Close Encounters of The Third Kind

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© Muhammad Muhsin
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UploadedFebruary 15, 2009
TakenFebruary 15, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D3
Exposure1/200 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
ISO640
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this was taken this morning :)

i realized today that my wife could do magic tricks... we were in the hall downstairs and i spotted this teeny weeny caterpillar, enjoying the morning sunlight on a floor cushion. Just as i showed it to my wife, she disappeared from the hall and re-appeared in the lounge above :) talk about magic tricks!! heheheh :)

anyways, this caterpillar was not be ignored, and therefore, i rushed to get my camera, fearing the insect might fly away :) but contrary to my suspicion, it was still there :)

i got too close to the caterpillar for this shot and rested the camera on the far edge of the floor cushion itself :) (a quick alternative to a low-height tripod)...

now, as you may notice, the feelers (antennae) have been blurred, but this is the best i could do :) i even tried an aperture of f/56 (yes, fifty-six, you read it right) on my macro lens (macro lenses offer such small apertures for super-sharpness across the frame) but it was rendering the shadows too harsh....

i chose to stick to a softer bokeh (even though its still f/16) because i believe macros often benefit from lens bokeh :)

this was processed solely in Capture NX2, where i boosted the colors, cropped to 16:9 aspect ratio (trust me, this is very close to the original compo) and thats it :)

thanks for viewing and reading this lengthy note :) let's see what u think of this one :)

muhammad muhsin

p.s: i did another insect shot sometime ago, which can be seen here: http://www.treklens.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=447733

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  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (15 Feb 2009):

    Great job! This is awesome!

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