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Green is the colour...

Green is the colour...
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): European Butterflies and Moths., Moths of Europe 1, Photos with titles of songs(2), Butterflies of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-20 22:06
Viewed: 5795
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's a very busy time for me again, so please forgive me not commenting too much... I'll get better in few days.

In this short moment of spare time I looked back in my early digital days. A trekking in Bulgaria, summer 2003. Spending a night at the entrance to Rabisha Cave
(I pictured the cave once on TN - you may see it here).

We came there late evening and slept on a platform at front of the ticket office, to enter the cave in the morning. The night was very warm, as usually in July in Bulgaria. There was a very bright light attached to the wall of the building, which attracted thousands of insects. We had some entomological harvest there (see other posts here, and here), and a great fun as well. In this workshop you may see our joyfull camp that night - the first guy from the left is Krzysztof (cataclysta).

And last but not least, the pictured moth is:

Thetidia smaragdaria (Fabricius, 1787) - Essex Emerald
Family: Geometridae

It's a species occuring in entire Europe in all kind of dry meadows, fallows and grassy slopes. The larvae feed on various plant species including Achillea millefolium, Artemisia absinthium, Tanacetum vulgare, and Seriphidium maritimum. They are very well camouflaged, attaching pieces of the foodplant to their bodies.
The adults fly in June and July in a single generation.

By the way, the title of this post is also a title of Pink Floyd (my favourite band) song, from album "More" (1969) - a soundtrack for movie of the same title by Barbet Schroeder.

"Green Is The Colour"

Heavy hung the canopy of blue
Shade my eyes and I can see you
White is the light that shines through the dress that you wore

She lay in the shadow of the wave
Hazy were the visions overplayed
Sunlight on her eyes but moonshine made her blind everytime

Green is the colour of her kind
Quickness of the eye deceives the mind
Envy is the bond between the hopeful and the damned

loot, cataclysta, phlr, JoseMiguel, cicindela, red45, scottevers7, marhowie, uleko, SkyF, Janice, izler has marked this note useful
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To Janice: it's a cool moth !!!cedryk 2 02-27 02:14
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Es la primera verde que veo.

fajny motylek, i fajnie uchwycony;-))

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-21 4:18]

Hi Michal

What a beautifully coloured moth. I cannot recall that I’ve ever seen this moth before and the only green moth I can remember is the big lunar moth. So thanks for introducing me to this one.

Your composition looks fine with the rough wall of the building forming a nice BG that aided in enhancing the insect. The colour, contrasts, and lighting is fine, but I think it could be improved upon by reducing the brightness just a little bit, as can be seen by Pablo’s workshop. The details are very sharp and all aspects of the subject can be seen very clearly.

Good work and TFS.

Czesc Misiu
I kolejna fajna historia oraz workshop z fajnego wieczoru + odniesienie do Pink Floyd co tez witam z radoscia. Zastanawiam sie czy troszeczke za mocno nie podjechales z kolorami. Motylek wydaje mi sie troche zbyt intensywny? :-)

Hello Michal,
Very interesting picture of this green moth.
So good the POV used to show their color and structure.
I like the angle of the mot and the composition used.
Congratulations and best regards,

Jak zwykle ciekawa kompozycja, choc zgadzam sie z Krzyskiem, ze chyba troche z kolorystyka przegiales ;) Az mi sie wierzyc nie chce, ze az tak intensywnie ubarwiony byl ten motyl.
Z drugiej strony bardzo fajnie odcina sie od delikantej, jasnej faktury tla sciany. Przydalaby sie takze odrobinke wieksza glebia ostrosci - koncowki drugiej pary skrzydel wydaja sie lekko nieostre :) Choc musze przyznac, ze pierwsza para jest bardzo dobrze uchwycona - kazda pojedyncza zylka jest widoczna :)
Za to niezly opis i workshop! :) Az sie lezka w oku kreci, ze tym razem pojechaliscie sami... ;)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-21 14:05]

Hi Michal!

Double gem - moth and workshop :-) Insect is detailed and very nice looking. Excellent note - it was great trip, I bet. Workshop picture is different story - especially Krzysiek :-) He looks like Chippendales member during strip :-)))

Hi Michal,
An excleelnt shot showing this Essex Emerald Moth. The Green color is amzing. Nice sharp detail. Love thise antenne!

Hello Michal,
Great work, a pleasing image of this little limy.."Green Is The Color" ;)
Sharp detail, nice color, and the off-center comp works well mf. Excellent note & links.
Have a great week!

Hi Michal,
ótima foto, o contraste está muikto bom, assim como sua composição amigo!!!
Um abraço

Francisco Sales

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-23 6:41]

Hello Michal,
That's a very beautiful moth you've captured here, nice details and lovely colour. A bit bright due to the flash light but that was obviously necessary. Interesting!
TFS and regards, Ulla

bonjour michal
legerement OE mais a voir les antennes c'est un papillon nocture et c'est rare de les avoir avec une aussi belle couleur.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-02 18:57]

Hi Michal,
I like the colors and the wonderful textures in this composition. The details show up very well on this light BG. POV, sharpness and DOF are great.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-21 5:17]

Hello Michal,

Great picture of this moth.
Great color and background


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-26 20:48]
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Hi Michel, this is a brilliant colour for the moth. Good show here, as we can see him clearly and full on.

And I like your WS - you wouldn't get me sleeping out there with all those moths flying aorund!!

In NZ we have a big green moth called the Puriri Moth / Aenetus virescens - check it out - it used to scare me very badly as a child - but we hardly see them now. The do a lot of damage to teh Puriri tree eating away at the bark...


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-28 18:02]

hello Michal
i see like this insect that is flying around the lighting lamps at night time in summer. composition, point of view, colours, using of flash and details are great

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-04 9:09]

Hi Cedryk!
I never saw a green butterfly, I hope to see one someday, this one looks very nice, I see it's male and very colourful one, great details and POV!

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