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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-11
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamInsects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-12 5:35
Viewed: 3339
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all,
After a very long time I'm posting a macro subject. I shot this beetle molting yesterday, In order for an insect to grow in size, it must shed its old protective covering and replace it with a new one. This process is called a molt. In some insects, environmental factors such as temperature and food availability control molting; in others, the number of molts is fixed and is controlled by hormones.

Hope you people will like it

Goutham R

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Hi Goutham,
What a splendid scene! Also the composition and shapness is very good. TFS.

Hi Goutham,
A wonderful moment to witness. This is my first time to see a ladybird moulting. Very well done and tfs.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-04-12 7:21]

Hi Goutham

great capture and moment of the insect life...
this is a very beautiful insect with the transparent shell...

good work and nice sharpness.



Hola Goutham.
Una original captura con muy bellos colores.
Buena nitidez y excepcional encuadre.
Saludos y tfs, JL.

Hi Goutham,
what a capture, nice macro too. Why D50? TFS

Hello Goutham uncle,
Very nice shot and pretty good note too. Informative for my age. Vignesh

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-13 8:34]

Goutham Uncle, Excellent subject and wonderful note. Very informative for me. Ganesh smiley tmrw

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-04-13 12:29]

A fantastic macro, Goutham.
It is so hard to get a good rendition of the translucent parts, but you have done an excellent job here.
Excellent details and exposure.
Beautiful colors and composition.
Fascinating image.
TFS. : )


Great moment, well captured. Great focus and sharpness. I can see that you have faced the same difficulty as I had in keeping the entire bug and the molting in full focus.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-06-03 6:37]

SPECTACULAR shot!! How perfectly sharp in details and how beautiful! I had never seen this kind of bug and it looks really small.
Congratulations, Goutham.
Thank you very much for sharing and best regards.

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