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Papilio machaon

Papilio machaon
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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony SLT A55, Sony SAL 70-400mm G /4.0-5.6, Digital Raw 125 ISO
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-02-11 9:25
Viewed: 4445
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends, at last I'm able to upload a picture on TN again. it was ages ago because of bad/slow internet.
Next week I will have a own connection in the apartment here in Ayia Napa where we wintering.
And then I hopefully can take part and be more active on TN.
This is Old World Swallowtail or just swallowtail taken today at Cavo Gkreko, a national park just outside of Ayia Napa.
We found several swallowtails and it's a bit strange for me to see them in February, back home they use to show up in June.

Some info from Wikipedia.

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 imago typically has yellow wings with black vein markings, and a wingspan of 65–86 millimetres. The hind wings of both sexes have a pair of protruding tails which give the butterfly its common name from the resemblance to the birds of the same name. Just below each tail is a red eye spot.

Use my Laptop, not the best to do prober pp-work.
I hope it's ok.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-11 9:29]

Hello Gert,
Great to see a your new photo. I hope everything is going well now with the internet connection.
Fantastic photo in splendid colours and perfect sharpness. Excellent DOF, POV and diagonal composition. A beauty!

Ciao Gert, great macro of lovely papilio, fantastic colors, beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, splendid light and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Excellent capture Gert! The colors and the contrast of the butterfly's wings are absolutely beautiful. How long have you been shooting with the Sony? I always thought you were a Canon guy. Are you moving over to a different brand? I always say "it's not just the camera that produces great result but also it's the creative person behind the camera as well." You need both to create outstanding images such as yours. :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-11 9:46]

Hej Gert,
En makaonfjäril så här års! Jag har full förståelse för ditt val att övervintra på Cypern!
A superb capture of a fresh Swallowtail. The DOF is just right for the POV, taken with top sharpness and natural colours in a pleasing composition.
This is great to view, especially when we have a lot of snow and freezing temperatures in Kalmar.
Thanks and have a great weekend,

Welcome back Gert Ellstrom....so nice to see an old friend with the same dedication and passion for perfection as we left you in our memories relatively long time ago ! ....and what a comeback !!!!!!! Optimal depth, superb clarity and composition! Forgive me to saying that, but I feel that the current White balance in this image is slightly out of tune ...he he he ..you know me Gert ...I am still full of ....
Welcome once again!
George Veltchev

Hallo Gert,
welcome back, a very beautiful macro of the Old World Swallowtail, fine details and fantastic colours, point of view, depth pf field and composition are excellent
Best regards

Hello Gert,
Wonderful macro of beautiful butterfly. Sharp and clear picture, lovely colors and contrast.
Best regards

Hallo Gert
What do you mean you hope it is ok. Off course it is ok. Just the fact that you posted is already ok, add to that that the image is more than ok, then everything is ok.
Thanks for sharing a wonderful macro eventhough you ask if it is ok due to the fact that you are using your laptop. I think it is super special, with lovely colours and markings captured on the wings. I also like the centralized, almost full framed composition and the close to the eye point of view.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

slight loss of definition in the head area, but this picture of papilio machaon Gert ,is undoubtedly a great value,considering the lens that you used

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-11 12:15]

Hello Gert.
This is a wonderful picture ! Excellent details, beautiful colors and exposure, superb blurred BG, and I also like the POV.Beautiful pose of the butterfly, with the wings wide open.Best regards Siggi

Winter in Cyprus, your life is tough :)
NOw what about the photo, great subject, good sharpnes and beautiful colors,

good to see "you" again

Hello Gert

I see that you have a new camera
with the Sony A55, congratulations.

Excellent and very beautiful photo of this butterfly,
with the butterfly's pose the fine POV and framing
it is giving dynamism to the image, great focus
sharpness and details, beautiful bokeh of the background,



Impressive photo Gert! Beautiful subject, excellent composition, and great sharpness.

Hi Gert,
really beautiful butterfly. Amazing colours. Excellent sharpness and details.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-12 4:10]

Hello Gert.
excellent capture. fine details and lively colors. the diagonal composition is so well presented, making this top view shot so attractive and beautiful.


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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-12 8:25]

Hello Gert,
this image is splendid! Beautiful diagonal composition and great sharpness; perfect light and wonderful colours; nice blurred background. Very well done!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-12 9:27]

Una silueta perfecta de esta preciosa mariposa. Una gran foto muy bien hecha, también la composición y el fondo. Enhorabuena.

Hello Gert
Another interesting image.....
Impressive capture with very nice details and exceptional sharpness.
I love the excellent clarity and the perfect focus.
Wonderful composition and exposure as usual.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-12 20:10]

Hi Gert,
A very nice close-up of this beautiful butterfly. Nice colours with excellent detail. Good composition and nicely blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-02-17 7:01]

Hej Gert!
Of course, it's OK! It's a wonderful capture of a fresh and beuatiful butterfly! Excellent sharpness and fantastic colours against the dark green soft background. - You must have many more pictures up your sleeve or are you spending all the time in the bar on Cyprus? ;-)
Today we had a taste of spring, mild, warm and sunny, but we've had a lot of snow lately.
TFS and enjoy your stay! Ulla

Beautiful shot Gert. Technically perfect with an ideal composition. Nice to see you on TN again too, wish I had more time to contribute, too busy with family these days :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-03-07 10:08]

Hi Gert.
I think Cyprus is more suitable place for wintering than North Europe and even Ukraine (at least in this year). To meet the species in February is really a great luck and you have used it perfectly. Wingspread, details of the butterfly are ultimate and smooth BG is wonderful canvas for the beauty. My warm greetings and TFS.

hallå gert!
sanslöst snygg fjäril de här och
du visar den på ett kanonfint sätt
med kanonskärpa och fin exponering
våren är på gång här nu alla fall
du kanske är hemma redan,annars hoppas
ni har de varmt och skönt där nere!

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