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Pill Millipede #1

Pill Millipede #1
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E510, ZUIKO DIGITAL 70-300mm 1:4-5.6, Canon 500D Close-up Lens
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-11 6:22
Viewed: 4315
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this Pill Millipede on the ground floor of my house. I placed it on this dry leave for photo taking purpose.

The main diet of Pill Millipedes are rotting wood & leaves. Pill Millipedes are helping improve soil condition by eating organic matters in the soil.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Myriapoda
Class: Diplopoda (Millipedes)
Superorder: Oniscomorpha
Orders: Sphaerotheriida (13 body segments, the first body segment can not be seen when curl into a ball)

Common Name: Pill Millipede (กระสุนพระอินทร์ หรือ ม้วนชิด)

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Hello neighbour,
What a fine capture, JC!
Did you use a combination of lenses here?
Very sharp and clear image.
I like the shadow of the subject falling on the brown leaf.
TFS and regards.

Namely 'giant pill millipede' is a rain forest dweller. It would be prettier to get a dorsal image showing colors and a litle crop

Hi Jitty,
I didn't have seen this insect since a long time.
It's amazing the way it converts in an almost round sphere.
I like a lot the leaf used to take the picture, it's so good the colour and texture appreciated on it.
You placed the insect on the right place as the center of interest.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Wonderful composition. I like the way you arrange the bug and dry leave. Can try different species of Sphaerotheriida, i think the different in colors would give different feel.
Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-11 8:47]

Hi Jitti,

This millipede looks wonderful on the leaf. I love the way it is rolled into a ball. I've never seen anything like this. Very sharp details and the leaf shows it off very well.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-11 11:53]

Hello Jitti,
a nice image of this Pill Millipede.
You've captured this little fella with great detail! That Canon close-up lens worked really well here.
Superb off-centre composition and a good POV.
I also like the detail and texture of the browned leaf.
DOF is quite shallow but you've done well to get most of the Millipede in focus.
Well done Jitti.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-11 19:29]

Hi Jitti,
Wonderful shot with such pretty natural colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and exposure and I like the sideways shadow and the perfect illumination. The yellow leaf as BG looks so beautiful. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Jitti,

Good composition. Excellent light. Great sharpness. Very nice colours. Very good contrast of the smooth carapace of the millipede against the rugosity of the leaf.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-12 5:18]

Hello Jitti,
I remember the first time I saw one of these I didn't have a clue of what it was! Excellent sharp capture and very nicely placed on the leaf. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-12 8:30]

Hello Jitti,
Very cute your rolled Millipede..it was a good idea to put it on the yellow leaf, makes the shot look very artistic.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 10:50]

Hello Jitti

Cool shot of this tiny millipede.The DOF is wonderful.Excellent POV.
The colours are excellent.
Greaty job.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-03-15 13:00]

Hello Jitti !
This is a very interesting picture, we have the smae in France but I bet this one is much bigger then the french ones ! He looks quite impressive. You have captured is very nicely, with sharp details, beautiful composition and POV, nice natural colors. Very well done !

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