another day near house, 4.may.2015

May 5th, 2015 Cosmin Manci

Ended (just a way to say … never will end with work here 🙂 ) with home things and decided one more time (for sure will be many more times 🙂 ) to do another trip in the forest near house (this time I checked and is something like 5 km away from house)… you can see on the “map” where I have been (blue line).


This time I have used only the gear 7D with Sigma 150 and a lot the tripod (sorry for quality … from phone). Flash in general was used just as a fill and because of the wind (even if not strong) a big procent of photos headed in recycle bib direction.

4.may.2015, setup

Here it is what I got … still the flash light is too strong 🙁 … need to do more experiments and tryouts.

Some plants … a name for Asparagus species is appreciated (got it, Asparagus tenuifolius, thanks Paul). Finding here Orchis purpurea was amazing for me, maybe will reach the place again in 2-3 days so I can make some in full bloom photos. And flowers of warted spindle tree even if small are very nice.

Asparagus tenuifolius Allium ursinum Convallaria majalis Orchis purpurea Euonymus verrucosus

And some invertebrates …

Misumenops tricuspidatus Agapanthia sp. Rhagium sycophanta Elateridae sp Cantharis rustica Platycerus caraboides Coraeus marginatus Eysarcoris fabricii Pyrgus malvae Erynnis tages Anthocharis cardamines Cauchas rufimitrella Tanyptera atrata

And for ending … a nice female of Lacerta viridis.

Lacerta viridis

Like always I’m more than happy to receive name for what I have photographed and is not named yet or named wrongly.

Thanks to: Pjotr Oosterbroek for the name of the tipulid (Tanyptera atrata), Fabrizio Fanti for Cantharis rustica, Paul-Marian Szatmari for Asparagus tenuifolius, …

near home – 2.may.2015

May 3rd, 2015 Cosmin Manci

At a point I needed to restart writing here so here it is.

Yesterday done a short walk out mainly with the aim to test a diffuser for photos taken in nature … preparing for Morocco expedition and there I can’t go on trying (maybe it is only chance for me to go there, even I hope to repeat the experience later).

Even if the weather was bad … light rain … all (me, wife and baby) in car so we can get closer to the forest faster.

We started with a walk in the forest but only few subjects found and in those condition made first in nature shots with the new setup. For this was used Canon MP-E and more or less also the tripod. First photo taken was just a ghost 🙂 . And after that unsuccessful one next ones were better but I still find the shadows there too strong … will have to solve that somehow.

Orsodacne sp., Comarna (IS), 2.may.2015 Curculio sp., Comarna (IS), 2.may.2015 Pyrrhocoris apterus, Comarna (IS), 2.may.2015 Pyrrhocoris apterus Aranaeus sp. Oedemera sp. Anthaxia signaticollis Cantharidae sp. Volinus sticticus Gastrophysa viridula Sitophilus sp.

All next photos were done using Sigma 150 mm lens and tripod, time used for photos was too long to do it from hand, not enough natural light.
I was amaze of sleeping position of Erynnis tages, so much that when found first specimen believed that is a dead one and I looked for the guilty spider and on my surprise the butterfly just got a normal position and was on wing, slowly because of temperature but on wings.

Erynnis tages Erynnis tages Erynnis tages

In fact all butterflies seen except few specimens of Leptidea sinapis (probably), were on sleep position waiting for better weather and higher temperature/sun. But I was content to find also a male of Zerynthia polyxena, species that was on my target for the day.

Zerynthia polyxena Zerynthia polyxena Boloria dia Boloria dia Boloria dia Boloria dia

To see the difference (specially for a bad use of flash), natural light and full-flash see this photo, no modification at all, just converted from RAW, made one from two and resize for posting here:

Erynnis tages, flash/no flash

Don’t bother too much with colors, in the end is more or less the same one but saturated or unsaturated one, but see the background and strong shadow on the one with flash.

– more tests needed
– I need a small flash light to light the specimens, very hard to focus on something with Canon MP-E
– more tests needed 🙂

PS – any help with identification is welcome


July 17th, 2011 Cosmin Manci

just … abstract 🙂

Prin Țarcu, început de iunie

June 9th, 2011 Cosmin Manci

Nu am mai ajuns prin Țarcu de ceva ani, iar zilele trecute am reușit să mai dau o raită pe acolo… mai exact pe Culmea Nedeii. Ca de obicei am umblat după insecte și eventual ceva fotografii la alte subiecte din natură. Ziua s-a terminat cu un duș natural… că eu nu port haină de ploaie după mine… eu prin pădure la vale, leoarcă și cu o punga de plastic peste umăr (aparatul de fotografiat fiind în ea) 🙂 .

Câteva  imagini din făcute din Culmea Nedeia, mai ales spre Vârful Călianu că pe el a bătut soarele (când nu era după nori).

Câteva plante observate și ca de obicei cu link către mai multe imagini cu specia în cauză.

Loiseleuria procumbens

Gentiana acaulis

Soldanella pusilla

Soldanella montana

Primula minima

Și ca să nu fie doar plante… un mascul de Zootoca vivipara (Șopârla de munte).

Cu insectele nu am facut mare lucru la fotografiat, din păcate.

prima mea etichetă roșie

December 12th, 2010 Cosmin Manci

… chiar este vorba despre o etichetă roșie :)) .

În momentul în care se descrie o specie nouă dintr-un organism biologic, aceasta se facepe baza unei serii tip, primul (în mod normal un mascul) este holotipul si urmatoarele sunt paratipi. La aceste exemplare, într-o colecție, se adaugă o etichetă roșie.

Acum 2-3 săptămâni a intrat și în colecția un astfel de exemplar, primul meu paratip. Este o femelă din specia Tropinota (Epicometis) paulae Leo, 2010 (Cetoniidae) … care după cum se vede a fost descrisă anul acesta din Italia, de către Piero Leo (din Italia)… Piero, dacă ajungi să citești asta, mulțumesc încă o dată.