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Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-01 17:26
Viewed: 3278
Points: 38
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It seems like I've been gone for ages, but I have been busy vacationing the last couple of weeks. We were in New York this past week with the kids and grandkids at Chatauqua Lake.

I managed to get out one day and capture a few shots, this is my favorite of a Black Swallowtail which was visiting some Cone Flowers. The morning started out very foggy, but as soon as it lifted this little butterfly started visiting each flower for a sweet treat.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-01 17:37]
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Hi Ron,

Nice to see the happy wanderer has returned! What a magnificent presentation this is. The Swallowtail is marvelous with impeccable colors and details. I love the black background and the beautiful Cone Flowers. Congratulations on this most artistic and stunning composition.


Hallo Ron
Words are not always necessary, as the eye and heart speaks for itself. The contrast between the pinks and black works wonders. Excellent work! Indeed a PPP - Pretty, perfect, picture that is very eye-catching. Thanks for sharing and kind regards.

Hi Ron,
Excellent presentation of the butterfly...
Lovely butterfly with fantastic dark colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful composition with beautiful flower and dark blurry.
Best wishes,

Hello Ron,
Very beautiful photo in a marvelous composition. Great sharpness, intense colours and DOF. The dark BG works very well here.

Hi Ron

A very attractive composition with some nice details.


Bonjour Ron

Nice shot. Good sharpness, good exposure. Very nice balanced comoposition. Butterfly detaches beautifully from the BG. And the flowers complement nicely the main subject. Excellent picture and TFS.


Been on vacation I see..Sounds like fun with the kids along to get in your hair..Do you have any left? ;-))
Really like the comp here Ron, and even with the dark BG the swallowtail stands out well.
Great colors & details - Nice work!

Hi Ron!

I believe it would hardly be possible to do a better butterfly picture than yours here. The insect and the flower (Echinacea) form a superb couple and the dark aspect of the picture - especially the one of the background - highlights their beauty. I also like the unity of the colour tones very much. It's just a pleasure to look at this picture...

Kind regards


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2010-08-02 7:06]
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Hello Ron,

Very nice composition and excellent macro of the Black Swallowtail, beautifull détails and perfect colors.
Sharpness and light are splendid, very good focus.
Have a good week.

hello Ron

a very beautiful photo with the warm light coming on it,
fine POV, i love that you shooted the butterfly from far a
little bit to show with him his environment that are the flowers,
with fine focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Ron,

Nice shot a two-for-one, butterfly and Coneflowers! You got the exposure just right to show detail in the dark wings of the butterfly without overexposing it. Nice, simple composition too.


hello Ron
a Beautiful composition with great sharpness good light and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Wow! This is gorgeous. The composition on this has a very strong appeal to me, not to mention the colors and detail are also fantastic. Impossible to believe this does not get more recconition. This one really pops out. Well done Ron. :)

Hello Ron
amazing image !! excellent composition,
the butterfly and the flowers are pin sharp and well presented
very beautiful colors, the black BG gives a very special atmosphere
have a good night

Hi Ron. Very beautiful photo. Colours, details and composition are excellent.
Best regards

Hi Ron,
An amazing shot. Beautiful detail and colour contrast. Great composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-03 5:47]

Hello Ron,
This is a fabulous composition showing the beautiful Black Swallowtail and the bright Coneflowers against a dark background. Details are pin sharp and colours very beautiful.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-08-03 11:52]
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Hi Ron
That is a beautiful closed up.Good pov and well composed image.Sharp image with good detail and fantastic colors.
TFS Michel

Good Morning Ron,

A beautiful macro of this beautiful swallowtail. The deep DOF has created a nice dark and soft background that contrasts well with subject. Great composition too!
TFS and have a nice day!


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