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Tails from the Odessa Steppe (180)
Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
By this picture (and my workshop), I come nearer to the end of presentation of the Odessa butterflies posted by me in the chronological order.
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I would like to dedicate this shot to my dear friend Peter (Peter Stoeckl) and to send the regards from my butterfly to her (his) cousin from the Vienna Woods (Tails from the Vienna Woods).

First. Peter Stoeckl is the Great Master and Artist of photography.

Second. Peter is the Great Expert of butterflies and has one of the best galleries of the butterfly pictures.

Third. Peter is my teacher on photography. Looking and studying his photos, I study in art of photography.

Fourth. Peter is true friend. While I prepared for this picture for posting Peter has shared the shot of the same butterfly with the detailed description of this species of butterflies. That it has essentially facilitated my problem. Now I can simply refer to his note in which the full description of this butterfly contains.

Fifth. I cannot give up to my charming photo model in the request to transfer the best regards to the relative from Austria. They are separated by thousands kilometers and only by day at TN exhibition.
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This is the second shot of the same specimen of Swallowtail butterfly from my series, pictured at sole meeting with this species of butterfly and firstly shared by me many days ago (see True colours).

By the way, that picture proves full portrait similarity of ours (mine and Peter's) butterflies and their related bonds. There you can find the shooting story and additional references to sources about Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon).

The choice of exposure parameters (and, first of all, exposure time) has been caused by a strong wind rushes which were strongly shaking vegetation. The butterfly hardly resisted to a wind, keeping for a grass, and I was taking pictures one after another, struggling with blurriness of the shots.

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Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Greetings from Vienna to Odessa :)
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Dear Alexei,

this Swallowtail from the Steppe near Vienna, freshly taken on 13 April 2007, is returning the best regards to its relatives in the Steppe of Odessa.

Location:
Hundsheimer Berg, a solitary hill covered with dry grassland vegetation, as few miles to the east of Vienna. From there you have a look down on the river Danube, and far down into the Hungarian Puszta grasslands. Unfortunately, the view does not go as far as Odessa. But in my imagination, it does.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/8, 1/200 sec., ISO-125, no tripod, no flash; 13.04.2007, 12:30.

Postwork:
Photoshop Elements, cropped, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

With all my best wishes from Vienna.

Peter

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Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
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Edited by:Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)

Original shot is posted practical without any cropping. Resizing and compression have considerably worsened quality of a picture and its details. That is why I decided to share the crop (about 95 %) of the original shot.