Howard Frank  


Black Swallowtail Butterfly by Howard Frank

July 2021 - Black Swallowtail Butterfly

About the Image(s)

One of hundreds types of butterflies at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Butterflies & Blooms exhibit. Nikon D500 with Tamron 28 to 300 lens, handheld at 170 mm ISO 800, 1/6400 sec at f/6.0


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5 comments posted




Bob Scott   Bob Scott
I love the effect in seeing the scales on the underwings. Well I assume that's what we are seeing.. I would be tempted to turn the pinkish-rectangle in the upper left the same kind of white above the butterfly head and even it out. It tends to draw my eye away from the butterfly's eye. It's not often you get to see so much of the insect's body and wing anatomy in a single picture. It think that's very effective. The detail on the head is very nice also.   Posted: 07/13/2021 00:00:35



Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
What a beautiful shot. The effect is nice.   Posted: 07/13/2021 05:35:36



Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Stunning image! Besides the exquisite detail, you captured the wonderful texture of the leaf and twig resulting in a true sense of depth and life to the image.   Posted: 07/18/2021 15:12:31



Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Kudos, Howard. I have never seen such detail on a butterfly. Agree with Bob about its perch and with Bob's comment about the colored patch in the background. Definitely a nit: some texture or noise at the side edges. . . easily remedied.   Posted: 07/24/2021 12:53:27



Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Amazing shot. The details, texture, and colors are wonderful. Great capture.   Posted: 07/27/2021 03:16:16