Moth on a Twig - a different viewpoint.

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This moth is a Barred Sallow , taken from a different viewpoint.
Moths are usually photographed from above... but, by encoraging them to clamber onto my twig...
I can twirl them gently round to find their best profiles.

This is done early in the morning as I empty the mothtrap... so the insects are all less lively...
the light is from a Neewer ring flash used as a ring light... and the early morning ambient.
The background bokeh is from the distant vegetation... in this case the trees on the other side of our meadow.
Another advantage of the insect on a twig approach... I can move them around to select the best background for the subject...
the con, of course, is using the K1 single handed!!
31/10/2018 - 22:17drofmit
CategoryWildlife / Nature
Shutter Speed1/160
Focal Length100mm


Link Posted 01/11/2018 - 05:25
Well done


Link Posted 01/11/2018 - 15:31
Outstanding accomplishment. Like very much. Its "eye" looks like a fish eye, doesn't it?


Link Posted 02/11/2018 - 08:58
go4IT wrote:
Outstanding accomplishment. Like very much. Its "eye" looks like a fish eye, doesn't it?

Thanks.... does look like a fish eye!
This is actually because all the facets of the eye facing the camera are absorbing all light that enters... in reality, they all are... but, the ones that are not directly towards you are reflecting their "true" colours towards you. In reality, none of the wonderful colours of moths actually exist as pigment... it is all done by refraction of light, allegedly...[according to the latest research.... in which case, why can moths and butterflies fade in daylight??]
Never be afraid to talk about your techniques...
"Give a thousand photographers...
the same camera, lens and scene...
and you'll always get a thousand different takes!!"


Link Posted 02/11/2018 - 14:23
Thanks for explanation of the “eye”. I had heard that they are not pigmented. We have loads and loads to learn yet about nature, don’t we?


Link Posted 02/11/2018 - 21:34
stunning macro

Pentax K3 gripped,and some lenses

my pbase gallery


Link Posted 03/11/2018 - 20:36
Excellent work!



Link Posted 25/01/2021 - 10:44
Wonderful details, my congrats. Liked.
Last Edited by Toni60 on 25/01/2021 - 10:44
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