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cozdas



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:15 pm    Post subject: Hello World! Reply with quote

Here is a hatching egg with a looper caterpillar emerging.

After stumbling upon this egg batch, I took the leaf inside and waited few days (taking photos once a day or so). After 3-4 days when I arrived home I realized that some are already hatched. Took my gear (Canon 7D + MP-E 65 + Canon 430 EX II Flash with paper kitchen towel diffuser) and took bunch of photos at about 4x magnification while one of the remaining caterpillars is emerging (Camera was hand-held while the end of the lens leaned against the table)

I also took a video with a bright LED light, but I still need to stabilize the video before posting since it's pretty shaky due to lack of the tripod in my setup.

Click here for a higher resolution in Flickr.



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lauriek
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful! Love the one you can see curled up in the egg and the transparent egg cases, lovely shot!
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cozdas



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks lauriek,
Ah! By the way, the the eggs are approximately 800µm x 650µm in size
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, but it might be a much stronger image if you cropped out some of the background ?
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cozdas



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndrewC,
I think you are right. I kinda liked the colors caused by the interference thus decided to keep some of the background but I agree that it makes the image too busy.

I'll make another version with a different crop.
Thanks for the feedback.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cozdas wrote:
AndrewC,
I think you are right. I kinda liked the colors caused by the interference thus decided to keep some of the background but I agree that it makes the image too busy.

I'll make another version with a different crop.
Thanks for the feedback.


You get the lovely colours with that one empty case at the front Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful picture, I love those reflections on the eggs.
A very nice document indeed
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely!

If you play around with the crop and get something you like better, be sure to show us that too. Smile

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Mitch640



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice shot. Never seen anything like it.
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seed



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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the background, it gives context that you wouldn't get if you cropped a lot of it out - context that you don't get very often in a shot this close.

I love this photo. Well done.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the bg too, but on a second look I might be tempted to crop off that dark bit top right by losing a little on the right side and a little on the top, I don't think that would detract, there would still be plenty of oof bg...
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2011 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely! These empty egg shells look like foam bubbles! A little bit cropped on top, on the left side and on the right side, but with the openings of the oof egg shells on the left and right unharmed, makes it even look better, for my taste. (Just did this in PS to check.)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

missed that one, excellent shot!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I missed it first time around. Thanks for the second chance.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, love the BG too.

I wonder, do they eat their way out of the shell or burst out on that seam?
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