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New Zealand
Title: Maoris and ShagsCanon EOS 30d
Maoris and Shags (40) *
Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)


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Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555) [2008-02-22 5:16]
Hi Janice old Friend
Yes, Long time no see, no post, but I am alive and well, and shooting more than ever before! I love this in your face mug shot! I see you have learned a lot and improved a lot, that is good. Thanks for popping in
Regards
CAllie

South Africa
Title: Little Bee-eaterCanon 30D
Little Bee-eater (17)
fiftysomething Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 3 N: 141] (657)


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Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1102 W: 95 N: 2611] (7555) [2008-02-22 4:58] [+]
Mike A fine shot, great catch, both of you. Where did you shoot this? A question - LBE has a black throat band, missing here. This looks like a Juvie Swallow-tailed BE. There also seems to be no lack in the primaries. Not meant as a critique, just a query from a wildlife enthusiast. Callie

Nepal
Title: nepalese duckOlympus Camedia C-765 UZ
nepalese duck (10)
mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)


 

Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-12-03 14:09]
Hi Geof , well captured the very well known domestic Duck the Muscovy which has its wild ancestors in central America, half a world away.
sorry for the bad news
yours Robert

Germany
Title: Wild Orchids
Wild Orchids (2)
drofykceb (2)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-09-16 13:01]
Welcome to TN Rebecca, Intresting 1st post, while it is not an Orchid I can understand why you might think so from the helmet shape of the flower it is infact the very invasive weed Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) its presence in this southern German river valley means you have lost a lot of native wild life both plant and animal to its rampant growth.
Good clear image shows both flower and seed well, a minor thought would be to include all the flower in the top right side, it would give the image a better visual balance.
TFS (Thank You for Sharing) yours Robert

Spain
Title: Plant
Plant (6)
CENT-TRETZE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 117] (1270)


 

Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-08-14 11:14] [+]
Hello Josep, looks very much like a canna lilly, type the name into a search engine and compare the result.
Unfortunatly this is classed on TN as a domesticated plant and would normally have just been removed, but as you asked for an identification I thought I would try and answer your question, but this does still mean that the image needs to be removed from TN, maybe you could repost it on TL which has an open posting policy.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask either direct or though the forum.
Yours Robert brown (TN Moderator)

Canada
Title: It was on a treeOlympus Stylus 710
It was on a tree (12) *
c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 98 W: 0 N: 95] (738)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-08-04 23:50]
Hello Christian , intresting image, not a distorted flower but a leaf that has been attacked by a type of Gall wasp, the adult lays an egg or eggs in the surface of the leaf in this case though it could be the flower or leaf bud or even stems. the egg releases chemicals which cause the plant to produce abnormal growth / swellings which form a container for the wasp larvae to develope in. each wasp species usually has a very specific host plant and also causes a very distinctive type of gall or leaf distortion so if you know the type of plant it is usually easy to name the wasp responsable. Unfortunatly I do not recognise the shrub from the small amount of normal plant in your picture. The splitting doown the middle is caused by the uneven growth of the leaf tearing it apart.
Also there are some moulds which can have the same efet but there are not as many of them, again knowing the plant is key to iddentiefying it.
Hope this is of some use. TFS Robert

Poland
Title: Mysterious fungus
Mysterious fungus (10)
cysorz Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 32 W: 3 N: 71] (464)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-28 10:40] [+]
Hi Tadeusz, It is definatly one of the Puffballs there are two it could possibly be 1) Spiny Puffball (Lycoperdon echinatum)
2) Dusky Puffball (Lycoperdon nigrescens)
the later is the most likely because it prefers acid soils which also Blueberries need to grow in.
hope this is of help?
yours Robert

France
Title: Calopteryx virgo femaleCanon EOS 300D
Calopteryx virgo female (4)
Harm-digitaal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-27 14:05]
Hi Harm very good detail of the sexual apendages of this female demoiselle.
Good colours , and sharpness.
TFS yours Robert

United States
Title: Deer vs. CougarFuji Finepix S2 pro
Deer vs. Cougar (28)
eqshannon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-21 14:22]
Thanks for having the courage to post it in full colour and not the B&W, it is not over the top and you surply a superb note with it.
The only change I would make would be to lighten the shadowed areas with either curves or levels to allow some more of the hidden detail to show theough.
TFS yours Robert

United States
Title: Long-tailed Duck FamilyNikon D2X
Long-tailed Duck Family (90) *
Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-21 14:12] [+]
Lovely set of flying ducks, lots of details for a distance shot.Silly question time now, how did you line the shot up, I find my 2-400 F4 and the 1.7 does not seem to focus fast enough or give as sharp an image any tips for settings would be gratfully recieved.
TFS yours Robert

Israel
Title: Native Violet in our gardenNikon Coolpix 4500
Native Violet in our garden (2)
Ilya_Borovok Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 27] (122)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-18 10:10]
Hello Ilya,
Thanks for clearing up the uncertany over this beautiful Violet, love the colour and shape of it . TFS yours Robert
(Previous critque before ajustment of note)"are you saying this is a wild flowergrowing in your garden or a flower you grow all around your garden. I ask because an image of this flower was requested to be removed because it was thought to be a cultivated hybrid viola of which there are several hundred hybrids in cultivation.
If you have any questions please feelfree to ask, yours Robert
Ps this is a much better veiw of the flower than the removed one."

Netherlands
Title: Cinnabar caterpillarCanon G5
Cinnabar caterpillar (8)
bobcat08 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 19 N: 361] (1431)


 

Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-18 10:00] [+]
Hi Bob an intresting POV of these cinnabar caterpillars, what intests me more though is the plant they are on, which appears to be a Stinging Nettle/Urticaria which is not in the same plant family as its food plant the Ragworts and other close relative in compositae (the daisy family)which also inclueds Colts foot which can be an alternative food plant, but not Nettle. so to me it is strange there are so many on a plant not suitable for them?

United Kingdom
Title: Last Of The LightCanon EOS400D
Last Of The Light (48) *
PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-16 12:27]
Hi Paul the colours and DOF are superb especially the rocks in the foreground. I think the sky could have done with being held back by using a graduated filter so the area like the sun doesnt get so over exposed. the other way is to take 2 exposures one for each area then combine the best bits of both in your editing program.I just notice you had a grad filter on so maybe a slightly heaver one? TFS yours Robert

United Kingdom
Title: It's a hard lifeCanon 350D / Digital Rebel XT
It's a hard life (42)
hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-16 11:12]
Nice Capture Karen, some nice details of a small mammal that is still becoming rarer by the day.
TFS yours Robert

Poland
Title: Armoured knight?
Armoured knight? (8)
cysorz Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 32 W: 3 N: 71] (464)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-16 9:08] [+]
Looks very much like a juvinille Sqash Bug (Coreus marginatus)

United Kingdom
Title: I'm comingCanon 350D
I'm coming (9)
jaywalker (9)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-16 8:41] [+]
Hello Wilson, welcome to TN, I notice that this is a reposting of your original post of these otter, I have been and looked at the original and to be honest I can not see and differance between them. It is usuall when posting to explain what changes you have made to the image and why, it is supposed to help others to learn how an image can be changed /improved. Thank you for sharing and if you have any questions please feel free to do so, yours Robert

France
Title: The magic flyKODAK EasyShare Z730
The magic fly (2)
senderone (20)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-16 8:32]
Bonjour Damien, bienvenue au TN, le papillon vous nous montrez qu'est probablement definatly un certain type de FRITILLAIRE une fritillaire de bruyère, mais il est difficile d'être tout sûr qu'il peut y a beaucoup de variations locales de la famille. J'espère que quelqu'un d'autre ici sur le TN affermira vers le haut de cet identiefication pour toi. TFS et espèrent que c'est utile vôtre Robert

Hello Damien, welcome to TN, The Butterfly you show us is definatly some type of FRITILLARY probably a Heath Fritillary, but it is hard to be sure as there can be a lot of local variations in the family. I hope somebody else here on TN will firm up this identiefication for you.
TFS and hope this is of help yours Robert

United Kingdom
Title: is this a ringletCanon EOS 350D
is this a ringlet (6)
snaphappy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 21 N: 233] (1948)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-16 8:15] [+]
Hi sue I will Back-up Mikes confirmation that it is a ringlet butterfly, and it does seem a good year for them when other species are struggling with the damp cloudy weather.
DOF a fraction tight as the base of the wings is slightly OOF also a slightly lower POV would help so you are more parallel to the wings so you do not need to get so much in focus.
TFS yours Robert

Germany
Title: Epipogium aphyllum
Epipogium aphyllum (6)
juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-14 2:48] [+]
Hello anita , a belated welcome to TN some intresting images you have posted, with good clear details.
This particular image taken in very difficult condtions under the heavy shade of trees and unfortunatly the flash seems to have highlighted a lot of the detail area and making strong shadows behind the flowers.
to help solve this there are a couple of things you can do. 1st is touse a tripod to add a steadiness to the camera along with a slightly lower point of veiw the tripod may allow you to not use the flash but a long shutter time instead and using the self timer to reduce the vibration of the camera even more. also the lower POV will allow the flash to through the shadows further behind the subject so not be so distracting.
if you have any questions please ask.
Thank you for sharing this rarity with us, yours Robert

United Kingdom
Title: Culzean BayCanon EOS 5D
Culzean Bay (8)
marcbedingfield Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 31] (294)


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Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106) [2007-07-14 2:30]
Hello Marc, a wonderful landscape well seen and captured, my only nit with it would be the waste of pixels in adding a frame to it. It seems to be a fashion to add frames to all landscapes, but here on TN were the image size is restricted I personally feel they distract from the actual image ?
still a very nice image TFS yours Robert