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The fennel cat

The fennel cat
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Copyright: Kimberley Broyles (Gardenwife) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 1 N: 30] (107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-22
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 19:28
Viewed: 6278
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This caterpillar is the larva of an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly (Papilo polyxenes). The plant this cat is enjoying is bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Parsley is another host plant for these pudgy cats. An excellent link with more information about these butterflies and ways to attract them can be found here.

Shot as TIF in full zoom macro with aperture at 3.5 (aperture priority). I cropped, sharpened and added a border in Irfanview, then saved it as a JPG.

Robbrown, carper, gerhardt, PDP, Luko, mogens-j, angybone, Luc has marked this note useful
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Hi Kimberly, thank you for sharing this intresting image, I love the framing of the head in the "Y" of the stalks, DOF is a little shallow for my taste, it goes a little too fuzzy too quickly, I would also try cropping the left side just before the start of the flower buds to focus all our attenion on the face.

Welcome Kimberley,
Very good first photo you send us, It´s a very good composition, with a great dof, full of the good colours too, I like this one. Very good job you did

The effect of the fennel branches and the cat "hiding" "peeking" out behind, makes this special. Nice composition. The colours are striking. Your DOF is not as sharp as I would have wante it. But still an very nice photo. Thanx for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-31 12:27]

Great shot, I love the composition colours are good and effective use of the DoF.

Well done, excellent first post.

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  • Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134)
  • [2004-07-31 13:17]
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yep, Kimberley, there's something purely photographical into that shot.. I mean something else than a straightforward entomological shot of the caterpillar, perhaps the interaction with the plant and the interesting compo with the Y branch at the foreground, also the general matching tones. That was for the best in your effort .

However, there are also flaws that bother me : you've wanted to give a certain twist to your image compo, which is great but you've not totally reached the goal, I find it finally too cluttered and hence had difficulties to understand the image at first sight.
The other problem comes from the very shallow DoF you chose, that kind of DoF can be very interesting when there's a strong focus point (ie. eyes, distinctive pattern, etc.), I'm afraid you've been missing your focus point or it isn't strong enough. A more important DoF should have helped.

The positive side of your shot is that it's standing out of the rest because you've tried something different and walked out of the paved paths, which is great but diificult spacially for macro. Pls continue that way.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 15:41]

I also like the way the caterpillar is peeking through the "branches", but also have to agree that the DOF is shallow (say me behind my desk)

Welcome on TN Kimberly. Very interesting and funny first post - looks like he is scared to death hiding behind the branches. The limited dof is spot on and the well blurred background really sets him off. Great composition too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-09 10:18]

Hi Kimberley
I like the peek-a boo oggling thru the frame. Gives it a sort of scaly look, which all these guys are anyway.

I'm going to go out on a limb here (no pun intended)and say I like the depth of field in this photo. It adds a little mystery, just enough to pique the curiosity of the viewer. IMHO, a sharper image would have been a little too "reference book" for me. Good job .

I love the originality of your shot, not only a macro, but, on a second level, a possible story on a different subject. It's a difficult exercise, but, nature offers sometimes situations where you can kill two birds with one stone. You did it very well, even if I regret your focus point is a bit too close.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-01 21:35]

Kimberley, another scaring picture here on TN - which is great. Original shot.



Wonderful color! And such an interesting composition - what a cute little booger you photographed there! :)

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