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Testing my new Tamron lens.

On the night that I bought this lens, I saw a Small Magpie moth (Eurrhypara hortulata) on the ceiling. I had to stand on a one-step stepstool, holding the camera at arm’s length to get closer to the ceiling for this shot. I composed and focused approximately, trying to see something in the faraway viewfinder.

The image was really bland, but I did like the colours and patterns of the moth, so I decided to make it a composite, using my textures Concrete and Bolts and Concrete Wall with Vignette with the original shot below. Please click to enlarge

Focal length 90mm
Aperture f/9
Shutter 1/60 sec.

Nikon D60
Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272E)

Shot in manual mode, with camera built-in flash covered in a hurry with a facial tissue to diffuse.

Processed in Lightroom 2.7 and Photoshop CS4.

Featured in If It Doesn’t Belong on June 17, 2010


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  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 4 years ago

    Love how you combined both shots into a stellar image! The colors are just the right amount of texture and contrast to the moth! Excellent composition!

  • Thank you Joanne, glad that you like it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinabout 4 years ago

    Wow – I thought that was the most fantastic camouflage!

  • Artificial intelligence! It even acquired the texture… LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Marvellous work, Johanne. The background change really works well, completely transforming the overall “feel” of the image. Very nicely done!

  • Thank you Mike! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetabout 4 years ago

    Excellente combinaison des deux photos, c’est vraiment bien fait et le résultat est magnifique.

  • Merci ma soeur! C’était la première fois que je remarquais cette espèce de papillon de nuit; il est si joli, mais il avait l’air tellement ennuyeux sur l’arrière-plan morne du plafond…

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403about 4 years ago

    Lovely work the textures are awesome and suit the image perfectly. nice find and great shot! :-)

  • Thank you Tania! It was so pretty with the orange hair around the thorax and the striped belly, that I could not resist! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...about 4 years ago

    Absolutely amazing combination. There is no way of guessing that the moth and the wall textures are separate! The colours and the composition just tie it all together. Great!

  • Thank you George! As Vikram mentioned above, it almost looks like camouflage! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Jo! I agree with George, the colours of the moth and the texture complement each other so beautifully, and you would never guess they were two separate images!

  • Thank you Ursula! As soon as I saw the moth shot just as plain as a mug shot, I thought of the particular texture. I just had to try it! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Wanda Dumas
    Wanda Dumasabout 4 years ago

    What a great idea to merge the two images. It looks so natural, you have a wonderful eye!

  • Thank you Wanda! It kind of imposed itself to me when I saw the colours of that moth. :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • MichelPhoto53
    MichelPhoto53about 4 years ago

    Génial la composition et superbe macro….

  • Merci beaucoup Michel! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • pennyswork
    pennysworkabout 4 years ago

    Great work Johanne :))

  • Thank you so much! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

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