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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/121 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths, Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, European Butterflies and Moths., Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-04 20:43
Viewed: 7046
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another shot from the Bjelasica Mountains, surrounding the karstic Biogradsko Lake. The camping by the lake was one of my most productive photo-fields due to the lights, attracting a number of moth species from all over the area...

Autographa bractea - Golden Spangle
Family: Noctuidae

This attractive and quite large (wingspan up to 45 mm) moth species is widely spread in Europe. It occupies waste ground, gardens and moorlands. Imagines fly from July to August, and may be attracted to light - at least this one was :-)

Caterpillars feed on a variety of plants (including Urtica, Plantago, Tussilago, Hieracium etc.), overwintering before pupating in late spring.

Source: Chinery M. 1993. Pocket Guide to Insects of Britain & Western Europe

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Hi Michal,
Another amazing moth shot! The colors are really saturated here. Your camera did a great job with the flash exposure. Very sharp detail, and you can almost feel the textures in this. Very nice work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-05 0:05]

An amazing shot, Michal. What an interesting shape for a moth. The colors are very rich and the details are very sharp.
Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Michal,
a very good macro shot with lovely colours.
Good details, well composed and good POV.
You handle the flash well too.
Well done.

Hi Michal,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-01-05 2:39]

Hello Michal!
Wonderful close up.Colors,POV,details and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

Excellent shot, Michal. Useful notes.
Thank you. Best regards,

Nice moth, Michal.
We got it around here too.

Regards, Petru

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-05 3:58]

Very good photo of this moth!
Wonderful colours!
Good shappe and details!

Nice shot, Michal:
The flash has reflected from the metallic spot, burning it out a bit, but that can't be helped. I prefer to photograph these metallic species by natural light (catch at light, keep cool overnight...) you don't think I found that Buff-tip on that twig, do you ? ;)
Best wishes, Nigel.

Great Marco with a great color!
The composition is good.
I like very very!


Very good sharpness, detail and color Michal. Well composed closeup also. Have you tried a diffuser over your flash to soften the light this close? Well done.
Thank you!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-01-05 13:10]

Très belle macro Michal,l'éclairage et la netteté sont excellents.

Merci et Bonne Année!


Hello Michal,
Nice details on this cool looking moth, nicely presented on the composition the flash is just a wee bit high but besides that its a great shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-05 18:26]

Czesc Michale!

Kolejna piekna cma i bardzo ladny kolejny przyklad maskowania. Idealna dla kolekcjonera luksusowych przedmiotow - wyglada jak zrobiona ze szlachetnego gatunku drewna ;-)

ps. nadal zadnych newsow o Collinsie?

Fajna fotka,
Swietna jakosc i fajne kolory. Wyglada na nieco przepalona, ale co do tego to nie jestem pewna.
Ogolnie, bardzo dobre zdjecie.
Pozdrowienia :)

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