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Copyright: Taryn Ann Bonnette (tarynann) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 57] (224)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-15
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Action
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-27 15:11
Viewed: 1973
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was unexpectedly taken whilst visiting Chateau Palmer in Bordeux. The butterfly caught my attention and then I was even more surprised to see the approaching bee! I thought I was lucky not only to capture both, but also a unique butterfly in that it had lost it's left tail! In my excitement I took the photo and only afterwards realized that my positioning could've been improved by giving a little more space at the bottom.

PP: Played with the colour saturation (as a learning exercise), sharpened, cropped and resized.

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Ciao Taryn Ann, great macro of fantastic butterfly with brooken tail, excellent sharpness, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Dear Taryn,

Indeed, this is very well captured shot with good details and clarity, however, IMHO, this picture could be improved in terms of noise reduction and overall positioning of the Swallowtail butterfly in the picture.
Therefore, I did a WS to your lovely picture, hoping you don't mind.

The colors are natural in the picture and light is very well handled. Good that you realized that cutting of tail part of the butterfly declines the overall appeal of the picture so it is not a major issue anymore :)
I could never get successful in capturing this butterfly till date, so you are a lucky person! :)

Overall, a wonderful shot to enjoy for ages IMO!

Kind regards,

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-06-28 1:15]

Hi Taryn,

This is indeed a beautiful butterfly, I can appreciate and understand the sudden need to click the shutter. The patterns and colour are stunning.

Two quick pointers, one is noise present that Paras has mentioned and the other is that this beauty needs to stand alone, I mean that the backdrop distracts from the beauty. You may need to consider blurring out more of the BG or de saturating the colours, its just a thought ok.

Stv ;0))

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-07-01 11:45]

This is a fantastic butterfly on a beautiful purple flower, great macro shot with good sharpness and light

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-07-01 21:18]


Fantastique cpatage de ce papillon sueprbe iamge captage e tiamge quel dessin sur les ailes quelle macro et iamge grandisoe compo et macro.

Braov et amitié


Bonjour Taryn,

Très belle approche de ce papillon qui offre de superbes détails!
Couleurs naturelles et luminosité plaisantes.
Bien fait. TFS


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2012-07-02 12:04]

Hi Taryn,

Excellent capture of the butterfly, great détails and sharpness.
The composition with the flowers are splendid, perfect light.
Very good framing, TFS.
My best regards.

Bonjour Taryn
nice shot of this machaon (Papilio machaon), a beautiful butterfly
It has lost one tail, in french it is also called Grand Porte-Queue (Great tail Wearer)


Photographing nature is not an easy task. Worse yet when we are pointing to unpredictable insects.

I agree with the other comments (BG and sharpness). A small tip to improve your posts at TL: Sharpen the photo as the last step before saving it at the right size for TL. IF you sharp it before resize, it will loose lots of great details.


Hi Taryn

Welcome to TL...What a beuriful butterfly and flowers. I love the natural colors and POV. Shallow focus and blurred BG bring out the butterfly well (too bad that the left tail is cut, if Ihad time I would have fixed it). TFS

Hi Taryn Ann,
Beautiful caught of view of this lovely butterfly,
Nice POV. and tone of colors and light,
Great details in a sharp presentation,
wanderful shot ..
My compliments

Hi Taryn,
The image is well captured juctuposed with the purple colours, a slight blurring impact shown on the bottom otherwise an excellent presentation.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-07-07 10:18]

Hi Taryn!
Very good macro of the my favourite butterfly.
Excellent sharpness and nice lighting. It seems to me a bit over saturated, in my opinion of course....I hope you don't mind.
However a very pleasant composition (nice the bee which is arriving :))
Ciao and nice Sunday! Vanda

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-07-11 17:25]

Hi Taryn,
a very colourful close up. sometimes unexpected shots turn out to be the best. I did not notice the bee until I read the note. an excellent job.

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  • alco Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 14] (478)
  • [2012-07-11 19:45]

Hello Taryn,
Very nice close-up.You were lucky to capture the butterfly,the bee and the flower at the same time.That butterfly is very nice with beautiful details.The colors are superb.Very well done.
Have a good day.

Beautiful shot of this swallow tail Taryn! Love all the colors and the little bit of bokeh all around! Excellent sharpness on the butterfly! Well done!

Lovely pov and details. Lovely assortment of colours in this shot. Shame that its damaged its tail. Nicely done

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