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Mothra. The Sequel.

Mothra. The Sequel.
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Copyright: jai glen (jai_glenny) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 69 W: 1 N: 183] (775)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-09 11:16
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Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the same moth that I posted yesterday, Noctua pronuba. I have been trying this view on a couple of other subjects and this one I am happy enough with to post.
The problem that I am having is getting the length of body in focus if anyone can show me where I am struggling.

Info. from UK moths which seems like a vast site but extremely helpful.

Possibly the most abundant of our larger moths, this species can be found throughout Britain, and numbers are often enhanced by large migratory influxes in the south.

It exhibits a wide range of colour forms and patterns, although the yellow hindwings bordered with black remain pretty constant.

It flies from July to September and is freely attracted to light; often hundreds arriving at the moth-trap in peak season.

It occupies a range of habitats, and the caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants and grasses.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-09 11:58]

Hi Jai , very nice photo of the moth great detail and point of view.

for getting more focus on the length of the moth you can either stop down your aperture , or shoot from further back , both will increase your depth of field / effective focus area. judging by your exposure numbers this photo would have required a flash or more natural light to be able to stop down much.

as is the photo is just fine too focus is dead on the face, and has great detail.


Hello Jai
First of all this is a great picture...I have the caterpillar of this on my 6th page as a point of interest.
As for getting the dof sharp through the subject I cant really advise you on a compact shooting mode...Its slr territory to be able to stop down to a high f number to keep the subject sharp right through..And then its not easy!!
That said the details here are superb and I am proper pleased to see the incarnation behind my slug I captured months ago!!

Al the best

Aha! the full front eh? I have heard of this angle but usually in cinema:-) Very nice and makes it look quite sleek...for a beast of a 'muth' as your famous French Inspector used to say...I am showing my age..it is from Pink Panther..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-09 13:07]

Hi Jai

Great POV - very menacing - like a 'monster' from Dr Who! Great work


I am going to send you an email

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-10 1:38]

Hi Jai,
very original capture of Mothra!
The POV is excellent!
Superb composition too.
Great colours.
With the DOF issue all you can do is make the aperture as small as possible, something like f/8 I think is what most compact cameras go down to. The smaller the aperture the larger the DOF.

Well done!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-10 5:59]

Hello Jai,
Wonderful portrait showing great detail, thank you for sharing Jai.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-13 5:02]

Hi Jai
very good image
well done.

Hi Jai,

Really nice macro shot with great detail on the face. Regarding the depth of field, it's already been said. The smaller the aperture, the greater the depth of field, but the slower the shutter speed. But I wouldn't worry too much - as long as you have the eye in focus, which you do, then you have a good change of getting a good shot. You will find with macro photography, you never have much of a depth of field.


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