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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: 2004-07-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths, Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths, 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros II, 100 points or more (Chapter 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-22 17:18
Viewed: 35943
Favorites: 13 [view]
Points: 114
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well this is the inaugural posting here, to those who see it Welcome to TN, this should be the 1st of many wildlife pictures.
These are a whole bunch of Six spot burnet moth adults having their first lunch having emerged in their thousnds on the sand Dune nature reserve between Ravenglass and Drigg, the area is an (SSSI) site of special scinetific intrest, and there by a protected area, in fact the main reason it is there is because there is a colony of Natterjack Toads breeding there. Sorry no pictures of them, not because I did not get the chance but because of their level of protection in the UK means I am not allowed by law to picticture them with-out a goverment licence, so as not to disturb them.
These series of sand dunes are covered in course grasses and a few bits of shrubs no trees, there were lots of other butterfly speices to be seen , but on this dat the burnets held court across the site. they where very difficult to get good shots because of the difference in contrast between them and any background you could find, either I ended up with no details in the moths or over-exposed skys or grass leaves.Here they are feeding on a form of thistle, the other plant they where massing on was the wild thyme growing on the thousands of ant nest mounds also on the site. this may give you the idea how rich this site is in wildlife.later they will belaying eggs which will become caterpillars like this one
Saturation +8 lightness -2
Brightness-3 contrast +3
sharpen edges + fade back to 75%
USM 120% X 2.8px radius X threshpld 4
crop and save image to web 800 X 800px 72 dpi
Hope you all enjoy posting to TN as much as I have to the original TE

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To LordPotty: Thanks SteveRobbrown 1 05-18 14:26
To LCannon: Thank you loriRobbrown 1 01-02 10:07
To CoolDan: Chance or patienceRobbrown 1 11-29 16:02
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  • adam (0)
  • [2004-07-22 18:39]
  • [7] [+]

Wow, nice first posting with a very interesting note, and a colorful image. I especially like how you captured the profile of the moth at far left to be able to see that perfect swirl of antenna.

Good framing for this very colourful first sending. I especially like the moth on the left with the curling antenna. (Sorry for my English)

Congratulation, and thank you for your idea of this new site Robert!

Oh my, I was happy when I caught one, and you take them in bundles.. ;-)) Nice and crisp capture showing the moths from various angles. Especially the one on the left with its curly tongue out is cute.
I think you might get a stronger photo by cropping some from the bottom, though.

Excellent capture Robert and very nice first post. This picture show the top of the wings as well as the backside - very good. Beautiful colours, well used dof and nice composition. Thanks for an interesting note too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-23 16:20]
  • [4]

Nice one Robert, saw it this morning, but I could not get in. We have "goggas' insects here that we call blister beatles, and they look a lot like these, mostely orange on black. Beautiful, vivid reds, blacks & lilac.

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  • LisaDE Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 25] (245)
  • [2004-07-23 16:26]
  • [3]

Just beautiful Robert, they look nice and fat heh, lovely colour and perfect DOF you've captured the detals and colours spot on

Congratulation,Dear Robert For TN:)
Great shot as first post in TN by you,Beautiful & lovely.
I'm wondering about combination of colors in nature,like here,it's amazing color tones collected togheter,And you captured all in a fine way,with a great POV & a nice contrast and also a great composition.
You managed the DOF very well.
an admirable shot about nature,thanks for sharing,Robert!

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  • zto Silver Star Critiquer [C: 36 W: 6 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-25 5:19]
  • [2]

WOW Robert. I can hardly catch one on the camera and her you got 4...I see i need to get some more practice. Good job.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-25 5:31]
  • [2]

Great one Robbert,
Congratiolation with the first one from TN.
And it really a good photo with a very good note. Thanks for this one.

A very worthy "inaugural posting" for TN I think, Robert. Great colors and DOF, and I am also particularly fascinated by the anatomical details and different postures you managed to capture in the moths. Great photo, very well annotated.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-25 13:13]

Nice shot, Robert.
I like the colors very much.
Composition and DOF are really efficient.
Very good job.

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  • Cat Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-07-25 13:46]

This is such a lovely capture Rob! Your note is also very interesting. Beautifully composed and terrific DoF!

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2004-07-25 16:10]
  • [2]

Nice shot, Robert
A good photo with a very good note.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-25 16:28]

Excellent shot.
Very good composition and DoF,great colour and detail (especially the moths tongue)!
Good informative note too.


Opening night at TN.

This photo defines the essence of this site. A great photo of animal and plant life bundled together. The colours are addictive. Seen these insect for the first time too.


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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-26 9:38]
  • [3]

Great DOF and colors and they really do have six spots on the wings. This calculates to 60 spots in this shot as I find 5 moths - Well taken - Japie

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2004-07-26 16:56]
  • [4]

Hello dear Robert.
I fascinate your inaugural picture to be of moths. I have learned a lot with your pictures and I admire your nature pictures a lot. These moths are beautiful, it is a pleasure to enjoy this cluster of moths and of flowers at the same time. The bottom is beautiful and I like details of the moth of the left a lot, that antenna in hairspring form gives a charming touch to the image. The tones of red captured in light and shade are vibrant and extremely beautiful, as well as the black color and satin of the wings, the color lilac of the flowers is fantastic, the form of the petals of these flowers combines with the form of the antennas of the moths, it is a very rich composition in colors and details. I added this picture to my favorite ones, I liked it a lot. Cordial greetings. *Ninfa Urania*

Deux etres éphemeres se rencontrent .. L'insecte et la fleur

superbement pris cette foule qui attends l'entrée de ce ne sait quoi,le rendu de l'animation autour de ces fleurs est bien ressentie, et les couleurs sont bien rendues, parfait...BI

Informative and colorful. I love the details of the tounges, especially the curled up one.

I like the contrast between the red wings of the butterflies and the purple of the flowers. Good details. Congratulations.

This is still one of the nicest pictures that I have seen posted on TN so far. The composition of the moths, their colours and the fact that the one on the far left provides an interesting profile with its proboscus curled.

The only downside to this picture is the blade of green grass running up in front of the group of moths on the right - was it not possible to bend it out of the way before taking the picture. It could then have turned a great into an excellent picture.

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  • barkin (26)
  • [2004-08-06 16:38]

ni composition, superb colors. i liked especially this curling thing .congs

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2004-08-07 17:33]

This photo is very interesting and nice to see

C'est un rendez vous ou bien un congrès de ces lépidoptères?
Cette photo est très réussie néanmoins je pense qu'il aurait fallu recadrer plus serré.
Bravo Robert pour cette vue.
Pour le fun j'ai moi-même essayé un WS pour donner mon idée.

This is a extemely good shot Robert. It entails an awesome array of details that is really fanscinating (i.e. the beautiful curves and varying thickness of the antenna, the furiness of the moth body, the striking colours etc.). It is even better that you've got six of them as opposed to the normal one insect picture. The faded background with soothing colours of the fields and skies also add that extra punch that this composition needed. The only distraction is that green blade, which one can try to remove using photoshop (but it would take an awful lot of time). If I can accomplish it I will post it to the workshop.

Spectacular photo. Each moth is in a different pose, suggesting a great deal of activity. Wonderful array of colors. Well done.

What a nice photo. Great array of colours. Nice crisp and clear capture.

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  • CoolDan (0)
  • [2004-11-29 14:00]
  • [2] [+]

Bonjour Robert, magnifique composition aux couleurs vives. C'est de la chance ou de la patience? 4 d'un seul coup, félicitations.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2004-12-02 4:55]

Excellent, clear capture. Very well done. TFS...

For your first post to TN, this is a stunning choice! What a great photo, I love the colors and the sharpness. The contrast between the red of the moths and the purple is wonderful. I like the crop done in the workshop but I think I would only crop part of the sky.
Well done!

fantastic photo, the kind you feel like you are a part of. Love the background info and the POV. I will definately check out your other photos!

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  • maira Gold Star Critiquer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-02-03 13:55]
  • [3]

Linda composição, cores, ângulo e contraste.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-02-14 6:11]

Wonderful! Superb colors and razorsharp details! This is the perfect moth-picture! :) Well done!

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  • LBO Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 3] (143)
  • [2005-04-29 11:35]

Very nice picture, clear colors and good framing.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-05-11 3:25]

Bravo Robert pour cette magnifique composition. Belles couleurs et bon piqué. Félicitations. Didier.

amazing capture! excellent focusing work, very effective DOF and a very clean background.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-10 13:19]

This is a fantastic shot!
So many Zygaena filipendulae (Linnaeus, 1758) feeding!

Thank you for took a picture of this moth.Last Sunday i took a picture of this species in Kızılcahamam,Central of Turkey and searched many days at internet for the identification and now i just saw your useful picture to identify.Notes are useful too.Again thank you

Excelent. The colours are amazing and the DOF is perfect.

The only slight distraction is the green leaf in front

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  • NINIX Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
  • [2005-08-13 15:42]

He Robbert,

A picture out of the old shoebox. I saw it on the homepage. It is realy a impressive one. Amazing how you drilled those butterflies. I saw hem too this holiday in France.
This was the first of many more. Hard to beet with a start like this.

This is realy one for the books.



Congratulations Robert , really great lighting and wonderful take , you have captured all sides of the wings, absolutely clear really great shot.

Awesome picture, a great start for TN !


Que "penca", isso é muita sorte, muito bem realizado, boa definição, um bom ponto de vista. Good work.

Wonderful shot Robert, excellent composition and great colours. The moth on the left almost looks like he is posing for you!


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-13 21:34]

I took a look at your first posts.
This one was excellent.
Thank you Robert.

I thank this photo is excellent. Great color, sharpness, POV, DOV.Graet Job, TFS

Brillante colorido,nitidez y composicion de lo que parece Zygaena filipendula familia Zigenidae, vuela de junio a agostoen scabiosas y cardos especie diurna,tiene 6 manchas rojas en las alas largas antenas en forma de maza.Oruga 3 cm con manchas negras solitaria en trebol llanten menor y azor.

What wonderful detail here Robert love the colours to excellent shot:)


Excuse me,
I am relatively new here. A bit of a practical joke to give the 100st point to the oldest picture that I could find here :-)
It is a very nice one and it deserves my 2 :-)
But that would not make one hundred.

Silly me.

The first picture of treknature turned out to be one of the best pictures of treknature.

Hi Robb,
Since I'm still here after 3 years I thought I should go back to the beginning and check out the very first pics.
This is a great shot to start off with.
(Got a few points too)

It would be nice to see a few more of the old faces return.
Callie popped in the other day.
Hope all is well with you.

Very pretty scene! They sure are weird looking.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-06-07 19:12]

Hi Robert. I like the colours here very much. The mauve, red and black go so well together. The clarity is amazing. Congratulations. TFS. Murray.

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  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2009-02-14 8:59]

Just BEAUTIFUL picture!!

Hi Robert..
Very very excellent shot.. amazing view.. Thanks for sharing..

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  • MARIEL (18)
  • [2012-04-20 20:02]

Wow!! I specially love the one on the left! Congrats!

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