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"Canadian Tiger Swallowtail"

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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-16 4:47
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TN friends, this time I present one of the Canadian butteries which is named, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail.

* Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
( Papilio canadensis Rothschild & Jordan, 1906 )

The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is one of the best-known butterflies in this country because of its size (wingspan: 53 to 90 mm) and distinctive pattern. The yellow ground colour with wide, black tiger stripes catches the attention of even the most casual observer. It has a wide, black band along the inner margin of the hindwing. The underside is yellow, often with extensive over-scaling of orange, and black.

Flight Season:
This species has only one generation per year, usually appearing in mid-May and flying to late July depending on latitude.

Habits: This is mainly a species of open woodlands and adjacent areas, but it also flies north of treeline in Canada where stunted trees and dwarf willows can be found. It can even be seen on the wing in city backyard gardens. The Canadian Tiger Swallowtail is an avid mud-puddler and sometimes hundreds will gather at the same small puddle, jostling for position.

(Source: http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/butterflies/species/CanadianTigerSwallowtail_e.php)

Thanks for the looking and I will post the series of the collection of Korean butterflies next time. I hope you'll like it :-)
Have a great weekend!!

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Hi Kevin.
a beautiful picture of the lovley butterfly,
The composition is nice with the buterfly in a small diagonal. Great DOF, the whole BF within focus and the BG nicely blurred.
Very well done.

Have a great weekend

Ciao Kevin,
una foto pefetta di una bella specie che non conoscevo.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-16 5:50]

great week end you too and compliments for this fantastic and perfect pic,Luciano

Perfect color tones accompanied by immaculate focus and flawless details on the entire butterfly, Kevin.
Your macro work never has even a trace of shortcomings; it is always perfect and professional.
Thanks for sharing this great image and take care.

Hi Kevin,
This one's easy, there is absolutely nothing to complain about here :)
Very well done!!
Have a great weekend,

Hello Kevin,

Beautiful composition. Great sharpness and beautiful colours.
Have a great weekend too,

Hello Kevin
Excellent shot of this beautiful Swallowtail ,Perfect details,exposure and composition, Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-16 7:12]

Hello Kevin, very good picture of that beutiful butterfly. It's well composed, sharp and you did a perfect exposure in difficult conditions. Well done, thanks !


hello kevin,
excellent capture, i would love to see this butterfly, well composed shot woth fine pov, good details, lovely framing,
excellent work,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-16 7:19]

Hello Kevin,
Superb presentation of what was once regarded as a sub-species of the Tiger Swallowtail. This shot is practically faultless and is beautifully composed against a fine natural contrasting green BG.
Thanks for sharing this excellent view of P. canadensis,
Have a great weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-16 8:20]

Hello Kevin,
Wonderful capture of this Swallowtail beautifully in focus. Great sharpness and beautiful colours too. I like the background that makes it really stand out and your composition is excellent.
Many thanks and enjoy your weekend, Ulla

Hello Seo,
Trully a great shot indeed!
Perfect pose of the butterfly in perfect sharpness, awesome colour and exect details in the picture!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
very well done, Kevin!

Hello Sir.Kevin,
a very beautiful picture of a Tiger Swallowtail I have ever seen in TN!Well composed,Brilliant sharpness and well suited Bg.TFS

bonjour kevin
rien a dire !ce papillon est splendide et les reglages vraiment appropriés pour une bonne profondeur de champ et une bonne netteté.
les couleurs sont aussi tres bonnes.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-16 10:04]
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Hi Kevin,
Very nice macro shot!
Great composition with nice POV,
very good details and nice colours.
Well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-16 10:12]

Hi Kevin. You realy know how to get the best from your kit. This is a fantastic close up of the beautiful butterfy. You have captured the markings with fine detail and rich colours. with a nice top view. well done TFS. good notes too
Have a good weekend.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-16 10:50]
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Hi Kevin.
Thank for your comments. I also have got a chance to meet your amazing collection.
You have created a perfect shot of the beautiful butterfly. Scenery, and butterfly create an fine composition. The reproduction of the insect, flowers and leaf as a BG is simply outstanding. I like great DOF, ultimate sharpness and perfect colour reproduction. Bravo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-16 11:26]
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Hi Kevin

Another marvel from you my friend!
I'm always amazed by the quality of your work and the amound of details and clarity you manage to capture these beautiful creatures with.
I really think that you could not have done better here. I mean the DOF is simply outstanding and keeps the entire length of the butterfly in perfect focus (despite the not exactly parallel position with you). The sharpness is brilliant, the exposure is spot and and the colors are very beautiful and well toned. Due to that, the contrast resulted is also a very appeasing one and draws a lot of attention to the subject.
Very well composed and presented - as usual.

Bravo and TFS

They are so beautiful. I have just posted one on TL :) I had the chance to see them for the first time in my life this summer and I was so charmed by their beauty. This is an excellent capture at all levels. You caught superb details in a wonderful composition and exposure. Thanks,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-16 12:18]

Hello Kevin,
a well-focused and sharp picture of this swallowtail. Due to the widely opened wings, an optimal point of view and the exact focus, its wing pattern is well presented. Beautiful colous and light.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-16 13:03]

Hi Kevin,
Outstanding pov and pose of this nice butterfly. Sharpness, colours and exposure are great too. Congratulations!
TFS, José M.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-16 15:45]
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Hello Kevin,
Perfect shot! Excellent colors and sharpness. Good composition!

Hi Kevin.
Wonderful butterfly! Exuberant colors!
Excellent sharpness and contrast.
Pleasant composition and natural luminosity.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

Hi Kevin,
Excellent Swallowtail image.
Perfect openwing POV and focus detail.
Great color, light, and pleasing comp.
Have a great weekend

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-17 0:59]

Hi Kevin,
This is simply outstanding. Fabulous details and colours and you have captured it is a superb pose. Great lighting and exposure. It looks so gorgeous, so majestic. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-17 2:45]

Amazing capture Kevin!
Superb colors and sharpness
Congratulations, magnificent photo!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-17 5:12]

Hello Kevin,
Very good colour-contrast with the background to show the beauty of this lovely butterfly. It looks quite like a mixture of the European Swallowtail and the Scarce Swallowtail. It is most interesting to see these differences between the continents. Thanks a lot

Hello Kevin,
Excellent focus... wonderful colours. DOF and BG are lovely as usual. Félicitations pour cette belle photo Kevin!
Best reards and TFS :-)


Hello Kevin
excellent visual of Papilio
perfect colors and details
and BG well effective

have a nice Sunday sERGIO

  • XOTAELE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1324 W: 60 N: 964] (8)
  • [2007-11-17 14:13]

Hi Kevin.
Maravillosa y delicada esta mariposa, con un excelente bg y acertado encuadre.
Saludos, JL.


Hello Kevin,
Sharp from tip to tip. Beautiful butterfly. Natural light.
Well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-18 16:23]

Hello Kevin

Superb clarity! The focus is razor sharp with exquisite details.
Wonderful use of lighting is producing vivid and rich colours.
The perch is excellent because it gives you perfect focus for your subject and a lovely OOF BG.
The POV is excellent.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-19 7:38]

Hi again Kevin
A perfect shot and a perfect beauty. Magnificent focus with amazing sharp details and marvellous POV and composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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