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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Roses in the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-03 9:42
Viewed: 4400
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
By this shot I wish to represent the next single room of our private Rose-Hotel (see first one at Lodging for the night).

You can see there is a bit different quest in the room. Its body is not flat as the body of its neighbor and it has another shape. I think our TN experts know better who this is. They may use my WS too (this is crop of other shot from the same series).

This shot was taken in a five day after previous picture and almost at the same time (07:02 am vs 06:59 am). I also have a similar shot, taken at 06:59 am. This is time when I have pictured the "white" single room. However, posted picture seems to me better a little bit.

My daily observations have shown, that these visitors spend the night on roses only. Neither in the afternoon, nor in the evening I did not see them there. You can also see that insects are almost imperceptible among the petals. They are almost colorless and translucent. Among the petals of roses they seem similar to flowers on color.

This time I have used my lovely macro 100 mm lens with teleconverter Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG (as a whole 200 mm focal length). I have not found the quality of this shot better than quality of the previous picture. Because of this set of lenses is slower and FL is longer I have apply longer exposure time without tripod. Except of that it is more difficult to get large DOF, preserving natural light. It is my small shooting experience (great macro lens vs ordinary (but very nice) walk around zoom) and I wish to share it too.

Welcome to our countryside Rose-Hotel.

Arjun, MMM, nglen, jaycee, Juyona, horia, JoseMiguel, jmp, jcoowanitwong, joey, uleko, peter_stoeckl, NellyD, mlines, izler, gracious, hester, ridvan, Jamesp, pilonm, Argus, nainnain, Luis52, Silke, wallhalla15, jeanpaul, Maite, XOTAELE, oscarromulus, SelenE, undoredo, vanderschelden, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-11-03 9:54]

hi alexei,
wonderful picture.good details and xcellent composition.the insect on the flower is xcellent.

Hi Alexei, lovely visitors in your wonderful rose with splendid colors, excellent composition, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-03 10:23]

Hello Alexei
What a beautiful and peaceful presentation.Excllent POV and very sharp image whit good details.The light and colors are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-03 10:47]

Hi Alex. What a beauty this is, A very well detail shot of the Insect on the Rose. the colours are spot on. with good use of the light. a nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Alexei,

This is a beautiful shot of your rose! It must be a very tempting place for many insects to spend a night! The light is excellent, as are the colours and the composition!

I think you will be making a very interesting study of the sleeping habits of your local insect population. I will be interested in your results!

Best wishes,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your comments on my butterfly!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-03 11:14]

Hi Alexei,

The insect blends in so well with the rose that at first I didn't see it. Superb shot with beautiful colors. The details of the rose and the insect are both excellent.


This is an agreeable habitat Alexei, a five stars hotel :) I like this beautiful capture with great details, nice lightning, colors and exposure. Your notes are interesting. Thanks,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-03 13:16]

Buenas noches Alexei,
precioso trabajo y buen foco...
tu rosa es muy bella, de preciosos colores,
en insecto le da una perspectiva magnífica,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-03 14:33]

Hi Alexei

Another shot from your morning studies in your garden...and another succesfull experiment :)
I really find it very useful to see you use all those great lenses you have and in different combinations - with teleconverter or not, with ring-flash, normal flash or no flash...it gives me a good idea what i will face next year when the insects come back to life.
A good quality macro here, too.
The colors here from the insect and rose are again lovely and presented well by you, through a good exposure.
Focus is very good and sharp (was it manual or auto?) and that gave you clear details for your subject. The shot from the WS is good as well.
Splendid DOF that keeps not only the cricket in great focus, but also the entire rose, while still giving you a charming bokeh for the BG.
All-in-all: wonderful work, my friend.

Bravo and TFS

Privet Alexei,
This serie is so exciting!
I like so much the beautiful colours if this rose, it's like if the light helps to increase the gorgeous tones of it.
As you mentioned, the insect's colour is very similar to the petals, but even so can be appreciated with clarity.
This is really a first class lodging to spent a night!
My compliments and thanks to post it.
Warm regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-03 15:09]

Hi Alexei,
Exquisite colours and light on the hotel and a nice lodger.
TFS and best regards,
José M.

Linda y romántica Alexei. La luz es encantadora y hace que se fundan en un agradable color la rosa y el insecto.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-03 19:27]

Hello Alex

Very interesting observations.The suite at the Rose Hotel must be very aromatic.
The lighting is warm and the exposure and colours are very good.
Excellent sharp focus and details.
The POV is wonderful with excellent DOF,the OOF BG is lovely.
Well seen and captured.


Hello Alexei,
This insect knows how to choose a place to stay overnight. Lovely rose it is. Beautiful image with your macro lens. Great pov and composition.

Bonjour Alexei,
magnifique photo, très nette et bien composée, j'adore la palette de couleurs, les jaunes-oranges sont magnifiques,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-04 1:39]

Ha Ha!
Private-Rose hotel :D
+++ This is a gorgeous capture that is showered with a great blend of colours.
The image-quality is impeccable and the shot is also technically superb!
--- Absolutely nothing :)
Well done Alexei,
Joe :D

Hello Alexei.
A beautiful pink color with a beautiful, its occupant is well taking sol.muy good toma.Un greeting.

Hi Alexei,

I like a lot this image. Wonderful colors and details. Good POV choice.

Well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-04 7:01]

Hello Alexei,
This is a lovely crispy clear shot of this beautiful rose. Fantastic light and a fine dark background. This little Cricket has got himself a nice bed on the first floor!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Dear Alexei,
precisely and poetically reported observation of retreat behaviour in beautiful warm natural light of the early morning sun. Sorry I cannot give an idea of the species of bush cricket that is blending so well in colours with this beautiful rose. My compliments to your wife for keeping these roses, and to you for sharing their beauty. Thank you my dear friend. Have a nice evening under equally pleasant conditions.
My best regards,

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-11-04 11:02]

Hi Alexei,

What a wonderful picture of this beautiful flower.
Great colours, details and light and interesting notes too.
I like it!

Greetings, Nel

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-11-04 12:54]

Hi Alexei. I like your rose photos. This one has most unusual colours, different to whay we see here. Very good series. TFS. Murray.

Your capture of this rose is lifelike. Very good colours and sharp details.You had the light working good for you.

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, very good colour and insect.

Jose Luis.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-11-05 6:59]

selam dostum
i see two beautiful natural objects and nice presenting of them
i like composition, lighting, colours, blurred background and details
thanks for sharing

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-05 8:26]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot and a beautiful presentation. Fabulous lighting and expsosure and the insect is captured in a fine pose. Great DOF lets the subjects stand out majestically. Very pleasant to the eyes. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

hello alexei,
very beautiful capture, its difficult to spot the insect but you captured it with perfection, the colours of the petals look great,
well done,
tfs & regards

My friend Alexei,
Perfect use of the light that brings this flower so outstanding with beautiful shadows!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details presented,
very well done and well pleased!
all the best, Alexei!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-05 10:51]

Hi Alexei

The insects must love your wonderful rose hotels. Beautiful colours and nicely composed. Excellent DOF and sharp details.The light is wonderful as well



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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-05 12:29]

selam alexi ;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this rose well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Alex,

Always amaze with your great photos, excellent sharpness and very neat image!
[I will try to visit TN more often....]


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-05 23:03]

Hi Alexei

Wonderful shot - the insect is well hidden and not visible in the thumbnail. Well exposed with excellent DOF.


Hello Alexei,

It took me 2 times to realize that there is an insect here! It is true that the camouflage works very well here for this predator... I'm surprised that this one stays on rose only during the night! Very strange behavior... Where was he during the day!!!??? :-/

You use a square composition and centered the rose in it... and it works well!!! In fact the insect being in the lower left of the picture, the 1/3 rule works perfectly!

Great job Alexei and TFS!


bonjour alexei
eh bien je n'ai pas vu tout de suite le criquet,il se confond avec les belles couleurs ensoleillées de cette rose.
bonne netetté et bon contraste.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-06 11:29]
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Hello Alexei,
O. pellucens looks good in his rose hotel and both the rose, (A Hybrid Tea variety known as 'Remember Me', I think) and the insect are well illuminated in the natural lighting. Of course the composition and BG are up to your high standard.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-06 14:04]

Hey Alexei, simply beautiful capture! Good details and colors

hello alexei
superbe cette fleur, des couleurs et luminosité parfaites

Hello Alexei,
Attractive setting for this fine insect close-up!
Good details in the little fellow, seems like he is enjoying his stay on the rose...
All together an attractive imagfe with a good colour palette!
Pablo -

Hi Alexei,
you have good eyes to see this guest on that pretty rose. A beautiful arrangement, I like the warm light so much, also wonderful colours, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-07 10:02]

Hi Alexei. Here another great photo of this colorfully Rose, and his friend too. I had never look at the roses, but I sure will pay more attention to them. Exelent colors and sharpness, and the best of all. Everything is on focus. I like it. Luis52.

Hello my friend Alexei,
I sse another wonderful rose! Brillant colours, great sharpness and exposure. Very good note and a great composition. Thank you.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-07 13:49]

excellent exposure and beautifull warm light. The details are superb and the background blur so very creamy. DOF is perfect. The colors are beautiful as well.

Bonsoir Alexei
C'est un merveilleux macro et les couleurs de ces fleurs sont très jolies ,les détails et la composition sont supers.

Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-11-07 23:11]

Hello Alexei,
Incredible capture my friend, the colors
are so vivid and accurate. Wonderful composition
and great POV.. congratulations


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-08 7:35]

Fascinating little creature here!
superb details and composition on both the rose and its guest

P.S. Thanks for your kind words on my "Nut Hunter"

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-11-08 12:00]

great idea...rose hotel
i can see the bug but havent a clue what it is..my knowledge only stretches to greenfly and aphids
excellent rose shot and a good profile on the bug

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-09 10:58]

Hi again Alexei!
I must say WOWWWW! What a beauty!!
Your wife must be really proud with her roses, and you must be really proud with your lenses, ha,ha! What a marvellous shot and beautiful sight of this bug's hotel! I love those colors and perfect lines.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing.

It is always with GREAT GREAT pleasure that I visit your OUTSTANDING images.
Sorry I took so long. After 50 years I met, on TN, a co-pilot, a buddy of my Squadron in Portugal. He brought me SAD news. But, that's life. We have to carry on.
This is an UNIQUE register. Love it.
Warm regards,

Geniales los colores de esta rosa y los detalles que transporta.
Excelente presentación.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Perfect work Alexei.
I think the lightning is good, composition interesting. Very good colour combination. Well done. tfs. Steve

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-12 14:23]

Hi alexei,
I love your roses and this one is no exception. And the guest is a tasteful one :o) Focus,sharpness, light and colors look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-13 10:43]

Я как-то пропустила это фото. А ведь и цвета, и свет выше всех похвал, и идея хороша.

Hi Alexei,
It's plain to see you've found your wiggle room in posting the beauty of the rose..
Excellent color and interesting light. Very nice DOF, and the contrasting greens of the BG make the rose jump out even more :)
Very well done.

Hello Alexei,
Very beautiful and colourful shot of this rose you present here.
Excellent details and DOF here, with very nice composition & POV.
Alos, very lovely overall colouration here.
What a lovely shot from you!
TFS and best wishes,

Hello Alexei,
Technically very well done...
Very good light!
Good compo.

A beautiful flower, the color is soft and I wish I could smell it! Interesting guest there as well! TFS

Jolie rose pleine de finesse et de délicatesse.
Bonne journée.

Hello Alexei. Wonderful arrangement in making this rose pops out of the screen. Sharp details of the fragile petals under well lit environment. Well muted background in pleasing frame. Regards. Jusni

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