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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/220 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my best 25 photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-11 13:10
Viewed: 4529
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The eastern black swallowtail is one of the most commonly encountered garden butterflies. It is at home in open fields, meadows, vacant lots, cultivated farmland, backyards and along roadsides. The increased human population has brought about an increase in the cultivated and native plants that the larvae of the eastern black swallowtail depend on, thus making this an extremely adaptable and abundant suburban butterfly. Black swallowtails occur throughout almost all of North America.

Males black swallowtails are agile and strong fliers. They often are observed dashing along at a rapid clip only a few feet above the ground. Like other patrolling butterfly species, black swallowtails are drawn to land prominences such as hilltops were they actively search out receptive females.

Very young larvae are patterned like bird droppings. Older caterpillars are very conspicuous: lime green with each segment crossed by a prominent black band. They are aptly named "parsley worms", and feed on herbaceous plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae).

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well personal I find this a perfect butterfly shot, Everything is good, is my personal opinion, but the F number is very low, the pov and the composition is good. Well I hope you like it too.

sAner, phlr, wallhalla15, honza, Fisher, red45, extramundi, AndyB, dew77, coasties, marhowie, jhm, christophe, Luc, PDP, puffy has marked this note useful
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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-07-11 13:12]
  • [2]

Another very beautiful butterfly, super image full of colours and details.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-11 13:24]
  • [2]

Hi Jaap,

Wonderful capture! The upsidedown POV works very well and I think the details are razorsharp. Prachtige kleuren en een goede compositie vervolmaken deze prachtige plaat. Well done & TFS!


This is a beautiful butterfly, lovely point of view.
Great texture and colors, superb sharpness.

Well done!

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-11 14:05]

So perfect!
Beautiful butterfly!

Hi Jaap
Maybe it's a common one in your garden, but not in mine ! :-(
Very nice capture, well done !

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-11 15:01]
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Jaap, this is colorful and pleasant.

Great sharpness, pov and contrast.

I also like composition.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-11 15:19]
  • [2]

Superb photo of this fantastic butterfly. Razorsharp details and very nice colors.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-11 15:58]
  • [2]

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. Well viewed.


Hi Jaap!
I love this suerb shot! Great colours and just wonderful presentation! How did you made him stay in this superb pose :-)

Low F number, but high quality result with great DOF. Excellent capture, with master use of available light. Good Composiion, colours, POV, pose and details (the legs are stunning). A great work. TFS.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-11 19:30]
  • [2]

Hello Jaap,
An excellent capture.
Very good composition and POV,great DOF.
Superb shot,well done.

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  • anoop Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 1 N: 14] (106)
  • [2005-07-11 22:45]
  • [2]

very sharp shot. Very well done

Very nice composition, sharp with a good top-down POV.
TFS, Laurent

Lovely photo Jaap!
Perfect details and great colours. Classical POV works very good.
I like it very much.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-12 3:38]
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Hello Jaap!
Very nice close up.Great results with f2.8.Colors,DOF,POV and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Nice shot Jaap, good macro, I like the details, sharpness and DOF. Good work! Thanks for sharing

Hello Jaap

Great shot. I love the colour of this pretty b'fly. Excellent light, details and sharpness. Well done. Thanks.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-12 7:15]
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Agree Jaap - great picture. Butterfly looks amazing and as you said - this is perfect picture of it. F number is low but DOF isn't bad in my opinion. TFS!


Hello Carper! This is a very good capture with amazing DOF for F2.8 Perfect camera angle to get it all in...Very nice sharpness, details and colors. I like the head-down composition, Well done!

  • malgosia Gold Star Critiquer [C: 221 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-12 12:00]
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hello:) huge and exellent butterfly with exellent colours:) amaizing POV and great DOF:)



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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-07-12 13:15]

Goedenavond Jaap,
Eens terug naar uw oude liefde de Vlinder, door uw tips van U weleer heb ik nooit een goede foto kunnen maken zoals deze. Ik ben opnieuw in een echte experimentele fase, ik probeer heel wat zaken uit, en soms met een beetje succes.
Maar deze hier is wel zeer mooi met de kop naar voor!
Groeten en bedankt voor uw commentaar op TE.

Great shot Jaap,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, Great POV.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Hello Jaap
Sharpness: 5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-12 22:38]
  • [2]

Hello Jaap!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. Unusual but effective PoV.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing MF.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-14 16:46]
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Hi Jaap, very good shot with nice focus and excellent colours. To me I would prefer the butterfly facing upwards but that's me! Very good work.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-07-15 8:34]
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What a beautiful buttlefly Jaap, excellent composition, colours and details, very well done, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. :)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-16 15:03]

Hi Jaap!
Excellent butterfly and very good picture. Good details and DOF.Beautiful colours. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Jaap,
Excellent captured of beautiful butterfly,
very nice colours and sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

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