you you have cloned out the blurred shaft in the bottom. But quickly I realized that it would have been a mistake. The blurred shaft gives your composition an interesting V shape, which adds depth and interest to the image. Well done, Eduard.


Tout est dans le titre!

Merci pour ce splendide partage.


Great picture....The beautifull and very sharp butterfly makes a great contrast to the amazing blue sky!Thanks for sharing,

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