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Papilio machaon - caterpillar

Papilio machaon - caterpillar
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S20 Pro, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/105 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 4:09
Viewed: 6010
Points: 22
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Hi there friends!

Enough of cold, winter shots I think.. first time in my gallery: beautifull caterpillar of Papilio machaon.
I found this one on the meadow not far from Mragowo almost two years ago from now...

Picture taken using macro mode with my old Fuji s20 PRO camera, hand held, natural light. Picture is cropped from the top and the bottom to improve composition.

Hope You will like it.


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Hi Adrian!

Indeed, it's a spring picture, and therefore more seasonal. The colours and the patterns are superb, and your point of view highlights them at best. Maybe the main subject could be a little bit sharper.

I don't know much about butterflies, but it would be interesting to know if this one theoretically still could live...

Kind regards


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-13 4:36]

Hi Adrian!
A superb catch some very beautiful colors.

Hi Adrian,
This is a spectacular looking species with amazing colours.
The sharpness isn't bad on the whole,but I think you might have got slightly more DOF by taking it from slighly further back.
Still,an amazing shot though.
Cheers & TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-13 8:23]

Hi Adrian.
This caterpillar is so photogenic. And you managed to create a wonderful shot of this beauty. Nice scene, excellent DOF and details of the insect and stem.I like soft lighting and rich colours. Smooth BG is perfect addition for the main subject. Well done and TFS.


Bardzo dobre zdjęcie kolory i kompozycja bez zarzutu.

hello Adrian
splendidly close up colors,
very nice photo
best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-13 12:21]

Hello Adrian,
A fine close frame-filling macro of the caterpillar of P. machaon taken from a fine POV with good sharpness and colours against a fine neutral BG. A nice reminder of summer and thanks for sharing it.
Have a good weekend,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-14 20:50]

Hi Adrian,
Outstanding shot of this caterpillar of Papilio Machaon with such amazing colours and details on its body. Very neat and sharp image with perfect DOF and lighting. Very nicely composed.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-15 21:59]

Hello Adrian,
This is a great macro, very sharp and very well focused.. Well done


Witaj Adrianie
Niesamowicie piekny okaz godny pozazdroszczenia. Bardzo podoba mi sie jakosc tego zdjecia. Mocne kolory az wychodza z kadru... i tak ma byc. Obraz ostry i tlo dobrze rozmyte. Nie znam Twego aparatu, ale zaraz mu sie przyjrze. Wiem, ze aparat nie robi zdjecia - tylko autor :), ale ... zobacze.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

Hello Adrian,
That's very cute & colorful Papilio machaon - caterpillar. I appreciate its details & sharpness against gaded green BG. TFS

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