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Peru: Tambopata Reserve part IV

 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Peru: Tambopata Reserve part IV Reply with quote

Amblypygid displaying parental care:



Katydid:



This aposematic hawkmoth caterpillar (Sphingidae) uses its long tail to discourage parasitoid wasps and flies, which would otherwise lay there eggs on it:



Butterfly:



Mosquito B+W:



Basket cocoon of a Urodid moth:



A Uloborid spider with coloured web- the patterns possibly the result of thin-film interference, the same phenomena responsible for the iridescent colours visible within soap bubbles or oil slicks:



Jumping spider with fly prey:



Bark mantis with prey:



Hirtella racemose, an understory rainforest shrub:



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What beautiful things. The amblypygid with kids is especially amazing. I had never seen that before, though I knew scorpions did it. Your framing and composition on that picture is really good.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Lou.

I'd never seen it before until this last trip to South America, and then I've seen it on 4 different occasions. Amblypygi, Uropygi, Scorpions, they all do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful images. I like the darker background and shadow tones you use; it somehow makes you feel you're "down there in the undergrowth" with the specimens. The basket cocoon is very interesting, probably my favourite, though it's tough to choose from such a lovely set!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow--these are spectacular. You have an excellent understanding of lighting, composition, and colors!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks nanometer and beatsy.

Indeed that's the idea, working with the available light and to try to convey a feeling, as much as depicting the subject. The rainforest understory is a dark place, there's no debating that, but you might not think so with all the bright, punchy photos you see online. I'm a fan of the moodier, sombre tones that I see and experience, and then interspersing them with the bright joyful splashes of colour. In this manner it more accurately reflects my personal relationship with the rainforest.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pbertner wrote:
Thanks nanometer and beatsy.

...In this manner it more accurately reflects my personal relationship with the rainforest.

Mission accomplished!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A beautiful set, I love the first one.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning photos! Thank you for sharing!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul,

When you used flash for those beautiful images, what F stop did/do you usually start with? F/16 or F/22? Thank you.

I am here to learn; I know with APS-C Canons you can go higher than micro 4/3, before diffraction becomes significant. Some people go a little higher, while some go a little lower.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very intersting photos. A whole different world. The first one with the baby spiders is my favorite !
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