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For the Mahatma

For the Mahatma
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 18:46
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today the 2nd October is the Birthday of Mohand Das Karam Chand Gandhi also known as Mahatma Gandhi.

I dedicate this post to Mahatma Gandhi. His role for making India a free country is known by everyone and he gave the message of equality and freedom through his methods of non violence. He always beleived in living a very simple life.

(from wikipedia:)
Gandhism (or Gandhianism) is a collection of inspirations, principles, beliefs and philosophy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He always believed in following principles:


Gandhi dedicated his life to the wider purpose of discovering truth, or Satya. He tried to achieve this by learning from his own mistakes and conducting experiments on himself. He called his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth.


Although Mahatama Gandhi was in no way the originator of the principle of non-violence, he was the first to apply it in the political field on a huge scale.



Faith in religion.

My country India is as colorful and as beautiful as the colorful jewel bug due to the various culture and religions followed here.

Scientific classification of jewel bug.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Scutelleridae

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What beauty...what elegance...what talent!??? this is a superb dedication to a man of peace...a man who appreciated every single thing which lived..and maybe even those things which do not...he was a great man...and I am so pleased that you posted this superb image to him...

Hello Pankaj

A beautiful capture.The clarity is superb.
Wonderful sharpness and colour.
A lovely dedication.

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."

Mahatma Gandhi


Hi Pankaj,
Very nice picture, wonderful bright details of insect's abdomen, and many thanks for your note. It is good to remember the important things in life and what principles we want to give our children.


Hi Pankaj
A nice dedication.
The colours on your Jewel bug are just striking. Super sharp focus and excellent DOF. This is truly a beautiful image Pankaj. I can see why you chose it for this special day.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-01 20:39]

Dear Pankaj
What a wonderful one for Bapu...i love the details and i understand it is absolutley special...so much reminding of the sibgle man who marched to his way to te hearts of a million souls.

Excellent sharpness and well saturated colours.
Happy Gandhi Jayanthi to you and family.

Warm regards

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-10-01 21:30]

Hi Pankaj!

You present us a fine dedication with deep thoughts. I like the connection of this beautiful picture with Mahatma Gandhi very much: pureness of the thoughts and beauty of the nature are indeed tied together.

A very precious posting...

Kind regards


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-01 21:59]

AWESOME!Nice composition &POV..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-01 22:17]

Hi Pankaj,

A beautiful dedication to Mahatma Gandhi. Here in the US he is known as a man of peace - the world could use more like him. An absolutely marvelous shot of this Jewel Bug in a wonderful and unusual pose. I agree with you - the magnificent colors are a good symbol of your country which I found to be the most colorful of all I have seen. Clarity, background and composition are superb.


Lindíssima foto, composição e cores maravilhosas...parabéns Pankaj, belo trabalho, uma arte.
Grande abraço,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-01 22:54]

Hello Pankaj,
amazing colourful bug and a great macro. Such fine detail, light and sharpness. Interesting pov. Great focus, lovely composition.
Regards Siggi

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-10-01 23:03]

Hello Pankaj,

Good composition and very good POV to see the belly of this beetle. Excellent sharpness. Splendid light and colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-01 23:05]

Hello Pankaj,
A great macro of a Jewel Bug, made even more attractive by the great lateral POV that shows both upper and undersides. The sharpness, DOF and composition are first class, all of which makes this one of your best images and an eminently fine tribute to a great man of peace, Mahatma Ghandi.
TFS this beauty,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-01 23:16]

Hi Pankaj

A superb shot of this beautiful bug - plus a great dedication to a wonderful man.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-01 23:53]

Woo, what a beauty this insect is Rathika.
He is nice and sharp, but the iridescent colours are so bright - what awesome colours!
Well captured - it's a joy to see
Thank you

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-02 1:02]

hi pankaj,
this beautiful image is very simple, like what our gandhiji preached, simplicity. tfs.

Ciao Pankaj,
meravigliosa macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione con uno stupendo OOF BG, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli, magnifici e brillanti i colori.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-02 3:41]

Hi Pankaj,
an excellent piece of macro photography, which you really excel in. Wonderful colours, POV and details, the DOF is pretty much perfect - well done!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-02 3:56]

Hello Pankaj, what a coincidence. I shot the same today. Lovely clarity and elegance. Ganesh

Greetings to you on this auspicious day, Pankaj!
Today I too shot the same bug with the same lens, but it was a fiasco.
You have strated doing great macro work with it. I just can't do it right and depend on my 105mm.
The shot is super in every respect -- focus, colours and details.
Well done and TFS.


I'm not really into dedications, but this one is a good one. the most important thing to realise what he achieved was that he did it, as you say, without violence. If only the troubled people of today could follow his example they may achieve their goal. I think the trouble of today is that everybody wants things 'now' rather than work for them over time. Sorry I'm rambelling now.

Great shot, I really like the POV. Excellent sharpness and DOf.


I am pressed for time but I saw this image this morning and cannot let it pass me by. This is really WOW, really VIVIDLY BEAUTIFUL and really SPLENDIDLY captured. Unfortunately my favourites are full at this stage, but I'll place it where it belong as soon as possible. Great stuff - All is just right and deserves an A+.
Kind regards

What a perfect jewel to represent your country and the memory of a great man. It is a beautifully executed photo. I love the low point of view.

Evelynn : )

Hi Pankaj
Stunning shot with amazing vivid iridescent colors and crystal clear detail.
tfs jon

Hi Pankaj,
A very beautiful present for a very great man who wrote a lot of history for the people of India and beyond.
The colors of this little bug are like a piece of art and your photo as well. The details are of a high quality and the lighting perfectly controlled. I love the soft colored BG and the bright colored leaf as a base.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-02 11:32]

Hello Pankaj,
What a perfection! Sharpness and the clear colours are really perfect. Fantastic OOF BG, POV and composition.
Very nice dedication on this special day.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-02 14:31]

What a beautiful beetle!
The colours on it are incredible!
Excellent sharpness.
Superb composition.
Very good BG.

Wonderful work, Pankaj!

Well done and TFS,

Dear Pankaj,

There is little more I can say that hasn’t already been said, so I'll keep it short; A truly superb shot and a wonderful dedication to a really great man, t.f.s

Rick :)

Dear Pankaj,
Love, "LOVE", reading your notes!!! Also love your images posted here.
I own a copy of his autobiography. "The Story of My Experiments with Truth". This book has inspired my mind to serve mankind. It also inspired and ENCOURAGED me to read the "Revelation of Baha-u-llah" Volumns 1 to 4. Because of his holiness Ghandi I became a Baha-i.
Warm greetings from,
Mario in Canada.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-04 4:05]

Hello Pankaj,
A wonderful dedication to a great man! I think we'd need somebody like him to put the world right today!!
Brilliant capture of this gorgeous Beetle in vivid colours. A beautiful composition too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Pankaj.
Genial trabajo, una verdadera preciosidad.
Gran nitidez y control de la luz.
Excelente imagen y gran comentario.
Saludos, JL.

Visita mi Blog.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-10 18:59]

Hello Pankaj! It really looks like a jewel! Congrats for this great macro my friend, well done, thanks!


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2008-10-13 20:03]

Hi Pankaj,

Nice picture you have. I love macro and close-up photography. This image is splendid. Subject is crisp and sharp against a blurry background. Composition is well balanced and the use of the flash is a wise decision since it givre splendid metalic reflection while opening the shadows under the insect.
Great work and TFS.

Hello Pankaj.

Excellent macro, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

jose Luis.

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