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A Swallowtail butterfly riding in the wind on a wispy old seed head...

... rather like the melting tail of a comet!... backlit by the setting sun...

Provence 2011

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Tail Wind
Username:celestun celestun
Uploaded:3 Jun 2011 - 10:22 PM
Tags:Backlit, Butterfly, Close-up / macro, Papilio machaon, Swallowtail, Wildlife / nature
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 10:34 PM

A superb image, fabulous light and what an unusual sight. Like riding a rocket...........Sandy

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 10:43 PM

Beautiful clarity, Tim. Ron.

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 10:43 PM

Stunning photography.

Alan.

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mondmagu
mondmagu  474 forum posts Ireland
3 Jun 2011 - 10:51 PM

An absolute cracker.

Des

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8246 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 10:52 PM

A breathtakingly beautiful image Tim, this swallowtail looks like it is floating in the air

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 11:04 PM

They don't get any better Wink

Mike

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JOHNu
JOHNu  4 Ireland
3 Jun 2011 - 11:04 PM

great job

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Cormy
Cormy  7 England
3 Jun 2011 - 11:09 PM

Magical light,a real stunner.
Cheers
Alan

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tomgoodman
3 Jun 2011 - 11:18 PM

A well compiled image, mixture of photoshop and machaon manipulation put to good effect!

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soulofharmony
3 Jun 2011 - 11:19 PM

with Mike smith.... and it takes macro to another level.. pure professionalism at its best Tim !!!!

Nikki !

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2011 - 11:38 PM

'Superb & lovely image rendering'...LEx Smile

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debu
debu  4 India
3 Jun 2011 - 11:47 PM

Great work.
debu

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fix  8 Malta
4 Jun 2011 - 2:12 AM

nice macro

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JustDucky
JustDucky  3 Canada
4 Jun 2011 - 3:11 AM

absolutely stunning captureSmile, fantastic lighting and detail
Tammy

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HectorRivera
4 Jun 2011 - 4:07 AM

Amazing detail

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Keith121
Keith121  5 Ireland
4 Jun 2011 - 4:24 AM

Well Done. Great capture.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 6:08 AM

Simply stunning. Carol

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 437 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 7:27 AM

Amazing capture.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 9:20 AM

Superb Tim. That perch does add a great effect to the image - beautiful butterfly and love the backlighting.
Brian.

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Imagephotographics

Beautiful well captured image

Chris

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 6TonyDy vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 10:26 AM

Brilliant shot, Tim.
Tony

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England242 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 12:31 PM

Beautifully done Tim !

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 1:08 PM

Top notch Tim, went and had a search for some large blues on Thursday, although we saw one or two specimens we couldn't get anywhere near them. Not much in the way of Wild Thyme about at the moment though, so we think that was the reason why, going to give it another week and hopefully we'll have better luck, as they say watch this space!.....Congrats on the well earned HC BTW.

Ade

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NigelKiteley
4 Jun 2011 - 4:59 PM

Exquisite work as always Tim, congrats on the awards.

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Pricegrah
Pricegrah  5 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 - 7:59 PM

One to be proud of!

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Samuel_Aron
4 Jun 2011 - 8:32 PM

Stunning macro!
Sam.

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4261 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 10:31 PM

Just stunning!

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 11:46 PM

Wow, I'm truly overwhelmed by all the superb comments!... You all made my day, I have been insanely busy lately, various shoots and weddings coming out of my ears... work is a good thing to a point!

Thanks Pete and Tammy for the awards! Smile

Cheers,

Tim

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celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2011 - 11:48 PM

Ade, I wish I could see a Large Blue one of these days. John (Fishiee) found some around here last year... but I doubt I'll have a chance to go check them out.

We only get wild thyme here in early spring then it's gone. I'm surprised you get it coming out this late in the year.

Tim

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PhillipMinnis
5 Jun 2011 - 12:08 AM

Absolutely gobsmacking! Excellent details, wonderful DOF and great colours! Top-notch!

Congratulations on the awards! Well deserved!


Cheers

Phil

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 12:16 AM

Thanks Phil!

It only just occurred to me why some of you thought this was a Photoshop effect. Actually when I said "riding" in the wind I meant hanging on despite the wind. The seed head is attached to a stem and fixed to the ground. The shallow focus hides most of the stem so we get the impression it's all floating, this is more about technique and very little PS except to clean up some specks here and there.

Cheers,

Tim

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Gaucho
Gaucho e2 Member 122445 forum postsGaucho vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 9:22 AM

Those of us who have been following you for years would know you don't rely on PS but one can understand some folk getting confused as to how the hell you do it! Quite remarkable.

Malcolm
PS Glad you're getting the work in. Wondered where you were Smile

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rickie
rickie  1098 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 9:53 AM

amazing shot

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 543 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2011 - 10:51 AM

Congratulations on a superb capture.
Alun

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 - 2:02 PM

stunning capture,well done indeed.ray

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 8:48 AM

A cracker Tim! The one year I don't come to Provence early June and out they all come. Typical!

Love how the stem 'disappears' with the shallow DOF. I guessed that was the cause of it and not photoshop, and the EXIF does confirm it. F5.6. Very good Smile

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 9:08 AM

Large Blues - I can remember the precise clearings where I found them last year Tim at exactly this time last year. It's about a quarter of the distance that I have to travel in the UK to see them (hopefully in a weeks time). You know you can do it! Western Marbled Whites in the same location and there's the Black Veined Whites on the way home too while you're at it!

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 3:19 PM

Thanks for the encouragement John! Now I'll just have to go look! Smile

Thanks again to everyone for the very kind comments!

Cheers,

Tim

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fishiee
fishiee e2 Member 10469 forum postsfishiee vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 5:44 PM

The bride will turn up late anyway, so you can spare half an hour I'm sure! Smile

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lobski  3 Philippines1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2011 - 6:00 PM

excellent photo!

Fred Grin

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john_starkey
7 Jun 2011 - 5:21 PM

That's a very well taken image,

John.

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 9vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 9:55 PM

Your images are always spectacular and this one is no exception!

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Gray_ina
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8 Jun 2011 - 1:15 PM

Hi Tim been away for a month, a superb shot to come back to, regards gray

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oldbiddy
oldbiddy  8 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 - 8:14 PM

Fabulous truly fabulous

Biddy

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2011 - 5:20 PM

Just one word - inspirational!!! and oh how I wish it was mine - Ina

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celestun
celestun  1129 forum posts United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2011 - 9:55 PM

Thanks Ina, Biddy, Gray, Vicky, John and Fred!

Cheers,

Tim

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