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Black Swallowtail (Mating)

Black Swallowtail (Mating)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-10-06 19:25
Viewed: 1269
Points: 14
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These beautiful butterflies seem to constantly be on the move in the fields behind our home. While the Monarchs and Tiger Swallowtails are perched on clover blossoms you will normally find the Black Swallowtails swiftly cruising on by.

I was therefore thrilled when I actually spotted this mating pair just as the sun was about to set. The lighting was fading fast, but not before I was able to get off a few shots of this rarely witnessed event.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-07 0:38]

Hello Ron,
Magnificent shot! Beautiful butterflies, beautiful moment and perfect realization. A superb close-up with a very good background.
Best wishes! Sigi

Excellent and beautiful Ron, to all intents and purposes.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-10-07 6:27]

Hi Ron,great way to show us this very lucky meeting made by the black swallowtails mating! Great POV and impressive sharpness,truly a magic spectacle about this magnificent specie! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-10-07 11:20]

Hello Ron

Fantastic synthesis, excellent lighting, excellent sharpness and details, very beautiful contrasting BG.



Ciao Ron, great macro of fantastic maiting couple, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-10-07 22:11]

Hi Ron
Interesting moment. Perfect sharpness and beautiful colors.
I have seen this species in Mexico.


Hello Ron,

I saw this beautiful butterflies photograph yesterday but didn't comment due to lack of time to do a WS.

Black Swallowtail.... beautiful colored butterfly. Well captured if we talk on its details, sharpness and BG. Here the color of buds and butterfly is same, so top left corner is taking a big percentage of my concentration. Although you won't get much better POV, but I think little bit PP work can give it a different look. Although you will not get the perfect situation when you captured this Photograph. Obviously it's my personal opinion. I always do PP work before resizing (Here 300kb); don't know how it will be!
I always try to give my honest opinion with WS. Just ignore it if you don't like.
Thanks for sharing,

A perfect image, Ron, that gives the impression as if I'm seeing this beautiful mating pair with my own eyes.
These butterflies are truly attractive with those patterns, colors and dots on their wings and abdomen.
The DOF is outstanding.
Thanks for your kind words on my picture of a Waterhen that died defending her little ones.
Warm regards.

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