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Tussock Moth Caterpillar spines can cause hypersensitivity reaction if touched
Tussock Moth Caterpillar spines can cause hypersensitivity reaction if touched

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: National Geographic II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon MF 105mm f/2.5 AIS
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jun 29, 2011
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 360
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2011

Really, they can. But they're seriously funky-looking caterpillars! I think this little guy is just awesome :-) But then I tend to be in Bug Photography Mode in the summertime. There are just so many!!

Had my 36mm + 20mm extension tubes on and used diffused fill flash.

PP - cropped, levels, white balance, dodged/burnt on caterpillar a little, reduced noise, resized, sharpened, added border.

Place: 54 out of 117
Avg (all users): 5.8955
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8269
Avg (non-participants): 5.9390
Views since voting: 376
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 134
Comments: 2
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2011 01:57:32 PM
Great shot. I shot one a few years back and battled to identify it. That means that you have at least spent some time trying to identify your subject, a good NG trait. The title has helped the viewer identify the insect and get an education about it! I think you used a ring flash or off camera flash at least and this is not unheard of in NG but it has washed out the image a little. Still a good, thoughtful effort with decent focus on the head and everything is visible and well composed. Publishable? Sure.
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07/01/2011 02:07:18 AM
What an interesting capture, one of my faves, see you on the front page. 9
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