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Copyright: Julia Hollis (Runnerduck) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 57 N: 616] (1851)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S5500, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 6:21
Viewed: 4338
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cetonia Cuprea (or Cetonia Aurea or even Cetonia Aurata).

An attractive and almost jewel-like beetle, thanks to the bright metallic green thorax and wing cases. They have noisy bumgling flight, suddenly settling on a flower to begin feeding on the pollen. the larvae of this species live in old timber, though closely related species live in ants' nests. They prefer flowery sheltered places near or in older woodland, but the adults are quite mobile and can turn up almost anywhere, including in gardens.

(Collins wild guide)

These two were 'busy' on top of an Allium at the allotments next to my local Church. Every Allium was lucky enough to have one of these as a visitor.

Thanks for taking the time to look ...

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-13 6:30]
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Hello Julia,

Funny title! :) The picture is very nice and details are good, colors are nice and the composition is good. Some bits of the beetles are a wee bit underexposed I think. Framing is great. Well done & TFS!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-13 6:56]
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I like photos of beetles with metallic shinning bodies. Great couple Julia! Copper-green colours look amazing! Flower made good BG for this bedroom scene. Funny and very good post!

Very nice shot Julia... and nice title! Good composition and beatiful reflections on the back of the beetles. Nice colours and sharpness. Well done!

Hi Julia
Sharpness: 4.5/5
Color: 5/5
DOF: 5/5
POV: 5/5
Great shot
In a friendly way Christophe

Hello Julia!
Very nice capture.Colors,sharpness,details and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

This is very nice Julia!! Excellent DOF, sharpness, colors and exposure..You're gettin' pretty handy with that DCR-250! Very well done.

You caught the green irridescence well on these, well done.

wauw Julia,
what a detail shot, very good photo from behind the action, very good light, good pov, fantastic composition, great dof, well Julia this is nice,
gr. Jaap

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-13 17:55]
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I may start hanging around churchyards, I haven't seen this beetle for a long time. Very nice shot Julia. Good title and very good details on the shot. Well done for capturing this moment. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-14 4:33]
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Beautiful and interesting shot for this nice pair ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are good ! Thanks for sharing Julia.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-14 12:35]
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Hi Julia.
Też zauważyłaś piękno tych owadów.
Well done.

Very nice moment you have here.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: **
Focus/sharpness: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ***
Impact: ****

Overall: ***

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

Excellent capture Julia,
I like the title. Well composed, good detail, superb colours and sharpness. Perfect exposure and good framing.
Nicely captured, Great POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting

I find beetles make fascinating subjects, just like spiders, even though I'm arachnophobic. With the beetles, it's the colours on the shells that I like. That's my favourite thing about this photo, and the humorous nature is a bonus!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-10 15:09]
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Hi Julia,
Pretty cetonias over this white flower with green details. I like your English version of the cetonias compared with my own hot version.
José M.
PS. I found very funny your intervention in the forum.

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