Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-Winner Announced

A photo challenge starting January 5th 2009. One image only, normal size restrictions apply (1000 pixel maximum width or height recommended - if vertical we suggest 700 pixels maximum width). No followup images (comparisons) except by those who have not already posted their one image. Discussion welcome - please only repeat images in discussion posts if absolutely essential. Aster has been appointed moderator of this forum in recognition of her commitment to making it great fun. This does not prevent others from setting challenges!

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One image only, normal size restrictions apply (1000 pixel maximum width or height recommended - if vertical we suggest 700 pixels maximum width). No followup images (comparisons) except by those who have not already posted their one image. Discussion welcome - please only repeat images in discussion posts if absolutely essential. Participants should provide basic camera data (body, lens, ISO, mode, exposure over-ride or WB settings), and details of raw processing and subsequent PP.
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Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-Winner Announced

Unread postby aster » Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:11 am

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Hi everyone! :D

Here I am with an other challenge before the Summer and its 'fairy-winged insects' are over. :) The idea was inspired by a Dragonfly that landed on the antenna close to my window. It was basking under the Sun to dry itself after getting soaked during a short rain shower in Istanbul the other day.
(Starter shots are shot with my Sony HDR-550 camcorder in macro mode. Apologies for the busy background)

For Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings", we'll look for those sensationally gorgeous, lacey, fragile, glass-like wings of insects and bugs that you enjoy photographing. Dragonfly, Butterfly, Locust, Cicada, Wasps, etc. are all suitable with their very intricate fairy wings.

*..The patterns on the wings should be visible and the structure readable; wing span, cross veins, folds, lobes, the wing-pigmentation patterns are required to show and be readable.

Looking forward to your entries. :D

Good luck, :)

Yildiz

Specifications:
1/..The challenge runs through 13 August 2015- .... September 2015. (You can submit photos taken earlier)
2/..The size of the photos should be ~250 KB and dimensions ~1024*1024. (Images larger in size and dimensions may be resized by the forum software if linked and rejected if uploaded using forum attachment feature. This renders the image into a mere link that can be opened in an other tab. If you want your photo to show in the thread, which is preferable, please comply with the size and dimension requirements.)
3/..You can submit as many photos as you like.
4/..It would be nice if you titled/captioned your photo to make addressing and recognition easier. : )


Dragonfly on an antenna 1
dragonfly 3.jpg
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Dragonfly on an antenna 2
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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby david antony » Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:06 am

Sensational shots Yildiz. Makes me wish I had a macro lens.

Not many Fairy Winged insects passing thru here lately.!
Generous time allowed so I might get lucky.

Looking forward to seeing posts from our talented photographers.

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby aster » Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:39 am

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Thank you, David. :D You're just too kind !

Macro lenses aren't essential to capture a neatly detailed insect and its wing, I believe. Hope you get a chance to encounter one tiny bug that's willing to display its wings for you.

Let's wait and find out what time has in store... :)

Good luck !

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:16 am

Yildiz,
You win. :D

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:17 am

A question by the way of clarification. Do the photos have to be taken during the challenge period or can I submit
photos taken previously?

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A slice of orange, a slice of life

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:25 am

Assuming previously taken images are allowed here is my first one. Please let me know
otherwise and I will delete it.

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A slice of orange, a slice of life:

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Flower today, gone tomorrow

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:28 am

My entry #2.

Flower today, gone tomorrow.

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Tall Tail

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:33 am

Double post.
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Tall Tail

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:33 am

Here is the third one....

Taill Tail (it's no lie)

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby aster » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:39 am

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Hi Sury, :)

Thank you very much. We're all winners at some time or an other and your judgment is invaluable. It's nice to get friends' approval. : )

You can submit photos taken earlier than the challenge start date. I have just made the necessary change in the Specifications of the challenge. Thanks for the inquiry, Sury.

Sury, I deleted one of the messages that you posted twice: The "Tall Tail" shot.

These shots are very good. The butterflies' wings have eyes that are looking at me. : )


Thanks for sharing,

Yildiz
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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby sury » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:13 am

Yildiz,

Thank you and that is absolutely fine. I did not realize I posted it twice. Thanks for taking care of my oversight.

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby Ossie » Sat Aug 15, 2015 6:24 pm

Just happened that this past week a few "bugs" around my house and garden caught my attention. Had to try and get some images. Here are the results.

Pyrausta aurata (Mint Moth).jpg
Tiny moth with a wing span of about 1 /1.5 cm
Pyrausta aurata (Mint Moth).jpg (216.92 KiB) Viewed 1876 times

A77 + Sigma 105mm macro



MOTH_01.jpg
Yet to identify this moth
MOTH_01.jpg (239.63 KiB) Viewed 1876 times

Found on the ceiling early hours of one morning when I had been working on some images.
A77 + Sigma 105mm macro + Flash


Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga sp.).jpg
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A77 + Sigma 105mm macro

Unpleasant name for an interesting fly

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby sury » Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:57 am

Good ones there Ossie. Interesting name indeed for the third one.

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby Ossie » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:18 am

Thank you Sury.

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Re: Challenge #58:"Fairy Wings of Insects"-submissions until 20 September 2015

Unread postby aster » Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:55 am

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Nice entries, Ossie. :)

The name of the Flesh Fly may sound unpleasant but it is a fact that this particular fly species, lays its larvae under the flesh of other animals and inside other insects, especially carrions. The particular behavior of this fly, laying its hatched larvae in carrion, helped date the death time of the subject in inspection. It helps in forensic studies sometimes. Apparently this fly is the only one that behaves that way and can be dangerous causing infections, when meat infected by them is consumed.

(From the Wikipedia:"Flesh flies can carry leprosy bacilli and can transmit intestinal pseudomyiasis to people who eat their larvae. Flesh flies, particularly Wohlfahrtia magnifica, can also cause myiasis in animals, mostly to sheep, and can give them blood poisoning, or asymptomatic leprosy infections.")

Thanks for sharing,

Yildiz


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