Nature clicks #51 - Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail
Nikon D200, SIGMA 150mm/2.8, 1/800s, f/5.6, -0.5 EV, ISO 100


I can hear your question already. Why did you cut the wings off? We have more Giant Swallowtails around the house this year than any other year before since we live here. I have many images showing the whole butterfly and I like most of them. Why this one? It is the light. It is all natural light and I really like how the background colors complement this image. This time I tried to make close-up shots of the Giant Swallowtails although the butterflies are moving very fast. They only stay about 2-5 seconds at each Purple Cone Flower and their wings beat all the time with high frequency. I have shots that are more dynamic than this one, but it is the light and the subtle background that make this image my favorite one.