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Big Green Monster Caterpillar

Big Green Monster Caterpillar
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/20 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Cape Wrath, Outer & Inner Hebridies
Theme(s): European caterpilars [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-28 10:12
Viewed: 10864
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whilst out trying to obtain a nice photo of the Cuillin Hills, we had to cross a stream and half way across it I came across this monster caterpillar on a rock. It was huge and very fat being about 10cm long and about 1cm thick, but it was the colouring that got me... I was also trying to work out why it wanted to cross the stream - at least I had a reason!

So balancing carefully with a foot on a slippy rock, another in the water and my left hand also in the water trying to stabilise myself, I tried to get a picture of this 'monster' and he was surprisingly large. F/5 didn't give me a great enough DOF but F/7.1 needed a tripod... still this is the result handheld in water... In hindsight changing the ISO would have helped but I was thinking about landscapes not macros and getting very wet feet and hands at this point.

The white stuff at the bottom of the picture is actually water...

So what it is. Well it is an emperor moth caterpillar (Pavonia pavonia) at its final stage of growth (or a 5th stage instar larva).

See here for some details...

Not much has been done with the picture - littlecould be done unless I spent hours cloning out the flash effect, so I left it as is...

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-28 10:16]

very nice shot Emma,
the contrast is very nice the colours are good and the details are fine, the point of view is good and the composition is good and well seen, good job.
gr. jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-28 11:27]

What a beautiful and interesting (acrobatic) shot that you have well done ! The caterpillar is nice and the bacground is pleasant. Colors, exposure and sharpness are very good ! Congratulations Emma and thanks for sharing.

Hi Emma,
Perfecet. No more words. Only perfect. Congratulations my friend.

Nice capture Emma,
I's funny to think of the things we put ourselves through to get the shot we want isn't it.
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hello Emma, great close up really colorfull and detailed.
The BG is excellent with the water.
Usefull note,


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-28 12:11]

Hi Emma,
Perfect capture of this monster. Colors and details are very good. Water is like "smoke" at 1/20 sec!
TFS, José M.

Hi Emma,
What a coincidence. You steped away from the landscape as well. I am impressed with the shutter speed and how you used yourself as a tripod. The sharpness is excellent. The water looks really interesting, which I would only expect to see with a really slow shutter speed.
SO did you help him across the stream?

HI Emma,
a beautiful caterpillar, I also would like to see such a one with my own eyes. It's a wonderful sharp arrangement, very good, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Emma - great macro of a nice caterpilar. Beautifull colours, good DOF and we can see many details. Well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-08-28 16:02]

hi Emma,

nice image and strange place for this.
i think he (even because of the size i think will be a she) is searching for a place to make a cocoon to spend the winter and in the sping the beauty will come.

very nice POV.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-28 23:07]

Quite a spectacular looking caterpillar, Emma.
I do wonder what it is doing down by the water on that rock.
Beautiful colors and interesting patterns.
The details are sharp and well exposed.
TFS. : )

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-28 23:45]

Sometimes you just happen on stuff, and being a photographer, get out your camera to record it. It works well here. I really like the water in the image, 1/20 makes for a nice blur, except for that wonderful bubble which is clear as can be, and a nice counterpoint to the rushing water. Too bad for not thinking of the ISO, but if you are as adept as changing yours as I am mine then that guy would have been a butterfly or only inherited DNA by the time you got it done. Fuzzy wuzzy is indeed a cutie, and I'm glad to have seen him.

Hi Emma,
The vivid color saturation in the caterpillar is amazing. Such a contrast form the brown rocks. You did an excellent job hand holding the slow shutter speed. Nice detail, yet a beautiful effect on the moving water. As a suggestion for the future, if you would have boosted your ISO to 400, you would have gained two full stops of shutter speed. The downside to that is usually some more noise to deal with. In this case you pulled if off not needing to do that. Well done!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-30 8:46]

Hello Emma,

I like this shot as the environment you shot this caterpillar in is rather unusual. The stream is lovely. Sharp details and great colors on the caterpillar. Well done & TFS!


Great shot of this caterpilar. Most part of Europe uses the name Saturnia pavonia ;-D
Thanks for sharing


Hi Emma,
Macro work is well done and the details in the insect is captured convincingly!
Nice colour contrast, making the caterpillar really stand out...
Well framed in a fine composition!
Pablo -

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-02-18 9:04]

bonjour Emma,
j'aime beaucoup cette image macro, la couleur de la chenille est superbe et étonnante. Belle composition et bonne netteté.


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