This article features a selection of images of an injured swallowtail in flight. All were captured handheld in my backyard.
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When this injured swallowtail appeared in my backyard, I was in the middle of doing some experimentation with camera settings while photographing bees.
Rather than change my camera settings, I just switched subjects and tried to capture as many photographs of the swallowtail as I could. At first I didn’t even realize that it was injured.
It wasn’t until I changed my shooting angle that I noticed that its right wing was severely damaged. The injured swallowtail continued feeding at blossoms in my backyard, continually moving from one flower to another.
The injured swallowtail only stayed in stayed in my backyard for a few minutes. Before it flitted away I managed to capture a few images of it with my fence serving as the background.
When we have a camera in our hands we never know what opportunities will present themselves. All we can do is react as best we can.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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