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NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2012 11:08PM
hi, its a burnet moth and they are a nice subject but to be sucessful i think the antennae need to be pin sharp and the head and to be fair most of the wings and thats hard to acheive.

the background is also a little distracting with the out of focus blobs of yellow and im afraid its a case of moving round and checking the frame for these things because its hard to deal with them later.

i think the whole thing is a little off focus which is probably shake so close to the subject in seemingly fairly dull lighting conditions. the lack of light has also resulted in a slightly overexposed result lacking in contrast.

this is the time to use some off camera flash i think.

they are fairly common so keep at them and im sure with some quality lighting you will find the faster speed will provide better results and contrast


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annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
14 Feb 2012 11:41PM
well, first of all they are very pretty moths so certainly worth the try.
the following is not meant to discourage you, every one starts with shots of that kind!
I disagree on the flash, usually unnecessary. But a larger aperture might help and most of all, use a longer lens to isolate the insect and the perch from the background.
If you haven't got a longer lens, use rings to get closer.
A dedicated macro lens without AF is not expensive, My Tamrom 90 2.5 MF which fits all sorts of mounts is often sold for about 100$ or 80-100
Please check out CarolG's portfolio for insects in all situations or AdeOsman, he is the master of moths!
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 8:11AM
just to clarify, the flash was because of the lack of any lighing, although a great many specialists would use ring flash and its helps prevent shake.

you desperately need 2 things here, greater depth of field to make the moth sharp tip to toe, so using a wider aperature would be negative, however you also need to make the background more blurred and the longer lens to make the separation would be a good thing. the 180 macro lens is ideal for this. also you can reposition to make the moth more parallel to the lens to help with dof.

additionally these Burnet moths do not tend to fly off so you can usually maximise the oportunity and experiment a little

paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 7:53AM
All said. Seven spot Burnet I think. Does need to be larger in the frame and natural history macro should always be very sharp. Difficult with a compact to get that plane and depth right.

Mendipman 6 3 England
17 Feb 2012 9:47PM
Hi, nice shot and reading through the comments above I agree with some of the points made. I think it is always going to be difficult to shoot macro with a compact unless your camera has some level of manual override or control over the focus and aperture and to be honest I would recommend using some kind of camera support whether it is a tripod or something else as taking shots at such magnification also has the downside of magnifying things like vibration and movement that comes with the longer shutter speeds as a result of a smaller aperture required to get the dof.

A greater dof is nearly always required and usually have mine set to f16 as a default and as already been mentioned, it is preferable to align the front of the camera lens with the wings of the moth so that they are parallel, this will maximise the dof and possibly allow you to use a wider aperture. At least you can experiment with this part using a compact.

As with all camera settings, they are a compromise and the more control you have over them the more chance you will be able to get the balance right.

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