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Fly Over

By celestun
A Swallowtail butterfly gliding through the canopy...

Provence 2008

1/1600@f5 ISO 200

Tags: Backlit Flight Butterfly Close-up and macro Swallowtail Canopy Papilio machaon Underside Wildlife and nature

Voters: blondiebee, carmenfuchs, andypitstop and 238 more

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10 Jun 2008 8:34PM
Gorgeous shot. Ness

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Hugeknot 12 1.2k 2 Iceland
10 Jun 2008 8:42PM
Absolutely outstanding capture!
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 8:43PM
My wife sat beside me summed this up in one word....WOW

Brilliant image.
starliz Plus
13 1.6k 3 England
10 Jun 2008 8:50PM
I`m with Mike`s wife....WOW incredible and very beautiful.
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
10 Jun 2008 9:05PM
Beautiful shot
cuffit Plus
11 310 5 England
10 Jun 2008 9:14PM
Stunning! I don't think I have seen a butterfly photo like this before; a very innovative shot. Hope it gets the votes. Chris
fishiee Plus
13 478 3 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:16PM
Amazing shot Tim. Never seen anything like it before!

Interesting how it doesn't bother to tuck it's legs up nicely for flight, just lets them hang wherever!

Was this at the spot we found below your place? I noticed the Scarce Swallowtailks glided a lot there and I did for half a minute think about trying to capture it. I was never crazy enough to actually have a go tho.
great shot well captured
janehewitt Plus
14 215 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:23PM
I've no idea how you managed to capture this but it's superb! Love the colours, the lighting and the presentation as well as the subect matter, a well deserved EC! Jane
Terry L Plus
14 596 5 England
10 Jun 2008 9:25PM
Absolutely stunning capture Tim, only you could capture something as elegant as this.

10 Jun 2008 9:32PM
Beautiful colours, lovely and sharp. Fantasic Capture.
Wow. This is superb. Well done. Marek
10 Jun 2008 9:39PM
Stunning, this is a fabulous image

edrhodes Plus
12 547 12 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:41PM
Tim, have to say this is quality work once again.
Well deserved award.

10 Jun 2008 9:43PM
Another wow!!
User_Removed 10 172 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:43PM
Amazing image, well done on the EC

10 Jun 2008 9:45PM
superb shot nice detail Dawn
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 9:52PM
Fantastic shot.
Brilliant, fantastic detail.
starliz Plus
13 1.6k 3 England
10 Jun 2008 9:56PM
congratulations on EC so well desreved Smile
10 Jun 2008 10:14PM
wow what an image
10 Jun 2008 10:25PM
Thats a very serene image its beautiful nice one,John
There is not word for something so amazing. JNC
Faints...!! well done... perfect and much deserved EC...!!!

Nikki !
Coleslaw Plus
12 13.4k 28 Wales
10 Jun 2008 10:57PM
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2008 11:00PM
Fantastic image, superb detail, colours and dof.
celestun Plus
14 29 14 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 12:18AM
Wow, thank you all for the great comments.

I have been trying a shot like this for years and finally found the technique! They circle around overhead for hours a bit like buzzards, but it's just a matter of luck whether they come in close enough to get this close.

Most of my previous shots the butterfly was much further away in the scene.

Thanks Pete!
Gaucho Plus
16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 7:09AM
That's an astonishing photograph Tim! Has it been done before? I can imagine how you felt when you caught it. Brilliant!
pink Plus
14 5.0k 7 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 7:11AM
stunning work
CathyI Plus
13 344 3 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 7:54AM
Utterly beautiful! Congratulations on the EC - it's fully deserved!
AlleyCatz Plus
11 274 6 England
11 Jun 2008 8:06AM
What an amazing shot!
You might of taken years to get it....but boy did you get it!

The colours are superb and great b/g.
Your work is truly inspirational Smile

Congrats on your well deserved EC.

sunshot Plus
13 24 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 12:05PM
brilliant capture
celestun Plus
14 29 14 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 1:17PM
Once again thank you all for your kind words!

Very much appreciated!


Possum Plus
11 148 England
11 Jun 2008 2:19PM
Outstanding work; a real joy to view.
JouŠo Plus
13 56 Finland
11 Jun 2008 4:22PM
outstanding capture! One of the very best I´ve seen for weeks! IMHO.

Philip_P Plus
12 71 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 6:36PM
Stunning Shot, Congrats on well derserved EC
fishiee Plus
13 478 3 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 9:18PM
Well deserved EC Tim. Hope you get the canvas print now! Smile
11 Jun 2008 10:03PM
Superb capture.
Julian Plus
13 76 3 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 11:03PM
Hi Tim
I tried commenting earlier but the system was operating read only...
Love the shot, the blue background makes it for me, as well as it being difficult to capture insects in flight. Well deserving of praise.
celestun Plus
14 29 14 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 11:15PM
Thanks for the award Julian! It means just as much to me as an EC! Thanks also to Cole and Alley! Great idea these user awards!

John, I think the standard is a little high for me to expect any canvas these days!

Again thank you all for your generous comments!

Very encouraging!

dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2008 8:35AM
just fabulous
chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
12 Jun 2008 6:25PM
Quite possibly the most beautiful photo Ive ever seen. And I truly mean that.

Superb shot, I just cant take my eyes off of it. WOWOWOWOW!
13 Jun 2008 7:03PM
Congratulations on a EC Award, Superb.

MarkT Plus
13 119 2 England
13 Jun 2008 9:58PM
What a shot!

Award material Smile

15 Jun 2008 1:46PM
Don't have the words to express my opinion. Just amazing!
ashley Plus
14 167 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 7:06AM
cracking shot

well captured

wharmby Plus
12 15 1 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 7:19AM
What more can be added to these fabulous comments, may i say well deserved. Amazing
16 Jun 2008 8:16AM
Well done!

fishiee Plus
13 478 3 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 8:29AM
There you go. I said it would be coming Smile

Well deserved Tim Smile
imander Plus
10 388 7 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 8:47AM
As has been said above..WOW really first class picture and deserves all the award possible...really well done
alfpics Plus
15 362 2 England
16 Jun 2008 9:11AM
A really fantastic shot - and congrats etc on POTW
discreetphoton Plus
13 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 10:10AM
Very well deserved. Absolutely fanstic.
Gaucho Plus
16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 10:38AM
Photo of the week? More like photo of the year! That's going to look good on your wall. Congratulations Tim.
IanFlindt Plus
13 740 21 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 10:41AM
Perfect, Tim...absolutely perfect. Many congratulations on all your awards. I've never seen so many given to one image!
celestun Plus
14 29 14 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 11:17AM
Wow, what can I say?

Speechless............... !!!!!!

Thank Pete!

Thank you all for your incredible encouragement!

I will have to try and do better now!
16 Jun 2008 12:26PM
stunning shot and congrats on EC

janet Plus
15 27 England
16 Jun 2008 1:38PM
Congratulations on a superb image and a very worthy Photo of the Week!!!!!

konu Plus
9 31 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 2:44PM
Very nice shot
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2008 6:57PM
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Jun 2008 9:55PM
Yes! Stunning!
padawson_1 11 236 England
17 Jun 2008 10:09PM
Stunning shot...........
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
17 Jun 2008 10:14PM

18 Jun 2008 7:33AM
Congratulations on POW, an amazing capture
amazing capture!!!!!!
excellent makes u think how???? Wink
KTB Plus
9 16 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2008 8:19PM
Just amazing. It shows the fragility and the beauty of a butterfly. A deserving winner.
Superb shot Smile

21 Jun 2008 3:42PM
one of the best butterfly shots i have ever seen
VintageRed Plus
12 15 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2008 8:59PM
Quite superb.
Paddy Plus
15 254 8 England
22 Jun 2008 6:50AM
what a fantastic capture ... you should be so pleased .. well done you SmileP
twordley 12 360 England
22 Jun 2008 9:38AM
can't add any more to whats already been said.

beautiful creature, well captured, great image.

22 Jun 2008 7:39PM
A beautifully captured and presented image.
ChazB Plus
12 64 3 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2008 12:34AM
An outstanding capture.
martin.w Plus
15 503 22 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 9:31PM
200 up, what a fabulous and very skillfully taken shot. Very well done Smile
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
19 Jul 2008 12:02AM
Not many comments on this then Wink
Cheers, Goggz
bangalicious Plus
10 1.3k 5 England
21 Jul 2008 1:05PM
Lovely capture. Great colours.

User_Removed 12 4.9k England
29 Jul 2008 10:34PM
Now that is quite some shot, so sharp........brilliant.

18 Aug 2008 11:20AM
outstanding shot
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
12 Oct 2008 10:00PM
You nailed this one Tim - what a beauty.
4 Apr 2009 10:51PM
this as to be the greatest swallowtail photo ever tim
19 Apr 2009 10:12PM
beautiful capture of the colours...
superb !!
8 May 2009 10:04PM
wow truly awesome
ToothPilot Plus
10 50 4 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2009 12:02AM
High Class.
21 Jul 2009 2:49PM
It's all been said, but, one word, Incedible. Sylvia

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