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Maybug on Calla Lilies by Alan Cork

November 2021 - Maybug on Calla Lilies

About the Image(s)

This is a bit of a twist from the previous month's image. Maybugs remain perfectly still during the day if undisturbed so capturing an image of one sitting on a calla lily was easy enough even with a photostack of 25 images [Nikon D850 on tripod, 100mm lens, f7.1, exp 1/20s, ISO64]. However, the original image had a black background and to my eye a single lily did not really work so I took stacks of several lilies, masked out the backgrounds and combined them to create the finished image.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
Very precise and clear. With no background it feels unreal. Did you consider leaving even a hint of background?   Posted: 11/05/2021 05:55:02

Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
Really like the lack of a background for this image as it ties in the white lines in the flower and enhances the insect. Very nice.   Posted: 11/05/2021 11:55:27

Dan Olson   Dan Olson
Nicely done.   Posted: 11/23/2021 19:41:58

Alan Cork   Alan Cork
Thanks for the feedback. I did wonder about adding a background but this is one of a panel in which all the images have white backgrounds as I was trying to emulate early botanical drawings. However, I do take your point about the image looking unreal. Food for thought!   Posted: 11/24/2021 07:14:02

Ginny Salus   Ginny Salus
It is a great photo!   Posted: 11/24/2021 08:05:30