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Tiny beauty in my garden ...

Tiny beauty in my garden ...
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-15 13:41
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello, I had a fantastic sunny weekend with high temperature. So I went outside with my camera.
I had not go so far, look what I saw in my garden.
It's a Mint moth, Purpurroter Zünsler, Pyrausta Purpuralis. It's wingspan is only about 2 cm.
You can see how tiny it is in the WS.
First it was a little shy and flew away several times - but than I catched it from the back and the side.
This is a collage of 2 shots.
I hope you like it.

Have a good start into the new week.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-15 13:56]

Hi. Great Picture of the Moths, Great detail and Bright colours.Great eyes and hairy backs.and good compostion.TFS

well done..

Bonjour Sabine
La pose est excellent, bon travail, les détails , les couleurs et la composition sont tous très bons.
Merci pour le partage et au revoir....JP

Hallo Sabine,
diese beiden Kameraden hatte ich auch schon mal gesehen. - Deine Collage ist super! Du beherrscht Dein PP-Programm sehr gut. Hättest Du nicht darauf hingewiesen, ich hätte es auf Anhieb nicht bemerkt. Klasse Arbeit!

I cannot belive this is a collage of two pictures, the colors are great and the pictures are sharp.

bonjour sabine
ce qui frappe en premier c'est la profondeur de champ qui est particulierement bonne(f/25),puis les couleurs et les details;
c'est tres bien fait.

Hello Wishnu,
This is just amazing! You have captured these in perfect detail. The focus and the colours are great. These are so clear, I would be able to recognise them in a police line-up! Well done!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-15 14:23]

Hello Sabine

A beautiful close up of these two moths.The colours are rich and vivid.The DOF and POV are very good,with exceptional detail and textures.Very good use of flash fill.TFS


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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2007-04-15 14:28]

Hi Wishnu,
Great collage with beautiful details and splendid colors.
I especially like the crisp details. You can see every scale on the wing.

Hi Sabine,

WoW what an AMAZING shot off these tiny beauty's
Two for the price of one
Excellent compo and colours
Perfect sharp details
you where very lucky

TFS Thijs

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-15 14:58]

Hallo Sabine,
super getroffen die "beiden einen". Die Minimotten haben oftmals fantastische und ungewöhnliche Flügelzeichnungen. Die Vielfalt ist hier so großartig, dass sie mich immer wieder begeistern kann. Purpuralis hat eine einfache aber dennoch attraktive Zeichnung. Vielen dank für das schöne Foto.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-04-15 15:10]

Hi Sabine,

Never seen this moth before. Very sharp macro. Love the details and the colors. Excellent work as usual!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-15 15:57]

Hallo Sabine,
huebsch sind die zwei,m die Zeichnung in den Fluegeln ist wirklich schoen. Eine super Schaerfe hast du wieder herausgeracht und die Farebn sind schoen kraeftig. Die kenn ich gar nicht sieht man mal wieder wer nicht mit Kamera rumlaeuft sieht nur die Haelfte ;-).

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-15 16:00]

Hallo Sabine,
Interessante Zusammenstellung dieser schönen Zünsler. Ich dachte, wie macht es auch Sabine, beide so gut im Fokus zu haben. Auch farblich schönes Bild.
Herzlichen Dank

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-04-16 2:34]

Brillaint capture sabine.
Wonderful what more amazing is the posture.

Hallo Sabine,
Wow! What a lovely Butterflies! I think they are having a chat :). Bravo and TFS.

Grüsse aus der Turkei.

Hello Sabine,
Are they just dating, or are we talking about a serious relationship?
You capture the hairy texture so well here, they almost look like they are cut from a colourful carpet...
Good light superb colours and a nice composition!
Pablo -

Hello Sabine,
Fantastic detail and color richness. Wonderful to see the way you combined 2 pictures together seamlessly. TFS this fine image.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-16 9:52]

Hi Sabine.
I see you really had perfect weekend. Your picture is simply great as well as your characters. They are beautiful at high range. POV and composition of the shot, colour reproduction, sharpness and details of the moths and leaves are outstanding. Superb done. Bravo.

hi sabine!
excellent work, i like it.
wonderful collage.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-04-16 12:09]

Hi Sabine,
Thank you very much for sharing such a superior documentation of this beautiful species with us!

Hi Sabine, beautiful couple of butterfly with excellent exposure, lovely presentation, splendid colors and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi, Sabine.
Nice duo. Excellent DOF and sharpness. Very rich details and colors.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-17 13:02]

Hello Sabine,
It's always nice to see something unusual and these are great! Excellent details and colours and I very much like your workshop picture too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-17 13:05]

Hello Sabine,
A skillfully arranged collage of the beautiful micro moth P. purpralis. Great sharpness and detail in this fine composition.
Nice to see!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-18 7:57]

Hi Sabine

Another terrific macro shot from you! I really live the extensive DOF you chose here that enabled you to keep both of them is such excellent focus!
The details here are exceptional and raxor-sharp and the pose you've captured them in allows us a great angle to view both the lovely pattern on their wings and also some interesting head details.
The shot from the WS is also fantastic and it's maybe even a bit nore arthistic than this one :) (In my opinion, anyway).
Just one question: in these macro that you take, what sort of "white balance" setting do you use?

Anyway, splendid work once again!
Bravo and TFS

You have stitched the two shots seamlessly, Sabine, and the impression it gives is of a single shot. I would have not known it without reading your note.
Excellent macros of this colourful moth. The texure of the wings reminds one of the rich luxury carpets from Persia.
Well done and TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-18 14:28]
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Hi Sabine

I have these in my herb beds in summer. They have lovely colours. Mine seem to range from bright pink to red/purple. I have posted a photo of a pink one in the past. Great shot with the two. Perfect focus to get both so sharp. Nice to see two point of view as well. Lovely colours



Hello Sabine,

This is an amazing macro photograph! You really brought me into the world of these two little creatures! I'm impressed!


Your diagonal composition is wonderful, although I'm not sure whether this kind of collages are allowed on TN! Both the moths face the center of the picture which is a great thing. The green background is excellent to isolate the subjects!


Using complimentary colors is a great plus as they emphasize each other! Green and red are complementary colors which means the two moths stand out perfectly. The yellow spots on the moths' wings just add some chromatic diversity.


The excellent contrast in this composition defines the details very well. I'm impressed by the details in the wings and leaves.


You exposed this scene very good! The details are preserved very well in the highlights! I could count every hair on the wings if I wanted to! I think the sun was standing high in the sky as the shadows are pretty harsh and a bit underexposed. Maybe by using the (fill) flash you could have worked around this inconvenience.


Focus was achieved with accuracy and I must say I'm amazed! I thought it was extremely difficult to obtain a deep DOF with a macro lens. As I can see here, you used a very small aperture to increase the DOF and succeeded. But according to my knowledge, at very small apertures (smaller than f/16), light diffraction is so pronounced that it will blur the whole picture. In your picture, the details are razor sharp and the DOF deeper than I thought possible. This is amazing!

An excellent work of art in an appropriate frame! Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Belle chance que d'avoir trouver ces papillons dont les couleurs sont impeccables.
Bonne journée.

Hola Sabine,
Preciosa toma, el color es muy bello, la nitidez excelente, buen trabajo. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Sabine,
What to say before that much beauty? I feel I can almost touch them... Details, POV, exposure, colors, composition and brilliance are just superb! This is a great shot again and this post in WS is very nice too. What a beautiful specie this is. Thanks!

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-20 12:41]

hi wishnu; very attractive twin butterflies nice POV with splendid colours excellent details with good sharpness TFS well done

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-04-20 17:02]

Hey there Sabine,

Beautiful colors and sharp, well done on this one.


Just perfect picture! Very good composed with perfect colours. Very good sharpness - every hairs are perfect visible. Thanks


Hello Wishnu
What a great shot of these Moths,
Excellent sharpness and composition,
Perfect collage work,Welldone.


Hallo Sabine,
eine ungewohnlich dichte und geradezu tropisch anmutende Begegnung in kräftigem Licht und herrlich satten Farben.
Sehr bewegte Posen, grossartige Tiefenschärfe.
Eine Collage? Keinerlei Nahtstellen zu erkennen. Das schlicht komponierte Workshop-Foto gefällt mir auch sehr gut. Zünsler sind eine spannende Gesellschaft, quicklebendig und ungewöhnlich farbenfroh. Bei solchen Begegnungen im Freien braucht es fürwahr kein Schmetterlingshaus.
Mit Dank und lieben Grüßen,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-23 9:04]

Impressive macro, Wishnu!!
Fantastic creatures! You did a marvellous composition with a perfect focus upon both moths. Great sharp details, light, colors, DOF...
My compliments and TFS

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