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Stenocorus meridianus

Stenocorus meridianus
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-13 5:33
Viewed: 2982
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A headshot of the Longhorn Beetle Stenocorus meridianus. It seems to have been a good year for beetle species in the UK. I've found several species new to me, this being one of them. Like many beetles in the Cerambycidae, the larvae develop in damaged and diseased timber of deciduous trees. It's normally found in and around woodland. The adults feed on pollen and are on the wing in May and June.

I spotted this one whilst walking on a shady, woodland ride in some long grass blades. I saw it fly a couple of times before taking the photo, the flight was slow and very controlled compared to many beetles. Due to the poor light under the woodland canopy I had to use a dedicated macro ring flash (hence the slightly dark background). The shot has been very lightly cropped and sharpened.

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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Ciao Vinny, fantastic beetle with wonderful colors, great macro with fine details, good DOF, perfect focus and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Vinny,

Superb capture of this beetle.
I like the beautiful colors and details.
Nice bg and sharpness.
Great work. TFS.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-13 8:17]

Hello Vinny,
A very fine frontal view macro of this Longhorn Beetle with nice focusing on the head and one of the antennae. The use of flash provided good lighting without too much of the 'night-time' effect and I assume that thiese are not nocturnal.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-07-13 9:35]

Slav Vīnny,
Superb close up of this strange bug with excellent focusing.Colors,sharp and details are very good.Thanks for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-13 12:51]

Hi Vinny
Excellent closed up.Good POV and very sharp image.The detail is also excellent.
TFS Michel

Ciao Vinny. This is a very detailed macro in excellent DOF and beautiful light. Amazing light too.


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