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Big violet beetle

Big violet beetle
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 28-300 mm Eq., 58mm Matin CPL
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetle of the world, Ground beetles (Carabidae) of the world, My Purple Obsession 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-03 14:53
Viewed: 5347
Points: 8
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Hi there!

Another beautiful species from Krym, Ukraine. Big violet beetle, probably from Carabidae family. This one has about 40 mm long, really bautiful coloured. Picture was taken on the way to Chufut-Kale - big mountain fortress near Bakczysaraj. To read more about this interesting place You can visit :http://www.chersonesos.org/?p=out_md_chufut&l=eng
Thanks a lot for more species information. Personally I had never seen such big beetle in Poland, this meeting was really exciting:).

Original picture taken as JPEG, original frame, just saturation and exposure added because of cloudy weather conditions. Picture taken in macro mode, hand held camera.

Thanks a lot for watching and have a nice weekend!

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Hej Adrianie!
Bardzo fajna fotka! Zdecydowanie masz racje, to gatunek z rodziny Carabidae, a dokladniej z rodzaju Carabus. Dzis juz jest troche pozno, postaram sie cos wiecej z oznaczeniem powalczyc jutro.
A poki co, jesli nie masz nic naprzeciw, dodalbym te fotke do tematu Carabidae swiata :)

ps. widze, ze juz do tego tematu zdjecie dodales :)

Hi Adriane,
A good clear shot of this Violet Gound Beetle.
It is never easy to get these in good focus. For some reason,the camera sensors don't seem to pick up these bluish blacks so well.
It would be good to see this from a low POV as well,but this shot is great as it is,especially for ID purposes.
Good work.

hi Adrian,

Great macro shot and very good of sharpness.
Beatiful colours and good pov.
A pity that the legs were cut of beath and above.
Personally I will give that what more space.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-05 10:17]

Hi Adrian

Absolutely spectacular beetle and very well captured.
The macro show the sharp details and textures of the beetle superbly.
The colours are well saturated and the exposure is perfectly balanced.
This ensured excellent contrast of the black body of the beautiful beetle.

Very well done and TFS.

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