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Ich bin ein Berliner.

Ich bin ein Berliner.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-17 14:28
Viewed: 3756
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cantharis livida (Linnaeus, 1758)
var. rufipes

Red legged Soldier Beetle,
Variabler Weichkäfer.

Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cantharidae
Genus: Cantharis

A soft bodied, well flying, agile species of beetles, wide spread and abundant in the Eastern Palaearctic zone in spring and early summer. Body length: 10–15 millimetres.

Soldier beetles are predators, and also their larvae are: They are hunting for small insects, aphids in particular. Gardeners should love them for that reason. Soldier beetles also love nectar and pollen to add to their diet. So they are also busy pollinators. Gardeners might attract their helpful friends by offering them plants rich with nectar and pollen, such as Solidago.

Some details on photography:
SONY DSC-HX1, 3456x2592, sRGB, F/4.5, 1/2000sec, ISO-125, bias: -0.3, focal length: 15mm (equivalent 75mm at full size SLR), fill flash, 15.05.2011 09:40. The bridge camera's swivel screen conveniently allowed a very low point of view.

K. W. Harde, F. Severa: Der Kosmos Käferführer. Die Käfer Mitteleuropas. Stuttgart 1981. 5. Auflage 2006.

That loveably peaceful soldier was enjoying its life at one of those fresh and clear beautiful days of May in Berlin, same as I did. Probably the best time of the year to visit the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Berlin.

Regret having been absent from TN for more than a year. Happy to be back again.

Thank you for visiting. Have a good time, and enjoy.

lousat, phibau, Merlin, ramthakur, McQueenca, Hormon_Manyer, KOMSIS, Argus, anel, marius-secan, Miss_Piggy, jusninasirun, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To marius-secan: "Farfalle delle alpi"peter_stoeckl 1 02-23 14:32
To tuslaw: Sony Cybershot imagespeter_stoeckl 1 02-20 13:31
To Merlin: ... long time, no "see"peter_stoeckl 2 02-19 14:13
To ramthakur: ... hearty welcome backpeter_stoeckl 1 02-19 12:35
To IronM: ... great to see you backpeter_stoeckl 1 02-19 12:30
To anel: ... noch einmal ein Jahrpeter_stoeckl 1 02-19 12:27
To Argus: ... post againpeter_stoeckl 1 02-19 12:13
To Hormon_Manyer: - welcome back!peter_stoeckl 1 02-19 12:11
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Hello, Peter!
Long time, no "see" ?
Another classic PS POV ;-) Super sharpness and lighting from the very low angle, and fine details in the little soldier beetle.
I hope all is well with you.
Best wishes, Nigel.

Helo Peter,
Good title, but not only! Impressive bright colors, great sharpness and a very beautiful composition.
Nice job, Philippe.

Hearty welcome back, Peter!
Hope you have been well all this time.
This Soldier Beetle captured in your unique and signature manner looks glorious against the sky.
Hope the other stalwarts like you follow suit and return here to make this place as great as it once was.
Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-02-17 19:22]
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Hello Peter,
First I must say your Sony Cybershot DSC HX1 takes incredible images. Your gallery is simply awesome and filled with top quality photos. This particular image is certainly no exception as it displays super fine detail and beautiful natural colors. A real beauty!!!

Hi Peter
Super close up of this Red Legged Soldier Beetle. Great control of light to provide wonderful colour and detail. I like your POV, it provided a super BG and showed the Beetle very well.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-02-17 23:00]

Hello Peter,
very nice capture,nice cantharis species,great details,thanks for sharing..

Hi Peter,
Great to see you again - welcome back! Beautifully composed macro shot with excellent sharpness and exposure, taken from a spectacular PoV. Top class job as always from you, supported with an excellent personal note. Bravo.
Best regards, László

brilliant macro - good work - congratulation

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-18 2:49]

Hallo Peter,
Very nice and humorous presentation ..
Very good close-up. The composition and the colours are excellent, the sharpness is impressive
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-18 3:38]
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Hello Peter,
Nice to see your post again!
A very fine macro of this Cantharis species taken from your characteristic POV with superb sharpness and natural colours with your blue sky making a fine BG.
Once again this is great to view: thank you!
Best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-18 4:29]
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Lieber Peter,
Ist eine grosse Freude wieder ein Posting von Dir zu sehen...dachte ich doch gerade gestern, dass Du wahrscheinlich keine Zeit findest. Dieser Berliner "Soldat" hat eine verblühte Blume, wahrscheinlich eine Pulsatilla ausgewählt um das schöne Wetter von guter Höhe aus zu geniessen. Eib Bild voller Licht, ganz in Deinem persönlichen Stil ausgeführt. War noch nie im Berliner BOGA, muss ich mal nachholen.
Herzlichen Dank auch für Deinen Besuch in meiner Bildgalerie.
Hoffe natürlich noch mehr zu sehen und nicht noch einmal ein Jahr zu warten.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-02-18 5:43]
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Hi Peter,
great to see you back, I enjoy viewing your photos !
Wonderful photo, beautiful lighting, outstanding details, natural colors, lovely composition !
Best regards !

Hello Peter
Impressive photo with interesting composition, fantastic colours and very good sharpness!

hallo Peter
super good sharpness and nice details
the colours and light are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Peter, great macro of lovely beetle on fantastic sky, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
First of all - welcome back! It is nice to see your photos again. I admire your photos in the book "Farfalle delle alpi" by Gianluca Ferretti. Great work and excellent contribution to that book......Splendid details and colors of this interesting shoot taken from a wonderful POV.
Thanks for sharing!

Hallo Peter
Welcome back my friend. If I could have visited your images earlier I would have done it but unfortunately I was kept away from the computer.
Like always it is such a pleasure to admire and appreciate your images, and like always it is presented in such fine style and pleasant manner.
This is really a striking macro with gorgeous, vibrant colours and delightful details that is well seen. Your camerawork is flawless. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Peter.
This is amazing with this colorful beetle clinging on that fine flower. Superb angle against the partially silenced sky.
Thanks and kind regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-03-20 1:21]

Hello Peter
excellent capture with exciting color contrast, red on silvery background.
Well presented is splendid sharpness and details.
The sky as its real background is pretty.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-27 22:26]

Hi Peter.
Stunning picture of the cute insect and so amazing plants. Details of the both objects are simply terrific. I am impressed with wonderful diagonal composition of the image so much as well as with cloudy blue sky as a BG. Great sample of high-end job. My warm regards and TFS.

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