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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-19 7:42
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Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This was a pause for you for clearing up of a meaning of the titles of the previous (After) and given pictures.

Before #1. This shot had been taken for four months before previous picture. The POV is absolutely the same. It is unique coincidence. However, it is not the right "before" which has been used as a title.

Before #2. Somebody may think that this is reincarnation. And the Sparrow was the Butterfly in its previous life.

Few arguments for this idea.
Look at the poses of the Butterfly and Sparrow. You can see they are almost identical.
Look at their glances and eyes. They are full of calmness and respect for the photographer and TN members.

Look at posture of their legs and charming refined claws and you may see that they visited the same Master on a pedicure. Is it enough of it?

By the way, I know this Master. And do you know it?

But the key argument is they like to sit on the same place.
Before #3 or True Before. This is really exactly the same part of the garden gate cross-beam: Before and After its painting.

Earlier I have written that this is gate of the neighbor's garden. The owner of this garden plot is elderly lady. This summer she repaired a waterpipe which is passing by the ground. She has painted an old gate with the rests of a bitumen mastic.

I was surprised when I saw these her art-tricks. This surprise was shared by many TN members. Some of you even expressed anxiety for destiny of a Sparrow.

I like the impressiveness of the black beam on the sparrow shots under the sun rays. Some of you did not like it. This is matter of taste. However almost all of you have paid attention to this "art" element of the pictures. Your curiosity has induced me to find this shot, to share it and to show, what the gate was before and after painting.

I dedicate this shot to talent of my garden neighbor as a painter.

Both shots are almost FF (first one was cropped on the top and on the bottom; second one was cropped a bit on the right side).

On the shot you can see the leaves of the lilac bushes on BG were rich green and dense in summer. On sparrow shots they are sparse and already yellow-green.

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To Maite: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 01-23 12:06
To uleko: To Ulla and Ivan.Alex99 1 01-21 09:36
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Hi Alexei,
this is a fine "after" shot, I like it and I like the note too.
The picture is well composed with fine sharpness and details.
F18 gives a very good DOF, the whole butterfly is in focus and it standout well from the soft BG.
Well done, my friend.
Have a great weekend.

Hello Alexei,

Very nice picture of this butterfly. Good pose. Great sharpness. Wonderful colours. I do not know which state of the beam I prefer, but your note is excellent!

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-01-19 8:01]

Hello Alex,
nice view and great depth of field. Clarity and sharpness are impressive. Light and the natural colours are pleasant.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-19 8:04]

Hello Alexei,
The details are tack sharp the colors are brilliant, the point of view is great and the composition very nice. Your work is first rate Alexei, thank you for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-19 8:10]

Hello Alexei,
You present this Scarce Swallotail with perfect sharpness, POV, DOF and composition, but the whole image would have been perfect for me if the butterfly had settled on a natural object instead of an old gate of a nice neighbour. But that's life!
Thanks for sharing this,
Best wishes, Ivan

hello Alexei
is really a great pose of papilio
alive colors and very sharp details

best regards sERGIO

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-19 8:31]

Aaah! Now I understand! Great notes Alexei!
Very sharp with lots of detail.
Superb pose, POV and composition.
Vibrent colours.
Perfect DOF that keeps both the antenna sharp but blurs the BG really well.
Great work my friend.
Thanks for sharing this one.


Hello to my respected photographer Alexei,
Thank you once again for sharing this fine macro of butterful with us!
very good size posting to enjoy the total closeness of it in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
thank you too for the wonderful notes
best regards

Wouaw Alexei,
this shot is just great,
splendid natural colours very well satured, lovely pose and perfect focus,
indeed a wonderful post,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-19 8:59]

Hello Alexei,
Another excellent photo with perfect sharp details and lightconditions. Marvelous colours, DOF, POV and composition.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-19 9:07]

merhaba alexei, my friend
congratulations another great macro capturing of this beautiful swallowtail
razor sharp result via my old lens and with f/18 levels
composition, point of view, blurry background, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-19 9:17]

Hi Alexei,

Thank you for clearing up the before and after puzzle. Fascinating notes. And a beautiful butterfly in a wonderful pose. Colors are wonderful - details are superb. I love the face and legs. Pretty markings - womderful background. And yes, the pipe does need painting.


Hi Alexei, wonderful butterfly with splendid colors, great focus, excellent details and superb sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Alex,
osservo da diversi minuti questa tua foto e posso dirti solo che è perfetta!
Quello che mi stupisce di più è la posizione assunta dalla farfalla, che pare vogli farsi fotografare in bella posa da te.
Nitidezza dell'immagine, colori naturali, POV, DOF...tutto è superbo!

yes that after shot is marvelous Alexei,
but this one of this fantastic butterfly is even a good photo, the pov is good, F18 good setting, good light and very nice composition, good photojob, thank you Alexei for the good shots. Have a nice evening
gr. jaap

Great sales pitch Alexei!
And an excellent image to ice the purchase too ;)
Well done mf,

A very lengthy and complex note..I can see you are a science minded man! Very good explanations for all things and well understood. Beyond that the image is quite fine as well...a good presentation...You could gather together and make Powerpoint production!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-19 10:23]

Hola Alexei.
Exelente Macro. Muy hermosos colores y muy buen encuadre de la Mariposa. La pose le da un valor mas a esta toma.
Saludos Alexei.

Hi Alex,
Amazing, quels beaux détails et les couleurs sont tellemtn natureles.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-01-19 10:54]

Hi Alexei,

Superb Macro shot of the lovely Swallowtail, nicely composed with a lovely pose by the resting butterfly, the detail is just excellent and can really see the texture of the wings, wonderful colours and nice natural light with a great BG.

TFS Hil :o)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-19 11:00]

Hello Alexei , This shot is very nice and so complete ,well taken shot ,good in pov and very fine details colours and bg , ,Greetings Teunie .

Dear Alexei,
very powerful appearance - excellent approach!
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-19 13:34]

Hi Alex,
Nice capture. Good pose and beautiful colors!

Hello Alexei,
I read your interesting but very nice notes. thanks for sharing your opinion and this perfect macro of very beautiful Papilio. F/18 great selection and it gives great result. Focus and sharpness excellent. POV and composition also. Thanks again. have a nice weekend

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-19 17:48]

Perfect work as your style,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Alex
Beautiful buttefly and interesting POV. Sharpness and OOF background is perfect. Maybe you could reduce higlights a little bit
Best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-20 5:36]

Hi Alexei

A very beautiful macro from you that helps us make sense better with your last post :)
The first thing i remarked here is the magnificent focus you had here - judging after the fence that the butterfly is sitting on, we can see where the focus begins and where it ends and we can tell that the only thing sharp in this frame is the subject itself...almost nothing around it...and that's a very hard thing to do. Congratulations!
Very beautiful lighting and colors, excellent sharpness and good composition, too.
Just as you said, too, the pose of its legs are indeed amazing...looks like a little ballerina :)
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

I love your thoughts!!! Wonderfully creative concepts.
A great shot - so very sharp and clean. As usual! :)

Hola Alexei, nos estás presentando unas selecciones de fotografías impresionantes, de mucha calidad técnica y de una buena sensibilidad y visión de lo que te rodea.
No es muy común la pose de esta mariposa, pero si una manera bella e interesante de captarla.
Excelentes el enfoque, la profundidad y los colores.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hello Alexei,

This butterfly appears to have achieved a great feat! You can see the effort in pulling herself to the top of the gate! I think she is responsible for the cracked paint! Don't tell your neighbour that or she may ban the butterflies!
However, the image is sharply focussed, has very natural colours and superb details!

My compliments,
Bev :-)

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-01-20 17:49]

Hi Alexei,
Great detail on this butterfly. The focus is perfect and BG in perfect.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-01-20 23:05]

Sympathique pose et bonnes couleurs.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-21 8:56]
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Hello Alexei,
By way of this critique I'm going to make myself very impopular as everyone above is full of praise! It's a risk I take. You have a superb camera and equipment and you've got a razor sharp capture of this Swallowtail, so far excellent!!
But, firstly, I personally, prefer to see wonderful butterflies in their natural environment but this is not easy to achieve.
Secondly I would have preferred to see the whole butterfly. Nonetheless I give you two points for the sharpness and the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alexei,
This is a beautiful capture, well composed and very sharp. Those butterflies are real beauties and we do have them in my country as well. This is so nice and well realized. Thanks,
Claudine (I'll be back later to read your notes)

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-01-21 10:04]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful presentation of this butterfly, great POV
wonderful composition and sharpness.. Well done


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-21 11:00]

Hi Alexei,
what a beauty! Perfect sharp detail, composition and DOF, a work of the utmost skill - very well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-21 23:52]

Hi Alexei

Happy New Year - I just got home

Great shot - very skillful. Good colour and detail here.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-22 0:37]

Hello Alexei,
Light, colors, focus, and sharpness look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

Privet Alexei,
Again, a perfect executed shot!
Its so good and enjoyable the sharpness got here.
What a difference makes a picture like this, from other not so skillfully done.
I can't avoid to mention the fence paint issue...probably you can help and tell a couple of advices to your neighbor...
Congratulations and thanks so much to share with us.
Warm regards,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-22 7:10]

Hello Alexei ! Wonderful macro, very sharp details, great background and lovely light. THe exposure is very good too, very well done ! Thanks !


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-22 8:56]

hi Alex,
lovely close-up picture, I like captured pose of this wonderful butterfly, great work
best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-22 10:03]

Hello Alex

The clarity is exceptional,with an excellent POV and DOF.
Well focused with sharp details,this butterfly is a stand out from the beautiful OOF BG.
The lighting and colours are wonderful.
Great job.


Hi Alexei.

Very beautiful light and details.
Originality composed.

Jose Luis.

Hola Alexei,
Magnífica, es sorprendente la nitidez y textura conseguidas, bonita composición, excelente luminosidad. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-01-22 15:06]
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Hello Alexei
How marvellous and beautiful this shot with such great sharpness and excellent DOF, lighting, colors and composition. This is one of my favourite butterflies. I love it!
I'm sorry that I have no time to think of a better English praise ;)
Thank you very much for this beauty.

Hi Alexei, Fresh bright colours make this picture worth watching. I liked the details and the DOF. VERY colourful.

Warm regards,

Hello Alexei,
This is superb!! The details are flawless. The lighting is immaculate. The composition is perfect. I like it and will be one of my favorite.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-23 0:49]

Hello Alexei,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,natural colors,lighting and visual impact a lot.TFS

Hi Alexei,
Very nice picture of this swallowtail. Interesting title that you gave to this and the other picture. The butterfly looks fresh and great contrast to the worn out cross beam. Sharp focus and well exposed image. Lovely composition.

Hi Alexie,
That certailnly is a "deep" note you have written there....I enjoyed reading.Well done in managing to get such a great image.You made the effort of getting down to the same focal plane and the result is fantastic.Great detail and the colour is perfectly natural.
Regards, David

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-01-24 12:02]

Hi Alex!
No I was not in the water but almost :)
I love the way I can almost see the scales and eye particles in his eye, this macro lens really adds up microscopical precision, and great composition makes his pose look so proud of his beauty...lovely and perfect!

Hello Alexei,
Amazing details in the wing pattern and fabulous 3-D effect thanks to accurate DOF!
Good light renders fine natural colours, and the presentation is done in an attractive composition...
Educational quality!
Pablo -

Geniales detalles Alex!
Perfecto encuadre y perfecta nitidez.
Buena nota amigo.
Un saludo, JL.

Beautiful colours harmony composition. Great colour! Awesome close up shot.
Best wishes,

You are a very funny and creative thinker/writer Alexie!
I know the same pedicure Master as these two and you also.:-)
Lovely shot of this butterfly. After reading your notes he/she is like a freind coming to visit. You acheived beautiful color and wonderfully sharp focus detail as well as a fine POV of this visitor. Super BG bokeh also. Well done
Have a wonderful weekend, Richard

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-01-25 11:15]

A very beautiful presentation with title so appropriate. Nice to hear the theory on the reincarnation.

Your shots have a unique sharpness that I am jealous of!

All the best,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-25 13:49]

Hola Alexei,
interesante perspectiva,
pov original, excelente foco, iluminación perfecta...
saludos amigo.

Hi Alexei,
I really like your POV here with the butterfly looking up over the beam a bit, colors are excellent as is the sharpness and clarity, its a beauty! TFS

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-27 11:32]

Hi Alexei, You have a very good sense of humour as well as good photographic eye! I like the little stories you add to your nature photos which make for fun reading. Good clarity and colours. Thanks for the package of photo and stories. Murray.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-30 4:58]

Hi Alexei,
Wonderful shot and a great pose captured. Very impressive sharpness and colours. Perfect lighting, exposure and DOF. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Alexei,
Technically well done.
Beautiful as well.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2008-02-10 10:14]

Saludos Alex, excelente trabajo, colore nitidoz delicados y detallados. Sira

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-25 5:37]

Hi alex,
very sharp and captivating shot with lovely colours.
Well lighted in superbs composition.


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