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Copyright: Laurent GLANDON (lglandon) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 27 N: 192] (1334)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM + Sigma 1.4x
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 3, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-03 4:37
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Points: 106
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a butterfly I shot in a field.
was flying very fast from one to an other flower.
I'm very happy(lucky)with the result!

Papilio machaon L., 1758, Schwalbenschwanz
Swallowtail (Papilionidae/Ritterfalter).

PP : Crop / Level / USM / Frame & Resize

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Hi Laurent!
amazing shot and amazing butterfly!
This photo shows me how wonderful is nature!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-03 4:42]

This is excellent picture Laurent, you were very lucky indeed! Butterfly is superb, lovely colours and details. BG looks great also. Very good job!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-03 4:42]

Wow, Laurent. I am speechless!
5 ***** all the way.
Congratulations on a stunning shot.
TFS. : )

This a great close-up, Laurent.
It looks like a Papilio machaon , Machaon Butterfly.
Well composed, good POV , very good details and nic e colourts.
You did a great job.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-08-03 4:59]

Hello Laurent,
This is one of the best butterfly shots I've seen for a long time.
Excellent composition and POV,nice lighting and great colours.
Superb,well done!


Awesome detail. Great shop and good sharpness. DOF is perfect and composition is excelent. 5+

just can say wow, everything is perfect.nice shot.

Excellent macro!
Very sharp image and very colourful details.

All has been said!! Great shot! Thanks for the post.

Salut Laurent
Excellente photo, je vois que tu n'as pas utilisé de trepied, details tres fin.
Au faite, est ce que tu as fait un diffuseur pour ton flash
Amicalement Christophe

Laurent, it is simply amazing. The amount of detail on the body and the wings is stunning. It is indeed, like Gert (Ellis49) pointed out a Papilio Machaon or Swallowtail. They are more common to southern Europe than they are to northern Europe. The males are prone to what is called "hilltopping" e.g. they gather in large quantities on rises in the landscape, drawing out the females in hopes of mating.

TFS, and again .. wow!

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  • foton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 1 N: 13] (420)
  • [2005-08-03 6:44]

WoW! Excellent photo, very good details & sharp image.
TFS Laurent

Heelo Laurent

Outstanding image. The earthy tones are kind to the eye. An amazing looking b'fly. Good sharp details. Excellent POV. The subtle colours from the plant gives a nice amount of contrasting colour. Superb! TFS

Fantastic details here. Great focus and excellent DOF. Very attractive composition with nice warm tones.

Hey Laurent,

This is totally magnificent. Well done. Awesome

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-03 7:24]

Woow excellent capture.Amazing details&colours are perfect.Good POV.

Hi Laurent, what a superb shot! Gert is a Machaon a Swallowtail? I've been dreaming about getting just such a shot myself. Laurent I'd be over the moon if I'd got a shot as good as this one. Great sharpness, clarity, exposure and composition. Lovely composition. Excellent, very well done :)

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-03 10:43]

Super shot Laurent,
Fantastic composition, great colours, details, pov and dof, This is realy a good job you did here, with my compliments,
gr. Jaap

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-08-03 10:57]

Il est super ce papillon (un flambé) je parle de la photo bien sûr. Excellent portrait avec de belles couleurs et bien net. Bravo.

Hello Laurent,

This photo has makes a strong visual impact and yet I find it soothing as well, go figure...

Perfect job on this excellent composition!

Thank you for sharing it.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-08-03 11:38]

everything is wonderfull in this photograph :)
colors; sharpne; background; composition..
thanks for sharing..

Hello Laurent,
this is a exellent Picture. Wonderful work. I like this very much. Great shot.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-08-03 15:34]

Fantastyczna kompozycja, ¶wietne kolory.
Bardzo dobre detale. Super!!!

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-08-03 17:10]

Πολύ ωραία χρώματα, πολύ καλή λεπτομέρεια, πολύ καλή φωτογραφία!!! (GR)

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-03 17:25]
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Very clear and detailed, wonderful colours. Colours in frame are well chosen to repeat subject's colours, but steal the show of the butterfly's blue a bit. Same with the colour of the flower. The violet contrasts with its complementary yellow, and steals the show of the light blue. Admittedly changing the flowercolour is not usually an option ;-)
Cropped flowers above the main one are a bit distrating. But I am concentrating more on what to improve than on what is really good, as this has already been said.
All-in-all, very well done!
ID: Papilio machaon L., 1758, Schwalbenschwanz
Swallowtail (Papilionidae/Ritterfalter).


Laurant, this is realy a beautifuyll picture.

Nice graphical with soft tone colours.
Just perfect. I make it a favourite!



Awesome shot Laurent,
Good sharp detail and good POV. Nicely exposed and superb colours. Good composition.
Well captured, thanks for posting.

Hi Laurent,
I agree that this one of the best butterfly posts lately. Composition, framing, colors, and detail, are just perfect. A Beautuful Shot!!!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-04 3:32]
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WOOOOOOOOOW ! Je ne trouve pas les mots pour décrire la beauté et la qualité de ce cliché. A tous points de vue c'est excellent !!! Compliments et merci de nous faire partager ce magnifique "Papilio Machaon".

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  • danzi Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 12] (186)
  • [2005-08-05 7:01]

Hallo Laurent!
This is outstanding image and one of the best butterfly shots. Excellent composition and POV, nice lighting and great colours. Well done and thanks for posting.


  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-05 16:45]

---Words for what...?
So natural colors of this specie!
I know it very well and this photo is trully natural!
Above scale!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-08-08 9:36]

Bonjour laurent, bravo pour cette excellente macro en pleine nature. Les détails et la couleur ne peuvent pas être meilleurs. C'est du beau travail! Félicitations Didier.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-08-08 22:52]

Bonsoir Laurent,
Belle à couper le souffle cette photographie, superbe définition,couleurs,contraste et lumière splendide,

Merci du partage,

Excellente photo!
parfaite maitrise de la profondeur de champ!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-11 7:59]

Sorry Laurent, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smily.
Day thought: Who is God, otherwise an eternal Child playing an eternal Game in an eternal Garden. (Sri Aurobindo)
Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

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  • hvdp Silver Star Critiquer [C: 24 W: 1 N: 3] (210)
  • [2005-08-29 7:35]

Très belle photo d'un papillon pas facile à approcher!
Cadrage, mise au point et expositions parfaites.

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-09-01 16:26]

Fantastic funny shot Laurent. Interesting object and pose. Excellent capture with good details.
Yes, I like it! Very well done.
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2005-09-02 8:04]

superbe photo tant pour les couleurs naturelles, la MAP et la PDC. C'est du beau travail (et sans pied !). Merci

Salut Laurent,
Superbe macro, la PDC est parfaite, et le piqué de l'image est impressionnant ! bravo !

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-09-03 8:14]

Tout est parfaits.


Je l'envoie directement à mes favorites.

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  • ryyck Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 176] (994)
  • [2005-09-06 15:08]

Core, nitidez, enquadramento...
Tudo perfeito.

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  • [2005-10-11 3:09]

superbe !!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-28 13:51]

Excellente macro!

Techniquement la mise au point et l'exposition ne peuvent être meilleures.

Artistiquement le cadrage est serré et bien adapté, la PdC est superbe, les détails dans les ombres sont aussi bien définis que dans les hautes lumières.

Une autre belle réussite

This is excellent macro close-up Laurent. The colors and details are fantastic. :)

Ran ot of points & Smileys, be back tomorrow.

Je ne vois pas ce que l'on pourrait dire de mal sur cette photo : Les couleurs, le cadrage et la mise au point sont quasi parfaits!!!

Grand bravo pour cette photo qui mérite sa note...
Laeti et Pete

Ciao Laurent!

Sono senza parole.
Grazie, Enrico.

I have no words.
Very well done!
Thanks, Enrico.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-01-05 15:13]

ola Laurent, linda foto belissima nitidez esta de parabéns.

Hi Laurent,
Great shot and nice details. Nice coloures and good POV.


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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-09-14 0:46]

Piekna fotografia. Wspaniale ujecie. Niesamowite kolory, detale,ostrosc.


Hello Laurent.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

jose Luis,

Awesome butterfly and amazinng photography! Very well done.

What an excellent and pin sharp photo.
Just reminds me how far I have yet to go to achieve such perfection.



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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-12-09 12:30]

No wonder you are happy Laurent, it is amazing capture! I use to chase butterflies all days and nothing ;-).TFS

Hi Laurent. One of the best butterfly shots I have seen. Superb clarity, details, colour.The harmony between the insect and the background is refined and the purple flowers stand out beautifully.Fantastic work. Regards. Klaudio.

An amazing shot.Nicely taken.
Thanks for sharing
Regards Nihal

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