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pbertner



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Vietnam part X Reply with quote

Colourful katydid (Scambophyllum angustipenne):





Rhacophorus dulitensis:



Backlit cockroach:



Ant-mimicking wasp (Gelis sp.):



Harvestman with mite:



Mantisfly:





Leaf galls:



Backlit caterpillar:



Juvenile purple mantis (Leptomantella sp.):



Stink bug (Tessaratoma sp.):



under UV:



Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the colours of that Katydid Paul, unusual to see those colours compared to ours.

All fantastic shots and love the variety in here. Subjects I would never get to see otherwise.

All the best Paul, fine work.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Danny, much appreciated! Glad that you enjoyed the set and got to see some crazy critters.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff. I particularly like the ant-mimick and the backlit cockroach.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, appreciate it abpho!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunners!. I like the use of back-lighting the leaves, as it gives really nice effects. The colors of the first katydid is amazing, as is the photo itself. I haven't seen Gelis wasps before. Had to read up on them after seeing this wingless critter.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Christer, much appreciated. Indeed the backlighting has definitely become a nice touch that I've experimented a lot with of late. It helps reveal details that might otherwise not be possible to show off, especially in thin, translucent subjects.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, Paul. I esp like the stink bug and the cute little wasp. That frog looks a little weird with zero catch light in its eyes though.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kurt. Removing the catchlights are an acquired taste, for those used to seeing them in all their subjects it comes across as artificial, however I like seeing all the detail with no reminders, subconscious or otherwise of the photographer's presence.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't say I agree with that. Even photographed with just available light/natural light, catch lights will always be there. Subject looks listless with no catch light but we all have our own preferences Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul, a question of technique...

Is the catchlight "removed" in the sense of painted out during post-processing, or is it done with something optical like cross-polarization? Or is the geometry such that in this case there's no reflection to form a catchlight?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurt - Keep in mind that I didn't say that the catchlights are unnatural, as you pointed out in NL they can be quite visible. I was referring simply to the particular shape and position of artificial catchlights appearing when flash is used and that I can find them to be more obtrusive and distracting than their removal. I'm not a fan of large reflections which behave almost like a mirror, displaying a ghosted version of the photographer. This tends to be the case in my photos since I don't use a light tent or quite as much diffusion.

Rik- This is the removal in post of the catchlights since cross-polarization which I have since abandoned tends to oversaturate the image in my opinion, and will flatten it even more than I have already done here.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations on making the front page.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great photos and stunning animals!
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