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Blue spots
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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Closer The Better [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-09 3:09
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Its been awhile since I posted any photo's so its about time. This shot is a little tight but it was the best shot I could get before this big caterpillar crawled away. I spotted it as I arrived home parking my motorbike. The caterpillar was about 8 to 10 cm long. I grabbed my camera and tried to get the best shot I could. I left my bikes headlight on to provide some lighting from behind as well as to maintain the ability to just see the thing. The colours were very suprising when I looked at the photograph as I couldn't see the colours on the caterpillar at the time of shooting.
What spieces is this?

thistle, liziafa, loot, thor68, Oz1, scottevers7, wallhalla15, Janice, dew77, vanderschelden, pauljk, Alan_Kolnik, mesquens, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-09 3:32]

What a great macro, Matthew!
I simply am amazed by how many beautiful colors this caterpillar has. WOW. Very good POV and superb details.
Bravo and TFS

Hi Matthew,
Nice shot! I have a picture of quite simmilar fellow judging on the look of it's face. It may a Lymantria dispar known as Gypsy Moth. It has a row of blue dots on the first part of the body and a row of red ones on the hind part. That makes it look quite beauitful.
The picture is good. I think the tight framing works well, but I think the colours are a little oversaturated. The blue has quite unnatural shade, it is lighter in reality.
Overall, well done on this one!

Hi Matthew,
Interesting capture.
Very nice details, sharp and colors.
Well done.
TFS Malgosia

Great photo - brings a huge smile to my face for some reason. Like some sort of insect-clown!

Great detail, lovely colours.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-09 5:04]
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Hi Matt
Wow, I don't know the ID, but I can tell you that don't make this guy/gal less pleasing. It is an amazing macro shot and you have really brought out the colours to be enjoyed by all. Those bright blue headlights at the base of the bristles sure tell you that you do not want to mess with this one. If one was never burned by a hairy caterpillar you might be careless by trying to move it to a spot where you can take some more photos, but if you know what potent punch these caterpillars carry then you know to leave them in peace to go on their own undisturbed way.
I like this in-your-face approach with the taking and the cropping of the shot while you still show a significant amount of the body. The colours are rich and well saturated, the details are tack sharp and it is part of what makes this shot a real winner. The dark BG is great although almost unmentionable as the big fat worm fills the frame and the exposure was absolutely spot-on.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-07-09 6:07]

Hi Matthew,

A great macro with excellent colors,I like this POV a lot,a great composition,my compliments,


incredible shot, matt! :-)
10 cm caterpillar?! wow, what a big one
and such amazing colors it has.
it looks more like an indian mask than a living creature.
terific tight crop and beautiful colors and details.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

Great macro Matt.
Don't think I've seen one of these here in NZ.
It would have been nice to see a photo o the whole beast too,although this is great as it is.
Well done.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-09 8:04]

wow amazing details and colours - a really good, clear macro shot - truely wonderful

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-09 9:16]

great colors and details here!
great shot!

Hi Matthew.
I think the tight cropping works very well here. Colors and detail are amazing! Excellent shot!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-09 15:25]

Hi Matthew,
Waouw! terrific look. He looks very funny too!
Great macro on details and colors. Not one to be easily forgotten!
Very well done and TFS

Hello Matt,
this is an excellent caterpillar shot. Wonderful colours, great sharpness, details and POV. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-09 21:08]

I had no idea what this thumbnail was opening up to. It looks like a witchdoctor's mask!
Awesome show of the caterpillar's head. Amazing macro Matt, very well done,

Dude...when I told you that you should start posting again, I didn't expect you to steal the show...amazing picture. Best I have seen in the gallery in awhile.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-10 8:21]

Hello Matthew,
Magnificent close up.POV,details,vivid colors,sharpness,framing and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Matthew,
WOW,Interesting capture.

Good picture. Like it very much.
Read your intro page. Great story. South Korea and photography? I remember the worldchampionship football there. The 'photography' was outstanding. Better than the last one in Germany in my opinion. So it might been a good learning school, I guess?

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-15 21:44]

Hi Matthew
Great macro shot. Great colours, sharpnes, light, details and POV.
Well done Matthew


Such a pretty punk - Hi Matthew,
this caterpillar is realy funny, a poster of this one would be a phantastic decoration for Helloween ;-) I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Matt,
This is a "Wow!" shot. Unbelievable detail rendered in the image.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-09-23 17:12]

Hi Matt!
I love this colourful shot, very good and original macro, great POV and details!

hi matthew
excellente macro de cette chenille tres colorée.de bons details.

Simply a spectacular shot! Amazing macro with the flash getting just enough DOF and a very sharp focus, and very smart to use your bike's light to backlight it. The colors are amazing - real National Geographic stuff! We also get a few monster caterpillars here from time to time - they look as if they've come from another planet, and your picture really does this one justice.

Criativo e bonito.

I can't believe it is so beatiful, wonderful colour and very sharpeness

And hello again! ;>
And again fantastic facro. This portrait is not only very colourful (mosaic on the catepillar's hear s really amazing) but can be characterized by very good details!
Anyway, how big was this specimen?
Best greetings,

It, to me, matters little what spices it is. I only know that this is an OUTSTANDING image, whatever the type of caterpillar.
Excellent photography, my friend,
Mario from Calgary, Alberta.

Hello Matthew,

What a nice shot of this fellow. And just what KiltedArab said: "brings a huge smile to my face for some reason. Like some sort of insect-clown!" magnificent colours. Sharp and full of details. POV and BG are oké. Its a beauty. Regards and TFS Bob

amazing creature, TFS Ori

it is great macro photo, wonderfull color and sharpness and composition

excellent macro, excellent frame!!

very good job!

best regards

beautiful detail , excellent macro

Hi Matthew,

Beautiful colours! Nice detail. Very sharp photo. Congrats!


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