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End of Vendetta

End of Vendetta
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Swallowtails, 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), Butterflies with minimum 50 points & above [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-18 3:52
Viewed: 5823
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Do you remember? Few days ago I called vendetta against Swallowtails. I promissed to capture one this Summer. I was really fast and efficient :-) Vendetta is over, Swallowtail is on your screen.

Yesterday my old friend Kaszek told me that he saw Swallowtails on meadow near our houses. Decision was fast - we took our heavy Canons artillery and went to meadow. After about half hour of seeking, I found bunch of big thistles with beautifull Swallowtails on it. They were very busy with flowers, we took as many photos as we wanted. It was magic moment - these butterflies are royal! After photo session we realised that our legs are all covered with blood - we chased Swallowtails in field full of thistles and other spiky plants. But they were worth this bloody efford :-)

Moments like this are priceless. When you standing on big meadow full of flowers and butterflies, under blue sky, with good friend who you know for years. You take photos of something beautifull which you see first or second time on your life and your heart is full of joy. Summer, good time, good place and people. Moments when you think - I love life.

By the way - look at my Workshop to see Kaszek at work. Look also at Kaszek's Swallowtail and his
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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 3:56]

Absolutely gorgeous capture, Grzegorz.
It sounds like you and your friend had a wonderful time.
Magic moment indeed. When we are lucky to have an experience like that,
we need to appreciate it and savour it. : )
A perfect shot here. TFS. : )

Hi Greg !
So you finally got your Swallowtail ! Congratulations ! :-) You must be so happy now ! And what a super shot this is ! Details, textures, colors, composition, POV, DOF, everything is perfect. The pose of the butterfly is wonderful, with the wings wide open. It was really worth getting your legs scratched ! Very well done !

PS : Super WS photo, I like it !

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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 3:59]

Hi Grzegorz,

An excellent composition with very good colors and use of light ,I like it a lot,well worth your visit to the meadow,


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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 4:09]

Hello Greg,
Congratulations on your catch:)Excellent shot.POV,lighting,details,sharpness,colors,framing and composition are wonderful.

Swietna fota! Tradycyjnie niesamowicie ostra, krystalicznie czysta i te kolory - wspaniale!
Wypad na pazie nam sie udal, nie ma co ;)


Very good detail and Lighting. The sharpness, Composition and DOF are all great. TFS,

Hi Greg

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

Hello Greg,
I saw this butterfly 50 years ago. .-(
Congrats my friend, this is an excellent butterfly shot. Brillant colours, excellent sharpness, details and great POV too. This is an excellent composition. Thank you for posting.

All good things come to those who wait!
Greg, this is stunning, so beautiful, excellent clarity and colours and details. You must have been thrilled, and I am very happy for you.
Swietna fota!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-18 6:31]
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ale znalazłeś miejsce, warto było tam pojechać! Rzadki okaz, technika bezbłędna, super robota. Brawo!
Pozdr. Al.

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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 7:10]
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Good catch and a really quick game. In deed a beautiful swallowtail on our screen :)
Splendid colors, excellent POV and lovely details.
Funny WS, too :)
Bravo and TFS

PS: I would be curious on the exif on this one :)

Hi Greg,
I would say you nailed this one perfectly!!!! Beautiful colors and pin sharp detail. I love the corner to corner frame filling composition. This shows all the intricate detail and pattern in the wings.
WOW! You done good!

Hello greg, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF Perfect details, very crisp, It just an amazing photo Great work, TFS Kyle

Wow, superb shot Greg.
No nits its stunning, well done and great story. Yes, life really is worth living.

Absolutely beautiful image of this fantastic butterly, Greg.
Great POV, DOF, colours and details.
Thanks for showing us this masterpiece.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-18 11:25]

Hi Greg,
A stunning shot, really. The detail and clarity is so good it's as if I'm looking at the real thing. Excellent exposure and beautiful colours, first-class work.

Hi Greg,
a beautiful buterfly you have captured and I'm not envious, not at all;-(. I have a lot of small butterflies but the large ones are rare. But In the South parts Göran have a lot of them, not fair.
Well composed, good details and very nice colours.
The WS is very nice too.
Great work, my friend.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-18 14:20]

Hello Greg,
Congratulations on this fine capture,its a real beauty!
Great colours and excellent detail.


Congratulations on your triumph, Grzegorz. It's a beauty. I know the feeling of being transformed during a shoot - there's nothing like it.

Very nice photo welle composed with good light and colours. good shot, greg!
Best regards

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-07-19 5:53]

Swietne zdjecie! Pieknie uchwycony. Zachwycajacy motyl. Wspaniale kolory, detale, szczegoly.


Hi Grzegorz,
great capture of that majestic swallowtail in very good shape and a well illuminated pose. Congratulations for taking the chance not caring for any scratched legs!
This year seems to be a very good year for swallowtails here in central Europe. Have seen them on several occasions in fair numbers during last weeks, in the hills near Vienna as well as very high up in the Tyrolese Alps. What a delight to see them passing by quickly, and what an excitement to watch them take a seat in the distance - and a fence or a gorge between you and your prey.
Great shot, great story my friend!
Best regards,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-21 10:38]

Hi Grzegorz,
Great picture of this butterfly.
Great POV, color, DOF, sharpness and color.
Wonderful !!!


Beautiful shot Greg...
Wish this one was mine ;)

Super fantastic, this is superb shot and a favorite. I like the one wing dark one wing light gives dimension to the image. Nicely done Grzegorz. :)

I told you you would find them, but you did very fast!
Excellent capture!, and congratulations for you hunting price :)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-24 10:38]

The detail is amazing in this photo. Perfect focus and great edges. Outstandin exposure with very nice natural colors. A very pleasing composition.
I was reading your note and I completely understand your experience. The same thing happened to me this spring. When the thistles began to bloom the Eastern Tiger Swallowtails were all over them. I could get three in a single photo. It was amazing. And, shortly thereafter, I was walking along a horse trail near the lake and came upon an open meadow washed by the sun's rays and full of Texas wildflowers. Butterflies were all around. I caught myself thinking how lucky I was at that moment. That is the joy of nature and nature photography.

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