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Hooked-winged Net-winged Beetle

Hooked-winged Net-winged Beetle
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Copyright: Tim Inman (tinman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 7 N: 458] (2663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon Macro EF 100mm F2.8 USM, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-07 10:49
Viewed: 5011
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hooked-winged Net-winged Beetle (Lycus melanurus)

This is another [the second] little guy that was taken on a blade of grass near my car. It was an overcast day, but not too dark. Temperature around 20 C. I sat next to it and again had the girlfriend hold the lower end of the grass as the wind was blowing hard. I took the picture handheld with the Canon 580 Flash set to lowest tilt position. I was about 35-40 cms from the insect, who in turn is no longer than 25mm. The biggest problem was the wind blowing him around. Same problem as my first critter post.

Post process was only to resize to 800 pixels, slightly sharpen and change the highlights, also adjusted the colour balance and hue, plus add a frame.

Comments will be most welcome.

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To Luc: Hitinman 3 04-20 09:54
To softflower: Hitinman 1 04-08 11:04
To netfalls: Hitinman 1 04-08 09:31
To japie: Hitinman 1 04-08 09:29
To Callie: from all angles...gerhardt 4 04-08 03:41
To Callie: Hitinman 1 04-07 14:31
To gerhardt: Enough?tinman 1 04-07 13:41
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-07 10:56]

Interesting POV on this beautiful beetle. The colors are gorgeous against that background. Sharp details. Great job!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-04-07 11:35]
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Tim, perfect macro.
Very good photo.

Hi Tim,

I might sound like an old lady by now... :)

This is also not a "hooked-wing" look at my photo they have a pair of "hooks" on the wing.

The DOF is very shallow at F5, might I suggest that you switch to ISO 200 or even ISO 400 given the amount of light you had (your camera can handle in with ease). It would have given you F8 or F11 and a faster shutterspeed given the amount of movement from the wind. You would have compensated for the shallow DOF and wind. Your notes really helps to enable me to give this type of advice.

Had this been tack sharp given the composition and contrasts I think it would have ROCKED!

Hope it helps... and just shout if you had enough, critizism from me. :)

C'est la première fois que je vois un bestiaux pareil !

Hi Tim
Pragtig! Nice burnt orange and black, POVis nice, dof not bad at all. Yes, wind is the enemy of SS, and I have many just missed pics due to wind. I can't recall having ever seen this critter, TFS
Also, take pictures from all angles, and use different f-stop, this guy needs at least f16, but then a faster SS. F8 @1/125 with ISO 100 works on manual with flash, so use this as kick-off.
Rus my Siel of Seel?

Good shot, but focus a bit soft. A smaller fstop would have been better.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-08 8:11]
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This is a beauty Tim! The sharpness and color is great. I also like the composition.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-04-09 10:11]

sharpen; colors and composition are very good. background is ver clear

good shot. thanks fot sharing..

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-20 9:40]
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Personal assessment of the photo: more than great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Oh! the wind and macro-photo... not easy!
Thanks, Tim.

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