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Beautiful image again Chris. Are these images taken under natural sunlight, they are beautiful. I take it you are using high quality cameras?
Cathal, I always wait for sunlight and taken using DSLR and 105mm lens. Chris
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You are achieving top drawer images. My moth pics tend to be at night with flash/soft flash and on tables, floors and in boxes.
Itd take a bit of application and effort to achieve pics anywhere near the quality of yours in natural light, but would be worth the effort. Especially if I could achieve natural backround images, the one good thing about most moths is that they are usually well behaved and sit for the camera, as Im sure youve discovered yourself, butterflies dont seem to enjoy getting their pics taken so much.
Cathal, thanks for your comments. I think moths are a totally different ball game as you generally do not find them basking in sunlight. I think your moth images are great, they will look less colourful as you will not have the background colour except for some day flying varieties. Keep up the good work and posts. Regards Chris
What I tend to do is just go out in the car on quiet roads at night and trap in the headlights with a box and lid, taking the moths on the wing, then record an image or 2 and look for another species. So my pics are basic records, just accounts in photos.
I do have a 'heath trap' but havent used it a lot but I really must use it this coming year. Then I might be able to record images in the morning light before releasing the insects.
I am still working with compact digital cameras because they are so mobile and easy to carry/store. Also because I dont have to worry too much about rain on relatively inexpensive equipment, but maybe in time I'll make some inroads on a getting better quality camera.
Compacts are great but when it comes to close ups you just cannot beat a DSLR with a dedicated macro lens. They don't have to cost a fortune, although that depends on what you call a fortune I suppose. Worth looking into though. Regards Chris.
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