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"Darn it!  I hate it when I drop my keys," says the tussock moth larvae.
"Darn it! I hate it when I drop my keys," says the tussock moth larvae.

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Insects II (Minimal Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: my office
Date: Apr 14, 2007
Aperture: f/10 (?)
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2007

A western tussock moth taken with a reversed Canon 50 mm. To control the lighting (and because it was super windy outside) I used an umbrella and flash indoors. The difficult part was focusing with the lens stopped down and low indoor light. Very frustrating shoot, honestly. Didn't help that I dropped my Nikon SB-20 on the floor (but I don't think it is broken).

These caterpillars are all over the place around my work, so finding subjects wasn't hard. But getting them to stay in one place with the right lighting, focus, and background was near impossible. They like light though, they would try to go towards it if they could.

The minimal editing rules makes moving insects very difficult -- you can never get the framing just right when you are worried about getting the focus. Not wild about the composition, I would have loved to be able to crop it again.

Place: 38 out of 180
Avg (all users): 6.3317
Avg (commenters): 7.5333
Avg (participants): 6.1529
Avg (non-participants): 6.4615
Views since voting: 904
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 202
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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04/29/2007 07:21:39 PM
by karmat

Compositionally, you have helped this shot be stronger by having the two halves of the shot have contrasting light and dark. If the background had been consistent, I think this shot would have a static feeling because of the "centeredness" of the caterpillar. I also like how it looks like he (she?) is looking off of the leave. That makes it seem like there is something interesting down there that we want to see. I agree with your comments that a different crop would be even more effective (though not for the challenge).

Technically, you have nailed the exposure, focus, etc. I also think the shallow dof works on this. This is a very well done shot, especially considering the post processing limitations of the challenge.

Very nicely done, and I'm not sure I can suggest anything to make it 'better.' Good work.

If I need to clarify or explain myself, please feel free to contact me via pm.


 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2007 11:41:35 PM
04/22/2007 07:41:53 PM
Great subject and really interesting pose.
04/22/2007 01:15:46 PM
Great picture, fun title. Hairy little fella isn't he :)
04/22/2007 06:35:56 AM
The colors are excellent.
04/21/2007 10:53:41 PM
Good photo, long name
04/21/2007 01:11:15 PM
Cool shot. A 9!
04/20/2007 11:25:41 PM
Looks like a good set of stingers there! :)
04/19/2007 09:09:25 AM
Cool insect
04/17/2007 11:04:35 PM
Not sure if this counts as an insect, but I didn't hold that against you. Excellent depth of field; the bug is very sharp and the blurred areas don't distract me from him.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/17/2007 11:03:24 PM
wow...this is sharp! Nice going!
04/16/2007 01:30:36 PM
Odd title but a good photo. I like the colour and detail
04/16/2007 12:29:40 PM
hehe, what a fun furry guy! Great shot of him.
04/16/2007 10:42:28 AM
Whoa! This is AWESOME! Congratulations!
04/16/2007 10:00:20 AM
So that is what I shot! I shot this same little booger last week for this challenge and didn't know what it was! I was afraid to submit it for fear of DNMC votes (I know it will eventually be an insect but you know the voters...) - Mine was a good subject and didn't move any, hope yours was too! - 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/16/2007 03:36:49 AM
Haha awesoem my fave so far 10
04/16/2007 01:33:06 AM
Looks like a fishing lure! :) Nice job! 9

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