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First sigh of Spring

First sigh of Spring
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, Nikon TC20EIII, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 77 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-06 20:54
Viewed: 4125
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This year first half of spring was too cold and rainy. Even now, temperature is 4C only despite the fact there were few very warm weeks. In the first warm days, we (my wife and me) have decided to go to ours country garden at once.

As soon as we have opened a garden gate the wife had seen this beautiful butterfly which sat on a Thuja in the garden. It was true gift. The butterfly sat absolutely motionlessly few minutes on a fine small tree. I had opportunity to take about 70 shots but all of them are practically identical :). Forgive me my excessive enthusiasm all the more I share one picture only :).

This is not so fresh individual of Scarce Swallowtail but it is well preserved and it gave me a chance to interrupt my too long absence here. (As all last time I am too busy on work and cannot visit TN almost absolutely. Sorry.)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-06 22:26]

Good morning Alexei!
Great that your spring is beginning to warm up and this fine capture is a good sign for that.
Though slightly worn, the details of this podalirius are superbly captured from the best POV with excellent sharpness and colours with the Thuja providing a fine BG both in and out of focus in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and best regards to you and your wife,

wonderful capture for a beautiful butterfly,

congratulations Alex , excellent details and very nice compo,

have a good day,

ciao, tino

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-07 0:41]

Hello Alexei,
Fantastic photo of this butterfly in very beautiful natural colours. Excellent sharpness and details and a very nice diagonal composition. Impressive DOF.

Lovely work Alexei Alyokhin!
George Veltchev

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-05-07 2:23]

Hi Alexei,
My favorite butterflies!
Lovely capture of this butterfly with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
have a nice weekend,

Hello Alexei,
Excellent exposure and neat focus with very impressive sharpness details, the textures of the wings show very well, Nicely done,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Ciao Alexei, great macro of lovely butterfly in a beautiful natural ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Alexei. Very good POV for the beuaty in good natural colours and excellent details


Hello Alexei,
A beautiful close-up of this butterfly. A lovely open-winged position showing off the lovely markings, beautiful colours and excellent details. Well done!

Hallo Alexei,
a superb macro shot of this marvellous spring butterfly, unusual for me to see it on cupressaceae tree, outstanding sharpness and splendid colours, excellent point of view in a very pleasant composition
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-07 6:55]

Hello Alexei,
A fantastic capture of this beautiful Swallowtail settled on a Thuja for a nice background! It is a bit aged but still retains its beauty! Excellent sharpness and natural colours in this very fine composition.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-07 7:39]

Hello Alexi,
It has been a while my friend, but the quality of your images has remained outstanding. What natural beauty you has captured with this superb image, thank you.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-07 8:55]

Hi Alex! It's very difficult to comment a fantastic perfection like that.Impressive sharpness and light balance and the best wings position for a total focus everywhere.Very well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Alex.
Really beautiful photo. Great composition. Excellent depth of field! Very good point of view. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing. Congratulations.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-05-07 9:51]

Privet Alexei,
Nice photo species which in my countryside I didn't meet. I've read your note how easy was taken it. After very warm last ten days of April we have May very cold and wet.
Regards, Pawel

Beautiful photo Alexei!! The POV, the composition, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

Hello Alex
you was very lucky to capture this superb Scarce swallowtail in a beautiful environment, excellent pose and perfect details
the colors are well reproduced, a wonderful photo
TFS and have a great sunday

Hello Alexei

Here also spring is cold and very rainy,
very beautiful photo of this butterfly with
very fine POV and framing, very beautiful light,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-08 10:32]

Hello Alex,
Very nice to see a new picture from you. You have already seen this elegant butterfly this year(I still have to wait). Lovely pose on a pine, which gives a special background to this shot. As usual, technically well done.
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-05-08 19:40]

Hello Alexei,
A stunning image of this beautifully marked butterfly. I see spring has indeed arrived in your area. Excellent detail with well saturated yet natural colors. Great DOF and just the right exposure. Super job!!

Hello Alex,

Wow!!! What a wonderful butterfly!!! If I understand well that butterfly overwinter... (Is your winter very cold?). The colors are splendid and you mastered perfectly the exposition in order to let us see all the different tones of whitish and black. The square format works very well here. The only thing is since the butterfly is perfectly perpendicular to you I would have opened more in order to get the bg blurrer. But the image stays fantastic and the butterfly super sharp!!!

Very well done, my friend and TFS,


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2011-05-09 17:52]

Hi, Alex,
i think this year the spring is too cold and rainy everywhere!
the same thing for Montreal, Canada. and i have family members in Moldova, where is the same thing.
the shot is awesome. it gives us warm and optimism!


It is pleasure to see your picture after a fairly long time, Alexei. We know you have been busy and have little time for TN.
The Scarce Swallowtail you shot recently is perfectly intact and you have cpatured it in your usual professional manner. Every detail on the open wings is sharp.
We rejoice at your return to TN and look forward to your forthcoming pictures.Warm regards.

Excelente enfoque al motivo Alexei; creas una separación entre este y todo
lo demás, por lo que centras la atención de manera exacta. Muy buen trabajo.
Saludos y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-05-13 21:56]

Hello Alex,
such a beautiful butterfly seen in good details and features. you have composed it lively with green background making it so stand out. nice top view that expose the beauty of this butterfly.


Hi Alexei,
firstly thanks a lot for your kind message and comment on one of my old post MF. Regarding this awesome work: wonderful placement of the swallowtail, really a nice, sharp, natural shot.
TFS and have a nice weekend!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-15 22:41]

Hello Alexei.
Very impressive and detailed shot of the Scarce Swallowtail with superb colours and very nice composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-17 14:35]

Hello Alexei,
A very good capture of this beautiful butterfly with great sharpness,colors and perfect details.TFS.

Hello Alexei,

And an impressive butterfly it is..!
The well framed subject and the pin sharp details really do justice to this wonderful creature, signalling that summer is on the way...
A fine close-up indeed!

Pablo -

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-05-26 3:53]
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Hi Alexei,

This is a beautiful butterfly. The diagonal lines are superb as wel as the colors and the sharpness.
You asked me about the Nikon TC 2xconverter.
I have got the lates version the TCIII. I must confess that I'm very satisfied. Of course, without a converter you get a better result, but the results with this converter are quite good. So I can advise you to buy one.


Hi my friend Alexei.
This is another brilliant presentation from you capturing this swallowtail in beautiful framing and details. I'm sure you are having a great time mingling with nature around your country home. You once in a while connection with TN is most welcomed and have a wonderful time during the weekend.
Kind regards,

Dear Alexei,
very pleasant and cheerful presentation of a young and fresh Iphiclides podalirius enjoying the sunshine of spring resting on a twig of well contrasting dark Thuja. Very precise in its details, perfectly well controlled in the lights, and tastefully well composed like all your fabulous works of nature photography. This year's second generation of that species is now on their wings in my country, and I am enjoying to watch their elegant flight and to see them sitting at the riverbed near my home sucking moisture from the ground.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you - enjoy the summer in your beautiful garden!

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-09-14 19:26]

Amazing wing pattern on this species.
Pleasing and harmonious light and colors on this picture.
Outstanding presentation.

Privet Alexei,
What a fantastic photo, what a gift to the eyes! On your pics perfect sharpness and such are obvious, so I especially like your colors / white balance settings here besides the composition. Truly remarkable. Bravo!
Friendly regards, László

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