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The Graphium Doson

The Graphium Doson
Photo Information
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: 2009-03-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma Apo 150mm f/2.8 EX macro DG, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 6:46
Viewed: 4913
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my 4th upload in last 7 days and I am so happy being active here in Treknature. It feels like the good old days when i used to post more then 15 images every month.

The butterfly posted here is Graphium doson also known as The Common Jay. I have taken several shots of the tailed jay but was never able to shoot this beautiful butterfly but luck favoured me and i got some decent captures of this butterfly.

This image has been taken with Nikon D 80 along with Sigma 150 mm macro lens. the image has been taken handheld. Cropping framing and necessary editing done before final presentation.

Information about Graphium doson from wikipedia:

The Common Jay (Graphium doson) is a black, tropical papilionid butterfly with pale blue semi-transparent central wing bands that are formed by large spots. There is a marginal series of smaller spots. The underside of wings is brown with markings similar to upperside but whitish in color.

It is widespread and common throughout Southeast Asia, including lower elevations in Sri Lanka and Southern India, Eastern Ghats, Satpuras, Bengal and Assam, and the Himalayan foothills.

honza, albert, siggi, Argus, Alex99, matatur, haraprasan, Juyona, eqshannon, cicindela, eng55, maurydv, flashpoint, Luis52, anel, NinaM, gannu has marked this note useful
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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2009-03-13 6:47]

Beautiful buterfly. I like nice colors and sharpness very much.

Hello Pankaj,
I'm proud to be the neighbour of your beautiful butterfly,
The colours are stunning and well captured, excellent focus too

Ciao Pankaj, superb butterfly with fantastic colors, wonderful macro with fine details and splendid sharpness, bravo, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Pankaj,
Your photography skills have come a long way since you first joined.
This is truly an impeccable capture of a most spectacular butterfly.
Wonderful composition,sharpness and colour!
Very nicely taken.
Well done.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-13 7:21]

Hello Pankaj,
Great capture of this beautiful butterfly.Very nice pose and you used point of view and accurate sharpness very good shows pretty drawing on wing.Well composed this presentation.
Best regards Siggi

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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 7:34]

Hello Pankaj,
A very good macro of Graphium doson taken from a great low POV with superb sharpness and DOF, a tribute to your steady hand! The OOF neutral BG and composition set it off nicely.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Pankaj
beautiful picture
great colours and very good details
superb shot
greeting lou

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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 7:53]

Hi Pankaj.
What a nice butterfly. You are luck photographer. And you so skill photographer as you have pictured it so amazingly. Superb lowest POV, terrific reproduction of the wonderful colouration of the insect and extreme sharpness and details. Surroundings (its colouration) are great for this beauty. My warm greetings.

Your Common Jay is a joy to behold Pankaj, its pin-sharp image in rich detail is very well displayed against the OOF, abstract BG. Thanks for sharing this fine image with us my friend.

Hi Pankaj Da,
A nice capture of this Jay. Excellent sharp details, very good POV and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-13 9:10]

preciosa captura amigo,
foco, color y estupendo pov,
saludos Pakaj

Wow! I had forgotten just how good youare...this is among my favorites...but all of yours would be in my collection or in one book if you could publish! Very good Pankaj!

Qué bonita es esta fotografía Pankaj !
Destacaría los colores, tanto de la mariposa como del resto del conjunto, y como no, el enfoque.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-13 10:01]

Hi Pankaj,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Common Jay with immaculate sharpness and colours. Superb lighting and you have captured it in a fine posture. Excellent POV, DOF and composition.

Hello Pankaj!
The spring is almost present in Lodz, but I'm still waiting for first active insects (excluding these which are overwintering :>). This photo brings a lot of pocitive feelings, I like its colouration and DOF :)
Best regards,

Hello Pankaj,
Excellent POV, composition. Nice macro of butterfly. Nice sharp image with good details. TGS - Regards - Adil.

Hi Pankaj,

Lovely! Very sharp image and a nice POV. TFS.


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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-03-13 11:07]

Hi Pankaj

What a surprising picture!
Composition and colours are perfect

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-13 13:03]

Hi Pankaj,what a fantastic spectacle this incredible butterfly! You are lucky to live there! Top quality of sharpness and impressives colors,thanks a lot for your work and to show us this beauty of your country,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-13 13:22]

Fantastic photo, Pankaj.
The low POV is superb! Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Great composition, DOF and blurred BG.
Have a great weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-13 13:55]

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice close up.I liked vivid colors,POV and DOF are wonderful.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Pankaj,
what a wonderful capture of Graphium doson taken from a very good POV showing well the splendid colours of the wings with superb sharpness, well composed.
Best regards

hello Pankaj!
one of the most elegant and beautiful butterflies seen on TN...
impressive colors and details
thanks sERGIO

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-13 15:13]

Hola Pankaj.
Exelente macro. Belos colores y alta nitidez en la imagen. La nota es tambien muy educativa e informativa

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-14 6:37]

Hello Pankaj,
Happy to read that you feel again well on TN and show us excellent pictures like this one. This is one of the most beautiful butterflies of the world with wings like stained glass and you managed to get a shot with a background reflecting perfectely the colors of the wings. I would be very happy if one day I could see this beauty flying around in its natural surrounding.
Thanks and best regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-14 7:37]

This picture is so original and different, very beautiful, Pankaj. First, the colours are stunning, I just love this turquoise colour where the butterfly stands. And the butterfly itself is a jewel and you took the perfect pose to show it. Second, the very low pov brings us closer to the butterfly's scale and view of the world. Thank you, superb,


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-14 8:28]

Hello Pankaj, Perfect composition. I love the angle and the position of the butterfly. Fantastic shot. We miss you and please be regular. Ganesh

What wonderful colors!Great sharpness, wonderful point of view - you got low down on this one!

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