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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-30 23:43
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Nature continues to give me the gifts. This time Nature has presented me a meeting with this rare beetle. I do not remember at all, whether I saw such beetles once. May be, in childhood. May be, not. Unfortunately, I did not manage to find the scientific information on this beetle. In usual Russian speech, it is named as the beetle-cuckold or the beetle-deer.

I continue to make a present me too. I have filled up my collection of objectives with the last desired lens. It is Minolta AF 24-105 F3.5-4.5 (D). I did not intend to use it for shooting the nature. However where could I test it. Certainly I can and wish to try it in vicinities of my countryside house where I spend many days now (unfortunately, without Internet).

Present shot is one of the first shots taken with this lens. Now I am a happy owner of full Konica-Minolta system (such full as I wanted) and I can resist to falsities of our (Ukrainian) life successfully, of course, with help of TN and yours, my TN-friends.

I am very grateful to Peter Roos (Batu) for the help with correct ID. Owing to Peter, I can add this note.

Lucanus cervus is the best-known species of stag beetle (family Lucanidae), and is sometimes referred to simply as the stag beetle. It lives in holes in old trees and dead trunks, in the forest as well as in groves. Forest management, in eliminating old trees and deadwood, eliminates at the same time the habitat and food of this species. Once quite common, the population of the Lucanus cervus, along with that of other species of beetles which feed on wood, is in steep decline, and is now listed as a globally threatened/declining species.

Adults appear during late May to the beginning of August being most active in the evenings. Females lay their eggs in a piece of decaying wood. Stag Beetle larvae, which are blind and shaped like a letter "C", feed on rotting wood in a variety of places, tree stumps, old trees and shrubs, rotting fence posts, compost heaps and leaf mould. The larvae have a cream-coloured soft transparent body with six orange legs, and an orange head which is very distinct from the very sharp brown pincers. They have combs in their legs which they use for communication (stridulation) with other larvae. The larvae go through several developmental stages (instars), taking 4 to 6 years to become pupae. The work of entomologist Charlie Morgan during the late 1970s discovered that the pupae of the Stag Beetle live in the soil for about 3 months, then emerge in summer to awkwardly fly off to mate. Adults only live for a few months feeding on nectar and tree sap. Their slow, lumbering flight, usually at dusk, makes a distinctive low-pitched buzzing sound. The males fly more readily than the females. The modern Italian word for a toy kite cervo volante (and hence the French cerf-volant) may derive from the ancient amusement of flying the beetles on a length of thread.

The stag beetle is preyed upon by magpies, chickens, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, cats, and woodpeckers.

The natural reaction of the beetle to an approaching large object is to remain motionless making them a good photographic subject. Sexually dimorphic, the males have enlarged mandibles and are larger than the females. Although the male's mandibles seem threatening, they are too weak to be harmful. Nevertheless, females can inflict a painful bite. It is the resemblance of the male's mandibles to the horns of a stag, and their use in combat between males, much like with deer, that gives the species its scientific and common names.

Lucanus cervus.

See also:
Lucanus cervus (Russian).

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2007-07-01 0:09]

Great shot!
I love the detail you have captured here.
Your title is perfect.
The DOF is great to capture all the bugs bits.
He looks very mechanical!
Well done

Great and unusual point of view for this beast.
Very nice exposed, with beautiful details and colours. I specially like the stones on the ground, gives a lot of strenght to the shot. Also the antenas are very well seen.
Thanks and regards.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-01 0:56]

Hi Alexei,

A nice capture with your new lense,still a minolta I see (it gets tougher to get these lenses nowadays),the colors and dof are great in this capture,well done and tfs


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-01 1:15]

selam my friend
it is interesting and different insect for me
here is successful using f values, filter and lens
composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, sharpness, focus and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-01 1:25]

Hi Alexei.
So are we say him Stag beetle :-)
Great this your very original capture.Your unusual very interesting POV and pose of this bug giving view really as on robot.Very good DOF and focus with perfect sharp details on bug and pretty blurred BG.Superb colors as well as lighting this scene.My compliments and thank you for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-07-01 1:43]
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Hello Alexei,
a very impressive way to introduce Lucanus cervus (family: Lucanidae) with its also impressive mouthparts. Depth of field is great and in combination with the exact focus just right.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Alexei
congrats for your new lens,looks superb!
This bug is as intimidate as beautiful,I just can´t imagine if I lived in a insects world and meet this fellow in the street!
As always a fantastic macro capture,perfect sharpness and a particular interesting point of view,just facing the terrible claws of the beast!
best regards dear friend


hi alexei,
very nice macro shot, sharp image with good details, you have presented us this rare bug with a perfect shot, nice composition and very good pov,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-01 2:03]

Hi Alexei,
what an awesome shot!!!!
Sharp and detailed with a brilliant POV.
Well done,

Hi Alexei,
Great picture from you new lens. Fantastic depth and sharpness. This frontal pov is original. Very well done.

Hi Alexei,
Weird and very good photo, this insect looks very alien from this POV. The subject is well defined and sharp.

bonjour alexei
cette vue de ce cerf volant est remarquable,j'aime comme ses mandibules sont mises en avant.
avec un fond bien flou.
bien vu;

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-01 4:04]

Hi Alexei,
What a unique design! I liked your POV a lot. Details, focus and sharpness is very good. TFS

Hello Alexei,
Looks a bit like a Mars Orbiter or something like that...:-)
Great POV.
TFS and well done

Hello Alexie
Wonderful shot of this rare beetle,
Perfect composition,lighting and BG,
Great POV and Note, Welldone ,TFS

Good Luck

Hello Alexei,
This is an amazing close-up, showing details I couldn't even imagine was there..!
Bug actually looks scary from this point of view, will serve well as a monster model for horror movies...
Well composed presentation, very attractive image!
Pablo -

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  • runa Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 11] (46)
  • [2007-07-01 4:56]

Привет, Алекс

Очень интересный снимок жука-оленя, в самом деле похож на робота.
Я посмотрела вашу галерею, у вас прекрасные фотографии

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-07-01 6:07]

Hola Alexei.
Buenos detalles y original punto de vista.
Perfecta presentación y una nota bastante interesante.
Saludos, Sira.

This is an impressive creature and POV Alexei! It really looks like a robot of an extra-terrestrial creature! Details are amazing as we can clearly see it little hands moving and other great details. I love this low POV that makes the insect looks huge. DOF and exposure are just great. Have fun with your new toy and congrats for this new acquisition!

Hi Alex,
Whatever the lens you use, the high quality of the image is always the same!
I like so much this front and close encounter with this stag beetle.
The sharp and clear detail makes this an excellent capture, specially witht that detailed antennas, so curious to look at.
Congratulations for the pic and the new acquisition, thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Brrrrrr - hi Alex, perhaps I already told you that I'm a little afraid of bugs - and this one is definitely a bug I would run away ...
Wow - the headline is perfect for this motive - thanks, a wonderful and interesting shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Excelente enfoque y gran profundidad. A pesar de haber mucho color negro se distinguen perfectamente todos los detalles de las patas, cuerpo y antenas. La posición del insecto es muy buena ya que permite ver desplegados muchos de sus miembros. Como viene siendo habitual en tí, un excelente trabajo. Un abrazo desde España Alexei.

selam alex;wow excellent shot of this insect , very good details presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-07-01 10:35]

Hello Alexei,
Wow, what a monster! I've never seen this Stag beetle photographed from this angle before! It is certainly very interesting, and amusing! All very nicely in focus and razor sharp. Fine colours too. Excellent composition.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-01 10:51]

Hello Alex,
Wonderful capture of this amazing beetle, fantastic close up
Great POV and composition, very sharp and well presented, great BG.. well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2007-07-01 11:26]

Hello Alexei,
I have never seen the Stag beetle from this POV! Very original!
I think this is great with the usual high technical standard that you achieve. I like the way the antennae look like the arms of a juggler.
Superb shot! Well done my friend!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 584 W: 64 N: 2237] (7529)
  • [2007-07-01 12:01]

Hi Alex,
phantastic! I've never seen such an interesting portrait of a Stag beetle. You mastered the DOF very well. This picture really gives a vivid impression. To think that this marching tank only licks saps! Very well done.
My best regards to you Alexei,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-01 12:04]

Hello Alex,
WOW! What an outstanding macro image of the stag beetle! You are getting the best from your equipment. It is difficult to believe that such an image with this level of detail is possible. The exposure is perfect giving very deep and natural colors. It is interesting that you can use such a small aperture, but I guess that is the difference with macro lens. The DOF is perfect. This beetle does look like a robot. Both images are outstanding! Best Wishes!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-01 13:46]

Hola Alexei,
original captura...
original pov, realmente parece un robot,
magnífica macro y nitidez, saludos amigo.

Hola Alex.
Una espectacular imagen que como bien titulas parece un robot.Buenos efectos y estupenda idea.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL; am so glad "batu" has IDed it for you, and us all at & for TN.
Great work you are doing.
I admire the meticulas care you have always given to your notes.
Warm regards,
P.S. We shall "talk" someday.

Hi Alexei, splendid macro of strange creature, I never see before, thanks, great colors and excellent sharpness, great details and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Alex,
Excellent macro!
DoF was perfect, extremely well focused, superb sharpness.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-01 20:38]

Hello Alexei

Wow it is a beautiful image of this interesting beetle.The focus is razor sharp and the details are wonderful.excellent colour saturation.The POV and DOF are excellent.TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3052 W: 3 N: 8715] (40572)
  • [2007-07-02 0:42]

Hello Alex,
Your Lucanus cervus looks like an robot out of Star wars world. You have chosen such a special point of view. What a great idea, really amazing. I haven'seen this beetle since my childhood. Happy to see that they still exist. Thank's for this very original picture.
Have a nice day

Belle photo de cet insecte , mais cela est vrai, on dirait vraiment un petit robot de la guerre des étoiles,superbes détails vraiment d' une grande nettetés. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Alexei,
I like most the unique and dramatic POV, excellent. Very sharp & detailed, great DOF and use of ambient light. Congratulations on aquiring another lens for your bag as well..I recently bought the Canon 24-105mm also..but have yet to use it :(
Very well done,

La vue de face est impeccable. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-02 8:12]

Hi Alexei,

This really does look like a robot! And capturing it on these rocks makes it look even more so. The details are just fantastic. Wonderful shot.


Wow. Like a horror scenario. Good colours and very nice shape. Well done.
Best wishes,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-02 8:49]

Privet Alexei,
Excellent close up.Deatils are crisp clear and razorsharp.Focus couldnt be better.POV,BG and composition are also wonderful.Have a great week!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-07-02 13:51]

Ha,ha! This looks like a transformer!
Excellent capture and magnificent shot with such perfect and curious details! I like a lot the POV and the rocky scenery! This Lucanus cervus looks like a monster, but you did a great composition.
Congratulations, Alexei, and TFS.

The modern Italian word for a toy kite cervo volante (and hence the French cerf-volant) may derive from the ancient "amusement" of flying the beetles on a length of thread.

No kidding eh! !!!

I saw the miniature of this shot and thought two flies were doing the tango! Great macro... and yes we have these beetles here. We don't see 'em every day though! WE call 'em "staghorn beetle"...

Good one to capture. And you did a great job!

See you at the end of my trail! I am off! So long Jay

PS 5000km roadtrip.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-03 0:43]

Hi Alexei,
This really looks like a robot with awesome sharpness and details. Great POV to capture it head-on with perfect lighting, fine focus and a superb BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Alexei !
Wow, you are so lucky to have seen such a beetle ! I didn't see any alive for more than 10 years, they have become so rare ! I love your POV, it's a bit unusual, and he really looks like a robot attacking ! :-) As usual from you, other technical aspects are wonderful : sharpness, details, colors, exposure, composition... Also congratulations for you new lens, I'm sur you'll have a lot of fun with it !

Hello Alexei my friend

What a monster beetle you have captured here - I found some information and the male can be 7,5 cm long. We have had these in Denmark too but they have now become extinct. Imagine how it would be to run into one of these same size as a cat.

Excellent presentation with plenty of details, very nice colours and composition.

Best regards

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-03 11:52]

Hi Alexei,
It seems you always find the perfect name for you photos.
My first thought was that it looked like a Transformer. Very nice pov you have choisen for this capture with great colours and sharpness
Thanks Paula.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-03 12:18]

Run for your life!

Hi Alexei

Great shot, that is a wonderful pose you have captured. It fits the title perfectly. Lovely sharp details, well focused, great colours and perfect POV. Stunning DOF as well



Hola Alexei,
Me parece una composición muy original y de gran calidad técnica, gracias por compartirla, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-04 5:31]

Hi Alexei

Robots with flip-up turning indicators - this one seems to turn right. Maybe because you were standing in front of it.

Excellent sharp details from this great DOF. The insect is well clear of the fall off zones in the front and the rear. Good colours, isolated BG, and spot-on exposure. Congratulations with the new lens.

Well done and TFS.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-04 12:20]

Hello Alexei,

WOW!!! Another impressing picture from you, my friend!!!

Excellent composition and putting centraly those robots in this picture works wonderfully well! Excellent choice of aperture with f/18.0 having the whole robots in focus! The fact that having fg and bg blurred give a great 3D effect to the image! Even robots and insects have antennas and the ones we see here seems effectively belongs to robots!!!

Great picture, Alexei...

BTW, after seeing so much wonderful pictures from you I decided to add you within my preferred photographers...

Continue your so nice and wonderful work!!!

Ciao and TFS,


Hi Alexei,
this is a great macro-shot, I'm amazed you could take this with
the short zoom. The sharpness and exposre are spot on.
The DOF is also great, the whole insect within focus and the BG nicely blurred. And I really like the low POV.
Great work, my friend.

I'm back from my 2 weeks holiday.

Salut Alexei
Très belle prise de vue avec une belle présentation .J'apprécie beaucoup car c'est la première fois que je vois cet insecte qui est très jolie avec de belles couleurs.J'ai bien aimé ta note aussi.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-07 9:36]

Hi Alexi,
Clearly a masterpiece at first glance! What a pov and pose! The animal coming over the tough stones from a unknown, mysterious background against us, threatening even with the antenna! Colours, sharpness, dof,... all working for to show us the robotic features of this beetle!
TFS, José M.
PS. > my extended favourites!

Hi Alexei,
Excellent capture, this really looks like a war machine that came out of a science fiction movie!
Great details and good note.
I would consider cropping out the out of focus areas in the lower part of the image.
TFS, Shir

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-09 17:30]

Hello Alexei,
What a magnificient macro image, it does look quite alien at the angle you shot from, great job Alexei.

Hello Alexei!
At first view I had some problems with ID of the object from this photo - mainly because of this unusual (and really great!) POV. It is really fantastic! Face-to-face POV is not easy to present keeping very good DOF in case of such huge insects. And your presentation is perfect! Lovely details, very good DOF! I like it a lot!
TFS and best greetings from Lodz,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-12 14:34]

Hi Alex,
a Hitchcock POV, full of drama and suspense. Looks fabulous, the details and sharpness are excellent.
Great work.

Dear Alexei,

one of the most surprising, most creative photographic approaches to the Stag Beetle I have ever seen! You are making me feel like a fellow stag beetle waiting for getting lifted by those giant jaws and thrown into the air in an attac of rivalry, or trying to be the quicker one himself.

That beetle apparently has just landed from its funnily upright buzzing flight, its wings still partly visible. Italians are calling that impressing species "Cervo volante", the Flying Stag. In eastern Austria we are surprised almost every summer by some of those clumsy Stag Beetles flying around in the evening. They are luckily living in good numbers at the wooded borders of Vienna, even in some of the parks, thanks to the late but wise decision of forest authorities of letting old fallen oak trees decay for Lucanus' larval food instead of removing them.

Congratulations, my dear friend! Again, this image is outstanding for its technical perfection and creativity. A winner.

My best regards to you,

hello Alexei
impresive bug
very well exposition and POV ( you are at the same level as the insect)

colours and sharpness are very good too



Hi Alexei,
A really like this head on POV here. Really good quality light and tack sharp detail. The exposure is spot on here. Well controled DOF has rendered a nice OOF backround. Excellent camera work my friend.

Privet Alexei,

Of of of! Fantastic... I lost my words dear Alexei, what must I say I don't know. Conratulations my friend. Congratulations...


encore une que j'ai manqué, mais qui est comme toutes superbes, bons détails,de cette super macro.
bravo+++ et merci a toi de nous montrer tes images magnifiques
bien vu, amitiès

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-09-05 12:27]

HI Alex!
I really love the POV and focus it's amazing and funny at the same time, great moment and outstanding portrait, well done!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-09-17 14:25]

Hi Alexei, A beautiful sharp result with your new lens, opening new opportunities. The superb clarity aand details are what appeals to me here. Suitable for a wild-life magazine. TFS. Murray.

Hi Alexei,

compliments for this really impressive image! Excellent quality and POV.

Well done!


Dear Alexei,
What an amazing pose of this robot, L. cervus, you brought here!! :-)
You've captured very excellent details and focusing with an amazing POV.
And, What an interesting and big antenas!!
They are very impressive to me.
Well presented with informative note as usual. :-)
TFS and Best regards,

Hi Alexie,

I think this one looks more Robotics, especially with the two small HANDS like in a break dance :-). Very good POV here. Good centered composition against a clean DOF brings spotlight on our dancer. As usual, Alexie has got it perfect.

Great work,

Warm regards,

Hello Alexei. Amazing capture with beautiful title. I like the sharpness of the shot which looks like a robotic toy. Well muted background and thanks for sharing. Best regards. Jusni

Hi Alex
Fantastic. I like the POV very much. Face to face with the great Lucanus male. Good sharp image with nice blured, green background

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 155 W: 8 N: 540] (3302)
  • [2011-01-21 12:46]

Well chosen and funny title for this photo. The beetle really looks like a robot. I think the point of view was the key to achieve such effect.

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