A fall webworm moth rests on a verbena bloom at Lee State Natural Area. Photo by Laura Kirk.

A fall webworm moth rests on a verbena bloom at Lee State Natural Area. Photo by Laura Kirk.

The state of South Carolina has introduced a photo contest recently. The contest requires people to visit state parks and photograph their experiences and sightings. This photography ranges in skill level from professional to amateur, thus the resulting collection of photographs varies in quality. This particular image caught my eye because of the shallow depth of field, contrast and impact of being an unusual type of moth. The photographer must have used lens with a longer focal length with a wider aperture. Some of the other images include instances of stop-action and more depth of field. While these photos are not journalistic or altogether newsworthy, they do demonstrate different techniques of capturing and composing photography. The images that capture interesting moments do however relate to photojournalists in that the photographer was able to anticipate a particular action by an animal or person within the park and take the photo at the prime moment.

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