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Copyright: Lukasz Warcholinski (Kaszek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 18-55mm/f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Macros, Swallowtails, 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2), Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-18 3:39
Viewed: 7056
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a large butterfly of the Papilionidae family. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail and the Old World Swallowtail. It is considered as the representative species of the Swallowtail or Papilionidae family and is spread right across the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia.
This striking butterfly is yellow with black wing and vein markings and a wingspan of 8 to 10 cms. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.
The Swallowtail is present throughout the entire Palearctic region through Russia to China and Japan (including the Himalayas and Taiwan) and across into Alaska and Canada. In Asia it is reported as far South as certain oases in Saudi Arabia and Oman and the high mountains of Yemen.
The butterfly has a strong and fast but frequently breaks off to hover over flowering herbsand sip nectar. It frequents the alpine meadows and hillsides and is fond of 'hilltopping'. In lower elevations it can also be seen visiting gardens.
From wikipedia.

Greetings to my old friend Greg (red45) - see my workshop and the Greg's swallowtail

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Wowowow che bella macro, complimenti Lukasz!!


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-18 3:47]

Hi Lukasz,

An excellent shot of this swallowtail,with a nice low POV and good colors,sharpness and details,well done and TFS,


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-18 3:48]

Wow, Lukasz. That is a fantastic POV of this butterfly.
The details are very sharp and the colors are gorgeous.
The blue sky BG is beautiful too.
Great management of DOF.
TFS. : )

Hi Lukasz,
Great shot from an impressive POV! The colours and clarity are incredible! The details and patterns on the butterfly's wings are beautiful. It's wonderful that you could get a macro like this. When I try to take butterfly photos, they tend to fly away. What's the secret? :) Well seen and captured!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-18 4:04]

Hello Lukasz,
Magnificent close up.POV,clear details,lighting,sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-18 4:04]

Hi Kaszek!

Marvellous capture and workshop, look at mine :-) Fantastic, so natural and brigt colours, superb POV and pose. Yesterdays meeting was very fruitfull! One of your best [or maybe the best] photos. Unique capture!

ps. slyszalem, ze w Poznaniu sa o wiele lepsze Pazie :-)))

Hi Lukasz !
I have just seen Greg's swallowtail, seems that you had a great time in the meadows, chasing these yellow beauties. This photo is excellent, with wonderful colors, details, composition, POV and DOF. I also like the texture of the wings, and the WS photo is great, nice to see aphotographer in action ! :-)Very well done !


Excellent composition, POV, sharpness, Lighting, detail and DOF. A really good pic that you have posted. TFS,

Hi Lukasz

Very nice work. Well done. Composition is great with good clear details. :-)

Beautiful. Great comp, sharpness and colors. Littlebit noisy sky. But great image.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-18 5:36]

Hi Lukasz, outstanding shot. Colours, lighting, exposure, composition, POV are excellent. You have even captured an excellent pose. Extremely well done, keep up the good work and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-18 6:30]

Hi Lukasz, I'm pleased to see your photo of the elusive Swallowtail that Greg's been chasing. You both posted excellent shots, and this one is really great. So sharp and clear, especially with your Polish blue sky in the BG. Super colours and I love his pose. TFS

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-18 6:40]

Bonjour Lukasz!

Bravo tout est parfaits.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-18 7:06]

hmmm...have i seen this somewhere else, too ??? :))
Just as i told Greg, this really is a great shot of a superb butterfly. Excellent POV, with stunning colors and yours has a very beautiful BG, too.
Bravo and TFS

Hi Lukasz,
This has excellent detail, DOF, color, and exposure..Very nice BG and a great POV as well.
Well done and TFS!

That is an amazing shot.
I love it when I see a nature shot that shows me the soul of the subject. I think I can see him smile.
Great colour contrast and sharpness.

Astouding.. Great DOF and BG.

Superb POV and DOF.
Great sharpness and very attractive composition.
Stunning shot.

Inutile d'en rajouter, la photo parle d'elle-même.
Bonne journée.

Hello Lukasz, very nice angle of shot of this Swallowtail. Good Sharpness and framing. Nice note to finish with.


Kolejne fantastyczne makro.
BDB kadr, kolory, ostrosc i GO!!!
Pozdrawiam i tak trzymaj :-)

Hi Lukasz,
a beautiful picture of a beautiful butterfly.
The light, contrast and colours are so nice.
The details are great and DOF are good, the butterfly standout nicely from the BG.
Great work.

PLS, next time you find a beauty like this,
don't tell Greg.;-))

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-18 13:01]

WON-DER-FUL ! I was happy of my Arran brown but now I see your Swallowtail ;-) Great POV wich allows us to see interior and exterior of wings. The background is also pleasant.
Bravo Lukasz and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-18 14:22]

Hello Lukasz,
An excellent capture of this swallowtail.
Vivid colours,nice sharp detail and a great POV.
Great shot.


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-18 14:59]

Just great! sharpness, composition and colours are perfect.
Very well done and TFS

Hello Lukasz
Wow. The colors of the swallowtail against the thistle are stunning. The contours of the veining on the underside of the wings are in sharp relief. Regards.

Excellent shot with a classical lens. Very nice colours
Best regards

Wow - Lukasz, this is a fantastic butterfly shot. Excellent POV, brillant colours/lighting, great sharpness and very nice bg. This is an excellent presentation.
Thank you for posting.

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-07-19 5:57]

Przepiekne macro. Wspaniale ujecie. Piekne kolory, detale, szczegoly. Przepiekny motyl!

Great shot with amazing details and colors,
nice compo.


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  • Active Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 113 W: 6 N: 19] (1231)
  • [2006-07-19 15:00]

to sie nazywa ujecie!!!
nic dodac, nic ujac - MISTRZOWSKIE !

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-20 0:00]

Hi Lukasz,
A really great portrait of the Swallowtail, so clear and detailed and with lovely colours on the pinkish thistle against the open, blue sky! Very nice indeed! Thanks a lot for this marvellous macro,

excellente macro avec beaucoup de details,des couleurs vives et une netteté impeccable.
le BG est lui aussi tres coloré.
bravo pour ce beau papillon.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-24 11:45]

Czesc Lukasz,

Co tu duzo pisac - przepiekne...
Fantastyczne detale i dynamika koloru.


To jest naprawde sliczne! Uwielbiam niebieskie tla na zdjeciach makro. Fotka ma tez swietny kadr, ekspozycje i jakosc.
Bardzo mi sie podoba!
Pozdrownienia :-)
PS. Swietny WS, fajny temat i super wykonanie ;-)

Cześć Łukasz
Bardzo dobre zdjęcie - piekne kolory i kompozycja. Pozdrawiam


Hi Lukasz, what a great macro! Splendid colors, details very sharp, opimal light.
Great Work
Ciao Silvio

Hej Lukaszu!
Piekne, soczyste kolory, swietna kompozycja, perfekcyjne POV i GO. TYlko podziwiac ;-)

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-08 15:27]

Great crisp and clear shot!
Nice focus and details. POV well chosen!
TFS Reina

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