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Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-12-24
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-14 13:27
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In 2002, on a cruise ship stop, my wife and I visited the Butterfly Farm on the French side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten (see http://www.thebutterflyfarm.com/). It's a truly beautiful enclosure containing butterflies from around the world. I only had my little Canon PowerShot S110 (my first digital camera!), but I managed to take quite a few fairly decent shots. The one I've posted today shows an Atlas moth (Attacus Atlas), newly emerged from its chrysalis. These moths are the largest ones in the world. In the wild, they are found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeastern Asia. Their wingspan is 25-30 cm (or 10-12 in). Notice the very distinctive wing tips on both sides. The species possesses markings that look like snake heads. Apparently, they quite effectively deter predators. These moths don't eat anything, because they lack fully-formed mouthparts. They survive entirely on larval fat throughout their 1-2 week adult lives. The following site contains more information about these very wonderfully-marked gigantic creatures: http://www.cirrusimage.com/Moths_Atlas.htm.

In PP, I straightened the photo on the platform post using Picasa. I cropped in Picasa, choosing what seemed to be the best presentation of the moth, the hanging chrysalises and the platform. Then I adjusted the contrast up a little and the brightness up very little in CS4. I used the Healing Brush to clean up the wall of the enclosure a little. I did slight noise reduction in CS4, choosing to retain all of the details, but reducing some of the colour noise. After reducing the image size to 800 pixels, I used Smart Sharpen to provide a small amount of sharpening. I refrained from using any colour or saturation adjustments, since they did not seem to be required.

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Ciao John, splendid moth with fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi John
Wow, the Atlas Moths size is really impressive and so are his markings and colours. It's great you were there to capture this magnificent butterfly as it emerged from its chrysalis. I can't get over it's size and colour, a truly special species of butterfly.
TFS Janice

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2010-04-14 16:05]

Hi John:
This is a fantastic shot.
Amazing butterfly. I can not believe how large it is!!
Beautiful colors and good focus.


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