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Lime Hawk Moths

Lime Hawk Moths
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/10 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-26 13:27
Viewed: 3731
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a follow-up shot to yesterdays image (Click Here to View) of the pupal stage of these beautiful Lime Hawk moths (Mimas tiliae). I decided to post this one because Jean (ornis)looked at the one posted on TE and suggested I move it over to share with the rest of you, but I intend to leave all images posted to TE as a record of where this site developed from and use links to connected images like I did with yesterdays image of a chrysalis.
They are a Male (top) and the female (below), note the variation of both the colouration and body size, she is a little larger overall and has some pink tinges in her wings. The dark green band across the centre of his wings in most books are shown as two separate areas, but my main book says there are a couple of variations from this extreme to there being only a single central spot.
They had been mating shortly before this shot, though the images of that are blurred because they fluttered their wings for stability so as it was very late in the evening I had to use a very slow speed 1/10th sec.
Levels and set black and white points
Crop image to size
adjustment layer Hue & Saturation - De-saturate slightly the bright green of the leaves they are sat on as the green of the leaf seemed to glow slightly too much.
Sharpen via lab colour and the lightness channel and USM.
Save As to preserve the Exif shooting data

odin, carper, Luc, Comandante, dew77, TAZ, wallhalla15, phlr, gerhardt, NINIX, Signal-Womb has marked this note useful
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-26 13:37]
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yep it is a differcult shot,
the photo is good enough for me because the good note says everything here. the composition is nice, the pov can be done better, the dof is nice, very good job Robert

Hello Robert!
Very nice pair.DOF,POV,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-27 4:46]

Hello Robert!
Wonderful capture.Details,DOF,POV,composition and your informative note are excellent.TFS...:-)

Excellent shot Robert, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Very well done, thanks for sharing

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-27 12:57]

It is difficult to see moth, and you have two ;-) It is an interesting shot. The background is a bit busy but you couldn't choose... Their colors on wings are like military camouflage ;-) Thanks for sharing Robert.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-27 17:52]

Lucky one!
Two moths at the same time!
You have the oportubity to see their "born"!
Very good details!
Wonderful colors of this moths!
5* photo!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-27 22:31]

Wow, the camouflage is amazing. Your photo does a great job of illustrating that. Great capture of these beautiful moths with sharp details and good exposure. Great POV and composition as well. Well done, Robert, and TFS. : )

I love these hawk moths. I haven't seen this one before. A perfect textbook capture Rob.

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-30 16:41]

Hi Robert,

A very nice piture! Like the steath in camouflage colors. The backgrounsd with the two main colors makes it a very attractive picture.



Love the colours, shapes and textures in this shot Rob...O yes then theres the moths ;)) Love the coloring and contours of the wings. Interesting read also. 6/10 Well done.

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