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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-30 17:33
Viewed: 4239
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Longhorn beetle over an Asphodel enjoying a wonderful afternoon.

This beetle species belongs to genus Agapanthia (1,2), probably Agapanthia asphodeli as it was captured on this plant and I have found similar photos in the web (3).

Have a nice weekend!

1. Michal's critique (cedryk)
2. Radomir's critique (cicindela)
3. La Coctelera

EXIF: Manual focus, Macro off, Flash=off, Focal Length (in 35 mm Film)=111

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To oscarromulus: Thank you very much...jmp 1 04-11 07:02
To cicindela: About Agapanthia speciesjmp 2 03-31 07:12
To JoseMiguel: Sólo el soljmp 1 03-31 03:24
To cedryk: Bug id.jmp 1 03-31 03:18
To horia: Re-linked!jmp 1 03-30 18:03
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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-30 17:53]
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Hi Jose

A splendid picture and an outstanding macro work from you, my friend!
The POV of your shot here is terrific and it gives a great angle to view this lovely little beetle on top of this charming plant.
The colors and tones here (both on the beetle, flower as well as the nicely blurred BG) are magnificent and the clarity of all the details and textures is exceptional.
A superb composition!


PS: your links from your note are vice-versa...no big deal, though :))

Hello Jose,
What a nice shot of this Agapanthia. I like very much your original compo and the warm evening light. Nice details too.
Best greetings and tFS,

Hello Jose!
Very good quality macro! :)
I confirm ID by Michal, this species belongs to genus Agapanthia, as for me most probably Agapanthia cynarae.
Anyway, there are 10 species of this genus known from Spanish mainland, among them 2-3 similar to mentioned above.
I really like the warm colours of this photo. Details and POV are also very good.

Hola Jose.

Buena captura, pareceque se complementa con la flor.

Jose Luis.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-30 19:07]

Hola José,
un insecto que trabaja muy bien el mimetismo...
excelentes detalles,
buen bg. y pov. la luz es perfecta,

Hola José Miguel,
Que bueno el macro de este insecto!
Muy particular la forma de la planta o floración en la que está posado el insecto, pareciera que las antenas fueran la prolongación de un todo.
Excelente el foco sobre el insecto, conseguiste muy buenos detalles.
Usaste sólo la luz natural, o flash de relleno con difusor?
El resultado es una iluminación muy suave y homogénea.
El fondo difuso es muy bueno!
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

Clever composition, great choice of vertical and the bug blends in perfectly in colour and shape with the plant. They compliment each other very nicely indeed - well done!

Hi Jose,

What a Neat capture, this shot makes him look like he's breaking out of the picture onto my screen! Great sharpness, and I love all of the neutral colours. Beautiful!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-31 0:04]

Hello Jose

A super shot with excellent focus and sharp details.The DOF and POV are well done.The OOF BG and lighting are lovely.TFS


bonjour josé
c'est tres bien realisé,le BG est parfaitement flou et les couleurs superbes.
la netteté est bonne sur le longicorne qui donne l'impression de pecher.

Hello Jose,
Ecxellent details, interesting composition!
Very attractive colours and the macro work is well done!
Pablo -

Hi dear Jose ,
great captured and excellent details.
BG is excellent.
thanks and regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-31 4:20]

Hi Jose,
Excellent macro shot. The soft light is well managed and the colours look subdued but rich. I love the antennae alignment and the POV. Great BG too. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-03-31 6:00]

Hi Jose,
magnifique image, avec un camouflage presque parfait de l'insect. Excellent POV, belle lumière.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-31 7:06]

Hi Jose.
It is funny that at first look I have not seen the beetle. I have seen it after reading you note.

Excellent macro shot with amazing colours, details and composition. BG is so perfect as the I image of main subject. Exposure parameters are simply superb. Bravo.

Hello Jose
What a great shot of this wonderful
Beetle,I haven't seen them here,
Excellent focusing and lighting,
Fantastic colors and BG,Welldone.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-31 8:09]

hello Jose,
Excellent picture with smooth light and very nice colour-tones. I already had taken some pictures of this beetle, but a lot less good that yours. Thank's and
Best regards

Hi Jose,splendid macro, wonderful light and colors, great blurry BG, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Jose,
Oh! I love this picture! Colors, details, POV and composition are outstanding. DOF is excellent and those tones of colors, just great! It is a beautiful insect with amazing antennas! Very well done! Thanks,

Hello José,
magnificent place for a rest on a sunny afternoon.
Excellent details, perfect composition, very fine subtle colours, and that very pleasant touch of humour that makes life easy.
Great. Have a nice weekend, too!
Best regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-31 11:45]

Hello Jose,
this is fabulous, excellent DOF to keep the foreground is perfectly in focus. POV, colors and sharpness are fabulous, I like this composition with the wonderful OOF BG really showing off this bug so well.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-31 14:49]

Curioso bichillo! Uno de esos que te da repelús cuando lo encuentras pero que visto así resulta realmente lindo con esas largas antenas tricolores. La iluminación es magnífica por lo que los colores han quedado preciosos. La nitidez es excelente y el fondo genial.
Un fuerte abrazo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-31 15:36]

Hello Jose,
Excellent capture of this Agapanthis Longhorn sitting on Asphodel flower buds. This shot is of high quality, as regards sharpness, BG as well as composition with the flowers buds with the long antennae well placed.
A fine contribution to TN!
TFS and enjoy your weekend!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hola amigo mio Jose,
A very nice shot and very well taken. You have done always perfect. No more words, congratulatons.
Saludos sinceros y buenos noches.

Hi Jose,
An excellent macro shot on this Longhorn Beetle. He blends in perfectly with the plant he is on. A really good exposure here. Vety nice colors and sharp detail. A well contoled DOF leaves a perfect OOF backround. Nice work.

Hello Jose,
Beautiful long horn beetle picture. This beetle is blended in with surrounding nicely. Composition, sharpness, and exposure are great. TFS this fine image.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-04-01 10:28]

Hello Jose,
Good camouflage this fellow has, he fits very well on this plant. A nice shot in that beautiful late afternoon light. Well managed exposure and good DOF, maybe more DOF (f/8 or so) would being the rest of the antennae into focus too. A minor point though, it's a great capture.
Best regards,

Hello Jose,
A providential coming together of a Longhorn Beetle, a spectacular Asphodel and our brilliant photograher friend Jose!
The outcome is bound to be the creation of a masterpiece.
I am amazed at the dexterity you exhibit in handling natural light, Jose. Though the insect and plant are harmoniously blended, each of them sustains its own special character.
Best regards.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-01 20:32]

Hola Jose,
Very good macro shot, well composed with excellent detail, thanks for the great work.

Hi Jose,

Very nice macro work here !
Great composition in this picture, very nice, warm colors, and very fine details !


Hola José,
Bonita composición de este insecto escalador, llegando a la cumbre, los detalles magníficos. Saludos
José Ramón

Magníficos detalles. Los colores y la luz fabulosos como siempre en tus fotos José.
Un saludo, JL.

Olá .... gosto da macro tem uma boa simetria!
As cores muito naturais como sempre! Bonita perspectiva! Fica bem Ana:)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-03 13:06]

Wonderful colours and textures in this shot Jose. Great light as well. DOF, POV and sharpness are all excellent. You have made an ugly bug very attractive



Hola José,
Muy bonita imagen, me gusta como se ve y hace juego ese bicho alargado con la forma de la flor.

A este esta claro que su "escarabajita" no le es muy fiel que digsamos :)
Me encanta la combinacion entre el insecto y la flor sobre la que esta geometricamente situado. Tmabien muestra un bonito fondo, con una exposicion muy natural, suaves y calidos colores, y delicados detalles.
Buen trabajo!
Por cierto las bolsas de supermercado meten un tono rojo bastante intenso, incluso más que los pañuelos, que ya es decir.
Un abrazo, Felipe.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-04-06 14:58]

Hola Jose !
I LOVE this picture ! Firstly for its impeccable composition and BG, secondly for its warm natural colors, and thirdly because of the insect which is really beautiful. I love its color and its long antennas. There are also some wonderful details. A perfect macro. Very well done !

Manda narices... que originalidad; y que veo que tiene éxito.
Fabulosa foto por lo elegante que se ve. Clarísima y oportuna.
Un saludo: J. Ignasi

I love your notes. Consise, yet highly detailed. You put
a lot of SINCERE hard work in this hobby. Congratulations.
Best regards,

hi jose!
good macro with fine
pov and dof and very
nice background!
great shot!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-04-17 1:53]

Hello José,
Nice to see you again ! I like your beautiful and original macro.
The "+++" : composition, subject, pose, sharpness, DOF, soft BG, colors, light, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations my friend and TFS.

Hello Jose,

Brilliant shot, I wondered at first what I was looking at then I spotted him just relaxing at the top! Lovely details as well as having that perfect background.
He is quite camouflaged against the plant, I guess he'd be a easy treat for any passing bird is he wasn't. His antenna are so long!
I like your composition and how you've left a nice space around him.


Un camouflage remarquable. Bien vu.
Bonne journée.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-07-17 16:21]

Hello Jose, good shot. It's a nice composition with the beetle on the flower. His Antennae are great. Well done.

Hello Jose the colours and light is beautifull nicely contrasting with great sharpness, dof is well achieved. Have a nice weekend tfs rgds Necip

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-11-25 15:49]

Saludos Jose, excelente composición, se complementa con el capullo suavemente difuminado, que sitúa los detalles en primer término. Sira

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