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Luna Moth
Luna Moth
SJCarter


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Macro V (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Bugs
Camera: Gateway DC-T50
Location: Parents' House outside of Buchanan, VA
Date: Jun 27, 2005
Aperture: 1:3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80 sec
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 27, 2005

Taken the morning after Dad left the spotlights on the house - there were beautiful moths (big & small) everywhere!

Decided to crop off portions of the wings for Macro effect (although the wings were in great shape and I worked on a number of shots that include the whole wings). Other post-processing included increased color saturation, selective sharpening on the antennae and wing eyes, gaussian blur on a background layer for softer feel, resizing for Web. That's it.

I'm really pleased with how this turned out... hopefully the voters will be too!

Statistics
Place: 53 out of 374
Avg (all users): 6.2267
Avg (commenters): 7.9524
Avg (participants): 6.0888
Avg (non-participants): 6.5256
Views since voting: 1920
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 247
Comments: 33
Favorites: 5 (view)


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11/09/2005 07:04:03 PM
Great photo SJ, I love the clairity and detail.
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11/09/2005 02:21:42 PM
This is such a pretty picture - the color on the moth is beautiful. The texture you captured in the wings is incredible. I usually hate moths but I really like this picture!
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10/31/2005 01:30:37 AM
I remember this image from one of the first challenges I voted on. It got a 9 then and still intrigues me today. I love the crop, the diagnols (sp) and the contrasting texture. One of my all time favotrites.
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09/16/2005 11:15:39 PM
I thought I had already commented on this one a long time ago...but I don't see it.

This is, I think, my very favorite of your shots. For just a slightly processed, great-out-of-the-camera shot...this one is it. Composition and crop are thoughtful and very appealing. I love the diagonal. Focus, colors, and textures are all spot on. You've really made this into a first rate nature shot, bringing out the beauty of the creature.
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09/07/2005 01:59:49 AM
WOW.... simply gorgeous... congrats... might leave on my lights tonight....lol....
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09/02/2005 09:59:44 AM
Great subject and composition - a good choice for an amazing insect.
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08/22/2005 12:33:02 PM
I am officially jealous of this shot. Great use of lines and positioning... unique view. I love the color contrast and the macro focus. He is so great... I love him. :)
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07/19/2005 07:56:31 PM
This is a really nice macro shot.. good composition, great subject. The color just seems to be a little washed out. Not enough yellow in the green, if you know what I mean.
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07/19/2005 12:06:24 AM
I like your crop on this one. Great job!
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07/12/2005 08:04:41 PM
Great image. It should have placed higher.
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07/11/2005 11:48:50 AM
50th place? No Way.....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/10/2005 11:06:17 PM
Awesome. The cropping really makes this image sing.
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07/10/2005 10:50:14 PM
nice - but WB needs adjusting.
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07/09/2005 10:01:41 PM
amazing colors and i love the composition!
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07/09/2005 03:16:00 AM
8
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07/08/2005 10:55:20 PM
Great composition, detail and colour. 10
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07/07/2005 11:41:42 PM
Good composition, nice colors
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07/07/2005 10:40:02 PM
wow! congrats a bit early 10
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07/07/2005 01:54:20 PM
Beautiful
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07/07/2005 04:48:30 AM
Moths are so pretty and this is a good capture. Would like to see more of the wings and less of the background.
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07/07/2005 01:07:10 AM
Nice picture and colors. I just wish the background was either simpler or more blurred or something. It detracts from the picture.
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07/06/2005 04:32:34 PM
The colors aren't right. You have to have the whitebalance correct.
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07/06/2005 04:17:58 AM
Excellent macro of the luna moth. Lighting and exposure is perfect.
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07/05/2005 04:15:13 PM
Very pretty
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07/05/2005 10:25:53 AM
I love luna moths. The "eyes" have it!
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07/05/2005 09:14:56 AM
Favorite of the challenge so far. Amazing.
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07/04/2005 11:12:30 PM
Good composition and excellent detail.
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07/04/2005 09:57:40 PM
9 - Wow. Are those antennae real? This creature is beautiful and you have captured it very well. Looks like a costume from an extravagant opera. Colors are so vivid and rich, the gold is 'unreal'. Against the 'earth/pebble background'?, I don't know, perhaps it adds a texture contrast. For me, given the 'fabric' of the subject, something equally as luxurious as a background, or else plain, would be better. Is it dead, or just 'resting' ?
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07/04/2005 01:48:01 PM
Beautiful colors. Really good detail on the moth. Nice composition :-)
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07/04/2005 01:28:04 PM
composition and clarity excellent. 9 - may bump on second pass. I would hang this on my wall - bump to 10. Good luck in the challenge!
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07/04/2005 01:10:32 PM
stunning - I want to see more you tease! Beautiful detail.
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07/04/2005 12:09:22 PM
wow, really great colors
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07/04/2005 02:11:09 AM
Interesting angle. What a lovely green!! Nice detailing on the wings.
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