Tiger Swallowtail

For some reason I don’t normally shoot butterflies. But the swallowtails are so abundant this year they’re getting hard to ignore. Here’s a tiger:

Papilio glaucus, the Tiger Swallowtail

photo details:
Canon EOS 7D camera
Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens
ISO 200 f/5.6, 1/320 sec
Gradient filter to darken the sky
Saturation and color balance tweaked in PS
Vignetting added in PS

9 thoughts on “Tiger Swallowtail”

  1. Not to be critical, but the butterfly seems paler than usual. Is it just me? Maybe the presence of a real sky is throwing me off. 🙂

    1. The whole photo is paler than usual. I desaturated it.

      I put this photo through some relatively heavy (for me) post-processing, as I felt the original was a bit flat.

  2. Having tried to get pictures of butterflies myself, I can appreciate the problem. They make nice poses, but there is no warning when a good pose is coming up and it doesn’t last very long, so one has to be both very patient, and very quick.

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