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Flying Flowers for Claudine

Flying Flowers for Claudine
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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: 2007-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BUTTERFLIES OF AMERICA, Butterflies of North-America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-16 19:27
Viewed: 4872
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 71
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I dedicate this post to Claudine.

I did not invent the term "flying flowers" as it applies to butterflies, but I think it is a most appropriate comparison. They are amazing in their sizes, varities, colors, and patterns. Who can resist such a delicate and beautiful creature.

Once in a while I get lucky and get a decent shot on one. The light was really good here and I was able to catch this guy in full wing spread. Due to his constant motion and fluttering, I was forced to go to a higher shutter speed to freeze the action.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (male) - Papilio glaucus.

Taken at our local nature preserve.



marhowie, jrobertop, gracious, pablominto, cataclysta, JoseMiguel, uleko, Silke, jmp, lovenature, Alex99, livios, peter_stoeckl, TheMystic, angybone, petrudamsa has marked this note useful
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Amazing timing. Hope your friend Claudine will like two "flying flowers" back to back! I am guessing that you photographed a male Tiger Swallowtail. Very nice picture. Beautiful flower as well.

Hi Scott,
Great capture of this exuberant butterfly!
Excellent coloration, texture and sharpness.
Pleasant composition and very good POV.
Register rich in details.
Well done!
Josť Roberto

Hi Scott,
Nice capture of this Swallowtail.
Great POV, good focus detail, and composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-16 21:36]

Hi Scott,

A wonderful capture of this Swallowtail in a perfect position. Marvelous colors and excellent details showing off the lovely markings. Makes a pretty picture with the lovely flower.


great great macro photo, very nice capture and color

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-09-16 23:12]

Hello Scott,
it is not often that the male and female of a species a presented so nicely together. Just as the female this is a very nice image. Much more than with the female it is difficult to tell where the front and rear wind start and end.
Thanks for sharing this picture,
Regards, Jacob

Hello Scott very good job quality work excellent sharpness and superb details, well composed also, tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Scott,
Great post of this awesome butterfly!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details
well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-09-17 0:38]

11 out of 10 points from me Scott!
Superb sharpness and clarity. He / she are beauties - BRAVO!

Hello Scott,
What a beautiful composition!
I will think Claudine is happy with this...
Great details in the butterfly, fine light and an attractive colour palette...
Pablo -

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  • arunk Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 19] (272)
  • [2007-09-17 1:40]


Nice capture of this Swallowtail.
Great POV, good focus detail, and composition

Arun krishnaia

Hi Scott
It is perfect. Great shapness, beautiful colors, very good OOF buckground. The only think that (maybe) you could change is composition (cropping) I think that you could crop it a little bit more from the left side
Best wishes

Hi Scott,
Excellent open-winged view, great job of stopping the movement.
I know just how hard these buggers are ;)
Very nice exposure, color, POV, framing, BG, and sharpness..
Very well done!

Hi Scott,
A great capture!
You managed pretty well with the motion on the exposition side.
I like so much all the clear and sharp details got on the wings, and its beautiful patterns.
DOF worked great in the way it blurred the background.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-17 4:54]

Hello Scott,
Brilliant capture of this fresh-looking male. Great sharpness and fine colours. I like the soft greeen background and the composition is very beautiful.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-17 6:35]

Hello Scott ! Well this one is just perfect, everything is great in it. I just love it ! Thanks,


Hi Scott,
A great gesture for a wonderful lady. You captured this butterfly very beautifully. The perfect pose and the fact that it was sitting on the thistle makes the photo magnificent. I really like the soft light in this photo. It produced some wonderful soft colors. DOF and details are perfect and make the b'fly and flower stand out from the BG.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-17 11:44]

Hi Scott,
Just marking the post for now, will be back with a proper critique later.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-17 11:55]

I wish I could give 3 to make up for the 1 -- sheesh!
Superb colours, outstanding details, perfect composition, no improvement needed that I can see :D

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-17 13:32]

Hi Scott,
Really good light, texture and exposure. Dov, pov, pose and bacground are perfect too. A great capture indeed!
TFS, Josť M.

Hi Scott
Another sharp, detailed and beautifully composed butterfly. The colours are awesome, excellent DOF and soft lighting. Well done!!!

Your lucky you still have butterflies...ours are almost all gone...sniff sniff. Snow flurries are in the forecast for Wednesday...sniff sniff. But if it snow hopefully it will melt when it hits the ground.
TFS Janice

This is an amazingly beautiful flower Scott :) I love this specie of butterfly a lot and I'm touched with this gentle dedication :) This is a lovely capture with excellent details, colors, composition, POV and exposure. I wish I could see them in real more often :) This is beautiful! Thanks again!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-18 5:01]

Hi Scott.
You managed to picture an amazing swallowtail at so beautiful surroundings. I like great sharpness of both of them and perfectly selected DOF. BG is well blurred, stands out of the main subject and supplements it excellently. Lighting and colours are wonderful too. Excellent job and TFS.

bonjour scott
cette espece est vraiment tres belle,en general ce papillon a tendance a faire courrir un peu le photographe.
la photo est evidemment parfaite.

Hi Scott,
Really nice balance lighting throughout your front layer, the soft OOF backround is definitely the result of a well selected aperature. Both Colors and details are fantastic. Perfection! :)

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-09-18 20:14]

Beauty, Scott. A classicly simple composition. Very effective.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-09-18 21:20]

Beautiful butterfly! Beautiful flower! Excellent sharpness! Brilliant colours! What else can I say? Well taken, Scott!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-20 19:35]

Scott, a colorful beauty.

Excellent sharpness, composition and blurred bg.

Lovely colors and saturation.

Congratulations on your webpage.

Hello Scott,
beautiful clear and precise details and deeply saturated natural colours in pleasantly warm hues.
Perfectly frozen in motion, and perfectly well focussed all over. Very fine textures of the wings' surface are well visible here. The impressing size of this swallowtail is also well demonstrated here.
Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Scott
Very nice capture of this butterfly!! Sharpness,coloration and detail are all very nicely done. Great job!!!

Great dof to not only get the butterfly perfectly, but also much detail in the flower. Well composed, bg complements the colors well.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-29 5:04]

Hello Scott
What a stricking shot of this marvellous specimen of Papilio. Not only the perfect sharpness and splendid details, and the wonderful bg with excellent DOF, but the whole composition and the perfect framing... All is stunningly beautiful.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-02 20:27]

Hello Scott

Just marking the post for now


Your work is just perfection. I can learn so much just browsing your gallery. Well done - it takes a fast shutter speed to capture these beauties and you did great here! There is no flutter - no motion - just perfection!

Hi Scott,
Great close up of a beautiful butterfly! Love the angle and the blurred background that makes the colors stand out so well TFS

Hi Scott,

Great picture of a spectacular butterfly. I met this one in Arizona several years ago, but it was much darker. Probably it was some regional form or subspecie.

Cheers, Petru

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