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"Anise Swallowtail"

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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-10 16:32
Viewed: 4830
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the 24th of this month, I will celebrate the 1st anniversary with TN and I have to say that the experience has been extremely instructive and at the same time very hard for lack of time to do it but this time has been well spend because I have learn so much from the many great teachers that this site has.
I like to thank each and every one of the members that have taken the time to look and sometimes comment on my shots. They are the ones that make what this site is…. A great site.

Anise Swallowtail, Papilio zelicaon

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Superfamily: Papilionoidea

This class has 26 genera and about 550 species.
The swallowtail butterflies are from the Papilionidae family. They are large, colorful butterflies, and though the majority are tropical, this family is found on all continents except Antarctica. The family includes the largest butterflies in the world.
Swallowtails differ from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium. Normally hidden, this forked structure can be averted when the caterpillar is threatened, and used to emit a foul-smelling secretion containing terpenes. Never the less, these butterflies are the most colorful and larger butterflies in the world.


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-10 17:59]
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I cannot believe this photo has been viewed 25 times without points. It is outstanding (almost the perfect butterfly shot). The composition is excellent, the colors are well saturated and pleasant, the focus is very sharp showing much detail, the DOF is outstanding, and you have an excellent neutral green background. Well done!

Hello Jorge,
I like this shot a lot. Great exposure - both in sunny and shadowed parts of the shot. Nice details and perfect DOF. And I see this butterfly first in my life...
Best greetings,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-10 21:05]

Hi Jorge,
Excellent composition. The lighting on the butterfly is nice. Well done!

Hola Jorge!
Muy hermosa la foto que nos presentas.
La composición, el punto de vista y la profundidad de campo son muy acertados.
El intenso color de las flores genera un vibrante contraste con el suave verde del fondo difuminado.
El foco y la exposición empleados destacan con mucha nitidez los detalles de la mariposa.
Felicitaciones y gracias por compartila,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-10 23:13]

Hello Jorge

A lovely composition with beautiful colours.Excellent POV and DOF.Well focused shot with a beautiful blurred BG. Very well done.TFS


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-12-11 1:08]

Hi JC, this is quite beautiful. The butterfly on the brilliant blue flower - so pretty and delicate. Well done,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-11 2:05]

A great POV of this swallowtail, J.C.
The colors are beautiful, with just the right light exposure,
and well saturated.
Lovely clean BG.
The narrow and tall presentation of this shot is very effective.
I like it a lot. TFS. : )

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-11 2:08]

Hello Jorge,
Very well composed, and the details, sharpness and lighting are excellent. TFS

Hello Jorge,

perfectly well taken image, very artistic. Wonderful light, perfect point of view, composition of objects and colours is delightful.

Because of the prolonged black stripe leading to the eyespot on the hindwing I think the butterfly might rather be the
"Eastern Swallowtail" (Papilio glaucus).

Good to read your nice words about TN. I guess lack of sufficient time is a problem for many of us. Even so, it is a most welcome pleasure to drop in every now and then, and find such awarding contributions as yours.

Thank you! My best regards,


Helo Jorge,
Very beautiful. A perfect picture with all settings on the spot. Sunlight perfectly cast on the tip of flower and body of butterfly. TFS.

Hi Jorge

Congrats on this beautiful shot. Well composed, good POV and well isolated from the BG. :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-11 4:13]


What a superb macro!
This anise-swallow tails looks more that impressive!
Excellent management of both the POV and the DOF which gave you a very good isolation of the subject from the lovely blurred BG.
Also the sharpness is impecable and the colors and tones are charming.
Very well done!
Bravo, TFS and have a great week

hi jorge,
what a beautiful butterfly,
well composed shot, excellent pov,
lovely bg, lovely colours,
nice sharpness,
framed beautifully,
well done,
tfs & regards

Good capture.
Well composed, good contrast against neutral background.
Good shapness and POV.


lovely image of this swallowtail,
these are the favorites of mine in the butterfly world,
beatuiful colors,


Hello Jorge,
Very Beautiful shot you've taken.
Lovely butterfly and fantastic colours of BG, excellent DOF and POV. I love this photo very much, Jorge. :-)
Thanks for sharing this photo.

I'll be back later with points :-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-11 9:19]

Hello Jorge,
Swallowtales are such graceful butterflies and this is terrific capture. A beautiful colors scheme in a fine composition. POV, details and sharpness are incredible.

Hi Jorge,
Very good compo and colors.
Good DOF.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-11 10:16]
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Hola Jorge, realmente bella este disparo y genial composición, maravillosos detalles, el colorido es espectacular... felicidades, saludos Victor

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-11 10:24]
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Hello Jorge,
Wonderful swallowtail capture.Clear details,POV,vivid colors,BG,lighting and composition are excellent.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-11 14:14]

Hello Jorge , A fantastic shot from the butterfly , beauty colours compositie details beauty flower pov bg and framing ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-11 14:33]

Hi Jorge.
Your picture is very nice. I like its great colours, excellent sharpness (of the butterfly and flowers) and beautiful BG. Its blurriness and colour tones are perfect. I like your vertical cropping so much/ It is very impressive. Perfect done and TFS.

Hi, Jorge.
Very beautiful butterfly and also flower. Good exposure and sharpness. Nice supporting BG.

Très beau ce papillon,de belles couleurs,les détails sont bien nets,bien éclairés.Thomas

Hi Jorge.
I just dropped by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday season.
Lovely shot mf.

bonjour jorge
j'etais passé a coté de ce beau cliché,rien a dire sur la qualité,lorsque c'est bon...c'est bon!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-14 3:54]

Hello Jorge,
A really lovely composition showing this beautiful Swallowtail in a nice pose on the equally beautiful blue flower. Excellent detail and lovely colours against the gentle green background.
TFS, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-18 17:59]

Una bella composición Jorge, con agradable y criterioso encuadre vertical.
Me gustan los colores captados correctamente saturados, sobre un fondo impecable.
Los detalles y la nitidez son muy buenos, aunque el foco parece algo soft (tal vez por el post procesamiento).
La correcta iluminación colabora con la estética general de la presentación.
Un cordial saludo y nuevamento mis deseos de felicidades para vos y todos los tuyos.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-19 14:29]

Hello Jorge,
One of the best Swallowtail,
Colours,background and details are superb,
Well done

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