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Hanging on
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Longhorn Beetles/ Cerambycidae Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-04 8:07
Viewed: 3636
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everyone!
I've been away in Uppsala on an entomogical congress that included excursions but as the weather prevented my taking good pictures I took this one after I got back.

This is a longhorn beetle (Leptura quadrifasciata), called Fyrbandad Blombock in Swedish, which means Four-banded Flower-longhorn.

Its larvae develop in rotting hardwood, mostly that of birch and it it is fairly common in most of Sweden but absent in the far north. It is widely distributed in the rest of Europe.

The adult beetles feed on pollen and nectar and traces of pollen can be seen on the antennae of this individual. The body is about 18mm long

This was taken ata distance of about 2 meters with the camera hand-held. The image was cropped by about 50% and selectively sharpened.

Its nice to be back!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-04 8:14]

Hi Ivan,

Welcome back! The combination of this beetle and the beautiful flowers is wonderful. Amazing macro showing the markings and textures so clearly. Beautiful colors, background and a superb composition.


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-04 8:23]
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Hello Ivan,
the picture is very well composed structurally and with respect to colours. Besides the longhorn I like to see the delicate structures of the small blossoms.
May I ask which congress you attended?
Best wishes, Peter

Hej Ivan,
a very nice POCV and pose of this beautiful blombock.
Good sharpness and DOF, the insect standout well from the BG.
Well done.

Välkommen tillbaka, jag hade tänkt åka ned till Marma
och sagt hej men det kom annat emellan.
Inga bilder från skjutfältet? NI skulle nog ha åkt till fjärilsvägen istället, det var ganska bra väder här men blåsigt.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-04 9:06]

Ivan, I like the POV and also the composition. The insect is excellently positioned. Well done TFS Ganesh

Hello Ivan,
Superb details in the macro work, even more impressive is how you manage to create this fine feeling of depth, almost like 3D!
Great sharpness and outstanding colours...
Pablo -

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-04 9:53]

Hi Ivan,
a wonderful capture. very fine details and a gr8 picture...

Hi Ivan,
A marvalous photo...Finely detailed bug on some lovely flowers against an excellent BBG...Very well captured...


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-04 10:00]

selam ivan, an excellent shot and very good composition of this beetle nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-04 10:45]

Buenas tardes Ivan,
perfecta macro amigo,
colores y sensacional pov,
bello trabajo y armónico bg,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-04 11:50]

Hi Ivan,
Cute longhorn capture with a nice light, good details and excellent background supression. BTW, this beetle is ignoring you, what is not the standard behabiour for the only longhorn I know. I needed dozens of photos to capture it as moved a lot!
TFS and best regards, José M.

Amazing closeup yet finest detail especially the minature flowers look great and this insect looks a giant in comparison, interesting photo and of high standard tfs rgds Necip.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-08-04 12:11]

Hi Ivan.
Beautiful capture of this Leptura.I like his posture on very nice flower.Focus and exposure are very good.Wonderful colors and details on his wing-cases and superb green blurry BG too.Well done and well composed presentation.Great work.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Ivan,

This is a excellent tele-macro shot with perfect sharpness and fine details
Lovely POV
Beautifull lighting
Superb green BG

TFS Thijs

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-04 14:32]

Yes, this is a great macro shot of this great looking beetle. I really like the colours and the silky reflections. perfect technique as always.

Sorry about the watrher but I hope you had a good congress despite that!

Best regards/Bengt Falke

Hi Ivan,
Very beautiful macro image with wonderfuldetails.
Great to see how the beetle is holding itself steady by grabbing the flower behind him with one leg.
Technically flawless with perfect sharpness, DOF, lighting and composition.
Lovely image with very pleasing soft background color tones.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-04 22:25]

Hi Ivan,
It is great to have you back again, hope the entomogical congress was great too.
This is a splendid shot of the Longhorn Beetle in a fantastic pose. Very sharp image with nice colours and neat focus. The beautiful little white flowers add a fine visual impact and the neutral BG highlights the subjects well and enhances the beauty. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

* Thanks for your kind words on my reaching 100.

Dear Ivan!
I was not in TN gallery for some weeks so at first once again "Hello!" :>
It is nice to hear that the conferenfe was so succesfull for you (I am really planning to participate in this congress last few years but there is always something to do in this time.. :
I am also impressed that the photo was taken from about 2 m distance and it is so sharpe and has so good DOF. This is really very good work.
Of course, as always, the note is very informative :)
My best greetings from Lodz,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-05 2:03]

Hello Ivan,
Very well composed picture of this Longhorn beetle. Beautiful fine colours and nice blurred background. I like the little light in the eye.
I think that we have quite similar species around here.
Thanks for this excellent picture

Hello Ivan,
Well composed image with a sharp beetle.

Hi Ivan
I really like thpov in this photo, the insect is well placed and leads into the photo well especially with that 1 leg up in the top left corner. A good photo,

Hi Ivan,
Nice to see you here again. Hope you had a successful conference there. This is a very beautiful beetle and with fine sharpness, details, POV and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing. And have a nice week end.

Hoy va de Cerambycidae. Preciosa composición donde se disputan la belleza la flor y el insecto. Buena caza. Saludos Ivan.

hi ivan,
nice capture, the pov is very good, well composed shot, good sharpness,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-05 8:50]

Hi Ivan . missed this one yesterday. once again excellent detail and sharp focusing. you have captured the markings and colours so well.. I like the way his rear leg is hanging onto the plant. A very nicePOV/DOF.
very well done TFS. Good noytes too.
Welcome back.

Hi Ivan,
I first thought your flash really made this beetle shine, but then I saw your photo info and noticed that it must have been the great sunny weather.
You managed the capture the beetle in a wonderful pose with a great enviroment. The photo is packed with details and wonderful colors.

Surprising quality of details with the long lens and two meters Ivan.
Excellent exposure, DOF, color, and a great BG. I like the head-down composition and POV alot as well.
Very well done.

Hi Ivan, Good composition, colour and details. Good work, TFS, regards, Kiran

Hi Ivan,
excellent capture of the longhorn beetle. Colors, details, sharpness great. Nicely composed. BG color very nice and it supply more clarity. thanks
best wishes

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-05 13:19]

Outstanding colours and details, superb bokeh, and a fine composition

So you too were away for a few days, Ivan.

Thanks for your encouraging words on my first bird picture from India. I knew I had messed it up!

The Longhorn Beetle in your picture is very well presented with superb details and colours.
The entire composition with white flowers looks very attractive against the green BG.

Thanks for sharing and best regards.

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful picture of long horn beetle. The beetle stands out nicely from background. Lovely colors and like the way you composed this picture. TFS,

Hello Ivan !
This is a very beautiful insect, I wish I could find one some day ! :-) His pose here is wonderful, as well as the composition, the POV and the blurred BG. Soft and natural colors, excellent details ont the whole insect, and the flowers on which he is sitting are beautiful too. Very well done !

Hola Ivan,
Excelente toma con bonito punto de vista, gran definición donde nos muestras muy bien los detalles, TFS. saludos

How did I miss this beauty? I love this image. The simplicity of the compositional elements against that out of focus background is just wonderful. Lovely work.

Evelynn ; )

Beautiful colors: black against white and yellow against green.
sharp and good composition.

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