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"Pin" POV

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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Longhorn Beetles/ Cerambycidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-07 4:32
Viewed: 4497
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Why the title?
Well, I think insects on photos with such POV resemble a bit those pinned in an entomologist's collections.

I sometimes take such shots because when the light is poor that's the only way to have big part of the insect in focus.

On the photo you can see a longhorn beetle. I think this could be Strangalia quadrifasciata.

This species has long antennae characteristic of the family and, like most longhorns, is associated with old woodland because its larvae are wood-borers in old trunks and stumps and logs. This beetle is said to be associated particularly with oak and alders. Nutrition of longhorn beetles appears to be from the wood itself, unlike a number of wood-boring beetles that feed primarily on the associated fungi. Adults feeds on pollen and it is one of the species that can be seen on flowers such as various umbellifers.

phlr, Janice, sandpiper2, petrudamsa, marhowie, Fisher, cedryk, gerhardt, PDP, liquidsunshine, red45, alejandroguzman, klemmg, dew77 has marked this note useful
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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-07 4:36]

Fantastic photo of this insect!
Perfect details!
Excelent colours!
Very good sharpness!

We name these coleopters "tailors" (Rom. croitori) in Romania... Good, solid portrait, ready for the biology book of the 6th grade. Do you sprinkle yourself with polen or honey when you go photoshooting, Moni, you seem to mesmerize the hell out of all arthropodes ? :)

Nice close up of this cool looking arthropod with excellent detail and lighting. Well done Monika :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-07 5:04]

You're right, it does look pinned down Monika. And he suits being so centred. He's nice and sharp and his colours are good too. You did a good job on this one, well done... and TFS.

Yes it really does look like a mounted specimen and usually I don't like this type of POV. But in this case I think its quite a good shot. You've got the light just right and the DOF is pretty good too. I like the way you've centred the beetle and the leaf makes a good mounting board (LOL)!
Great work Monika.

Wow, This one look very similar with the one I posted today. Yet it has a different name. Only a specialist like cedryk or phlr (and there are other guys here too) could tell the difference. As regarding the Coleopterae, I'm going with their hand.

Regards, Petru

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-12-07 6:24]
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Hello, I confirm the ID with the main correctionof the name. After some taxonomic revisions the species is now Leptura quadrifasciata. It's not the same as the one that Petru posted, but the species are closely related to each other (once in the same genus - now moved to different ones).
Best greetings,

I'm astonish with this picture quality. I can say perfect. Congratulations.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-12-07 7:15]

Très belle composition, les couleurs sont justes et l'éclairage parfaite.


Hi Monika,
The colors and detail in this shot are very good! I like the frame filling composition here. Excellent work!

Have a Great holiday Monika!
Thank You.

Hi Monika,

Excellent shot, detailed, crisp, excellent composition.


Very striking composition. The insects contrasts nicely with the BG. Very well done, Monica.

I know I always say this but a bit smaller aperture setting like F4, F5.6 and you would gain extra DOF. The front legs could have been in focus if you did it.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-07 11:06]

Hi Monika, yes you are right it's like a Field Guide shot but I think better composed with the leaf. It's nicely done though and sometimes these shots are all you can do. They are always very good for ID anyway!

Very well done.

Hello again...
PERFECTION from the PERFECT one ;)
Very clear and sharp detail. excellent colour, Perfect composition and exposure.
I'm saddened by the fact that this is the most recent post from you, I could admire your shots all night ;)
Have a delightful evening my friend ;)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-07 14:02]

Very good shot with strong use of super glue Monika ;-) I like your title ;-) This is first pin-up star from insects' world ;-) POV is very good, same as quality. Subject very rare in my neighbourhood. Thanks!

Hi Monika:
Another spectacular shot from u....
great compo, DOF and colors.


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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-07 17:55]

Hi Monika,
it is "pinned" on a very nice BG indeed. Very good capture with excellent detail and colour.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-07 18:59]

Hi Monika,
Excellent macro!
Very sharp details, great colour.
nice framing.
Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-08 2:34]

Hello Monika!
Very nice close up.I liked POV,framing,details and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-08 3:30]

Beautiful beetle, Monika. The focus, light, and POV are excellent. The colors are gorgeous and a great contrast.
I really like the shape of the leaf. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-08 7:16]

Very good close-up. Compo adds something special too. God quality. I owe you a smiley.:)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-01-28 21:49]

Hi Monika
You have succeeded to capture a composition that should make any entomologist's heart bounce with excitement. This time no rule of thirds could dictate or distract upon this obvious lovely photo. Full points on all counts.
Well done and TFS

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