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Soldier beetles in love at 1500m

Soldier beetles in love at 1500m
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insect Mating [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-15 4:33
Viewed: 3719
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Soldier beetle – Scientific name : Rhagonycha fulva – Family : Cantharidae.
Description : An extremely common beetle. Body mostly orange-red except for tip of elytra which are dark. Very active in sunny weather and flies well. Frequently visits flowers, especially umbellifers, where it hunts for insect prey; often becomes dusted with pollen. Seen from May to August ; mating pairs are a common sight.
Photo : Slightlty Resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. I saw this pair in Alps mountains at 1500m above the Chinaillon.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-15 4:57]

Hello Christian!
Very nice capture.Clear details,sharpness,lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Great shot Christian!
Interesting composition, perfect POV and colours and really nice scene captured.
I like the photo very much.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-15 6:05]

Belle macro Christian avec une grande profondeur de champ pour une ouverture à 2.8! Superbes couleurs et jolie composition dans la "mating" !!Félicitations, Didier.

very nice one Christian, I like those beetles,
very nice shot, good composition, fantastic in pov and a fantastic dof, great job I love it,
gr. Jaap

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-15 6:46]

Hello Christian,

Great picture, albeit x-rated. ;) Good and sharp details, well composed and nice POV. The flower is maybe a wee bit oe, but nothing serious. Well done & TFS!


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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-07-15 7:58]

Interesting photo Christian. Very good composition, details and colors.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-15 8:27]

Hello Christian,
Its a great capture.
Excellent composition and POV.
Great colours and detail.
Nice work,well done.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-15 8:57]

Now something which I know very good! There are millions of these beetles in Poland. Very nice composition, details and colours. Another shot from serie - 'Sex on thistle' ;-)

Hi Christian!
Very funny pose and very good shot!

Hello Christian!
Wonderful macro.Colors,details,sharpness,POV,DOF and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Great shot Christian,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, Great POV and DOF.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-15 16:03]

Superbe macro Christian, j'aime la composition et la netteté de l'image, jolies couleurs et belle lumière.

à plus !


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-15 17:16]

Hi Christian, I think this will be the first of many mating photos of these beetles. All they seem to do in their brief existance is mate and stop for some food. Nice composition and good details. Well done.

Hi Christian,
Very nice composition. The color and detail are excellent. Nice Work Here!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-16 4:58]

Very good macro, Christian. I like the colours and composition. Good capture.
Rgs, Aleksander

Taz, Very nice details of the beetles in love action...Great colors and light, Well done.

Pas vraiment gênés par l'altitude, ces chers petits. On les trouve très souvent dans cette position. La photo est excellente, car, en plus, ils n'ont pas lésiné sur le cadre de leurs ébats. Bien vu, Christian.

Very nice macro, Christian.
Well composed, nice colours adn goo details.
Maybe some parts the flower is little OE.
Very well done.

Hello Christian,
Très belle photo! Je suis impressionné par le niveau de détails et par les couleurs. C'est du très bon travail.
Merci pour le partage, cordialement,

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-18 16:59]

Christian, another very nice macro.

Great colors and pov. I like the blurred bg too. Besides, sharpness is also excellent.

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