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Privet Hawk-moth

By Andy_brown  
Lucky enough to find a few of these stunning Privet Hawk-moth larvae

Tags: Larvae Close-up and macro

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KarenFB Plus
15 5.6k 182 England
1 Sep 2013 10:44AM
For me personally, there is nothing on this image to 'critique' (I'm sure someone more knowledgeable then I will be along later to prove me wrong!).

I love the posture of the caterpillar, which you've focused on brilliantly. I also like it's perch, which you've also captured with good focus. I even like the out of focus background (the colours are perfect). For me, this is a wonderful image (and I'm quite jealous!). Smile
TonyDy Plus
12 52 3 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 11:03AM
Very good shot, Andy.
Pete 20 18.8k 97 England
1 Sep 2013 11:06AM
Brilliant exposure and composition. Only thing I would have done different would have been to use a polarising filter which would have reduced the glare on the upper leaf which is a now distraction. You could use the burn tool in photoshop or similar to reduce the brightness of this highlight area.
super shot lovely colour good detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Andy_brown 7 14 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 12:01PM
Thanks all very pleased with this especially as I have only been doing photography for 2 years and Pete been in and done as you suggested and yes it is better and thanks for the tip I don't think I will ever get to grips with it all

Thanks Again

KarenFB Plus
15 5.6k 182 England
1 Sep 2013 12:34PM
If you hover over 'Options' under your image, you could upload the improved image as a Variation. (hint, hint) Wink
Andy_brown 7 14 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 12:46PM
Thanks Karen just added the changed one looks as though I may have overdone the leaf burning what do you thing all!Tongue
1 Sep 2013 2:49PM
Amazing shot. I wouldn't worry too much about the leaf one way or another as my focus is on the caterpillar anyway and that is just perfect.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
1 Sep 2013 4:45PM
It is a very good shot as it is. Yiou did well to get away with 1/40 at 180mm, so I assume a tripod or other solid support was used.

There are a few areas where it can be tweaked to become more than a very good shot.

The toning down of highlights needs to be applied not only to the top leaf, but to the Caterpillar itself, This brings out quite a bit more detail.

Setting the black point to be black provides a little more contrast.

Adding selective sharpening to the body again enhances detail.

Cropping to an A4 format, and adding that missing tip to the top leaf, while completely removing the left leaf exisiting the frame gives a more contained and compact appearance.

Ive uploaded a mod for comparison, - please view large.


Andy_brown 7 14 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 5:13PM

Sent you an email before I saw your note here, love what you have done and as I have said in the email want to tweak the original image as you have so I can get I printed and framed, just not that clever with photoshop.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 5:43PM
With Willie in general. Obviously a tripod with that lens. I have the 150. Superb lenses. I think you have a fine image, but all this discussion on burning in is solved by a little less exposure. You are a tiny bit over in general. I would also tweak the sharpness a bit. It is pretty close but could be a little better. Then just lift contrast a tiny bit.

I'm on a tablet, so sharpening can be an issue. It is a fine well composed image. Just needs that bit of work to really punch it out of the screen. If you are printing it, you will find sharpening a little more than ideal for a screen gives a more punchy print. A matter of trial and error.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
1 Sep 2013 5:44PM
Apologies for all of us Andy, - we didnt welcome you as we normally do to EPZ, - so welcome, and enjoy the site!

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2216 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 6:42PM
Hello, Andy, and welcome to EPZ.
Some good advice above.
This is an excellent image.
My own personal niggle is the clipped leaves, and Willie has dealt with that.

Quote:adding that missing tip to the top leaf, while completely removing the left leaf exisiting the frame gives a more contained and compact appearance

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4237 Canada
2 Sep 2013 8:06PM
Yes Andy, your mod works very well.

Andy_brown 7 14 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2013 8:36PM
Thanks all and cheers Willie for the pointers to tweak the pic just need to decide on the photo lab and size of print, probably A4!



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