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Papilio machaon larva


Papilio machaon larva
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-05 7:11
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well known backyard inhabitants:

This 2nd generation caterpillar lives on Lovage (Levisticum officinale) in my weedy backyard. It will overwinter as a pupa. It is the Swallowtail (Lepidoptera; Papilionidae; Papilio machaon; Schwalbenschwanz; le Macaon). To frighten the photographer (and his squeezing hands) away, it extends these orange horns (osmeteria) from the prothorax. The horns are hemolymph filled sacks that release a pungent odor.

Technical stuff: I used two flashes with light dipersers. In PS I had to fiddle around to get the light and the saturation right; I desaturated the plants and background somewhat so the larva would stand out better.

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To marhowie: Keep it upmeyerd 2 10-09 08:49
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Hola Dietrich, buen macro, con muy buena definición y detalle.
Buen control de la luz del flash y color natural.
El apendice de la cabeza es un acierto en esta especie fotografiarlos, gana mucho la toma, pero seguro que has notado un aroma diferente pufff...
Un saludo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-05 7:18]

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent photo of this caterpillar in wonderful clear colours and splendid sharp details. Perfect POV and pose. Very good composition, BG and DOF. Technical of a very high quality.
Regards,
Peter

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-05 7:32]
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Hallo Dietrich,
ein grandioses Bild! Unter 'Technical stuff' hast du deine Finger vergessen, die die
Raupe zum Ausstülpen des Osmeteriums gereizt haben :-).
Ich bewundere immer wieder deinen professionellen Einsatz des elektronischen Blitzes: Nichts Überstrahltes und nichts Überchattetes.
Die Perspektive ist perfekt und mit f/16 hast du eine beachtliche Schärfentiefe erzielt.
Schöne Grüße, Peter
P.S. Eigentlich wollte ich in dieser Woche ins Wallis fahren.
Aber das Wetter ....

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-05 7:49]

Hello Dietrich,
I congratulate you in being able to take this fine image of a P. machaon caterpillar with the osmeterium extended! Not easy to achieve!
The technical qualities including the lighting are superb and the POV shows this defence display in the best way. Well done Dietrich and thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best regards,
Ivan

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-05 8:30]

Hello Dietrich,

The caterpillar from your photo has very nice looking colors. The sharpness of the image is very good showing good sharp details of the insect.

Thank you for sharing,
Cristian

Witaj,
I z tego brzydactwa za jakiś czas wykluje się piękny motyl... Ciągle mnie to zadziwia.
Bardzo dobry POV i kolory, ciekawa kompozycja.
Pozdrawiam
Alina

guten abend Dietrich,
photos done in a professional manner,
with excellent management of light and perfect definition, with a caterpillar
caught in pose of defense with
the orange horns showed in excellent details
compliments sERGIO

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-05 13:27]

Hallo Dieter!

Du zeigst uns ein wunderbares Bild, und deine Arbeit in PS hat sich gelohnt: die Farbtiefe und Belichtung sind super, aber viel mehr macht es mir einfach Spass, den lustigen Kerl in seiner Farbenpracht zu geniessen.

Grüessli

Markus

Hallo Dietrich,
superscharfes Foto dieser Schwalbenschwanzraupe.
Ich habe zwar schon einige Schwalbenschwänze gesehen, aber die Raupe habe ich leider noch nie zu Gesicht bekommen.
Sieht ja echt auch toll aus. Die wundervollen Farben sind ausgezeichnet abgebildet und auch jede Menge Details der Raupe sind sehr gut zu erkennen. Mir gefallen vor allem die leicht aufgerichtete Position und die leuchtend orangenen Hörner der Raupe. Tolle Präsentation.
Viele Grüsse aus dem Donautal
Helmut

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-10-05 23:56]

Bonjour,
Un tout beau spécimen bien dodu !
Bonne journée.
clnaef

Gran trabajo Dietrich. Yo he probado de provocar a la oruga de Papilio para que me mostrara sus "cuernos", pero nunca he conseguido plasmarlos tan bien como lo has hecho tú. Un buen primer plano y una profundidad más que sobrada. Gran realismo también en los colores.
Gracias por tu interés en mi Hipparchia.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Nice job Dietrich,
Love this POV :)
Have a great week,
Howard

Hi Dietrich,

I really like the light and colors in this shot, your extra effort shows, as this is a very attractive image. You also caught the caterpillar in an excellent pose.

Thanks,
John

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-07 0:35]

Hi Dietrich.
I like only few species of caterpillar. This is one from them. And you managed to represented it by the best way. Amazing POV and pose of the insect. Surroundings are very nice too and quality of the image is great as always for your works. Bravo.
Alexei.

Salut Dietrich tres belle phot avec de tres bel couleur la netteter est parfaite avec une bonne profondeur de champ
Meilleurs Salutations
Jeff

Hi Dietrich,

If I were joking, I might suggest that you are an excellent "animal trainer" to coax this lovely specimen into such a pose!

I'm such a novice that I hardly feel qualified to critique your work. I will say that I'm most attracted to the bright colors that you have so well defined. Your depth of field seems perfect with the entire caterpillar in focus before a soft background.

Thanks for a lovely shot!

Dave

nice closeup, TFS Ori

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