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Nymph at Base Camp

Nymph at Base Camp
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Copyright: Tim de Chassaing (leboistoo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 55 N: 56] (156)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax Optio 550
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-08 15:04
Viewed: 4027
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nymph at Base Camp. This little fellow was on climb with attitude. The grasses were about 0.5M high and it was about 5mm. Wow!

Eurydema Ventralis Nymph (5-6 mm)

Order Heteroptera Family Pentatomidae.

Shield bugs and Stink bugs overwinter as adults and become active in spring when temperatures rise above 21 degrees Centigrade (above 70 degrees F). Each female deposits up to several hundred eggs, usually in mid- or late June. These eggs are laid in clusters (averaging 36 eggs) primarily on leaves and stems but also on pods. Nymphs hatch from these eggs and pass through five instars before becoming adults. Approximately 5 weeks elapse between hatching and adult emergence.

This macro shot was taken in bright sunlight, light winds, on a piece of long grass without a tripod (Considering the subject is only 5-6mm, thought it was very tricky!). The PP was limited to cropping to remove a little shade, resizing for TN rules and sharpening. Hope you like this little nymph.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-07-08 16:11]
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Hallo Tim,
a well composed picture with nice colours of he bug, the plant and the background. Size of the bug and light ... well managed.

Excellent capture Tim,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Nothing to fault on this it is a super picture which I can learn a lot from.

Je trouve cette photo sympathique en raison de l'épi sur lequel monte l'insecte.

Hi Tim,
you have captured a beautiful stink bug.
The colours and pattern are very nice. Good details and POV.
Very well done.

Hi Tim.
I'm very impressed of the outstanding composition of this shot. Core of this composition is the ear with its delightful corner of an inclination. It perfectly is supplemented on colour with a background. In such conditions this bug has been obliged to appear in all its beauty. Superb done. Bravo.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-07-18 6:36]
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Hello Tim.
A well captured picture of this bug. I like the colors and the POV. Well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

Hi Tim

This is a great shot. Well composed and focused and I like the fact that the background is still quite bright.

Hi Tim
Beautiful shot,wonderful composition and clear lines.
Great BG with that makes your theme more beautiful
See you

Hi Tim, nice shot!
A good capture with amazing details and colors,


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-25 7:12]
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A very nice shot, Tim!
Excellent details, lovely colors, very good POV and DOF. I also like the very good contrast between the bug and the plant he is climbing. Very well seen and captured!
Bravo and TFS

Vey nice, the colours are lovely and details clear and for a hand held in windy conditions very nice. the bright white reflections could do with darkening a fraction a slight touch of burn tool set to highlights at about 9% with a very soft brush should just tone them back a fraction so as not to draw the eye too much. TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-23 15:03]

Una bonita composición Tim, con excelente nitidez, colorido y control de la luz.
Un fondo suave que no interfiere con el objeto principal y un atinado encuadre vertical.
Existe un ligero ruido de fondo, que podrías optimizar con Neat Image por ejemplo, pero que no desmerece la calidad de la presentación.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

beautiful composition Tim, with excellent clarity, coloring and control of the light.
A soft background that doesn't interfere with the main object and a accurate vertical framing.
A slight bottom noise exists that could optimize with Neat Image for example, but that non be unworthy of the quality of the presentation.
Good work.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-23 15:14]
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Hi Tim,
This insect is beautiful! Shot very sharp, with lovely colors and a great compositon. Why is this bug yellow/black? I think that just it is a stunk bug not stinging bug?:-)
TFS, José M.

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