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

2013 este pe gatate :)

December 23rd, 2013 Cosmin Manci

A mai trecut un an de la ultima postare si vad ca am platit pe degeaba ca nu am facut nimic aici 🙁 … dar a fost un an plin de evenimente si schimbari, asa ca iertam 🙂 .
Pe moment, este timpul pentru … Craciun Fericit !!!! si peste mai cateva zile La multi ani !!!!


Craciun Fericit !!! Merry Christmas !!!

December 24th, 2012 Cosmin Manci



prin Dobrogea

September 27th, 2012 Cosmin Manci

A trecut ceva vreme de la ultima postare (aproape un an) și voi încerca să mai pun câteva aici… ca să nu plătesc hostingul pe degeaba 🙂 .

Deci, de ceva vreme sunt prin Dobrogea pentru monitorizarea migrației păsărilor răpitoare iar in 25 (septembrie, a.c.) a fost și prima zi cu ceva păsări. Pe lânga asta ziua respectivă împreuna cu colegii (Paul – inelator șef :), Florin, Adina și Călin) am încercat să vedem și ce se mișcă prin tufele din punctul meu de observație… și dacă tot au fost puse plase s-a și inelat.

A durat un pic până au fost instalate toate…


dar apoi păsările nu au încetat să ”pice”, nu au fost multe dar a fost o plăcută ieșire din rutina zilnică.


Și pentru că acolo eram pentru migrație… doua fotografii și cu fenomenul… din păcate totul a trecut foarte sus astfel că și calitatea este execrabilă.