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I’m not mad, I’m concentrating…

BugShot 2011 participant Pat Porter just sent me this candid photo of yours truly…

Photo credit: Pat Porter

My first thought was, “why am I so ANGRY?” I stared at the image for a while and then remembered the circumstances under which this shot was taken (apparently by a very stealthy photo-ninja). I had spied a tiny but lovely moth (the Ailanthus webworm moth, Atteva aurea) who was slightly obscured by several petals of the yellow flower on which it was perching. Although I usually don’t pick too much at the nature surrounding my photographic subjects, I made an exception this time because I’d never seen one of these in the flesh before.  I had to remove three petals without disturbing the critter…hence the frowny-face.

Here is the shot I ultimately got…I was using one of Alex’s off-camera remote flash units, which accounts for the black background (it was my first time trying this kind of gear out in the field – with VERY mixed results. Actually, not so mixed: mostly crappy, but hey, it’s a learning curve).

Ailanthus webworm moth, Atteva aurea

8 responses to “I’m not mad, I’m concentrating…

  1. allthingsbiological September 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    It sure looks a whole more like intense focus (get it 😉 ?) than anger…

  2. Ted C. MacRae September 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    My biggest regret from the workshop is that I didn’t take any photos of people. The 100mm macro would’ve made a great ‘telephoto’ for candid shots like this.

    • TGIQ September 10, 2011 at 7:32 PM

      I took a few but none are particularly lovely…Pat, Suzanne and at least one other person were taking pictures (some are on the Flickr page) and I’m hoping more will be posted soon! The people were really what made the workshop so spectacular, after all…

  3. Henry (Rob) Robison September 10, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Nothing wrong with concentration….

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