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Queen Papilio

Queen Papilio
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: HP Photosmart R817
Exposure: f/3.6
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-27 6:38
Viewed: 4873
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TrekNaturers,

Those who ever saw my gallery know how much I love fungi, because the majority of my shots were done about them. Momentarily I have almost 100 new images (photographed this year), waiting for their time to be uploaded to TN. Most of them are about fungi, it's true, but from time to time I try to post something different, because I shouldn't like to be 'booked' as a one-sided photographer, who's interested in his main craziness but nothing else. So, here it is: a photo of the well known butterfly, Papilio machaon.

It's needless to write about the specie, You can read infos in many notes, because a lot of our member mates shot this specie on very high quality. Just look at the Papilio machaon collection.

This photo was done on the rock plateau of Tar-kő ("Bald Rock"), exactly on 950 meters above sea level, and I was heavily supported by the strong wind, which didn't let the papilio fly away before my shots were taken. :) The view from Bald Rock is simply awesome, but to South, so making a proper panoramic image is almost impossible, due to the return light of the Sun. But click here for acceptable single images if interested.

Those interested in the geographical quota of Hungary, especially of the Bükk mountains (mostly local viewers, I think), may surprisingly see I stated Bánkút as the place of the photo, which belongs to Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county / state, too. This is a mountain ranch with a couple of hostels and a local ski centre, which is just crossed by the state border. Like the infamous CalNeva Lodge on the border of California and Nevada, where the pools were on the Californian and the casino on the Nevadan side, because, unlike in California, hazard games aren't forbidden in Nevada. The difference is the Hungarian laws are the same in each state / county. Anyway, the distance between Bald Rock and the ranch of Bánkút is ca. 7 kilometers, but no closer inhabited place.

Back to the photo: strong wind, no sunshine at all. Needed a lot of post-procession like optimal levels, contrast, brightness, color balance etc. I like the image and I hope You do so. Although I also have to accept if You say this is nothing but the (n+1)th Papilio machaon photo on the site.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-27 7:05]

Hello Laszlo,
What a superb capture of this Swallowtail sharply in focus in a lovely composition. Excellent details of butterfly and flowers and beautiful colours. Brilliant work!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Laszlo,
una straordinaria e fantastica cattura di Macaone, il perfetto equilibrio compositivo mi fa pensare ad un'immagine artistica di tipo "still-life", eccellente definizione, bellissimi i colori dalle tonalitŕ delicate e stupendo BG con le rocce che affiorano. La scelgo come mia immagine favorita.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-11-27 11:35]

Hello Laszlo,

A very beautiful presentation of this Swallowtail. Excellent focus (we cannot see the wind at all on your picture :-) ). Excellent light and very good natural colours.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-27 11:41]

Hello Laszlo,

a great upload,the composition is well presented with nice colors of butterfly,flower and as well BG,great details,well done and tfs

Regards Siggi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-27 21:18]

Hi Laszlo,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful butterfly and it is such a pleasant surprise from you. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours and I like this natural setting. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

Hello Laszlo
Splendid image. It is indeed a feast to the eye and it cannot go unnoticed. Your excellent skills as photographer is proven in the display of this beauty. Great stuff and magnificent to view. In my personal opinion this is a PPPP. Pretty, perfect, picture-like, photograph. A well deserved A+.
Best regards

Hi dear Laszlo ,
So nice shot.
Amazing colours and great details.
Thanks for sharing this lovely shot dear Laszlo .
Kind regards

Hello Laszlo,

Fantastic close up of this beautiful butterfly.
Wonderful colourd with excellent details.
Light and composition are splendid.

Hi again Baratom Laszlo,
A splendid macro capture of a yellow swallowtail from an dorsal POV with fine details on the upperwings and wonderfull composition. Great DOF too.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

Ps. Thanks a lot once again for your thoughtfull and kind words on my healts.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-28 14:55]

Hello László, a beautiful composition and a very sharp shot of that butterfly. Good light and great exposure! Well done, thanks!


Hello Laszlo,
I compliment for this fine and beautiful image of Swallowtail apart from usual fungi postings!
perfect dof here with total sharpness, very good colour and superb details
you done well indeed

Hi Laszlo
One of the most interesting shots of this species that I have ever seen on TN. I like the surrounding with OOF rocks and grass. Nice OOF not disturbing background and two strong color accents - yellow butterfly and purple flower. I also like the relatively wide frame
Best wishes

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-11-29 14:04]

Hello Laszlo , Fantastic picture , I love the colours and the sharpnes great details pov compositie bg and framing , good job ,Greetings Teunie .

Hello László,

Excellent details in the butterfly!

Pin sharp, great colour reproduction and the pattern is well reproduced...

The DoF spot on produces a fine 3-D effect!

Pablo -

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  • bizsu Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 6] (160)
  • [2008-11-30 14:47]
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Szia Laci!
Ritkán járok erre, bocs, hogy nem válaszoltam. Az angolt nem nekem találták ki:)) Változatlanul rosszul írok, és beszélek. Inkább csak a barátok miatt jövök fel. Otthon szinte minden fotós forumon fenn vagyok. Itt jobban érzem magam, csak jó lenne magyarul írni.
Csodálatos kép. Remek színek, szép, jól elkapott pillanat.Galériád nézve, van mit tanulnom:))
Üdv, Zsú

Hi Lazlo

Great shot of this common swallowtail, a beautiful species nonetheless.
Well composed with the purple flowers and OOF rocky background. Good sharpness.

This year was hopeless for fungi here. Maybe better next year.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-12-08 15:58]

Hi Laszlo, An excellent sharp and well coloured composition. The DOF effect making the backdrop as it is helps this butterfly stand out from the crowd. TFS. Murray.
PS Tks for the WS on white cockie parrot.

Hi Laszlo,
Very nice shot of your papilio, I like the artistic composition here..
Excellent color, exposure, and details, well seen from the BG too.
Beautiful work,

Szép kép jó minőséggel, a fő témák sárgás és lilás színei remekül egészítik ki egymást!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-19 6:49]

How beautiful and splendidly captured!! I like a lot the composition with the butterfly between the Centaureas, the beautiful framing and even your signature in beautiful letters. The perfect focus on the butterfly against the blurred bg makes it a perfect shot.
Congratulations and thank you very much for this beauty.
My best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-21 1:08]

Hi Laszlo,
nice capture of the butterfly. it is so lovely with the purple flowers helps to enhance the setting. well composed with the blurred rocks describe the surrounding.
A well thought shot and splendid effect of diagonal positioning.


Hello Ladislao
a fine capture of this beautiful Papilio Machaon with excellent details, wonderful colors and focusing for a great composition! Everything is optimally balanced.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-20 8:23]

Hello Lázló,
I love this one!
The slightly OOF natural BG, the POV, the composition on the Knapweed flowers, the dorsal POV and sharpness of the Swallowtail all contribute to a beautiful portrait of this species.
You may not take many butterfly photos, but those that you do are excellent!
Thanks and best regards,

Hello László

Beautiful composition of this butterfly,
fine POV to shot its patterns, also to
show of the natural habitat background,
excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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