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Toreo Toreo

By Ade_Osman    
It's the very rare Bullfighting Moth! You don't ever want to come face to face with one of these guys, especially in the dark!

In actual fact it's a "67" image stack of a very small Treble Lines moth, which is only about 20mm long in total, but it has the look of a raging bull.......Almost

Moth was cooled in the fridge before taking the images so as to help keep it still for the length on time needed and was released back into the wild alive and unharmed once shooting had finished.

Had this one in last months "EPZ Nature Competition" but as usual it came nowhere Sad


Tags: General Moths Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature Charanyca trigrammica Treble Lines

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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:17AM
stunning detail ade and a cracking title too nice one Wink

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:25AM
Wow, sooooooooo impressive!
MattK 6 63 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:28AM
Jeez this is one heck of an image! a cracker.

Makes me itch when I look at it (not the worlds biggest fan of moths!) but this looks like a real beasty.

Very impressive.

Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:30AM
Stunning work Ade!
6 Jul 2012 8:36AM
Fantastic close-up, showing an almost quizzical look !! Great shot
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Jul 2012 8:40AM
A fantastic close up of this fiercesome looking little critter, he looks absolutely enraged at being photographed! The detail is awesome as always. Raging Bull is most apt, I've seen this expression on your face a couple of times before Ade, once when some annoying twitchers disturbed your peace and quiet at Slimbridge back in March and also when you made your infamous appearance on the series "Teachers" on television a few years back!!!WinkGrin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Jul 2012 8:45AM
but your ID is wrong Tongue it is TORRERO - El torrero mata el torro Smile
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
6 Jul 2012 8:48AM
Superb detail and excellent stacking. I like the crop to get it in on the face but would have liked to have seen a little more light on the eyes to show them off more Ade as th eviewer is drawn into them. Did you get any with a little fill in light with a reflector or flash.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Jul 2012 8:49AM
what , sorry didn't read it... it didn't even make the finals??? I just had a look... some people have a weird conception of nature Sad althought there are some real crackers in there
Richsr 11 91 223 England
6 Jul 2012 8:50AM
Like the fine details and good stacking here Ade, well worked
Regards Richard
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Jul 2012 8:59AM
It's been lifted as much as I dared using the shadow tool Rich, I think the real problem was the Flash was slightly overhead of the subject......I should have used another strobe as you say just to add a bit fill in. But the trouble with this kind of work is you only get one chance, I'm surprised I got away with as many shots for the stack as I did......Never mind. But thanks for your feedback, it's a very valid point, I'll keep an eye out for it on any similar images I work on in the future.....

Thanks for everyone else's kind comments too......

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:59AM
This butch chap does look like a bull fighter, but is it me or does it look cross-eyed. A brilliant image Ade (can't think why it was not even short listedSad).

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
6 Jul 2012 9:04AM

Quote:It's the very rare Bullfighting Moth!

Without reading your write up (or title), that's the sort of thing that was going through my mind! The close up shots make them look so chunky and robust, instead of the gentle delicate creatures they are!

A brilliant piece of photography.
6 Jul 2012 9:09AM
The amount of detail you get in your photos of "critters" is remarkable, to think this is only 20 mm, it makes you realise that there is a world you would never see if not for photostacking! What are the sharp looking things on the front legs ? Really well done.
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 9:13AM
That is totally bl**dy amazing! SmileSmile Brilliant.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Jul 2012 9:54AM
"Jeez" and "wow" are very apt. Superbly done, Ade.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
6 Jul 2012 10:12AM
Superb portrait..... Ade, moths are very appealing.
efactsphoto 6 8 3 Germany
6 Jul 2012 10:21AM
Impressive work!
Plus I like the fact that the moth survived the action Smile
Well done!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Jul 2012 10:25AM

Quote:Plus I like the fact that the moth survived the action

They always go back alive and well, no matter what the species......If they didn't I wouldn't last two minutes with my soppy missus on the case Grin

Thanks for the awards everyone......Very much appreciated as they always are.......Ade
mooreish 5 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 10:34AM
I've got a bit to learn Ade, Awsome shot
6 Jul 2012 10:52AM
Another stunner, Ade.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 10:56AM
Excellent work, Ade.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
6 Jul 2012 11:14AM

A cross-eyed moth Smile

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 Jul 2012 11:15AM
Totally amazing! What a bruiser. I bet no-one dare tell him that he's boss-eyed! Wink
6 Jul 2012 11:20AM
I absolutely love this, very inspiring to a novice like myself. Fantastic!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 11:48AM
ringyneck 11 315 18 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 11:50AM
Can't add to all the above comments.

"Had this one in last months "EPZ Nature Competition" but as usual it came nowhere"

O.K. it worked.....I feel sorry for you.....Wink Grin

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
6 Jul 2012 12:32PM
Excellent pro photography again Ade! Awesome mate!


Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Jul 2012 12:59PM

Quote:O.K. it worked.....I feel sorry for you

Don't get me wrong I'm not bitter or anything about it, anything but! There was some really good images in last months competition and a lot of them too......I've only re-posted this image so everyone can have a look as the compo entries get overlooked unless you were the one of the winners......My time will come eventually I sure, I'll just keep trying.....Besides I can't complain EPZ had been very good to me over the last 12 months or so....Grin

Thanks for the award though Keith, again muchly appreciated as they all are!

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 1:48PM
Well I am amazed.............................. This is one fantasic imageGrinGrin At first sight I went into a gormy trance.............. and then I realised I was pulling the same facial expression as the mothTongue Good job I am home aloneGrinGrinGrin
Brilliant Image, You can have my award tooGrin
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Jul 2012 2:54PM
Glad to see someone else uses their 'fridge for the same purpose, Ade Wink Carol
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Jul 2012 2:55PM
More hairs on show here Ade than on a barbers floor !!
And what a good missus you have.
My one moans at me if I so much as put one can of Guinness in the fridge !!
Super shot.
Ray42 10 3 England
6 Jul 2012 5:04PM
They are getting better and better Ade - the 5 UA's (would be 6 if had one) and the GEA say it all - a top quality macro - Congratulations on the very well deserved awards
6 Jul 2012 5:21PM
Now that's just Rediculously UGLY, but brilliantly captured.........The detail is AWESOME Wink
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
6 Jul 2012 5:23PM
My word...Mr Bristly Brush!! A brush with death, more like, 'cos he really looks like a crazed bull staring you down! Well, a cross-eyed crazed bull...but that just makes him crazier looking Grin

These stacked images of yours are remarkable, Ade. The detail is just insane. Because of these shots of yours I Googled 'image stacking' to learn more about it.

Well done on the GEA and all the UAs!!

Awesome image.

MartPics 12 7 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 5:59PM
Only his mother love him!
Superb shot.

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Jul 2012 6:12PM
Cheers Dean on the UA Grin

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:53PM
Please accept my humble apologies, as I used my last U.A on an image I flagged last nightSad

Trouble is, I gave it, worthy though I might add, at work this morning

Hit the Spring Watch entries with it mateWink

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:54PM
Good title as well! IB
clive burrow 14 71 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:55PM
Excellent work Ade, think he needs a haircut though
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 7:59PM
Terrific shot !!!....amazing quality !!!

Enjoyed your write-up too !!
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 8:08PM
You are a very patient man Ade, and your invest in time was well worth it, this is amazing. Well deserved of the numerous awards

exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
6 Jul 2012 8:46PM
Great eye & fur? detail Ade & lovely light
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
6 Jul 2012 9:04PM
Ugly beast - not youWink - the moth.......... I think Richard made a good point re the eyes.
Congrats on the Award.
Karrol 9 29 England
6 Jul 2012 9:44PM
Really does look like a menacing specimen.

Superb capture
6 Jul 2012 10:35PM
This is absolutely fantastic Ade. Can't stop looking at it, I'm so impressed. This definitely gets my daily award. Brilliant work!

mattberry 13 259 14 Greece
6 Jul 2012 11:21PM
Superb Ade. I am not sure I want to get into stacking but the detail it can provide (when done by someone as adept as you) is undeniably stunning! It is like the way macro opens up another world, but on a whole new level! Smile

6 Jul 2012 11:27PM
ok first he scared the s*t outa me then I felt sorry for him.. he looks a boz eyed poor fella

AlistairJ 12 6 England
6 Jul 2012 11:42PM
Awesome. Great work Ade,but it does put me off using my DCR-250 Wink
Simply stunning. For the competition the awards above should mean more. Great shot and great patience.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 2:02PM
All been said but another stunning shot Ade
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 3:44PM
Wow...what a portrait! GrinGrinGrin
Congratulations on the awards Ade, thoroughly deserved mate! The detail here is really incredible.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 5:30PM
fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
7 Jul 2012 5:42PM
I agree with Lillian. looks more like a fluffy raging bull though.

Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
7 Jul 2012 8:28PM
Another outstanding shot, Ade.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 486 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 9:17PM
brilliant image Ade well worthy of all the awards
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 9:45PM
wow the 67 stack shows all the detail ...... it does indeed look ready to charge just like a bull.....
8 Jul 2012 6:49AM
A superb image Ade and well deserving of all the awards. I am fascinated by what appear to be Claws halfway up the front legs - now what would they be used for. A
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
8 Jul 2012 2:41PM

Quote: I am fascinated by what appear to be Claws halfway up the front legs

Fearsome looking tools aren't they, my only guess would be for gripping plants and other things they land on.......But a lot of moths have them or similar looking claws......

9 Jul 2012 12:44PM
Fantastic image Ade, pleased to be No. 100

Sezz 13 617 15 England
9 Jul 2012 1:57PM
Omg, how close-up is that! Fantastic work Ade, my congrats for your well deserved awards!

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Tibetan 5 3 England
9 Jul 2012 5:11PM
I have heard of this before but I prefer the chase as it were having been a shooting person, now I use the camera instead which is my change of heart, if I don't get the shot it's my fault no one else's! great detail I must admit and yes a roaring bull is a very apt description, thank's again for your help, best regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2012 7:44PM
Jeeeez Ade, this is an astonishing shot as I'm sure all the accolades confirm

11 Jul 2012 12:48PM
Wow!, I'm glad these are tiny ;o)
Well captured Ade.

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