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In flight
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroĜ58
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-18 8:29
Viewed: 4152
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Stag Beetle. Lucanus cervus
Distribution: Southern and central Europe.
Habitat: Broad-leaved woodlands, especially oak, but also parks and gardens where there are hedgerows, tree stumps and logs.
Size: Dark, violet-brown elytra (wing cases) with reddish-brown antlers (female's antlers are much smaller than the male's). Larva is creamy-white.
Life-span: The larva lives 3-5 years. Adults live only between the months of May and August. Food: Larva eats rotting wood and roots. It is thought that the adult either eats tree sap or nothing at all.
The male is easily recognised because of his mouthparts which have evolved into enormous jaws, resembling the antlers on a stag's head. Despite their fearsome appearance, these antlers are useless for biting, and are used to fight other males. It is the smaller female we need to be wary of - her tiny antlers may look less threatening but they can inflict a sharp nip! Unfortunately, the stag beetle is now rare in Britain and French, mainly due to loss of suitable habitat.
ISO 200.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-18 8:32]

Hello Didier,
Wonderful photo of this Stag Beetle in flight. The movement of the wings and the background gives the photo a dynamic character. Good sharpness, beautiful colours and an excellent composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-18 8:39]

Bonsoir Didier,
Superb in-flight capture of a male Lucanus cervus. The composition is perfect fotr the POV, takenb with excellent sharpness against a suitable natural contrasting Bg.
Merci et bon weekend,

hallo Didier
great composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

excellent in flight shot, knowing how difficult it is bravo, very good photo performance!
regards Nasos

Hello Didier,
Fantastic technique, great composition, great background, very interestingly presented an insect like a dragon.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-18 9:37]

Sont vraiment incroyables la nettete' et les details captures a 1/200,quelle classe mon ami,une photo encore une fois extraordinaire.Mes felicitations et bon fin de semaine,Luciano

Hello Didier
What a wonderful compozition with splendid details,colors and very good clarity.
Best regards

An amazing capture, good detail and depth of field.
A very good point of view to get a nice view of the beetle in flight.
regards yiannis

Hi Didier,
interesting specie in flight. Great point of view. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-18 11:06]

Hello Didier.
Wonderful in flight macro.It's very difficult shot and results are magnificent.
Sharpness,colors,DOF,details and composition are excellent.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Brilliant shot and timing Didier
an inspiration


Ciao Didier, fantastic macro with wonderfus flying Lucanus cervus, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

HOW DO YOU DO THAT?!! so cool! love this

Hi Didier
made this is not easy!
Congratualtions and TFS!

Hello Didier,
spectacular inflight shot of this Stag Beetle with fine sharpness, good light and beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

WOW a Lucanus in flight!! Fantastic photo Didier! Excellent composition and wonderful collours. The sharpness for a flying insect is impressive!!

Hello Didier,
A amazing capture with wonderful details.
A great and difficult moment to catch in flight this insect.

This picture of stag bettel in flight with directional space and motion blur has some kind of artistic effect. lovely .. TFS,
Goutham R

Ciao Didier. An impressive dynamic one indeed! Fantastic BG.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-23 2:00]

Hello didier,
this is a wonderful and an astonishing capture of this lively inflight. Its big mouth is sharply taken and shown with details.
The dramatic effect is so well composed.
Wonderful view and excellent job.


Hi Didier, Wow what a fabulous capture of this inflight Stag Beetle, superb timing with amazing sharpness, inflight subjects are not easy to capture and you have done an exceptional job with this guy, great effort here Didier and very well done,
Best Regards,


Hello Didier

WOW ! great in-flight shot of this insect,
fine POV and framing, the blur of the wings
shows the great motion and speedy flight, TFS


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