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Copyright: patrick neuberg (pat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma EX 50mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Weevils [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-24 14:59
Viewed: 5052
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautiful couple of blue-green weevils is photographed cradled inside the leaf of a stinging nettle.

It is the same species I have posted yesterday see here. It presumably is Phyllobius pomaceus Gyll. (thanks to Claude Schott). It is interesting to note that the coloration of the male is more bluish, while the female is green.

Photo taken with the 50mm Sigma macro lens, on my D70 Nikon body. The Metz flash 44AF-4iN used in i-TTL mode. The flash was used in combination with a set a home made reflectors and diffusers. The central axis of my tripod used as a sort of small monopod.

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

PP done with Photoshop7: slight crop + tilt ; level adjustments (burn tool for highlights on elytra), USM + smart-blur filter, clone stamp for some dust correction ; resize for site.

Thanks for looking :-)

hansh, marjan, valy67, Kaszek, jcoowanitwong, hekcik has marked this note useful
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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-05-24 15:18]

A very nice and sharp action you've captured. In dutch they are called "snuitkever". Well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-05-24 15:27]

Hi Patric , very nice shot. Good POV and good pose of this couple. Lover is in the ear and you was lucki to documented this. Nice coloures and good explanation about this interesting shot.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-05-24 15:43]

Très belle photo ! La netteté et les détails sont impressionnants, très belles couleurs, belle composition, bon point de vue... Ce sont des insectes étranges, je n'en avais jamais vu aupravant. Très joli !

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-05-24 16:42]

wow, that´s two cool bugs doing it...*gg*
superb macro-shot, patrick! :-)
these green creatures really look funny,
they have like green fur?
excellent composition and details.
well seen & captured, thor.

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2006-05-24 18:41]

Hello Patrick!
Great photo! Superb sharpness. Fantastic colours and POV. Very good composition with this 2 bugs ;) Good work!

Hi Patrick,
Sharp and clear potrait of this couple. Perfect exposure and contrast. Informative note and TFS.

bonjour patrick
tres bonne photo,aussi bien pour les details que pour la pose-ition.

Hi Patrick,
a very nice close-up picture with good details and nice colours.
Well composed and nice POV.
The differents between the sex are well shown.
Well done.

Oh! shame on them :-)) Really great shot! Showing the weevils beautiful really hard in my opinion, but here they looks like wonderful. Colours, focusing, pov, framing and especially dof is incredible here! Thank you,

Hi Patrick,

Excellent close-up.
Superb sharp, details, colors and composition.
Well seen and well done!

TFS :-)

This is a really nice macro closeup the lighting is perfect showing great detail and colors. :)

Hi Patrick,
This is wonderful macro.
TFS Malgosia

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-11 3:43]

Hi Patrick,
This macro is fine! Details, composition, color and POV are prefect and the bugs ifself are rare and beautiful. Even the leaf they chosen is all a detail for the pose :-) Well done!
TFS, José M.

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