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Copyright: Christophe Berche (christophe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 57 N: 372] (1781)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ, Hama Close-up +4
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-28 3:42
Viewed: 4240
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I wait for your critiques, my first photo of bug with a close-up+4, she/it is not perfected, but I was anxious to put it, I chose one priority to the speed because of the lack of light, (thank you to Howard for information on the close-up)

However, although it is difficult to know if the small beetle is susceptible to adapt perfectly to the set of the French regions and if the caused damages will be as important as in other countries, the biggest prudence is required.

Recall: how does himself present the small beetle?

3 to 4,5 mm

Elements that permit the adult's recognition

Color: black to brown dark

Behavior: he/it escapes light

The evolutionary cycle perfectly develops only himself if the temperature of soil is superior in 10 °C. In the contrary case, he/it seems that the cycle of development is slow.

concave thorax toward the rear and pointed

antennas in the shape of club

extremity of the abdomen non covered by the élytres

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Very nice try Christophe.
Good colours and nice composition.
The DOF is very small, you need F8 for macro specially when you use clos-up.
well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-28 4:54]
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Muy, pero muy pequeño escarabajo Christophe.
La composicion y encuadre son muy buenos, aunque el foco es algo soft... coincido con la apreciación de Gert sobre el uso de un F menor.. al menos F5.6 en este caso (sobre todo, teniendo en cuenta la utilización del flash).
Puedes buscar AQUI un difusor casero de PDP para el flash para este tipo de usos.
Buen trabajo.

Very, very small beelte Christophe.
The composition and frame are very good, although the focus is something soft... I agree with the appreciation of Gert on the use of F smaller, at least F5.6 in this case (mainly, consider the use of the flash).
You can look HERE a homemade diffuser of PDP for the flash for this type of uses.
Good job.

That one could have been perfect without using the flash...
Anyway well done

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-28 9:46]

Very good try Christophe! Good sharpness and colours, DOF too. Flash is ok, but you should try f/8 or more I think.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-28 12:32]

Nice bug Christophe. For your first one, it is excellent. Well done

Christophe, this is good. I think between Gert and Ricardo they gave you all the pointers you need. I found that using a plain piece of paper in front of the flash also diffuses it nicely. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-29 22:29]

I see that Gert and Ricardo have already given you the most important tips and my bit would be that if the beetle is standing still (Which they seldom do) you can use a tripod or support your camera on something, and then lower your speed and aperture, which will give you more DOF and richer colors.

I like this shot and seeing the minute size makes this and very good first beetle. Very well done,

Thanks for posting

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 21:54]

Christophe, despite the difficulties, I like the shot. Besides, the insect is indeed very small.


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