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Pipevine Perfection

Pipevine Perfection
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro + 1.4X II
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 21:25
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Points: 94
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I came to Florida to photograph birds, but cloudy rainy weather on the first day forced a change in plans. I went to a local nature preserve where I could be close to my car or a building to avoid the rain showers. I found this Pipevine Swallowtail sitting perfectly still. It was very cold, so he was not moving. This allowed me to drag out the tripod and set up for a decent shot. A fill flash exposure was used at -1 stop compensation to help with the very poor light conditions. With the slow shutter speed needed to make this work, only 2 of 10 shots were sharp enough to keep.(slight breeze) Using the 1.4 extender gave me enough room to back farther away and get good DOF at f8.

Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)

I eventually got some good bird shots over the next few days!

Thanks for looking,

cecilia, JoseMiguel, uleko, Argus, dew77, stevkds, RAP, Alex99, anel, ramthakur, horia, lgfoto, jeanpaul, coasties, loot, jcoowanitwong, volkan, star74, SkyF, fiyo, izler has marked this note useful
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Gorgeous!!! beautiful colours, pose and detail...Nicely presented...

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-02-09 21:34]

great colors and composition. the head is a little out of focus though.

Hi Scott,
you very fine picture of this beautiful butterfly makes me longimg for the spring.
Good POV and compo, good details and lorly colours.
Well done, my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-10 1:06]

Hello Scott,
You must have been thrilled to find this beautiful Swallowtail on such a cloudy day. Excellent sharp details of wing pattern and fabulous colours, all nicely in focus. Very fine composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-10 1:30]

Talk about sharp, Scott. : )
A fantastic POV of this swallowtail. The markings and colors are perfectly stunning. The black butterfly is a gorgeous contrast to the red flower. Love it!
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-10 2:13]

Hi Scott
Excellent pov, pose and dof. Colors are really smart.
TFS, José M.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-10 3:35]

Hi Scott,

A well captured macro butterfly,you did an excellent job considering the meteorological conditions (with poor light,wind and rain) however I suppose the temperature is better as here at the moment (-13C),well done and TFS


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-10 4:28]

bonjour Scott,
superbe image très colorée et parfaitement maîtrisée dans la lumière et la netteté.
J'adore voir ce genre d'image.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-10 4:33]

Hello Scott,
Magnificent close up.I liked POV,contrast between butterfly and red flower,blurred BG,lighting,sharpness,crisp clear details and composition a lot.Have a great weekend!

hi scott,
wonderful macro shot,
well composed, nice pov,
well saturated colours,
good details, nice blurry ng,
well done,
tfs & regards

Excellent macro Scot.

Technically perfect picture. Perfect details. Very well done. TFS. Stev

Hi Scott,
This is a wonderful capture!
Your Florida's travel is really rewarding with this magnificent capture.
Excellent POV to get that gorgeous colors on the wings and their patterns also.
You made great with the exposition and compensation.
I like so much also the composition.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-10 8:08]

Hello Scott
What a wonderful capture! The beauty of the butterfly matching with the beautiful flower over a bg perfectly blurred. An excellent shot with a perfect sharpness and lovely composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.

bonjour scott
pour cette photo je n'ai aucun reproche a faire,le papillon est superbe.
bonne acuité et jolies couleurs.
bon POV et BG parfaitement oof.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-10 8:39]

Very nice compo Scott with razor sharp image.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Colors: *****
Lighting: *****
Background: *****
Bokeh: ****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: -
Note: ***

Perfect focus and lighting for capture the most minimum details in the insect and their hanger.
Best regards... Ricardo

Hello Scott
What agrea tshot of this butterfly,
Everythings perfect,Excellent shot.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-10 9:17]

Hi Scott,
This is a real beauty. You caught this swallowtail sharply and present it with a fine BG and it happens to be on a very attractive an contrasting flower.
This one is freshly emerged, which explains why it was absolutely still (still drying its wings) and apparently not interested in nectar yet. Normally these swallowtails are tricky to photograph as they are constantly vibrating their wings when feeding.
Look foreward to seeing your Florida bird shots!
Regards, Ivan

Hello Scott,
Excellent work under low light conditions. On the one hand the cold temps slow down the b-fly, but the overcast conditions certainly increases the degree of difficulty..When I shoot these here they never slow down, and the conditions are reversed.
I like the < exposure balanced with fill. Well composed with very good sharpness, details, and colors..
So you're heading back today then?
Very well done.

This is a such perfect pose, POV and DOF with natural lightning. It is a very sharp capture. Thanks

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-10 10:37]

Hi Scott.
Bravo, my friend. Amazing subject and excellent quality of the picture. Great combination of extremely rich and pleasant to eye dark , green and red colour tones. Perfect sharpness of the butterfly and flower. Precisely selected DOF: excellent blurred BG is very expressive and highlights the sharpness and details of the main subjects. Superb work. My compliments and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-10 11:35]

Hi Scott,
Perfect shot of this wonderful butterfly. I just admire

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-10 11:48]

Hi Scott.
What a wonderfull compostion. Great work on the colours and sharpness.

Hi Scott, great composition with a splendid butterfly and a beautiful flower, good details and colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-10 13:06]

Hi Scott

Sorry to hear again for your missfortune in weather :((
But i see you made the best of what you cloud find...this is another terrific capture!
I realyl love the POV, colors and details here - all of them are at this highest level!
The contrast with the BG (especially in the head region) is really great and the DOF is outstanding!
Simply a wonderful composition!

Bravo and TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-10 16:24]

Hello Scott

A spot on ,well focused shot with wonderful DOF.The details are crisper and sharper than if I were to see it in person.Excellent colour saturation,and beautiful composition ,I think the red flower really helps that.TFS


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-02-10 17:10]

Excellent sharpness, rich colours and very good composition Scott.TFS

Hello Scott,
It´s a wonderful macro and insect!! I love the sharpness and colourful composition. The light is perfect. You have here a great job!

Bonjour Scott
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.

Bravo et merci...JP

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-10 22:10]

Hi Scott, you might find he was too cold to move! In the butterfly house we find that if it is an overcast day the butterflies hardly move, but once the sun comes out they fly and fly!!
well captured, nice and sharp, and good composition. TFS

Hi Scott

This is a beautiful shot. Your composition is faultless. The wing colours stunning and the overall image in my opinion is perfect! :-)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-11 3:18]
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Hi Scott

This is a new kind of butterfly for me and I just love that interesting white dotted body. The bright red flower provided a nice prop for the shot and the under parts of the butterfly’s wings really show some excellent colours, patterns, and contrasts. The well removed BG is well OOF and makes the insect stand out of the frame and the great DOF ensured some very sharp details. Good management of the exposure, supplemented by the fill-in flash provided superb lighting.

Good work and TFS.

This Pipevine Swallowtail is a real beauty, Scott.
You have done a masterly job here with lot of patience and perfect combination of settings.
I love this extraordinarily beautiful capture and thank you for it.

Hi Scott,
Great macro picture on this Pipevine Swallowtail. Colorful picture with on the spot sharpness and exposure. Very well done and enjoy seeing this picture. With best regards,

hi scott!
great macro with very
goos sharpness and
fine pov!
well done!

Hi Scott,
Beautiful colors of this butterfly.
Nice clear details and sharpness.
The point of view and BG are superb.
Well done.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-11 11:27]

Hi Scott,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful butterfly.
Excellent details,point of view and clarity.
Nice job.

Hello Scott.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

Great shot lovely detail excellent light and background nicely blurred a quality shot tfs rgds Necip.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-12 7:36]

Hi Scott,
gorgeous shot, this butterfly has amazing details and colors. Very good DOF the butterfly is entierly in focus. Sharpness, colors and composition are wonderful.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-13 3:29]

Hello Scott,
very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.TFS

HI Scott,
A Great shot with a excellent composition and color saturation.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-13 13:39]

Perfection indeed! I love the composition, colours and details of this fabulous capture

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-13 14:37]

what a beautiful butterfly which seems to be in perfect condition. Everything is just spot on, and you can't tell that the weather was poor. I was thinking that you had been to a butterfly conservatory to get a picture like this, but to find it in the wild in amazing (for me).


Nice work Scott! One couldn't ask for a sharper image. It has perfect DOF, sharpness, saturation and a strong simple composition.


Hi Pipevine Swallowtail!! that's new to me. Great picture, the colors , BG and the composition are spot on. The details on the wings are amazing and will inspire any poet.
Goutham R

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect exposure with excellent contrasting colors. The background is sweet and soft, it really brings out the subject where you can enjoy this image to the fullest. Way to go dude! :)

Hi Scott,

Excellent shot.
Nice DoF, well focused, superb sharpness.
Very beautiful image.

Ben Lakitan

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-04-03 13:31]

hello Scott
i see wonderful close-up working on this beautiful butterfly. composition, point of view, blurred background, depth of field, using of flash, colours, contrast, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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