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Termite - first for TN

Termite - first for TN
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Outstanding [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-09-05 9:38
Viewed: 4280
Points: 10
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* Termites have been around since the time of the dinosaurs!
* Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
* Termites have wings that they shed once they have found a good place to build a nest.
* Termites cause up to $2 billion in damage per year!
* All Termites are social insects and raise their young as a group.
*The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the humans in the world.

Termites are insects that eat wood and cause costly damage to buildings. Some also eat wallpaper, plastic and any cellulose material from plants. There are over 2,000 species of termites, with most living in tropical and subtropical parts of the world.

Eating Habits

Termites eat all day long, every day. This makes them very efficient at removing dead wood from forests but also makes them very destructive when they turn their attention to buildings.


Some termites build nests and dig tunnels in buildings, which causes serious damage when the tunnels go through support beams.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites are the most destructive type. They live in colonies of over a million members, and can destroy wood foundations and support beams, home exteriors, plastic plumbing pipes, insulation and more.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.

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nikosrio, marius-secan, pegos, paolo49, dmark11, ellis49, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hello George,
beautifull capture with great sharpness and details, nice BG,
TFS, regards,

Hello George,
What a spectacular capture with excellent details, colors and great sharpness.
Fantastic contrast against the background. Amazing insect with impressive appetite.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao George, great macro of very little creature, fantastic details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-05 11:44]

Hello George,
wonderful macro shot!!
super sharpness and detail, great depth, fantastic light and natural colors. Great quality! Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi George,
welcome after two weeks!
Great sharpness and composition.
Nice natural colours.
Very interesting close-up.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello George
Interesting and unusual subject, interesting note, excellent photo!

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-09-06 0:22]

Good closeup of this termite, looks totally alien species at close. tfs.

  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-06 0:59]

Hello George,
such an exciting view. Thias small insect is well shown with splendid sharpness and impressive side view.
Excellent job. The use of lighting is very well done.


  • paolo49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 63 N: 888] (6200)
  • [2011-09-06 1:43]

Hello friend George , another great capture with perfect light and details really. Another image to add to a great collection already very beautiful. All the best, Paolo

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-09-06 8:36]

Very good picture, excelente definition and color, it is like it is right here in my computer. Congratulation.

Hi George,
Wow what a great Macro! The Pov is amazing, you must have dug a hole to get this low. How big was this guy? This is excellant!

  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
  • [2011-09-07 8:39]

Hallo George
this is a great picture to illustrate the good use of a fill-in flash, a lot of members could learn from this picture.
This is a perfect balance of nature light and a flash, no hard contrast, no over-saturated colours. And without complete black BG, which makes a day-living insect turn to night-living one, this is great. The compo may be a bit central but it works well here, the POV is fine and low. Sharpness is as usual very good with lots of details. accurate WB and correct exposure, expected nothing else from you.
Fine work my friend.

Best Regards

Hi George,
as sharp as a razor, like all your shots.
And real fun to see that termite frozen in motion as caught in the act of step-dancing - three legs in the air, the others down. Excellent notes, too, as brief and well written like a top newspaper's headlines.
A pleasure to see. Getting a termite's appetite to see more of that kind of images. Thank you!
Two points won't do here, therefore: no points, as you wished.
With best regards,

  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-19 18:32]

Hello George,
Didn't think I would ever consider a termite as pretty, but this one sure looks neat from this point of view. Superb detail and attractive coloration. Awesome job!!
I remember seeing some termite mounds while in Brazil a few years ago. They were about four feet high and hard as cement. We don't have anything like that here in Ohio so they really captured my attention, especially after I kicked one and ended up hurting my toe

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