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Four-Dotted Footman

Four-Dotted Footman
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-06 14:15
Viewed: 5136
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one takes us back to the height of summer, when I spent 2 weeks in Switzerland with my brother and his family. This one was taken on the same early morning trek as this "Black Veined White", while we were stopping at his wife's family mountain chalet up in the mountains for a few days. Me I could of spent the rest of my life there taking picture of the vast amount of wild life in and around Trin-mulin a small village just down the road from the big ski resort of Flims.
I am used to being up before dawn with work so even when on holiday I tend to be up before the sun so when on holiday I get up and go exploring. this small moth I found one my way back for breakfast with very little room left on the memory cards so I only have 3 image of this one, seen here on the underside of a leaf of what I think is Ox-tongue Hawkweed (Picris hieracoides). This is a Four-dotted Footman Moth ( Cybosia mesomella ) I know you can only see 3 black dots here this is because the other is hidden by the top wing folded over the bottom one.
On the wing from June to late August this 1" - 29/35mm long moth is a night feeding moth. The Caterpillars feed on Lichens and algae on the branches of heather and trees and shrubs in open woodland which is the sort of place I found this one, on the edge of a farm field where the flat field disappeared into a step wooded valley. The caterpillars find shelter and over winter to wake up in the warmer weather of spring to have a final feed to fatten up before pupating.
Taken supporting the camera on the ground in my hands.
Adjusted in Photoshop (CS)
Crop to size 28.22cm high at 720dpi (this will form the basis for the one to send to the print file.
Apply shadows and Highlights to lighten some darker areas of shadow.
Sharpen with USM via Lab Colour and lightness
Save to print file
reduce to 72dpi which will automaticly give you an image 800 pixels high The TN maximum
Use Save As to reduce the file size below the 200k TN maximum limit.
Post to site with the hope you will like it.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-02-06 14:43]

Excellent macro Robert,
Lovely detail and colours,very nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-06 16:58]

Very good macro shot!
Excellent on details!
Vey good POV and BG!
Never saw this moth.
Sharp and clear photo!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-06 20:49]

Amazing focus, Robert. I can feel the texture on the wings and on the leaf. The colors are beautiful. Great job and TFS. : )

crisp and clear document from Alpine nature and its fascinating inhabitants. Perfect details, true colours, dynamic composition. Picture makes me dream of a lush mountain meadow in early summer. Thank you!
Best regards,

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