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Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 419 W: 27 N: 497] (1788)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 16:21
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Old World Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Finally I can show you the beauty in all its splendor. I took the picture in the late evening on a hilltop near Brasov Romania. And YES! The butterfly IS hanging on the grass stem, I didn't paste it over a blurred BG although it may look so. Unfortunately it only stood in this position for a few seconds and I didn't get another chance to try a different framing. But I was happy to get this shot since this species is very rare around here.
For more info on this species please feel free to view my other swallowtail pictures "Profile of beauty" and "Jewel in the grass".

EXIF info:

ISOSpeedRatings - 200
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/400 seconds
ApertureValue - F 6.30
FocalLength - 200 mm

Active, Christopher_PL, jrubiocasado, scottevers7, phlr, AndyB, TAZ, firelord, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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To peter_stoeckl: Just wanted to say thank you very much!snowfalken 2 04-03 16:39
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Nice colours and very good background, it looks like the butterfly is in the air because of the little grass stem.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-07-11 17:22]

Hi Eduard,
Excellent macro with superb details,
very well done on the compo. :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • Active Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 113 W: 6 N: 19] (1231)
  • [2006-07-11 17:36]

BG, POV, colors, framing - excellent.

I like it a lot
TFS :))))

  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-11 18:08]

Hi Eduard,

A perfect shot of this swallowtail,very sharp and detailed and a good POV,well done and TFS,


A real beauty! Very nicely captured with beautiful colors, sharp details and nice background. TFS!

Perfect shot of this Papilionidae. Natural colours, good sharpness and background. Thanks


Hi Eduard
Excellent macro with superb details, very well done on the composition.

Hi Eduard,
WOW! it's a perfect specimen. Very beautiful saturated colors and sharp detail. Excellent isolation and seperation from the perfect OOF backround. Great camera work!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-13 2:21]

Hello Eduard,
An excellent capture.
Great DOF with the butterfly nicely isolated from the BG.
Top quality work.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-14 4:15]

Very good shot of this beautiful Papilionidae Eduard!
Very good POV with wings open!
Very good BG and colours!
Good on details too!
5* and TFS!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-15 9:36]

You manage well the 30D make great pictures of Papilio machaon. Here he is superb with its wings well open. Sharpness, DOF, BG are excellent. Bravo Eduard !!!

Très belle image de ce machaon qui déploie toute sa beauté. La similitude avec ma photo est importante...seul le fond change.

Hello Eddie!
Maybe this photo is not perfect in every respect, but it is rare to see for two reasons. First, most of the butterfly shots show them with the wings closed. And out of those that show the wings open not too many create the impression of the insect being in flight and not sitting on some kind of support. Congratulations,

hi eduard
superbe couleurs.good POV and DOF.pas de bruit .

Feeel as though it were actually floating 2" outward from my screen. Excellent capture Eduard. :)

Great shot!
I love the sharp distinction between the subject and background.
The colors and details are amazing.
I would have loved if the grass stem would be even more blurred so as the butterfly seemed to be in the air.
A definite favourite!

Πολύ ωραία. Φαίνεται σαν να στέκετε στον αέρα.. Μπράβο!

Hi Eddie,

just discovered this pretty image of a resting swallowtail on TN's frontpage. The presentation with the swallowtail hovering seemingly without any gravitity looks very good. Composition is fine, details are fine, colours are brilliant, the isolation from the background is excellent.

As with most cases of downsize to web, also at this image a postwork resharpening is to be recommended to show all its precision. Swallowtails are a bit difficult to be treated that way as the spreckled parts of wings tend to look oversharpened at once and therefore usually have to be excluded that kind of resharpening procedure.

The bright parts of wings often tend to get slightly overexposed, same as here. This may easily be treated by postprocessing as long as enough information is still contained in slightly overexposed parts.

Tried a little workshop to give this pretty image a well deserved finish.

Thank you! My best regards,


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