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Photo Critique
New Zealand
Title: A Wasp known as a Mason-Bee -Canon EOS 30d
A Wasp known as a Mason-Bee - (28)
Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2014-05-03 23:30]
Hi Janice,
Ivan is quite right.
This isn't a Mason Bee but a Black or American Soldier Fly, Hermetia illucens, quite easily distinguished by thoe white bands on the back legs :)
You can find it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetia_illucens

India
Title: Leafhopper Nymph extruding excess sugarCanon 500D T1i
Leafhopper Nymph extruding excess sugar (14) *
vipinbaliga Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-06-07 14:52]
Thanks for posting such a fine photo of such an amazing creature, with such an interesting note. This is exactly what I was looking for.
Fantastic work !

United States
Title: Palette surgeonfish and Clown FishCanon 5D Mark11
Palette surgeonfish and Clown Fish (52)
tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-11 12:50]
Hi Ron, I wish could view this because it looks great from the thumbnail & everyone else seems to like it. Sadly, I can only get it to load the top 2cm, the rest is all grey. I've gone off the page & back to it a few times but no luck yet ..... I'll try again later.

Portugal
Title: Orchis italicaCanon 550D
Orchis italica (8)
semprempe Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 4 N: 140] (974)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-11 12:43]
Beautiful colours. I wouldn't have thought this was an orchid at first glance. It is quite unlike anything we have here in New Zealand.
Interesting to read the origin of the word orchid too. I never knew.
TFS
Steve

Italy
Title: Backlight on the snowflakesSony Cybershot DSC HX1
Backlight on the snowflakes (60)
lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-11 12:39]
Wonderful shot Luciano. What a beautiful spring photo, and I've learned something. I never realised that there were flowers called Snowflakes. I would have thought these were Snowdrops if it wasn't for your note. Thanks for sharing.
Cheers
Steve

United States
Title: Male Cairns BirdwingFinePix HS20EXR
Male Cairns Birdwing (34)
drchoneydew Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-10 14:31] [+]
Lovely capture Brenda. What a beautiful coloured butterfly.
We have nothing like these occurring naturally in New Zealand.
In fact, I only see a few butterflies each year, usually Cabbage Whites or Admirals. You are so lucky to have these.
Cheers
Steve

Tanzania
Title: Dark Chanting GoshawkCanon 7D
Dark Chanting Goshawk (30)
pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-10 14:28]
How to make a raptor look like a dove ;)
Great capture Tom. (BTW ... I had to look twice at that word metabates ... thought he was doing something other than preening ;)

Pakistan
Title: The BluethroatCanon  40D
The Bluethroat (12)
zahoor_salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 618] (5538)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-10 14:24]
Wonderful cature Zahoor. The pose is perfect to show off the coloured throat. Nicely composed too. Well done.
Cheers
Steve

United Kingdom
Title: Long Tailed TitCanon  40D
Long Tailed Tit (22)
nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2012-03-10 14:14]
Nice one Nick. Lovely shot.
Great character in this capture.

New Zealand
Title: ParataniwhaCanon EOS 30d
Parataniwha (30)
Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)


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LordPotty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503) [2011-02-17 14:51]
This is a plant I'm very familiar with, having done lots of caving.
These are often around cave entrances. In the South Island we have Tree Nettles intead !

Italy
Title: Polyommatus icarusNikon D300s
Polyommatus icarus (38)
cobra112 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2093 W: 75 N: 6382] (43366)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-13 7:31]
Hello Roberto !
This is a lovely picture, I like the sunny and friendly colors, but I also like the composition a lot, with the grass making a nice diagonal. Great pose of the butterfly, allowing us to fully admire the beauty of your subject. Splendid blurred BG. Very well done !
Valerie.

Kenya
Title: ImpalaCanon 7D
Impala (24)
pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-13 7:27]
Hello Tom !
This is an unusual picture, usually when we see impalas it is a picture with warm colors, dry grass and sun - this is special. Not something we see every day on TN. I also like how the first impala is in focus, and then the others get more and more blurred, it gives a nice depth to your picture. Excellent sharpness and details, wonderful composition, nice natural colors. Very well done !
Valérie.

Italy
Title: Polygonia egea  Cramer 1775
Polygonia egea Cramer 1775 (38)
Silvio2006 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6690 W: 90 N: 16812] (102073)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-13 7:24]
Hello Silvio !
A beautiful picture that reminds me of summer and warm days, it's so nice. i love the color and the shape of the butterfly's wings, and the capture you have made of him is truly wonderful ; sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, everything is fantastic. Very well done !
Valérie.

Italy
Title: Regulus ignicapillusNikon D300
Regulus ignicapillus (52)
maurydv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3099 W: 115 N: 9490] (36428)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-13 7:23]
Hello Maurizio !
What a wonderful picture of this bird ! I like his yellow markings on the head, and I also like his pose on this picture. Sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, everything is just perfect. Very well done !
Valérie.

Malaysia
Title: Bracket fungiNikon D90
Bracket fungi (50)
foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-13 7:16]
Hello Foozi !
These fungi looks wonderful, I like their shape and their color, all those dofferent nuances of brown are gorgeous. You have managed to capture every detail on your picture, it's impressive. I also like the composition and the dark blurred BG a lot, it makes the fungi stand out in the most beautiful way. Very well done !
Valérie.

Netherlands
Title: OUDEMANSIELLA MUCIDA
OUDEMANSIELLA MUCIDA (38)
euroblinkie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3080 W: 56 N: 6334] (64279)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-13 7:14]
Hello Laurens !
These mushrooms looks so beautiful, you have managed to capture every detail, and I also like the texture of the hat, they look soft like silk. Nicely composed, natural colors, great POV. Very well done !
Valérie.

Sweden
Title: Crash landingCanon Powershot SX10 IS
Crash landing (44)
uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-07 9:43]
Hello Ulla !
Poor bird, stuck like this in the snow - I hope he managed to get out in the end... It is a great moment you have captured here, excellent timing. I also like how the snow is making "hills" behind the rook, looks very nice. Very well done !
Valérie.

Turkey
Title: Pearly HeathNikon D300
Pearly Heath (76)
KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-07 9:36]
Hello Seyfi !
This is really a wonderful picture, first because the model itsekf is a gorgeous species of butterfly, but also because of the quality of your picture - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, blurred BG... everything is just perfect. Very well done !
Valérie.

Cyprus
Title: Rissa tridactyla
Rissa tridactyla (42) *
chrimakris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-05 5:44]
Hello Christodoulos !
I really like this picture. The soft greyish colors are very pleasant, the details on the Kittiwake are excellent, the composition and the POV are perfect. I also love the droplets of water in front of the beak, it looks very beautiful. Very well done !
Valérie.

Italy
Title: Pieris rapae  Linneus 1758
Pieris rapae Linneus 1758 (38)
Silvio2006 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6690 W: 90 N: 16812] (102073)


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valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219) [2011-02-05 5:41]
Hello Silvio !
Another beautiful picture of butterfly and sunny days - makes me long for Spring to come ! :-) I like the colors and the composition of the picture a lot, but also the excellent details, the wonderful blurred BG and your POV. Very well done !
Valérie.