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Beauty from the sand dunes. (16)
peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Happy New Year, dear friends at TN!

Rhodostrophia vibicaria (Clerck, 1759)
Family: Geometridae

Thank you Paulo and Nigel, for telling me the ID!

Near the small village of Oberweiden, some 30 kilometres to the east of Vienna, sand dunes formed during ice age have left a hilly area unsuitable for any kind of agriculture. The barren hills covered with bushes and dry grassland are a perfect retreat for plants and animals of unusual diversity, some of them rare and endangered species. On June 10, 2004, I captured this small day active geometrid moth with fine colours and line drawings. Wingspread approx. 35mm.

Digital Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi with integrated zoom and macro.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

1) The unknwon beauty is called "Rhodostrophia vibicaria". Paulo (phlr): Thank you for the identification.

2) I continued the post work Nigel (Merlin) recommended and demonstrated in his workshop:
noice reduction of the background (performed in Adobe Photoshop Elements). Nigel: Thank you.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Selective masking, noise reduction.
Edited by:Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)

1. Masked the background with "magic wand" mask tool.

2. Noise reduction @ 3 pixels.

Simple!

This was only applied to the left side of the picture to show the "before/after" effect.