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The Soldier & the Orchid

The Soldier & the Orchid
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids (wild), Wild Native British Orchids [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-15 17:55
Viewed: 4651
Points: 20
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One of the many Soldier bettles probably (Rhagonycha fula)a fairly wide spread bettle also called the Blood Sucker because of its colour , not its eating habits though it is a carnivour eating soft bodied insects like aphids.the larvae feed on simular food but in the soil and leaf litter. the flower on the other had is not so common Orchid this was given a resonably acurate ident by Adrian and is a hybrid Dactylorhiza probabley D. fuchsii X D. praetermissa see here for previous post,>shot in a very well hidden Nature reserve which was an old abandoned Quarry which you could only get into through a narrow over grown path cut through the cliff into where the rock had been cut out to leave a natural ampitheater.
This is one I had forgotten about having prepared it for posting a while back, and having got no picture suitable for here on TN thought it was good to think of a sunny day in summer it having rained here a lot in the last few days.
I have forgotten what the exact bits I did to it, but it would normally be some thing like this.
check levels
saturation +8
brightness and contrast
sharpen edges and fade back to around 75%
save to web 197k

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To japie: Hidden locationRobbrown 1 10-17 17:09
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Very beautiful plant, and also nice insect. I had not seen the previous image either, It is fantastic too. It looks you have wonderful nature reserves in England. The composition is pleasant, a very fine work.

Both beetle and flowers are very nice Robert. I would crop the bottom off, whee there is a gap in the floweres, and some on the right. have a look=see. I'm sure it will enhance the compo.

tres belle flaurs, et tres bel insecte.
les couleur sont superbes.
nice done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-16 5:41]

Hermosa imagen Robert de una planta que ya nos hiciste conocer anteriormente.
Buena composicion, por la perspectiva elegida, el DOF adecuado y una coloracion atractiva.
Solo el fondo tal ver podría mejorar filtrándolo.
Interesante nota tambien.

Beautiful image Robert of a plant that already you made us know previously.
Good composition, by the chosen perspective, the suitable DOF and an attractive coloration.
Only the bottom so to see could improve filtering it.
Interesting note also.

nice plant and insect!
very clear shot, good colours and composition to.
dof is good also,good shot!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-16 10:34]

Quelle belle composition avec cet Orchis Tacheté et le Téléphore posé dessus.
Well done !

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-16 12:24]

Great shot Rob, I too would do some croppiung along the lines of Callie's suggestion but htat is a very minor niggle to this picture.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-16 17:13]
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I hope this location remains hidden away as beauty like this should be protected. You captured this well and the colors are stunning.

Thanks for posting

Hi Robert glad to see you post. How did the competition go? Nice capture you got. Lovely orchids and the blood sucker adds a nice touch. Great detail and colours. TFS.

Werird looking, but for a good cause. I hate aphids. they loved to destroy my plants!

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