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The Papilio Demoleus

The Papilio Demoleus
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-23 6:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This butterfly is one of my favourite butterfly for its size, pattern and colors. I had posted the hatching process of this butterfly sometime back.
you can see it here

I always wanted to get a view of this beautiful insect with open wings but never managed to get it till this shot happened.

I was shooting motteled emigrant and suddenly this butterfly cam in to picture and i got a couple of seconds to shoot and this time i was lucky enougyt to get this pose.

This butterfly is also known as common lime due to its host plant. My lime plant is totally destroyed this season. I still can see a lot of larva hatching into beautiful butterflies.

Your critiques and comments are most welcome.

Heaven, eqshannon, MMM, jaycee, uleko, saeedabbasi, goutham_ramesh, crs, jrobertop, Adanac, jusninasirun, ramthakur, CeltickRanger, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Hi Pankaj!

Perfect and beautiful, the picture as well as the butterfly and the flower. The three together - accompanied by interesting notes - form a great posting. Your butterfly pictures really are works of art...

Kind regards


HA! We are not often neighbors...but I saw this sneak in...and Wham...you took all the eyes away from my poor old leaf...this is a super coloured picture. You went for the Gold Medal this time...Very nice blending..absolutely perfect image..

hi pankaj,
good capture, different viewpoint, looks nice with the colorful lantana flowers. could have been better had you moved bit right for a better viewpoint. little brightness would have be good. tfs.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-09-23 8:34]

Hi Pankaj
Beautiful closed up.Excellent POV and evry sharp image.Detail and colors are fantastic.I also realy that nice OOF BG.

TFS Michel

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-23 9:20]

Hi Pankaj,

The butterfly on the matching flower is beautiful! I love the position of the Common Lime showing off the beautiful wing markings. Colors, details and composition are all superb.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-23 9:25]

Hello Pankaj,
Lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly. I love the way its orange markings match perfectly with the Lantana that is also very nicely in focus! Great sharpness and a beautiful composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-23 9:28]

Hi Pankaj,you're lucky to see a lot of beautifulls butterfies like that and a great photographer to take so perfectly!I like a lot the point of view and the warms colors of the beautifull flower,thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Pankaj,
This is a good picture with a different and refreshing viewpoint, The placement of the flower in the frame coupled by the effect of butterfly in air is amazing to look at, some times when you have less time involuntarily you get such gems.
Goutham R

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-23 9:35]
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Namaste Pankaj,
this time, you selected a difficult point of view. You exactly focused on the body axis.
By this, larger parts of the wings are also sharp. I think, however, that it is not advantageous that the non-sharp parts
are exactly positioned in the centre of the picture, because our eyes are primarily driven to this part.
This means that the first impression is non-sharpness although the important parts are really sharp.
In this case, I break the rule to leave more space in front of the butterfly but try to push the non-sharp
parts into one corner of the picture.
What do you mean?
Best wishes, Peter

Hi dear Pankaj!
Very nice shot with great compo.
Colours and sharpness are excellent too.

Well captured
Kind regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-23 10:12]

Hello Pankaj,

The POV of your photo is well chosen showing an interesting perspective of the butterfly. Soft light renders well the colors showing well the pattern of the wings. There is a well looking contrast between the insect and the flower it is sitting on. Blurry background enahces the feeling of sharpness with which main subject is shown.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-23 10:14]

Hello Pankaj,
What an amazing clear colours and perfect POV in this photo. The butterfly as wel as the flower are very beautiful. Good sharpness and OOF BG. Nice composition.

Namaste Pankaj ji. Nice macro shot. Good looking butterfly in black & white color with a small patch of orange. Nice BG. Well done. Cheers - Adil.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-09-23 12:53]

Hello Pankaj,

Excellent composition. Very good focus and superb detail. Perfect exposure and wonderful colours. I can understand that this butterfly is your favorite one, a great beauty!

Hello Pankaj.
Really a beautiful image!
Marvellous composition with chromatism super pleasant.
The contrast and details are excellent.
Well done, my friend!
José Roberto

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-23 17:30]

Hi Pankaj,
Wow, this is an amazingly beautiful image. The colors and point of view are beautiful.
Thanks for sharing Pankaj.

Hello Pankaj. Interesting to see the common lime captured in full spreading wings which can be rather difficult. You have framed well on that lantana with pristine sharpness and good quality shot. I like it and TFS. Best regards. Jusni

Hello Pankaj

A lovely capture of this beautiful butterfly.
The colours are excellent,the splash of red on the tail really ties it in nicely to the flower.
Excellent DOF and POV.
The focus and sharpness are lovely.


Hello Pankaj,

This is really a superb capture of this beautiful butterfly with lovely colors & detail. Well done & TFS.



Typical Pankaj image of a beautiful butterfly perched on lantana flowers!
This one taken with your long lens is perhaps the best till date in terms of immaculate focus and true reproduction of colours.
The specimen you have captured is in great health, mercifully.
Curiously, we do not see much of this butterfly here in and around Delhi.
I am aware that your garden plants have been selected with a view to inviting your subjects and you have succeeded in your venture.
Well done and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-24 4:17]

Hello Pankaj, superb shot and what a view. Excellent shot with nice colors. Brightness is amazing. Ganesh

Hi Pankaj Da,
I liked a lot yours cc in my previous post. A lovely capture of this beautiful common lime. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Simply gentle and beautiful!!!

Hello Pankaj,

What a wonderful butterfly! You took a difficult POV but keep the focus on the head as it is supposed to be and got both antennas in focus. In fact I think that the little aperture you took let you have large part of the wings AND the head in focus. Excellent exposition and the colors look very natural.

Next time I wish you a better POV but it is not always as easy, isn't it?

Cheers and TFS


Hi Pankaj, superb composition with fantastic butterfly and wonderful flower, fine details, splendid focus, excellent sharpness, a very lovely macro, I like a lot, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-27 16:05]

Another fine shot Pankaj! Lovely composition and excellent sharpness! Good light and exposure, a beautiful image!


You have an "eye" for beauty and the patience of a "Job".
Mario with friendly greetings from Canada.

hello Pankaj

excellent shot with the butterfly in-flight and the beautiful flower,
fine POV, DOF and framing, excellent density of the colours,
i love it, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Olá Pankanj

Está simplismente incrível esta composição... de uma beleza rara. As cores da borboleta, ao mesmo tempo que contrastam com o vermelho da bela flor, levam um toque desse vermelho em suas asas que são um verdadeiro charme da natureza.
Grande abraço,


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