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Early Thorn

By Ade_Osman    
Captured this little beauty yesterday morning in the light traps, V1 was taken outside in daylight using a Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro, V2,3 &4 were taken inside using the Canon MP-E 65mm x1-5 lens using my focus rack, flash and stacking set up. V2 is @ x2, V3 @ x3 and V4 @ x4 magnification. Each indoor image was a stack of 30 images each, then processed using Zerene and a mish mash of other manipulation programs.......For the record, it took most of yesterday to process these and 15 other similar images of other moths using the same technique.......All images were shot using ISO100. The colour balance is a little off in V2, 3 & 4, but I'm going to try and re-work them sometime.

More on the actual moth now Grin Commonly distributed throughout Britain, though less so in Scotland, occurring in a wide range of habitats. There are two distinct generations (except in the far north), the first of which flies in April and May. The summer brood, which appears in August and September, usually produces smaller and paler moths. The larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees. Melanic forms occur fairly regularly in parts of northern England.

BTW as always, the moth was released unharmed and alive and I wanted to give him a great big kiss because he was so compliant for so long.......Although in all honesty I think he was a little cold which made my life a damn site easier Grin

There was a lot of graft in processing these images, here's hoping you all enjoy them, thanks for looking in......Ade

Tags: General Moths Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Flash and lighting Wildlife and nature Early Thorn

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
18 Mar 2012 7:26AM
What a stunning set of images, Ade, and well worth all the time and effort you gave to producing them. I love the detail in the antennae, something which is lost in a 'normal' photograph. Carol

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helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 8:05AM
Amazing detail in v2,3 and 4 SmileSmileSmileSmile
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 8:05AM
These must be as good as it can get Ade

You have certainly got to grips with that lensSmile

Got a decent connection at the momentWink

I'm surprised you are still sane, after a day with EdGrin


- Just had another look at V4 - it's b****y brilliantSmile
Trev_B 10 151 68 England
18 Mar 2012 8:25AM
A terrific set Ade with fantastic detail.

KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
18 Mar 2012 8:26AM
Absolutely brilliant - the stacked images have so much beautiful detail in them, well worth all your hard work!
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
18 Mar 2012 8:28AM
I'm waiting for v10!! TongueGrinGrin. Superb detail. I take my hat off to a dedicated craftsman. And I'm very appreciative of the technical information as well as the info on the moth. Very well done Ade.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 8:35AM
an amazing set of macro shots, I have a long way to go in competing with your imagesSmile or producing anything close - very well done to you Ade
18 Mar 2012 8:41AM
A Excellent set,so much detail,good work,
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 9:09AM
Images of excellent detail, that was a lot of concentrated work I know - Carole
nikshot 8 9 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 9:28AM
I admire your dedication and hard work Ade, the images are superb and a tribute to you.

RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
18 Mar 2012 9:51AM
A lot of time and expertise involved here, Ade, esp. when it comes to stacking which is quite beyond me, but the results, especially in V 3 and 4 are so impressive.
Alvar 10 23 2 France
18 Mar 2012 9:52AM
Wonderful set Ade. Great narrativeSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
18 Mar 2012 10:00AM
Very technical description compounded with excellent images Ade. You certainly know your Moths !! and where to find them.
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
18 Mar 2012 10:08AM
Exceptional and outstanding work, Ade. V1 is a stunning in detail, tones and textures, giving a full picture of this beautiful moth, whilst the other three versions are nothing short of amazing. Terrific work, thought and dedication has gone into this upload, as illustrated by the detailed description.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
18 Mar 2012 10:32AM
I wish I could come up with a joke of some kind as you often do but You go to to great lengths to perfect your craft and I am in full admiration for images like this, a superb set mate.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
18 Mar 2012 10:44AM
I have to be honest Ade! Nothing wrong with V1, there is excellent detail there, the rest are awesome.


18 Mar 2012 11:42AM
Incredible detail Ade,
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
18 Mar 2012 11:55AM
V3 and 4 are real crackers

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
18 Mar 2012 12:09PM
Astounding detail in these incredible close ups Ade, v4 is as an extreme close up as you can get. You can tell that lots of hard work and dedication has gone into producing these
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
18 Mar 2012 12:17PM
Cheers Ed and Sylvia, muchly appreciated guys.....

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 12:24PM
Ade this is an amazing series, the macro is great the super macro MP-E stuff is nothing short of amazing
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Mar 2012 12:42PM
fantastic, stunning detail - as you say it is a little beauty!
18 Mar 2012 1:02PM
magnificent shots !! yes Ade you Guessed it i was a twickers yesterday and got absolutely soaked but boy was it worth it
8 10 10 England
18 Mar 2012 1:45PM
V1 grabbed the attention - but by the time I reached V4 it was.........well..........WOW.
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
18 Mar 2012 1:52PM
Thanks very much Joan, I have a few more real close up's of my moths over the next few days, keep an eye for them folks....

Maiwand 10 3 73 England
18 Mar 2012 2:10PM
Superb series Ade. As has already been noted --V4 is quite mind blowing for the detail. Superb.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
18 Mar 2012 2:28PM
An amazing set Ade. Superb details in all.............Sandy
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 2:49PM
WOW! fantastic Ade, soooo much detailSmile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Mar 2012 3:13PM
Exquisitely processed-- just crammed with sharp and informative details-- Kudos!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
18 Mar 2012 3:59PM
V1 is a real beauty Ade. Fantastic details in 2,3,4 from that MP lens.
Re WB - I reckon you only need to reduce the warmth of the images a little.Smile
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 4:45PM
Excellent set!
18 Mar 2012 5:52PM
Fantastic detail in this series Ade. Your skill and knowledge pays off every time. Keep em' coming.

Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
18 Mar 2012 6:10PM
Thanks for the UA Jane, muchly appreciated.......

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 8:45PM
Congrats on all those awards Ade, so very deserving..what a shot
detailed perfectly
Mike_S 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2012 9:22PM
Mind blowing set of images Ade.
Silverzone 10 2 England
19 Mar 2012 1:04AM
A very informative set of images and the technical detail is impressive. The moth has been peirced by a thorn and has lavae of other insects on the skin below his head. Sylvia
ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 7:39AM
V4 for me..
I do like nice close up detail in a macro image...
It like a person woth head and sholders...

Cor 8 Belgium
19 Mar 2012 8:35AM
A SUPERB serie 10+++++
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
19 Mar 2012 3:37PM
Oh wow, such superb detail as you go
through your set.
Very well done.

OAKEY 9 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 6:09PM
Great close up work , must say when it comes to nailing the detail your the man!!!
this really is stunning macro work mate and i'm very impressed with your skill
and your knouledge of the subject too!!
jasonrwl Plus
7 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2012 8:51PM
Superb Ade - definitely worth the effort. All good but I especially like v4.
19 Mar 2012 11:06PM
Many congratulations, Ade. tremendous images!

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