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Common Rose Swallowtail

Common Rose Swallowtail
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-23 3:45
Viewed: 3550
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, today I too am posting a picture from my archives. It is the picture of a Common Rose Swallowtail.
A few days ago, I posted the picture of a Common Mormon (Female) mimicing a Common Rose. It took me some time to crack the rouge and reach its actual identity.
You notice that Common Rose has a bright red body and has black and red markings on the tail-end of its wings. Common Female Mormon can only imitate the markings on the tails, but its body remains black with white dots on it.
This specimen was not in good condition; however, in this picture, its tatty tails are somehow concealed from the point of view I adopted to take this picture.

For detailed information on a Common Rose Swallowtail, I would request you to refer to Wikipedia. I have posted quite a few pictures of this species already and do not wish to repeat the info mechanically.

Hope you like this picture.

Thanks for looking.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-23 4:00]

Hello Ram
Amazing detail and pin sharp. Colour, DOF, all spot on. The greens in the background are beautiful against your butterfly, really makes him stand out.

Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-23 4:59]

Hi Ram,
Excellent close up of this swallowtail.Exposure is spot on,focus couldn't be better.DOF,BG,colors,contrast and details are also wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

it is so excitement to see this beautiful and big butterfly in nature I think.
Good shot.

Hello Ram !
Great picture from your archives - I guess you still have many pictures you didn't show us yet ! :-) This one is excellent, I really like the red body of this Swallowtail. There are also nice sharp details, splendid composition, beautfil POV showing us the profile instead of the classical view from above. Very well done !

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-23 8:07]

Hello Ram,
outstanding capture, the colours, the perspective,
Wonderful work
Thank You

Dear Ram Sir,
Amazing once again. Excellent macro of this Common Rose Swallowtail. I thought that you must be busy in packing for some destination and would not log on to TN for sometime. Good I checked your webpage & found this beautiful butterfly by all means :). TFS

hello ram
beautiful shot of this swallowtail. Colors, pose and Composition are great, i like the details of the butterflyand the light of the flower
very welldon

Hello Ram
the butterfly and the flower are perfectly in focusing on a background very neutral that very puts in prominence the depth of the photo. Optimal contrast and clear details with different tonalities.
Merry Christmas

Hi Ram,
This must have been a difficult photo when it comes to controlling the exposure. There is a huge difference in contrast between the sunlit flower and the darker shades on the left and the dark body. But you did it and nailed it with perfection. A different approach would not give a good result. I like the details on both the flower and the body of the insect. The red of it stand out beautifully.

Hello Ram.
A spectacular picture!
Excellent contrast, details and colours.
Very well composed, great perspective.
My compliments and TFS this beauty.
Josť Roberto

Hi Ram,
such a beauty, I love the colours so much, red and black, very noble.
Thanks, a wonderful shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

great composition Ram,
beautiful colours and details!

Archives it is then Ram. It is always good to know you have a rich portfolio..and this being no exception to your fine images all year and prior! happy Holidays for those who celebrate..

Dear Ram,

Superb shot of this Common Rose Swallowtail. The detail is excellent, wonderful POV, perfect OOF background, excellent work, a very Happy Christmas and New Year, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi my dear friend, Ram Sir,

Excellent capture of this beautiful rose swallowtail in fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.

By the way, thanks for your kind wishes on my Birthday!


Ciao Ram, fantastic swallowtail with wonderful colors, perfect focus with lovely blurry BG, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, Happy Holidays to you, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-24 1:12]

Hello Ram,
What a great shot! Nice detail in the Rose Swallowtail, the background is great. TFS

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-12-24 11:12]

Hello Ram,

A beautiful capture of this this Common Rose Swallowtail. Excellent focusing, lighting and sharpness. The composition is really nice and effective. Lovely POV, colors, good DOF and splindid detais. TFS. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-25 15:16]

Hi Ram,
a lovely shot of this Common Rose Swallowtail.
Very good colours.
Great side-on POV.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,

Merry Christmas!

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