Bill Foy  

Least Skipper by Bill Foy

October 2019 - Least Skipper

About the Image(s)

This image was made a few months ago at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. This little insect let me get closer, I think, than any other I've ever tried to photograph. I turned the image to the right, cropped it, removed a couple of small leaves, blackened the area of larger leaves, tweaked the brightness and contrast. Nikon D500, Sigma 150mm macro lens, f/11, 1/160, ISO-250, handheld, diffused flash, Exposure Program-Manual

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9 comments posted

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
(Group 77)
The yellow and green against the black background makes for a very pleasing image Bill. You seem to have a real affinity for capturing bugs! On my screen this seems a little sharp though. I wonder if you brought that down a bit if it would improve this image. Maybe it's just my old eyes!   Posted: 10/08/2019 18:32:19
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Denise. I hit the "auto sharpen" just before I saved the image after resizing it. I thought it was pretty sharp SOOC, but couldn't resist giving it a slight boost. Guess I should learn to leave well enough alone!   Posted: 10/11/2019 04:36:53
Denise McKay   Denise McKay
(Group 77)
Ha! I'm guilty of not leaving well enough alone regularly!   Posted: 10/11/2019 06:40:15

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice capture, Bill, I agree, this guy was giving you a great pose. I like the crop and the angle of the 'stem' he's resting on. Nice detail but I agree with Denise, maybe there's a little too much structure or sharpness added ?   Posted: 10/10/2019 13:16:42
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Bob. You can see my response to Denise for what I did with the sharpening.   Posted: 10/11/2019 04:38:04

Because it appears that he is looking directly at you, the pupil is clearly defined, which I've found extremely difficult with these little guys. Nicely done. I like the composition with the 3 white flowers on the bottom "supporting" its white belly.   Posted: 10/17/2019 15:24:19
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Angie.   Posted: 10/24/2019 14:08:18

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
Bill, this is a wonderful capture by you, and technically, it feels great to me as a viewer. I don't see any over sharpening but I'm on my iPad. The striking clarity of his face and ... ? Can't remember
the name.... are pleasing. Maybe just tone down the green area underneath him--all those bright little dots. Great job!   Posted: 10/18/2019 07:48:42
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Carol. If I'm not mistaken, those little white dots are pollen.   Posted: 10/24/2019 14:09:21