Peru: Tambopata Reserve part IV

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Peru: Tambopata Reserve part IV

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Amblypygid displaying parental care:

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Katydid:

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

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Butterfly:

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Mosquito B+W:

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Basket cocoon of a Urodid moth:

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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:

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Jumping spider with fly prey:

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Bark mantis with prey:

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Hirtella racemose, an understory rainforest shrub:

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Post by Lou Jost »

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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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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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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Wow--these are spectacular. You have an excellent understanding of lighting, composition, and colors!

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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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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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Post by micro_pix »

A beautiful set, I love the first one.

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Stunning photos! Thank you for sharing!!
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Excellent!
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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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Post by microman »

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

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Post by pbertner »

thanks for the kind comments all.

zzffnn - Hard to generalize. I start open and then close. It has more to do with available light in the rainforest understory than any attempt at end-to-end sharpness. I rarely go above f/11 with the 100mm or mpe. In bright light or with motionless subjects I'll stop down, but those are about the only instances. I shoot by my personal motto, if I want a shot like everyone else, then I'll shoot like everyone else. Otherwise I'll shoot in order to create something different, even if only slightly.

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Post by razashaikh »

Great set of pictures there. Keep up the great work.

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Post by ChrisR »

Keep it up, indeed. The Uloborid spider's coloured web looks like something from a fantasy land.
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