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Blister Beetle


Blister Beetle
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Copyright: Willie Miles (willie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-17
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-21 13:12
Viewed: 4541
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blister Beetle (Family Meloidae)

The Blister Beetle feeds on flowers and secretes catharidin which will blister the skin.

I found this information via google and that is all that I have on it at this time.

I found many of these beetles up in the Wolkberg during the week when I was taking shots of all our local veld flowers.
Although my equipment does not allow me to take those pin sharp macros, this was about the best I got. I will entertain all critism and any suggestions short of going out and blowing 16 grand on another camera.
Thanks to all of you for your positive contributions in the past.

Camera - Sony DSr-PDX10P
No Flash
Tripod No
F/Length 11mm
F Number F/3.4
Exposure Time 1/300sec

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Hi Willie, nice shot!the beetle has very nice colours, do does the flower!dof is good, and so is the composition.
but as you said, it isn't that sharp and looks a bit out of focus.well done thoug!

Willie ek gaan nie kritiek lewer nie. Ek sal graag nog 'n macro wil sien. Is die resultaat dieselfde? Ek vermoed dit het te doen met die diepte veld wat baie naby is.

You are working in a quite short distance here, I am surprised with the versatility of that video cam of yours. I dont think you must spend 16 grands on a good cam, you can get one sony like mine or olympus for less than 500$. I know cannot be compared to some slrs used around here, but get quite good results. I did a WS to get rid of some noise and sharpen a bit. Hope you like!

  • Good 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-21 18:24]

The composition is very nice as are the colours. You have done well here to get this capture but I think you are finding limitations in your equipment. Good note.

Nice shot nice colors, but focus is really soft.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-22 4:37]

I agree with others - colours, composition and subject are very good, but looks like your sony blurred this picture a little.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-11-22 12:20]

These are realy very small insects, your focus is excellent taken your equipment into account, you are a pro Willie, well done!

Your topic is interesting, but tried to change the sensitivity, I have remark that you always had too much grain on your photos, indicate in" my account" the device that you use.well done Willie

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-22 14:48]

Willie, you have already gone beyond what I believed Video Cameras were capable of so I will say nothing about equipment. There is some noise which can be improved by Neat Image.


I like this image a lot and I know from past experience not to touch these guys, it is very painful

Thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-26 17:54]

Willie, I know you took this photo with the first camera you used to take photos. Through this picture we can easily see how, photo after photo, you improved your skills.

Here, I like pov and composition. The soft focus, you already learned how to overcome it.

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