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April 24th, 2006
05:23 pm


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Tiny moth at Homer Lake
I took a walk at Homer Lake on Saturday with my camera.  I meant to post more comprehensively about it, but I've had no energy today, and every time I try to focus, I find myself dithering about which image I want to work with.  But I do want to post something before I head off for dinner, and this is something I can do fairly quickly.

While I was walking through the woods, I noticed a tiny moth.  Except for the fact that he was about ¼" long, and the ones I am used to are 2" long, he looked like an underwing moth.  He was sitting quite placidly in the one place I couldn't possibly take his picture -- on the camera!  But as I was thinking how unfortunate that was, he moved onto my left thumb, so I held out my left arm and took pictures with my right hand.

In this picture, you can get a fair idea of what the moth looked like, and I left enough of my thumb in the picture to give good scale.

In this one, you can clearly see his antennae.

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Date:April 24th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! Who's your manicurist? you must have some pretty heavy duty macro equipment to get that close on something that tiny. Nicely done.
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Date:April 25th, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Tamron 28-300 lens, plus cropping (those are both way less than the full frame). As a dedicated macro lens, it's a little weak, but for a general purpose lens, it does quite well. I don't think you can do much better in terms of one lens that can take super closeups, long-distance telephoto shots, and scenery, even if you have an unlimited budget. Of course, you can do enormously better in any one of those categories, if you have money and are willing to switch lenses.
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Date:April 25th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Dude, you totally took that moth's mug shots! :)

i *really* miss being able to do a quick drive out to Homer Lake and walk the walks and sit by the water.
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