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Papilio polytes (Dedicated to Satish)

Papilio polytes (Dedicated to Satish)
Photo Information
Copyright: Anil Pinto (anil_pinto) (109)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D60, Nikon 18-55 VR
Exposure: f/5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-21 22:54
Viewed: 3791
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,

This is my first pic ever and I shot this at Bannerghatta butterfly park when I visited there with Satish,Arun,Goutham, Vinay and Mukundh. This is Papilio polytes (Common Mormon), which is is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This butterfly is known for the mimicry displayed by the numerous forms of its females which mimic inedible Red-bodied Swallowtails, such as the Common Rose and the Crimson Rose.

I dedicate this picture to Satish H, who trained me on photography last week.

Anil Pinto.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-21 23:05]

Hello Anil, You started with the bang. Welcome to TN and the picture is very nice and well done. Good show and great work. nice dedication and yu will become a good student and lucky to have person like Satish as guru. Ganesh

Hi Anil,
Welcome to TN and with a guide like Satish, who is a guru to most of us in bangalore, I'm Sure you will post many such good pictures. What i liked about this picture is the placement of the subject in the frame , which is slightly off center.
One piece of advice is to watch out for DOF to make sure your entire subject is within DOF.
Congrats once again.
Goutham R

Well done for a first picture, Anil!
Welcome to TN. I am sure that with people like Satish and Goutham around you to learn from, you would grow from strength to strength as a nature photographer.
In this picture, the features and colours of both the male and the female Mormon are well captured. The focus is sharp and the colours are pleasant to look at.
All the best!

Hi Anil,

Welcome to TN,with guide like satish and passion to shoot , you will be on the right track. For first time presentation, its picture good enough.TFS.

Hi Anil, welcome to TN. Thanks for the dedication and two in a day is great.I would say more than me, lot of TN members will also guide you nicely and you will be a good nature photographer. In this picture, for a first timer, you have good composition, a little more cropping on top would have been better. Still getting a mating picture, is one should be lucky. TFS, and thanks again.

hello Anil

and welcome to TN,

excellent shot of this coupling pair of butterflies,
fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent sharpness
and details, also excellent contrast of the colours, TFS


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-09-23 21:15]

Hi Anil,
If this is the sample of things to come, one can only visualise what is to unfold from the D60 in your hands now....A very warm welcome to you:)

Fantastic capture to start with and a fine dedication to your teacher...Superb colours and very nice pov to get the pair in good focus.

Looking forward to future editions.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-02-26 1:08]

It is interesting to see the different patterns that the 2 sexes have.
Thank you, and I now realise why I have had trouble naming some of the Common Mormons at our Butterfly House.
Good shot Anil and well done for it being your first - that is very exciting

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