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Poplar Hawk Moth

By doryram
Poplar hawk moth caught in our moth trap the night before. ISO100 f8 Tripod mounted. Because I don't like to use flash I used focus stacking because although this is a large moth, it is awkwardly shaped with regards to D.O.F and macro photography. I positioned the moth on a piece of wood that I keep lying around with the backdrop of the greens and yellows which compliment the moth. I positioned the moth on the right as a natural stop when looking right to left.

Not of caution, when using focus stacking everything needs to be as still as possible, however there are often slight imperceptible movements of the moth to the naked eye, including respiration.

Tags: General Moth Lepidoptera Close-up and macro Hawk moth Poplar hawk moth Wildlife and nature

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carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2013 8:29AM
Luv the composition and thanks for your description, very helpful.
IMO, you need to tone down the background colour a little, I feel it is competing with your subject matter, I hope you feel this is constructive critique.
Well done,
Darryl. Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2013 11:19AM
Darryl is spot on. A background should be just that, it should sink back behind the subject, not dominate it as here. Digital sensors struggle a bit with some colours, sun-lit green being one of them. Here the dominant element is actually yellow, if you tone that down you end up with a more natural green.
I took the liberty of downloading this. In Adobe Elements I opened Enhance > Adjust Colour > Hue/Saturation. I selected yellows and reduced saturation by 35%, lightness by 10%. The result works for me.
doryram 12 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2013 12:49PM
Thanks Moira and Daryl and thanks for the processing tip Moira. I actually liked the bg it seemed to bring the image to life, but on reflection you are both absolutely right. I'll give it another go and upload a version in the near future.
As a final comment I can only commend this type of critique which is very helpful, so thanks again for this constructive critique Moira and Daryl.

Regards Rod

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