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One And Only

One And Only
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Swallowtails [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-03 3:42
Viewed: 5909
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know - this picture isn't maybe best, quality is rather poor, but this is only picture of Swallow Tail I took. I say more - this picture illustrate my one and only in my life meeting with this amazing butterfly.

We, with Joanna, climbed high and very dry hill over Obzor, Bulgaria during our holidays. It was hell hot day with temperature about 45C and of course we started our trip about noon. Full sun, I drank more than liter of cool drinks before we reached top. But it was worth all our effords! On rather flat top of hill we saw big meadow full of butterflies. And one of them was this Swallow Tail. I chased it for long time but took only two poor pictures... Totally exhausted, we laid down between flowers and grasses and admired views of Black Sea [*See workshop!].

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-03 3:57]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful close up.Colors,framing,POV,lighting and DOF are excellent.TFS...:-)

I'm quite surprised that you encountered this one only once and only then. I taught this is a quite common and widspread species. We got plenty of them here.

Regards, Petru

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-03 4:26]

Poor Swallow Tail Greg, you wore it out chasing it. Even I have posted a Swallow Tail photo, but I found mine at a butterfly farm, whereas you found yours in real life, where it was free to fly where is wanted to go (until you came along!).
Excellent composition Greg, as you said not the best, but still a dainty attractive shot. Well done.

Congrats for capturing this beauty Greg. Glad that you did.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-03 4:58]

Very good photo of a Papilio machaon!
Beautiful colours!
Very good POV!
Nice BG too!
Also common in Portugal.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2006-01-03 5:04]

Hi Greg,

Very nice capture of this beautiful butterfly! I saw them a lot in France on the lavender.

Thanks and alll the best for this new year,


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-01-03 7:43]

Hi Greg,
Beautiful and artful composition!
Looks good from where I'm sitting...;-)
Sounds like this one was an adventure worth remembering! Makes me ready for a nice, long, hot, uphill mountain bike ride. My riding usually slows down in the winter...:(
I'll also keep my eye open for butterfly photo opportunities this summer thanks to shots like this.
Very nice!

Hello Greg,
You had luck to see this beauty. I saw only one caterpillar, but never the adult. I'd love to see it someday even though b'flies aren't really my favs.
It's a nice picture though quality is really poor as for you. I hope you don't mind but today only small smiley :)

Hi Greg,
a reminder of summer again? It's a beautiful butterfly.
Well done with the composition, nice colours and good DOF.
Very well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-01-03 12:58]

well Greg, the shot is indeed not your best,
but even you captured one in wild. it is very easy to took one in buttrfly Zoo but in wild it is another story. The colours are extreme good, the pov is not enough, the dof is good, very good trying. You and Joanna and the rest of your family I wish you all a good 2006.
gr. jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-03 13:54]

Hi Greg, as you say it's not your best but I'm glad you found one to shoot. I've never had the chance. Well done on this one.

Hi Greg

Technically it may not be your best shot, but it still shows us what a stunning b'fly they are. The only chance we have of seeing them here in New Zealand is to visit a tropical butterfly house. At least you get to see it in it's natural habitat. I love the workshop post. Stunning!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-03 14:59]

Grzegorz, I know they're difficult to capture, but I think you did great.

I like the feeling of movement and the colors.

Great bg too.

Hello Greg, I saw my last swallow tail in nature before 40 years!!! :-(
I love this wonderful butterfly. - Great close up, beautiful colours, good sharpness and great DOF. This is is nice composition. Thanks for posting.

What a great view from the top Greg. I think your alternate trumped your one and only ;-)
Thanx for showing this..Well done.
Thank You!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-01-03 19:53]

Nie szkodzi, ze niezbyt ostro. Wyszlo bardzo dymaniczne ujecie. Wrazenie spotegowane przez krzyzujace sie w tle zdzbla traw.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-01-03 20:30]

Oh! That is a butterfly. I have almost forgotten what they look like. Too much snow and cold here.
Great work my friend Greg.
Thank you.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-01-04 6:15]

nie narzekaj, jest fajne, może inni coś mają do jakości. Piękny motyl, większość szczegółów czytelna. Podoba mi się.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-01-09 4:37]

Hi Grzegorz
Is excellent capture, very nice composition color and detail.

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