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Papilio machaon of 2010...

Papilio machaon of 2010...
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 55 N: 1208] (6739)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): JLinaresP Favorite HQ shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 10:18
Viewed: 4292
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), is a butterfly of the family Papilionidae. The butterfly is also known as the Common Yellow Swallowtail or, simply, The Swallowtail (a common name applied to all members of the family). It is the type species of the genus Papilio and occurs throughout the Palearctic region in Europe and Asia; it also occurs across North America, and thus, is not restricted to the Old World, despite the common name.
The butterfly has a strong and fast flight, but frequently pauses to hover over flowering herbs and sip nectar. It frequents the alpine meadows and hillsides and is fond of 'hilltopping'. At lower elevations it can also be seen visiting gardens.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-04-18 10:30]

Hi Marian. This is a beautiful butterfly of which you have taken a first class picture. The top POV lets us see every detail in the upper wings with such natural colours. well taken TFS.

Buna Mariana
Ma bucur sa vad ca sezonulfluturasilor a inceput pe acasa, si chiar cu o specie foarte frumoasa. Excelent capturat, cu aripile perfect intinse, perfecte.
Numai bine,

hello Mariana
super sharpness picture
great pose and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hi Mariana,
Excellent focus and depth of field, giving lots of fine detail. The background is also just right to make the swallowtail stand out beautifully. Very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-18 11:01]

Hello Mariana,
Very beautiful photo of this butterfly in great sharpness and details. Excellent OOF BG, DOF, POV and composition. Beautiful natural colours.

Hi Mariana,
Now that is a good stuff here!Well done girl! Impressive dept of field and Cristal clarity.Fantastic!
George Veltchev

Buna Mariana,
O captura de exceptie avand culori saturate si detalii deosebite.
Foarte reusita imaginea. Contraste superbe si un focus perfect.

Hello Mariana
wonderful capture of pretty Papilio machaon in splendid colors and with great sharpness of focus. POV and DOF also perfect. blurry BG and composition superb as like exposure-white balance. last Friday, I also saw this species in flight. Unfortunately I didnt have a chance as much as yours. It didnt wait me:)
Thanks for sharing this beauty.
have a nice new week

Buna Mariana,
O captura "proaspata" cu detalii si culori foarte bune, pe un fundal verde care pune in evidenta subiectul frumos colorat.
Numai bine,

Hi Mariana,

Wonderful picture of this beautiful butterfly.
The exposure is great with good detail in light and dark areas. The colours are very nice and the background is nicely out of focus.
Great capture and TFS


Ciao Mariana, splendid Machaon with fantastic colors, nice POV on a beautiful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

very good fresh Papilio machaon
captured with good details
thanks Mariana!!
saluti to the Family Scubli sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-18 13:15]

Woow Mariana,another lucky pic and a fantastic preview of Machaon in this year! And what a beautiful pic too,all is perfect,impossible to make better.Thanks for share,have a nice week,LUCIANO

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-18 13:29]

Hello Mariana,
fantastic colors on this macro-shot, excellent pose and great focus, I like so much the splendid background and your composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Mariana,

Pleasing to the eye from a great capture.
Very nice vivid colors and fine details.
Light, accompanied by a successful composition, perspective and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2010-04-18 14:21]

Hello Mariana,
Extremely clean and vivid picture of this royal butterfly (in Polish it's name is "Queen's page"). I like very much the composition - well isolating the butterfly from the background and bright colours.
Best greetings - Salut!

hello Mariana

excellent and very beautiful photo of this butterfly,
with fine POV, fine focus excellent sharpness details,



Olá Mariana

Linda foto...uma composição agradável e
cores maravilhosas. Belos detalhes.
Grande abraço

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-18 16:20]

Hi Mariana,

This is an especially beautiful Swallowtail which you have captured perfectly. The open winged pose is wonderful showing off the the beautiful wing markings with their excellent colors and super sharp details. The background and composition are marvelous.


Hello Mariana,
WOW .... perfect background, impressive lighting, better contrast and a butterfly that looks as hand painted! Best of all is the POV! is fantastic! excellent picture, worth staring for a long time! TFS, Jesús

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-04-18 22:04]

Superba captura! Inca nu am reusit sa-l vad anul asta.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-19 2:29]

Hi Mariana,
very lovely colour and sharpness of this machaon. I like the softness of the background too. The pretty butterfly allows you a full spreaded wing view, making the excitement of seeing all its beautiful features.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-04-19 2:56]

Hello Mariana,
Super work, excellent view, the butterfly have nicely spread wings, all The details are exactly sharp, nice blurred BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Mariana

Swallowtails are always pleasing to look at. Great composition, excellent sharpness and good POV.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-19 4:52]

Hello Mariana,
How lucky you have been! One of the most beautiful European butterflies in the best pose and under excellent light! You have taken the opportunity to show us a marvellous shot. My Congratulations!
Kind regards

Ciao Mariana. Great POV here and fantastic colours for one of the most handsome butterfly. Best compliments.


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  • cris Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 3 N: 31] (789)
  • [2010-04-19 9:07]

Buna Mariana,
Vad ca vanatoarea a avut un succes deosebit. Este un exemplar frumos si sanatos.
L-am urmarit si eu, dar nu am reusit sa fac o foto' buna.

Succes in continuare si mai asteptam si alte capturi...

Hello Mariana,
What a fantastic shot! The composition, the colours, the sharpness are perfect. This is a very good shot to start the butterflies season MF! I wish you all the best,

Hi Mariana,
beautiful well composed document of a freshly hatched Swallowtail enjoying the sun of spring.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Mariana,

Impressive in every way! Love the DOF and details of this shot.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Mariana
Amazing capture, this Swallowtail is taken so well, the details are stunning as well as the colors, very nice composition too
Have a great WE

Absolutely MARVELOUS!!!
Mario with greetings from Calgary.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-25 17:59]

Hello Mariana,
A flawless image of this beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly. The detail, color, DOF, and exposure is perfect. Love the blurred BG and also your informative notes!!

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2010-05-09 8:03]

Excellent shot!

Mariana, what a beautiful shot this is. Thanks for commenting on my Hairstreak. Have a great weekend, Bill

If you have time, check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Excellent close-up photo!!!
Very nice butterfly, great colours and composition

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