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tiger beetle

tiger beetle
Photo Information
Copyright: patrick neuberg (pat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-30 7:29
Viewed: 4936
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The tiger beetle, Cicindela campestris, is a speedy hunter, chasing other insects. Its carnivorous larvae are living in vertical pits in sandy ground, lurking for some appetizing prey to pass by, catching them with their long jaws.
This beetle was not that speedy as temperatures were quite low this last weekend of April, so I could photograph it with ease.

Photo taken with the 50mm Sigma macro lens, on my D70 Nikon body. Built-in flash used, power set manually, in combination with a plastic diffusor sheet, atop of the lens. Camera was steadied against the Manfrotto removable sliding plate.

Camera settings:
size/quality : large, Jpeg fine ; Sharpness +1 ; iso [email protected] ; white balance : flash

PP done with Photoshop7, levels, USM filter, burn tool.

Thanks for looking :-)

PS : see here for a front view

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-30 10:17]

Stunning photo!
Sharp and clear!
Excellent on details!
Perfect DOF!
5* and TFS!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-04-30 10:20]

Patrick bonjour, bravo pour cette Cicindelle des champs aux jolies couleurs. Bon focus et bonne composition. Il est vrai que par forte chaleur la bête n'est pas facile à approcher!! Mes félicitations, Didier.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-30 12:43]

Voici un bel insecte bien mis en valeur dans cette macro intéressante et belle à voir.
Compliments Patrick et merci pour le partage

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-30 16:01]

Hi Patrick,
Excellent macro! Sharpness is spot on and colours are very natural. Very good use of the flash

Ue photo formidable ! Vous avez trouvé là un magnifique insecte, aux couleurs chatoyantes. Les détails, les couleurs et la composition sont excellents. Bien joué !

Hello again Patrick!
Here is the photo of memebr of my favourite beetle group :) Very nice picture :)
This is not easy to take photo of this really fast runners so please take my congratulation because of this nice shot!

PS. By the way, if you are interested, please feel free to see my tiger beetle photos here and here :>

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