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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: 2006-05-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 28-75 F2.8 (D), Marumi 67 mm DHG Lens Protect
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-17 0:28
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Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first shot of butterfly which was done when I yet had no macro objective.
I do not know what kind of butterfly is this one. Only few kinds of butterflies can be met in our country place. But this sample has given to me an opportunity well to make out it and to capture it, as hours sat motionlessly on the dead flower. For this I am very grateful to it.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-17 0:52]

Wooooow ! For a first shot of butterfly, you start well, it is realy wonderful !!! Composition, colors, exposure, BG, DOF and sharpness are excellent !
Congratulations Alexei and thanks for sharing.

hi Alexei,

very nice and very lucky for you. :)
the ID is Zerynthia polyxena (Southern Festoon) from Papilionidae family.

TFS, cosmln

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-17 3:47]

Excellent soh tof this beautiful Papilionidae!
The specie is Zerynthia polyxena (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775), known as "Southern festoon" in english.
It belongs to the Papilionidae Parnassiinae family.
Excellent POV, colours and BG!
Perfect DOF and details!
Deserves more then 2 points!
Keep on going and TFS!

Hello Alexei,
I took a look at your gallery. You have some great pictures there. I think you have knowledge to share with others and that's why I wish you try to write more critiques. That's what TN is all about.
The picture is superb, especially considering tha fact that you didn't used macro lens. Great details, colours and very clear BG. I think a little stronger crop would improve the compsition.
Overall, very well done on this one!

Hi Alexei

Congratulations on your firts butterfly shot. You have done a great job here. Exposure is spot on and the composition and POV are both flawless. :-)

I don't think the thumbnail does this picture any justice at all, the colours on that butterfly just did not stand out until you actually see the full picture.



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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-06-18 12:23]

Hi Alexei!
This is an amazing shot, very vibrant and clear colors, perfect details as well, beautiful little creature!

Hello Alexei

Very interesting capture. From the thumbnail I thought it was a thistle or dead flower.

I have never seen this butterfly before but from the colours on the underwing it must be looking great from above. - Excellent capture with great composition, very natural colours, excellent sharpness/dof setting off the butterfly in a very nice way. The background colour works great with the main subject. All over a very nice picture.


Hi Alex!
Wonderfull shot of Zerynthia polyxena.
Perfect colours and sharpness. Nice composition and the background. Thanks for sharing


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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-22 21:46]

Formidable espèce de papillon que vous nous présentez, Alexei. Ressemble à un vitrail.
Merveilleux. J'aime les détails et couleurs.
Beau travail. Félicitations.


Hello Alexej,
you have contributed a brilliant capture of the "Southern Festoon" - Zerynthia polyxena.
Excellent details, brilliant colours, and a very pleasant artistic composition, that makes that picture a very good document of nature, and a very enjoyable piece of art!
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Alexei,
Excellent first photo, has great worth because you don´t use macro. Details are very good and uniform background works well.
Thanks for sharing

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-06 15:54]

Hello Alaxei,
very nice shot. PoV and DoF are wonderful, this butterfly looks so great against this neutral BG. Details, sharpness and colors are excellent. Very well composed.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-14 12:11]
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Hello Alexei,
For your first Butterfly shot this is fantastic. In fact if this were your 100th Butterfly shot I would still say this is fantastic :-) It's an excellent shot, great detail and beautiful colours. I want to try some macro work and I hope one day to be able to capture something like this. The DOF is perfect and the background neutral and warm. Excellent!
Have a good weekend

I remember being in Belarus a few years ago the great nature in Vitebskaya region.
Great pic here.
Well done

beautiful pic, I like the natural light, TFS Ori

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-17 15:34]

WOW! I can hardly believe you did it without a macro objective! What an excellent capture! It is wonderfully sharp and it has a really lovely composition. I love this butterfly, it's so colorful!
My compliments, Alex.

Superbe cliché de la Diane, magnifiquement mise en valeur par un arrière plan lumineux. Bravo

Hello Alexei,
Well shown on this beautiful butterfly. I like color saturation and composition a lot. The green background makes your subject stand-out. Very well done and well seen. With best regards,

Hola Alexei,
Esta toma me parece extraordinaria y no podía pasar sin comentarla. Todo en conjunto es excelente, la composición, luz, fondo y nitidez. Un cordial saludo

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-16 9:15]

hello my friend
here is wonderful close-up working on this beautiful and varied butterfly.
i like composition, point of view, background, depth of field, lighting, colours and details
thanks for sharing

very nice shot...cheers.

Excellent work, Alexei.
A well composed and detailed presentation.
Very sharp.
Very well done.
Warm regards from Canada,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-05-15 4:40]

Hello Alexei,
Congratulations, great shot interesting of species, composition, colours and sharpness are superb.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei
recently, I have seen your perfect posts rarely. I hope everything very well. I wish cordially to see them more often. Now, I visited your first posts again. all of them wonderful. This is one of the best. Wonderful macro-capture for beautiful papilionid butterfly. All features great. I hope we will see you and your posts for a long time here.
many thanks for sharing these beauties. best wishes my friend

Oct 19, 2008

Hi Alexei. I have never seen a butterfly looking like this. So sharp with fine hair clearly visible. I like the pleasant silenced green background captured in very good framing. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday. Regards. Jusni

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-02 4:34]

Hello Alex,
Not being an adept of macros of dragonfly-eyes, I had a look to your older pictures and found this fine shot of the Southern Festoon, which is one of the most beautiful butterflies living in Europe. Even if not taken with a macro-lens it is a beautiful and well composed shot. You have been lucky to see this marvellous creature!
Kind regards

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