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Black Swallowtail ( Lady )

Black Swallowtail ( Lady )
Photo Information
Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pankaj Bajpai's Favorite Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-03 8:31
Viewed: 4600
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first female Black Swallowtail I have seen all season and she was nice and fresh with no torn edges. Of course she is nothing like her extremely agressive man. I watched her peacefully float from flower to flower with other butterflies around her and not once did she make an aggressive move towards anything. Had this been a male , he would have spent more time chasing everything else away than actually nectaring.

It is fairly easy to tell a male from a female with the Black Swallowtails. The female has lovely blue spots on the dorsal part of her wings near the tail( as you can partially see in this photo), but the male lacks these blue patches. In my opinion, for once, the female is much lovelier in appearance than the male, and of course has much nicer manners!

I used an ISO of 100 and when I went to take this shot a large dark cloud covered the sun so I had to crank down the shutter speed to 1/80 sec. and hold the camera real still as I was not using a tripod. Thank goodness for "IS" on the lens.

alainh, TAZ, BradP, Lourens, Callie, RAP, extramundi, carper, gerhardt, gazo, Servane has marked this note useful
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photo d'une grande beauté Lesley,
la fleur orange sur ce fond vert est sublime, alors le papillon en plus c'est quelque chose de tres beau.
Cadrage idéal. bien vu.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-03 11:05]

La composition est originale, la magnifique papillon est comme sur un piédestal grâce à la jolie fleur! Belles couleurs et netteté. Compliments !
Well done !

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  • BradP Silver Star Critiquer [C: 11 W: 2 N: 26] (82)
  • [2004-09-03 13:10]

Superb composition & color levels.
Thanks for sharing.

Absolutely wonderfull! Colours, lighting and sharpness are perfect. I would have cropped a little grom the lower part of the picture - the stem of the flower seems a little long. (Just a personal opinion though).

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-03 14:04]

Lesley, this rocks! Need I say more, VERY clear and detailed. A question, @ 400 mm, how close can you focus with this lens?

Very beautiful.
Nice colours , good composition and good sharpness.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-03 15:35]

Exceptional shot, The colours are great and so is the composition. Can't fault the picture. Good work.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-03 18:14]

Superior imagen Leslie... realmente.
La nitidez y fidelidad tanto del insecto como de la flor es maravilloso.
Ciertamente parece una foto de estudio, preparada y ambientada para ese fin.
Gracias por compartirla.

Superb image Leslie... really.
The clearness and fidelity as much of the insect as of the flower are wonderful. Certainly it seems a photo of study, prepared and acclimated for that aim. Thanks for sharing with us.

Lesley, Beautiful butterfly on a flower with matching colours. I would appreciate a tighter crop on the flower and butterfly. very nice shot.
Greetings, Jan

A piece of art. Congratulations.

One flower, one beautiful flower against a soft-green background. The light is superb and the colours and sharpness of the flower are wonderful. Hey, there's a butterfly too...
The black Swallowtail is catching a fine light too, what a wonderful shot, Lesley, this one goes to my favourites !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-04 14:40]

I love your lady Lesley,
The way you took this one is marvelous, the flower with the long stalk, it´s almost a LP phot, good colours too great job.

WOW! This is to good to be true. 100% Exceptional stuff. You set the pace. 10 points.

magnifique composition, tous est parfais , les reglages, l'angle de prise, et ses deux magnifiques elements complementaire que sont le papillon et la fleur.
Verry well done !

Very good colours, and nice composition.
Well done.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-10-23 19:37]

So much nice details in there. I like the monochromatic background. It gives all the subject to take the place. Well don. **
Good note too.

Exceptional capture.

great macro with a superb composition and sharpness...handheld with a 100-400?! wow!

Que de délicatesse dans cette photo...!
Un vrai bonheur.
Très équilibré avec des couleurs tout juste saturées .C'est très beau.


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