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Cetonia aurata

Cetonia aurata
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 7:55
Viewed: 3494
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Better known backyard creatures:
when you compost your organic refuse in the backyard, you will find in time the grubs of the Rose chafer in it. The 16-20 mm long adult Rose chafers (Coleoptera; Scarabaeidae; Cetonia aurata; Gemeiner Rosenkäfer; Cétonie dorée) visit umbellifer flowers. The beetles have a special way of flying: contrary to other beetles they don't open their elytrae before extending the hind wings but the hind wings come out from under the closed elytrae. See the wonderful shot of Didier for this. There is less air resistance this way and the beetles zap around vigourously. In Western and Northern Europe only one species of the genus occurs which makes determination easy. You find distribution maps of European taxa on www.faunaeur.org.

I had to mount this picture today, it's my first pic making use of the new extension tubes ! I hope they will help to improve the picture quality because with them the macro lens can work in the middle range of focal length; I have the fixed notion that macro lenses are calculated to deliver top quality pictures at a middle range, not at the extremes.

The pic was taken as RAW, with a macro zoom lens 100+ extension tube 25 on a monopod, using a macro twin flash with light diffusers, one from the side. 1/125 sec; f=22

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To ridvan: Cetoniameyerd 1 06-04 16:50
To SelenE: really closemeyerd 1 06-04 16:49
To anel: don't get closer!meyerd 1 06-04 16:46
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Very good close-up of this cétoine doré. He must feel a little "prisoner" of this crop but i understand that your purpose was to show us as much detail as possible so it's ok. The sharpness looks very, very good to me, even more if i consider you closed at F/22 and used extension tubes. I tried similar settings handheld and it's hell; a tripod (or monopod) is indeed a good solution if the subject allows it.

Hi Dietrich,
this was close. The details are very good where i counts.
The dOF is very good too, not easy in the macro-world.
Maybe a bit tight crop but nevertheless a fine picture.
Well done.

selam dietrich; wow excellent macro shot of this insect,good details presented ,very nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-03 17:23]
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Hello Dietrich,
Wow, this is really close! Nice macro shot with a lot of fine details and great colors. Wonderful POV. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-04 2:42]
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Hallo Dieter,
Hier kann man auch schon fast sagen, don't get closer! Eindrücklich sich Aug in Aug mit dem schillernden Rosenkäfer zu finden. So nah hab ich diesen Kàfer noch nie abgebildet gesehen. Du hast eine gute Schärfe erreicht, die uns erlaubt die kleinsten Details auszumachen. Was wird wohl als nàchstes in deinem Garten auftauchen?
Einen schönen Tag wünscht Dir

Extension tube certainly gives you larger macro image, Dietrich, and that too without losing on details.
This is a very good image despite the fact that flash light has bounced significantly off the metallic sheen of the insect's thorax and head.
Great macro image in its totality.
TFS and best regards.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-06-05 14:23]

Hello Dietrich , A Super macro shot , great details colours compositie light pov and bg ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Belle photo de cet insecte cuivré et reluisant, ces tons chauds sont superbes et lui donne une certaine richesse. Amitiés Thomas

Hola Dietrich,
Extraordinario acercamiento, la nitidez y detalles son excelentes, la información como siempre muy completa. Saludos
José Ramón

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