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Mating Bugs

Mating Bugs
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-P200
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-06 6:59
Viewed: 4316
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, for the sake of fun, I am posting a picture of mating bugs which I had taken at a hill station called Shimla in India during my early days on TN.
I had just been gifted a Sony P200 point-and-shoot camera by my colleagues in Riyadh on my 60th birthday and I was very eager to use it during the summer vacation I would spend in India. I liked that camera and actually took many pictures with it that summer.
As luck would have it, my grand-daughter dropped it inadvertently on the floor the other day and its receding lens got jammed midway. I will get it repaired soon since it is a gift of love from my old colleagues.
In terms of critical evaluation of one's own work in retrospect, I would say that I was impatient and impulsive at that time. If I had contemplated for a moment before taking this shot, I would surely have tried to get the eyes of these mating bug in clear view. But all you get to see in this picture are the underbellies of the two bugs and the dark horizontal lines on them. Of course, I had posted pictures of these insects from dorsal point of view at that time, though I had poor editing skills then and had presented rather dull images of them. Now I feel cocky about those skills in a kind of self rightous way :).

These bugs belong to Pyrrhocoridae family of bugs, so here is a brief note on them:

Pyrrhocoridae is a family of insects with more than 300 species world-wide. A common species in parts of Europe is the firebug. They are part of the order Hemiptera which are also known as the 'true bugs'. A few are important crop pests. They are called cotton stainers because their red bodies get crushed along with the cotton they eat when it is harvested, and these stains are difficult to remove. Their feeding mechanism also cuts the fibres and hence affects the growth of the cotton ball. They caused massive problems in the United States during the industrial boom.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of these beautiful cotton stainer bugs mating. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


hello Ram
super colours and good sharpness
great details
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-06 16:04]

Hi Ram,you was lucky to found a situation like that and a great photographer to have a impressive sharpness from this difficult point of view.Excellents colors too,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-07 6:08]

Hi Ram !

A beautiful picture with some excellent colors.
Congratulations and expect and more.
Have a nice day,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-04-07 9:20]

Hi Ram,
Very good macro shot.Nice colours and details.Great sharpness.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-04-07 9:30]

Sir, Hope you get your camera back in good condition. The shot though not to your normal standards but the POV makes it interesting. Thank you for sharing. Ganesh

Hello Ram Sir,
Very sharp macro with excellent details of the mating bugs. TFS

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely maiting couple, splendid colors, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-07 13:11]

Merhaba Ram, çok harika bir kompozisyon ; renkler, netlik ve ışık çok güzel olmuş.
Tebrik ederim.

Hello Ram !
This is a perfect exampleof how much we can learn about photography in a short time, here on TN. It's the same for me, when I look at my old pictures I wonder why I posted it, because they are very poor quality ! :-) But I must admit I like to see the bug's underbellies, beautiful colos, and it's quite an unusual POV. Ialso like the vivid green, making a nice contrast with the red bugs. Very well done !

hello Ram
what a beautiful bug species and their great close-up. sharp details, colors and composition great. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-04-09 5:12]

Hi Mr. Ram,
such a beautiful capture of excellent colours with lovely background.
the clarity ias so excellent. with the soft background your insect shot stands out brilliantly.
Well presented shot. i would like to thank you for the critique and very motivating note. i really appreciatate it.
thanks for your suppport.


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