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Pellucid Hawk Moth
Pellucid Hawk Moth

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rule of Thirds (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF for Pentax
Location: Japan
Date: Sep 17, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2005

I'd never seen one of these before - at first I thought it was some kind of wasp. It moves quickly and the wings a beat really fast, so I took this shot at 1/1000 second.

Although I was really wanting to enter a picture uncropped for this challnge, I didn't have so much time to compose this series of photos properly in camera. So, post processing is a crop, adjust contrast, resize and USM.

Place: 233 out of 354
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Votes: 214
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09/20/2006 02:53:56 PM
I think the focus really hurt you here. I would have liked to see all of the moth in focus, if not the moth and the flower. Great composition and colors, and the lighting seems to be very nice. Your crop and contrast adjustment really worked.

Just thinking about it, the lack of focus may have worked better if the background had not been so busy. Then, with the great colors and contrast, it may have made a beautiful abstract. Right now it is pretty, but a bit too "busy" for me to look at it in an abstract way. I hope that makes sense - let me know if it doesn't.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2005 11:23:04 AM
this just doesn't hit the button with me - everything is just a tad out of focus - but a very difficult capture, meets challenge
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09/22/2005 09:32:47 PM
7 - Nice. Criticism; wish the whole moth was in focus, though you have captured most of it very well, good definition. The 'bokeh' is nice, but the color of the flower detracts slightly in my opinion, or rather 'competes' with the subtle coloring of the moth. Technically, while no 'expert' in the rule(s), looks pretty spot on to me, though I would loved to have seen the wings used as a 'top row', etc, but that's a totally different shot and indeed likely technique too, so who knows.
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09/22/2005 12:20:49 AM
I wish the hawk was facing us. Bokeh qualty seems really funny. What kind of lens you got here? Also seems out of focus.
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