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Yellow caterpillar

Yellow caterpillar
Photo Information
Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1981
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon F3, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5
Exposure: f/22, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-23 20:59
Viewed: 5922
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow caterpillar

Sorry, but I can’t find the identity of that yellow caterpillar.

To take that picture at a magnification on film of about 2-3x life size, I decided to put it on a stone to limit its displacement. Since DOF at that magnification level is very narrow, I used tow small manual flash units (one on each side) to be able to use a very small aperture. I can’t remember the value, but it was probably around f/22. I used a 55mm Micro-Nikkor reversed on a PB-4 Nikon bellows.

Technical data:

Camera : Nikon F3
Accessory-1 : Nikon PB-4 Bellows with reverse adapter for the lens.
Lens : 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor
F/stop : Not recorded (around f/22)
Shutter speed : 1/60 sec. (flash synchro speed)
Magnification on film: about 2-3X life size
Tripod: Velbon
Filter: None
Flash : Braun F-34 (2 units)
Accessory-2 : double cable release
Film : Kodachrome 64
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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Hi Alain,
This is a supeb shot on this caterpillar. A great job to get better than life size with such detail. Your DOF here was perfect. An excellent photo that needed excellent technical work to acheive.

Love the colour of this one, great detail...
Well done...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-24 3:27]

Wow ! What a superb and interesting close-up that you have well done ! Good quality shot ! Congratulations Alain and thanks for sharing.

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  • Matt Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 15] (47)
  • [2005-10-24 4:41]

I love this photo! Having the caterpillar's hair fill the whole photograph works really well. Thanks!

This is another greqat macro shot. It is my favourite type of shots. The DOF is so nice. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-24 6:03]

What a great shot of this Punk caterpillar. Very good macro shot, amazing closeness. Well done Alain, a good job, thank you.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-24 6:16]

Alain bonjour, superbe macro de la tête de cette chenille, posée sur la pierre cela donne un bel effet. Félicitations Didier.

Stunning macro. Very well composed Alain. Excellent technique although I'm not entirely familiar with it. Anyway, the results are fantastic. Very well done. Thank You.

Great close-up Alain and the colors are beautiful. Well composed, I like the subject taking the whole frame. TFS


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-24 18:00]

Ciekawie uchwycone, wyszed³ fajny portret.
Dobra ostro¶æ i kompozycja.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-24 21:20]

Bonne macro, l'éclairage est parfait et les détails excellent.

Félicitation et merci pour l'envoie.

Hi Alain,
what a shot, your friend was just coming from the hairstylist? Light and colours are beautiful, also DOF and the low POV, a perfect shot. I enjoyed it very much to look at, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Superbe macro Alain, une bonne maitrise de la photo (argentique)!
Très belle composition.
TFS, Laurent

hi Alain,
great great macro


A great macro portrait Alain, great DOF on the head despite the incredible magnification you have used here. Very well done! Best regards,

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-10 18:56]

Isso está muito bonito...!!! Muito nítido e com ótimas cores. Muito bom.

That is very beautiful...!!! Very clear and with great colors. Very good.

What can I say, just great!!! Donald

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