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Old Aug 25, 2009, 2:40 AM   #1
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Default Rhodos Butterfly / Moth problem ;)

One of the things to see on Rhodos (if you are there around Juli/Aug) is the butterfly valey.

They've got a night butterfly (moth).(Jersey Tiger) that spends the day in a small cool valley seeking shelter for the summer heat.

Now the problem ... how do you shoot a few thousand/millions of them and still see what they are.





Those 2 images don't say much you have to zoom in to get an idea, but then you lose the total view.



They are colorful enough if they open up there wings (what they rarely do).



It's a two hour walk up and down that valey, and did I tell you they are everywhere.


Then there are the predators who are around to get their fill


Land-crab - these are the first I've ever seen


All with a k20d and tamron 18-200 and how I wish I had other stuff with me.

Any idea on how to get a better result with thousands of insects. Please tell.

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Old Aug 25, 2009, 3:32 AM   #2
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Simple, my friend, just swat all but one and start shooting.
In jest, of course. Reminds me of the army worms sometimes so thick the highways get slick and dangerous.
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Thanks old Engineer,

never heard about army worms before, but we've got something that at first sight looks a lot like them "Oak Processionary", whose caterpillars are pests in oak forests and pose a health hazard because of their poisonous setae (hairs), which may cause skin irritation and asthma. (and thats real mildly put) They also move as one big group, and you better keep away from them. Only solution when they are moving is to burn them.

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Ronny - definitely no expert on this, but it looks to me like your series of photos did capture the story quite well. It would be tough to show both the huge quantities, as well as the details. Perhaps the second shot is the best compromise. If they are patient enough, how about a close-up of one or a few, with an out-of-focus background of the hundreds and thousands? Might take some crawling to get the best angle...
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Wonderful shots Ronny!
where's your 105 macro when you need it!?
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Nice series Ronny. You told the story well with those photos.

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All with a k20d and tamron 18-200 and how I wish I had other stuff with me.

Any idea on how to get a better result with thousands of insects. Please tell.
Hard to say how you could have done much better. An amazing phenomenon, well documented.
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Interesting shots! I'm really enjoying your Greek holiday.
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Amazing, good shots.
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Ronny - definitely no expert on this, but it looks to me like your series of photos did capture the story quite well. It would be tough to show both the huge quantities, as well as the details. Perhaps the second shot is the best compromise. If they are patient enough, how about a close-up of one or a few, with an out-of-focus background of the hundreds and thousands? Might take some crawling to get the best angle...
Had thought of that one, only you are not allowed to get close enough to them. The close up shots are from the few who where close enough to the path.

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