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A bug

A bug
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Copyright: Mark Kula (markula) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 216] (882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-29 8:03
Viewed: 4662
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This whole insect world is so diverse that I eoncounter problems trying to identify my models even though I'm equipped with National Audubon Society Field Guide to Spiders and Insects (good for nothing in too many cases). And, frankly, this was my first summer I've seen so many bugs, spiders, butterflies, etc. which I had no idea they even existed. Yeah, this digital camera fitted with a macro lens is quite a good eye opener. I don't like that the subject is centered in this picture, but there was a patch of dark background on the right I decided to crop, and I find the dry red leaf background very pretty. Original image brightened by +2/3 of an F-stop, sharpened somewhat and, obviously, resized. I don't remember exactly whether I used my usual monopod or a tripod.
Take a look at the workshop to see how the original looked like.

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Hi Mark, excelente foto, gran definición y colorido. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS.

José Luis

Hi Mark
Beautiful capture and nice details.I think if you hadn't used flash it would've been a little better.Well done.TFS.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-09-29 8:35]

Wonderful composition. Great expose and very nice colours. Well done
Regards from Spain

Hello Mark,

Pretty details and the red bottom is surprising and is very well.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-29 8:48]

Hi Mark

What a beautiful little bug :) Its colors are amazing!
Also great sharpness and light - managed so well!. A very nice composition, taken from a good frontal POV and with very nice DOF.
BTW, no aberation here, IMO :)

Bravo and TFS

Belle punaise dans une posture intéressante.
Bonne journée.

Hello Mark,
this large plan is very well made! the quality of the catch is perfect, very clear.
Congratulation, Arnaud.

Hi Mark,
Very interesting and nice macro. Excelent composition with perfect details and colors.
Regards, Krzysztof.

Hello Mark, nice shot really colorfull and detailed.


Hello Mark,
excellent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, niclr composed and capture photo,

TFS Kyle

You have used your macro lens very effectively is this lovely shot, Mark. The sharpness and colors are amazing.
Thanks for sharing this superb picture.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-09-29 14:27]

Hi Mark.
It red background so shining :-))
Pretty contrast red-black.Perfect POV,DOF and very good sharpening and details.A little upsets the take-off flash.
Very nice macro. TFS

Regards Milos

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-29 16:03]

Hallo Mark,
brilliant and excellent picture of this bug larva. Nice point of view and colours, in particular the dark bug against the 'autumn'-coloured leaf. Good sharpness, too.

A gret bug i can see all details ..... he he!
Great shot with nice details! Take care Ana:)

Wonderful capture, Mark!
Very cool looking insect with nice colors.
Great details and compo on this shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-08 14:02]

Hi Mark.
You have sold a very difficult task, I think. The reproduction of the small details of this bug and leaf in dark (red and black) tones is not very easy. Very impressive and original picture. My compliments and TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-12 13:37]

Hello Mark,
this looks great, that red leavemakes a wonderful backdrop and shows of the details very well. POV, colors and sharpness are very nice. I like the compositio0n with the sharpness fading into the BG, this gives the shot a very nice depth.

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