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Méloé proscarabeus

Méloé proscarabeus
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Copyright: Claude Naef (clnaef) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon 100 f2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/32, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-27 12:41
Viewed: 2887
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Assurément moins spectaculaire qu'un papillon, ce méloé fait de l'équilibrisme sur la tige d'une anémone. On reconnaît ici un mâle grâce au fait que ses antennes sont coudées. Il se trouve en général dans les endroits ouverts et dans les talus sablonneux.
En cas de danger, du sang sort des articulations de ses pattes ; il contient un poison violent, la cantharidine.
Canon 100mm/macro, flash annulaire.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-27 12:45]

Hello Claude,
a very nice capture of this beetle. The composition is very good. And you will not hear me say that this is less spectacular than a butterfly....:-)
Best wishes, Jacob

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-27 12:47]

Hi Claude

Excellent DOF and lighting. A wonderful illustrative shot.


Hello Claude amazing level of detail good light and exposure well composed tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Claude
What a great shot of this wonderful Beetle,
Perfect focusing and composition,


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-27 14:32]

Hi Claude,
a very nice composition with a excellent DOF.
The details and sharpness is quite impressive.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-27 14:34]

Hi Claude.
Great close-up with excellent sharp details.I like POV and nice blurry BG.This beetle looks very interesting with his antennae.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-27 14:40]

Hello Claude,
that's an interesting and nice picture of this beetle. Impressive depth of field due to flash in combination with f/32. Reflections are a bit disturbing,, because differences in brightness are large between lateral and dorsal surface.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-27 16:29]

Hello Claude,
An extremely nice shot of this species which is very difficult to photograph. First, it's not that common, second due to its dark colour, shining surface and cylindrical shape it's diifcult to expose well and preserve the details on the shot. The flash worked amazingly well here. A very nice composition with that bent plant part.
Best greetings and TFS!

Bonjour Claude,
Outstanding macro!
Details got on the insect are so sharp and clear, so we can appreciate all the rich texture on the shell.
Very good the light reflections, it creates some blue tone.
I think you made an excellent job with the exposure and the fill flash.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Claude,

Excellent macro shot
Perfect lighting, POV, sharpness, details and DOF

TFS Thijs

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-27 18:03]

selam claude; very nice close up shot of this insect and nice comp with nice colours.good POV particularly details well captured. TFS
well done

bonjour claude
la note est vraiment tres utile et la photo tres reussie,même si effectivement il est moins spectaculaire qu'un papillon toute creature a le droit d'etre montrée.

Great capture of this black bug with a set of interesting looking antennae, Claude.
The image is very well composed with fine point of view, sharp focus and perfect details.
Best regards.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-04-28 10:54]

Bonjour Claude,
Marvellous close up capture of this bug.Beautiful details,BG and point of view.

Hi Claude, splendid macro with great details, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-04-28 13:01]

Hi Claude,
Amazing details of this black insect,
Nice POV,colors and sharpness,

Read more about this Oelkaefer here...

In your photo this beast looks like an apperition from a SciFi movie! What a shot. Super macro! Tfs, Jay

Hola Claude,
Excelente toma, con lo complicado que es fotografiarlos por sus alas y cuerpo reflectante, te ha salido muy bien y muy nítido. Saludos
José Ramón

Hola Claude
Bonita foto la que nos muestras ya que no es nada fácil captar los negros de esa manera.
Un saludo.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-05 7:04]

Hi Claude.
Your technique of macro shooting is simply great as well as your amazing macro shots. This one is perfect too. I am amazed with razor sharpness and reproduction of all tiniest details of the bug and stem, black bug's surface, nice well blurred BG and perfect composition/cropping. My compliments and best regards.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2008-04-14 13:39]

HI Claude!
Nice catch, ours are usually blue or green and not so dark black, great close up shot.

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