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Common Rose in LP

Common Rose in LP
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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: 2009-06-16 3:40
Viewed: 4894
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have already posted several pictures of this battered Common Rose swallowtail butterfly on TN and today I’m going to post another one.
The pictures were taken last September in Ajmer, Rajasthan, during my visit to my old school (Mayo College) in connection with a function. I took these pictures in the morning in the garden in front of the guest-house I was staying in.
The 134 years old Mayo campus is a large estate comprising of more than 400 acres. Owing to its verdant environment, it plays host to a sizable wild life comprising of birds, reptiles and insects.
On the morning I took this picture, the small garden was abuzz with a number of butterflies and other winged insects hovering over and settling on Zinnias, Marigolds and Yellow Cosmos.
I have posted this picture in the Larger Post format to show that when I pressed the shutter to take the picture of the Common Rose, another winged insect appeared within the frame in the far left corner and I came to know about it only at the editing stage.
I thought it was an interesting occurrence, and that motivated me to present this picture in the LP format.
Hope you do not find it ostentatious.

I do not wish to repeat the standard note on the species, so here is some basic information about it from Wikipedia:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Papilionidae
Subfamily: Papilioninae
Genus: Atrophaneura
Subgenus: Pachliopta
Species: Atrophaneura (Pachliopta) aristolochiae

Please click on the picture to see the Larger Post.


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I clicked on the picture and the bigger picture is much more impressive and i love the way the light acts as an spot light on the flower and the insect.
Goutham R

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice LP of this common rose butterfly. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Ciao Ram, superb great version of elegant butterfly on a beautiful flower, splendid light and colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Simple and to the point. I do like the smaller format. sometimes it takes two to get a point across. I find it the same way, however it says something in the smaller which I cannot put my finger on...Nicely coloured Red coming out of the darkness!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-16 10:12]

Hi Ram.
I welcome large format too. This fine species as well as entire pictured scene is worthy to be presented in all beauty. Especially I am impressed with precise exposure and reproduction light and dark part of the scene. Visitor on the left side of the frame is cute bones to main scene. Sharpness of the butterfly and flower and their illumination and colours are ultimate. Well done and my warm greetings.


Thanks for exposing the elongated version of the photo, are realy amazing details and perfect sharpness.

A beautiful work Ram,

Is delighted to appreciate this picture.



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-16 15:05]

Oooh.What a fantastic work!!! The impressive sharpness is perfect at 100% in the large post too,you work very very well,one of your best pic....and it's a butterfly...and you know how i like this specie!!!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-06-16 22:43]

Hello Ram !
Wow, I'm impressed by this picture ! When I opened the big picture, it was really amazing, the butterfly is captured so clearly that I thought he would come out of my monitor. I love how the light is falling on the butterfly and flower, making them out in a stunningly beautiful way. The flying insect at the left side is wonderful, too. I also like how the picture is divided in two in the middle - green BG on right side, black BG on left side. Very well done !

Hi Ram Sir,

Very nice capture of teh beatiful butterfly. Also the panaromic frame is adding to teh beauty of the picture. Very nice DOF. Excellent picture this!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-06-16 23:31]

Hi Ram,
Lovely capture.POV,lighting and visual impact alot.
Thanks for posting..

Hi Ram,
The long Photo does look very good.
I think if you wanted to draw attention to the insect coming in,it would have been good to crop off the right side of the photo because that bokeh,beautiful though it is,does tend to draw the attention away.
That said,it is a magnificent image,and jolly super ytoo.
Cheers & thanks for sharing.

Hi Ram

Great LP shot, lots of great details. a stunning species really. Excellent sharpness and composition.


Hello Ram
the large version of this shot is superb, really impressive !
great details on the Swallowtail and the Zinnia, beautiful lighting and colors
a great work
Have a good night

This is truly a shot that would spoil others from looking at anyone else's shots, Sir!I say this again, I feel so small and humbled when I see such passion at work!
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-17 21:32]

Hi Ram,
a very lovely presentation in a nice colour pallette. The red abdoment is so pretty.
The butterfly blend well against the nice blurry background.
I like the sight of another butterfly coming from behind.
Well presented.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-10 2:55]

Hello Ram,
This picture which I missed appears very interesting to me for its special format. It looks somehow like a stage with the first role well centred and illuminated by a spotlight, and the smaller part played by the tiny "inconnu" just making its entrance. Very original shot indeed.
I hope you are well and send my best regards in the eastern direction

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