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  Mini#47 Best/Favorite Photo of 2020
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Anise Swallowtail Butterfly       ©2020 ysal
Canon EOS 80D       4th place, 150 points
1/500s, f8, ISO 250, 3621mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Cropped; minor color saturation enhancement; denoise; sharpen; resize       Extra Info: There are so many kinds of swallowtail butterflies. After careful research online, I decided this must be the Anise.
 
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Mepo
6 days ago
    Loved the bokeh and the vegetation.

ysal
6 days ago
    Thank you for all the wonderful comments! I don't know why the EXIF is showing 3621mm because I was using a 300mm lens. One of those moments when you want to kick yourself because you have the wrong lens, but this came out okay. Couple of people commented about cropping the top more - I really liked the bokeh and wanted to keep it. This is actually cropped from a landscape aspect ratio.
Edited on Jan 12, 2021

Lo
6 days ago
    Ysal - this is so lovely. Congratulations on placing so well in a tough field.

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NEAT
8 days ago
    This pops, lovely.

Lo
8 days ago
    The delicate vegetation is a perfect foil for this beautiful creature. The DOF is perfect, and the lighting really brings out the soft colours.

Mepo
8 days ago
    I prefer animals and insects face on. However this one is nice and sharp and the composition and dof make for a good shot.

kerszkavet
8 days ago
    I love the way the shape of the grass heads echo the swallowtail shape of the butterfly, it really adds to the shot.
Amazingly sharp and pleasing colour palette which makes the touch of red and blue really stand out.
Edited on Jan 10, 2021

aoc46
8 days ago
    Great capture of butterfly and plant. Consider a square crop, using just the bottom part of the image - works well, IMO.

Jade O.
9 days ago
    As close to a perfect butterfly shot as I've seen. I would have cropped off the top a bit, maybe a bit more than an antenna span higher than the antennae tips but not much more than that, so that the butterfly intersected the top third of the frame.
Edited on Jan 9, 2021

wrosenthal
9 days ago
    I like the way the seed pods continue the lines of the swallow tail. Very effective and nicely seen.

forkcandles
10 days ago
    well captured the bokeh works well

jomari
10 days ago
    What a stunner! The butterfly is in perfect condition. I love the spray of grass and the creamy background bokeh. My top pick.

Maike13
10 days ago
    Beautiful shot of the butterfly and I love the composition with the sharp foreground and blurred background.
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