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Copyright: Scott McDougall (Taggart) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 64] (196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF100mm Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/8 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swallowtails [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-13 3:39
Viewed: 4058
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another variety of a swallowtail butterfly taken at the Thames Butterfly Park.

Swallowtail butterflies have two "tails" near their rear, a feature seen by bird predators as "antennae." In addition, in some species, the brilliant red spots in irridescent blue are mistaken as "eye spots." In other words, it looks like the hind end of the butterfly is the head end. Often birds go after this "tail end",and the butterfly flies away with the bird holding a "tail" in its beak. The butterfly may have lost the back part of its wing, but it is still alive! When you are watching swallowtail butterflies, notice that some swallowtails have missing tails!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-13 4:17]

HI Scott,
Nice clear crisp shot.
Nice colours and composition.

Hi Scott, sharpen and colors are very beautiful. Excellent work. Thanks.

Hello Scott

Nicely composed shot. You have managed the white very well with excellent exposure. Lovely depth of colour to the rest of the wing. Crisp, clear and sharp. The out of focus background is excellent. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-13 7:06]

What a beautiful and interesting butterfly that you have well captured ! Colors, POV and sharpness are very good. Thanks for sharing Scott.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-09-13 7:45]

Belle composition, les couleurs sont très jolie et la lumière parfaite.

Félicitations !

Nice composition Scott,This bf has nice colors and your photo is really sharp!
TFS, Laurent

Hello Scott, Excellent colors, exposure and details with a great POV. I might've composed this closeup with a bit less space behind. Great shot!
P.S. Do you ever employ the use of tripod in your macro shots?

Oh wow, what a beautiful critter ;-))
Excellent sharpness, colours and DOF. As for POV, I think I'd have cropped differently so as to leave a bit more space in front and above the b'fly and taking away some bottom and right. This would move the critter out of the centre of the photo ;-)

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