Dark Phase of Tiger Swallowtail

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedAugust 25, 2019
TakenAugust 25, 2019
Exposure1/160 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length321 mm
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This butterfly was all over the place in the woods today...but finally caught up with it as it was pollinating a bull thistle weed. I am glad I brought along an extra battery because I spent some time shooting pictures.

Best View in Light Box! Thank you!!!

Thank you so much to the JPG Staff for the Spotlight 8/26/2019! Very appreciated!!!

12 responses

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (25 Aug 2019):

    a wonderful image!

  • teresa B

    teresa B   gave props (26 Aug 2019):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (26 Aug 2019):

    Thank you for your comments...I found this butterfly difficult to photograph as the wind kept
    blowing at the time and the lighting would change mid stream from sunny to overcast yesterday! I plan to try this again on a calmer day. I zoomed in because there was a lot of brush and thistles in the way in that part of the woods where it landed to walk any closer to it

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (26 Aug 2019):

    This is so beautiful, wonderful tones and detail against a sublime background!!

  • Evan Bornholtz

    Evan Bornholtz gave props (26 Aug 2019):

    Beautiful treatment of this Swallowtail! How did you achieve it?

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (26 Aug 2019):

    Thank you all for your comments...Evan there is very little treatment outside of adjusting the contrast just a little... By using the zoom on my camera. it helped to diffuse the background... The butterfly was situated in a denser section of the woods which also gave another element to this image....I thought it made a statement of its own without treatment..

  • Evan Bornholtz

    Evan Bornholtz said (26 Aug 2019):

    Sorry I have never seen a dark female Swallowtail but my nature guide sure has. I should have checked because your picture matches perfectly. My apologies!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (27 Aug 2019):

    The light in this is so perfect on this beautiful butterfly, congratualtions on the Staff 'spotlight'.

  • teresa B

    teresa B   said (27 Aug 2019):

    wooo whooo got spotlighted Andrea! Its a beauty!

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (27 Aug 2019):

    Beauty photo in close-up.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (27 Aug 2019):

    Congrats on the JPG Staff spotlight Andrea.. so very well deserved!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (27 Aug 2019):

    Thank you for the congrats and comments...I wanted to shoot more pictures of butterflies
    today but the winds were too strong...We got home in time from our walk before it poured down rain.

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