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Where is the sun ?

Where is the sun ?
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-12 9:39
Viewed: 3666
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today a rainy day,so unfortunately had to dive in the archives once again,found again a shielbug wich I havent seen before,if I am right this might be a Parent Bug or Elasmucha grisea,

Shieldbugs (Various families)
Probably the shield bugs are among the best known bugs in everybody's garden. They are named after their shape, which does remind one of the shields, knights used to defend themselves with in medieval times. Scientifically however they are not one family. Usually four families are considered belonging to the shield bugs, because of their shape and the fact that their antennae are comprised of five elements each. First of all we have the True Shieldbugs (Pentatomidae). They can be told apart from the other families by their large scutellum or shield, the triangular shield immediately behind the thorax shield. The Acanthosomatidae is the second family we consider being shield bugs. Having no common English names the members of this family usually are also referred to as shield bugs. Bigger species certainly do look like shield bugs, but many smaller species do not. The Burrowing Bugs, also called Burrower Bugs (Cydnidae) and the Shield-backed Bugs (Scutelleridae) are also part of the shield bugs, but both families are much smaller than the previous ones. Because many members of the Squash Bugs and Leaffooted Bugs (family Coreidae) really do look like the shield bugs, we have placed them on this page, for most people will look for them among the shield bugs anyway.

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dit is wel heel close Paul,
mooie macro, je kan er bijna door heen kijken, mooie kwaliteit en zeer fraaie compositie, machtig mooi werk. prettige avond.
groet Jaap

Hi Paul,
I see you are digging in your archive, this is a nice reminder of summer. It's a gray and dark winter so far but today we had some snow.
This is a very big close-up with good detail and sharpness.
Well composed with good POV.
Well done.

thanks for your kind words in the guestbook

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-12 10:32]

Hallo Paul , Een prachtig macro shot , mooie details en kleuren het zijn net kleine kristalletjes op zijn lijfje , een apart beestje , en een mooie compositie , Goed weekend Teunie .

Hello Paul
This is a superb macro of a shield bug to which I havent seen before...super sharp details and good pov looking directly down.
I hope you get some good weather soon but while you got a few like this tucked away Im happy for the clouds to stay!!
All the Best

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-12 11:41]

Hello Paul, so much details on this great macro ! Perfect exposure, good light and a very good composition ! Thanks,


Hello Paul,

Very nice picture of this shieldbug. Great sharpness and wonderful colours.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-01-13 2:20]

Hi Paul!

Good question :-) Same in Poland - maybe no rain, but everyday grey, cloudy sky... Your macro looks excellent - very good reminder of sunny days, especially with this yellow BG. Bug is very sharp and detailed. Good work!

Hi Paul,
This is brilliant macro picture. Wonderful to see the texture of this shield bug clearly. Very well done and tfs.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-13 6:21]

fantastic macro Paul!
details are magnificent, beautiflly sharp and clear shot
great work
TFS, Dejan

Bonjour Paul
Très belle macro, bonne lumière, netteté et gestion de l'exposition, bravo.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-13 10:17]

Hi Paul.
Once more your amazing macro shot with great DOF and terrific details. Perfect colours reproduction too as well as the best framing and composition. Bravo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-14 6:29]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot of this Sheildbug with such fabulous colours and markings on its body. The yellow flower acts as a fine BG and lets it stand out. Great use of flash and the exposure has been deftly handled. I like your top POV to portray it and the diagonal composition. Kudos.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2008-01-15 11:57]

Hi Paul,
A wonderful macro, the vivid colours quite amazing making the little chap stand out so well.The detail of the pattern on its back is crystal clear and you handled the reflection from its shiny texture very well.He sure is walking on the sun....TFS.
Regards, David

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