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Lateral view of a Male Baetis (Baetidae) (Blue-Winged Olive) Mayfly Dun from Mystery Creek #43 in New York
Blue-winged Olives

Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.

Lateral view of a Clostoeca disjuncta (Limnephilidae) (Northern Caddisfly) Caddisfly Larva from the Yakima River in Washington
This one was surprisingly straightforward to identify. The lack of a sclerite at the base of the lateral hump narrows the field quite a bit, and the other options followed fairly obvious characteristics to Clostoeca, which only has one species, Clostoeca disjuncta.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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By Troutnut on May 31st, 2011

Photos by Troutnut from the Tanana River in Alaska

This partial solar eclipse today was most prominent across parts of Siberia, the Arctic Ocean, and Scandanavia, but I caught the outer edge of it here in Fairbanks, Alaska.  I went out to a quiet spot next to the Tanana River behind the airport, and shot this composite photo of several short exposures of the sun during the eclipse, and one longer exposure at the end, capturing the thin clouds that crept into the frame.

From the Tanana River in Alaska

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Chambersburg, PA

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JOHNW on Jun 2, 2011June 2nd, 2011, 5:15 am EDT
Cool picture. Really neat and sort of abstract effect.

What program are you using to do you r compositing? Is it an automated process or are you doing it manually?
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Troutnut on Jun 2, 2011June 2nd, 2011, 10:48 am EDT
I'm using Lightroom and Photoshop. For this image the compositing was really simple to do manually, because the small sun images were all solid black except for the sun itself. I put the bright sun / cloud image as the bottom layer, and all the others above it with the "lighten" blend mode.

I've been doing a lot of other composite images lately (both HDR and panoramas) using Lightroom & Photoshop CS3 for the panoramas and the LR/Enfuse plugin for HDRs.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
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