Belinda Hudnall Keller  

Parsley Poacher by Belinda Hudnall Keller

October 2021 - Parsley Poacher

October 2021 - Belinda Hudnall Keller


About the Image(s)

This summer, Black Swallowtail butterflies found my parsley and15 munchers hatched. They love parsley. Because of house painters, I moved the pot indoors never thinking the caterpillars might roam, but this one did! We found it lost in another room. So back outside they went. I had the pleasure of watching the metamorphosis process of several and a couple are wintering over.
I took alot of photos but in this I liked the bit of chewed stem and details of the caterpillar's legs.
No special tools or settings were used for the closeup. I sat on the ground with the phone resting on my knee. I'm not sure about the brown leaf on left. Maybe it should be removed.

Samsung Galaxy s9, auto
f/2.4, 1/708, ISO 50

Snapseed edits: cropped, vignette added to darken background

3 comments posted

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
I learned something new about Swallowtails today. I do not find the brown leaf on the left side as distracting as the brighter leaf on the bottom. You could crop the bottom to remove it, and this would also reposition the caterpillar off the center vertically.   Posted: 10/13/2021 09:54:24

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
The story behind this picture is wonderful. The processed image improves considerably the original, concentrating on the main subject and making the background non-distracting. I would recommend eliminating the brown leaf. Unfortunately, you couldn't get the whole caterpillar in focus (macro and large aperture). Although the most important part (the head) is tack sharp, I still would have liked to see the whole bug in focus.   Posted: 10/13/2021 17:33:36

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The head is beautifully sharp, but that is such a small part of the frame. I would crop it considerably as there is very little useful information in the background.   Posted: 10/14/2021 13:16:35


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