<< Previous Next >>

Papilio lowi (Asian swallow tail)

Papilio lowi (Asian swallow tail)
Photo Information
Copyright: Martina Koloska (electra) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 0 N: 148] (679)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix 4900Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/45 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-24 14:42
Viewed: 12592
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Papilio lowi is an Asian swallow tail with a wingspan up to 13 cm.

Distribution: Papilio lowi is endemic to Palawan, Balabac and Dumaran island.

Host plants: Kalamansi and suha (pomelo) and other cultivated and wild species of Citrus (Rutaceae).

Habitat: Papilio lowi can be seen in any habitat throughout its distribution area and it is a regular sight even in down town Puerto Princesa. Whereas males are seen anywhere, females are only occasionally encountered and then mostly at the edge of forested habitats or along rivers. Balabac specimens are noticed for frequently having a noticeably shorter tail than normal.

Flight season: Throughout the year.

I think I took the picture of the male.

I made it in a Butterfly House in Hamm at the Maximiliam Park in North-Rhine Westfalia.

christophe, Janice, phlr, Signal-Womb, marhowie, chiliu, carper, manyee, jagathcham, dew77, red45, wallhalla15, bedford67, TAZ, PDP, LordPotty, radz, dantor has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Martina
Great shot, Pov and details, just a little focus
In a friendly way Christophe

  • Great 
  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-24 16:24]

These swallow tails are quite attractive. Good capture Martina. Well composed, good details and colours. Well done.

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-24 16:44]

What a beautiful species!
It's very exotic!
Wonderful colors!
Perfect details and sharpness!
5* photo!

Very nice macro Martina, beautiful species captured with nice details. I would increase colour saturation to enhance the colours. Very nice work.

Hi Martina,

This is a stunning picture; the focus is good and the DOF is perfect. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Your brother must be a fantastic guy, judging by his name! :) Just kidding.


Great DOF, details, colors and sharpness Martina! Nice work!!

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-24 21:25]

Hi Martina,
Excellent close-up!
Beautiful colour, good details, well composed.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-07-25 1:07]

Beautiful butterfly, Martina. Great POV and composition. Gorgeous colors and patterns. Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Martina,
It's great POV you have here, it shows good amount of details to me. Beautiful bfly in a beautiful composition.

Helo Martina!
What wonderful colours and great details. PERFECT SHOT. I love your butterfly.

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-25 2:40]

Hello Martina!
Wonderful butterfly close up.Vivid colors,details,POV and composition are excellent.

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-25 2:44]

Superb catch Martina! This butterfly is amazing and you captured it in great way. I like its shapes, colours, sharpness and BG with big leaf. Great work!

A very fine macro shot. Excellent detail and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done.

Hello Martina,
It's a very good shot. I find the composition and colors very successful. Great work.
TFS, cordially,

  • Great 
  • fario Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 4 N: 11] (239)
  • [2005-07-25 8:35]

Superb picture, congratulations


  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-25 13:53]

What a superb butterfly that you have well captured ! Colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Martina.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-25 14:13]

Martina, this is a very beautiful picture. Maybe, I would try to add some saturation, but that's just an opinion.

Excellent composition and pov; great sharpness.

It's incredible how you got the whole butterfly in focus by using only f/2.8.

Great job.

  • Great 
  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-25 20:15]

Woooow fantastish catch Martina.
Nice sharpness,focus,dof,pov and colors.TFS

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-07-27 0:52]

Good shot Martina. You managed to get very good DOF at this angle and the details are excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Hello Martina, good shot of this butterfly. It's a good detailed shot and the colours and exposrure are good. For F2.8 the DOF is very effective. I feel a little more sharpnening could be applied here, I have posted a workshop to show you. I hope you don't mind.

Hi Martina, This is a gorgeous specimen. Because it is mainly dark of color the exposure meter of the camera measured it as such. This resulted in the whites being a tad hot. You might have considered compensation for this my adjusting the exposure compensation on your camera to -1/3 or -1/2. If I am faced with difficult exposures such as these I used bracketting. Your camera should have that facility. Anyway... I make as if this is not a great shot, it is. It's just a minor nit and not distracting.

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-07-30 5:37]

great compo. the drops of the water improve the visual impact of this shot. excellent

  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-08-04 16:30]

I've seen many butterflies in my life but never one like this.
He is really beautiful. I like the colors and pattern a lot.
Great capture and well done.


Hi Martina, nice shot of this beautiful butterfly. The workshop by PDP brought out the details and color and made this excellent photo even better. Thanks for sharing it!

Wow!A stunning shot of a wonderful butterfly.
I think the suns glare has bleached the colour a little.
A little darkening,saturation and sharpening would give this more impact.
Very good work though.

  • Great 
  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-13 6:30]

Very well captured shot!Colours are perfect.POV&DOF are nice.

Très belle image, couleurs et netteté impeccables,tout est parfait

Excellent macro of a nice butterfly, Martina. Sharp with good details. I also like the workshop that Paul Prince (PDP) did. It enhanced the colours.

Calibration Check