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Under last sunbeams

Under last sunbeams
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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: 2008-09-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-04 4:59
Viewed: 5267
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After an unusual for me long break caused by a light indisposition and hard work at the same time I do attempt of returning in native TN family by sharing a shot of an unknown for me little beetle.

This insect had length about 1 cm. It sat on a thin stem among last tiny wild white flowers and wind prevented me to photograph it. However, I have managed to take few sharp enough pictured despite a rather long exposure time and handheld way of shooting.

I have decided to share two a bit different images. One of them has patch of sunlight on an insect body (this is original shot). Second picture (workshop) is taken at another POV and direction of sunbeams. I prefer first one but my son prefers second shot. Even he will be right I will be glad :).

There are last warm sunny days in our region and all insects (wasps, hoverflies, ladybirds, butterflies and other lovely creatures hasten to be prepared for hibernation. It is nice season for insect shooting. Do not miss this moment :).

Have a good weekend.

I am very grateful for the help, which our friends rousettus, Argus, cicindela have rendered to me in definition of a kind of an insect.

This is most likely Entomoscelis adonidis from family CHRYSOMELIDAE (COLEOPTERA).

See some info about this species here Entomoscelis adonidis.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jesst: My last shot.Alex99 6 10-11 12:40
To XOTAELE: Thanks for comments and link.Alex99 1 10-06 20:29
To cicindela: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 10-06 20:25
To Argus: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 10-06 20:24
To rousettus: Many thanks.Alex99 1 10-06 20:24
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-04 5:08]

Hello Alexei,
a technically perfect and well designed picture. There is nothing to criticize.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Alexei,

Very beautiful presentation of this beetle. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good managment of the light. Splendid colours. You have very lucky to have still warm days. Here it is already too cold.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-04 5:29]

Hi Alexei

Great macro shot of this beautiful beetle, nicely composed with a great POV and a lovely pose.
The details are excellent and the colours tones are very nice indeed.
I like the light reflected on the Beetle's wings too.
Sorry I dont know the ID, I'm sure Ivan will oblige later.


Hello Alexei,
where were you my friend. I miss you and your great posts. I hope, now everthing very well. welcome again. You post another great macro-shot. In this time, objects different from butterflies. I am not experts on Coleoptera. But it looks Entomoscelis adonidis or another similar species of the family CHRYSOMELIDAE (COLEOPTERA).
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Alexei,
everythng is just perfect,
thanks for sharing,

Hi Alexei,

great macro shot, very sharp with exellent details.
Beautiful natural colours.


Welcome back Alexei, and thank you for this wonderful capture of a smallish beetle with a pleasant "soft-focus" effect, the WS is also very good, both in fine composition. Best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-04 6:19]

Hello Alexei,
You are returning with a wonderful shot. The contrasting colours between flowers, BG and beetle are splendid. Excellent sharpness and a perfect composition. Great POV and DOF.
I hope to see a lot of these beauties from you in the next time.

As with much if not most of your work Alexei, this is a wonderland image in quality and notation. You are quite true to the subject in many ways and it comes with appreciation from many although I can only speak from my vantage point...Very nice1

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-04 6:38]
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Hello Alexei,
A wonderful macro of a Leaf-eating Beetle (Chrysomelidae) taken from a great POV with excellent use of the ambient light to give full sharpness with great DOF.
It is probably of the genus Chrysolina.
A wonderful macro that desrves praise and I hope someone can give you the exact ID.
Thanks for sharing this one,
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-04 7:04]

Hello Alexei,
great contrasting colors! superbe focus and details. excellent composition. i like it very much. tfs.Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-04 7:41]

Hello Alexei,
Nice to see you posting again and this time you've got a gorgeous little Beetle for us! I can't choose - both are excellent captures showing all parts clearly and the light and colours are beautiful. I like the flower and the background too in your fine compositions.
I'm afraid insect time is virtually over here!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Alexei

excellent shot of the coccinelle, with fine POV, DOF nd framing,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,
i f i have to choose one of the 2 images, i would pick
the first one because i love more the background colour tones,



Am glad to see you back with this very impressive piece of work.
Warm regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-04 10:49]

Hi Alexei,

It's so good to see another post from you. I hope all is well now. A magnificent macro of this yet to be identified beetle in a beautiful setting with the pretty flowers and perfect background. Colors, clarity, and composition are all wonderful - as usual. It's amazing how much difference lighting makes - I much prefer the original to the workshop.


Hello Alexei!
It is really nice to see your new picture! This is a member of Chrysomelidae beetles, the species ID given by Ahmet is probably correct :>
Nice to see this species, as not too many beetles from this family are presented in TN gallery :)
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-04 12:02]

Hello Alexei,

You have chosen a very good POV showing well the insect and the flowers. You have used well the light showing fine colors. DOF is also well chosen keeping most of the insect in focus.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-04 12:22]

Hi Alexi . This is a first class close up of the colourful beetle . This picture has the mark of the Minolta with the rich colours and fine detail. You have sharp focusing and you have used the light so well to give a shine the red shell. a nice POV/DOF. wel ldone TFS.

Hi Alexei

Good to see you here again. Great shot of this attractive beetle
Good composition, DOF and sharpness.


Ciao Alexei,
bellissima macro, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione con uno stupendo OOF BG, super la definizione dei dettagli, molto belli i colori.

Hello Alexei,
Hope you are keeping well now.
It is a pleasure to return to your high quality images after a period of time.
The image of this bug enjoying the last rays of the sun is technically perfect and artistically composed.
I have seen your workshop image too, but I like this one better.
Thanks and take care of your health.

hello alexei,
this is a very good macro shot, precise dof, appropriate pov, well saturated colors and pleasing composition,
well done as usual,
tfs & regards

Hello Alexei,
Delighted to see a wonderful posting of this insect from you after a while!
best dof in total sharpness, good colour and perfect details always
well done
take good care and sincere regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-05 5:31]

hello Alex,
A very cute little beetle that you show here. Funny the way it sits on the stem of this white flower. Interesting to see the two different pictures of the same subject. I prefer the one with the sunlight, it seems to me closer to the real colours. Not easy to identify these insects! I have the same problem.
Happy to see that you are again among us
Best regards

Cuidado trabajo Alexei. Veo que las estaciones se igualan cada vez más en todos los sitios; lo digo por la planta que se encuentra en el mismo estado fenológico que en España viendo la fecha en que tomaste la fotografía. Precioso el insecto !
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Charmante présentation bien contrastée.
Bonne journée.

Hello Alexei,
Welcome back:-)
..with this very good Beatle portrait...I mean Beetle of course:-)
Technically well done. Beautiful as well; for instance the perch and the OOF background.

Hi Alex.
It with great pleasure looks your pictures. This time beautiful representative of the insects' family. Super sharpness.
I greet Robert.

Hola Alex.
Una macro magnífica, plena de buenos detalles.
Gran Dof y bg.
Saludos, JL.
Visita mi Blog.

Hi Alexei. This is really neat. The image is so sharp and the diagonal perch is pleasant to look at. Nice shallow depth exposing the details with the small white flower adding the perspective to this shot. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-05 18:11]

Hello Alexei,
Well my friend this is incredible work, the colors, details and textures are perfect. Fantastic work Alexei.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-10-05 21:21]

Hi Alexei, Another very fine macro with ultimate details visible. Cropping is excellent with the buds surroundingb the base of the image. TFS. Murray.

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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 23:27]

Hi Alexei

Good use of the last rays of the sun to capture this lovely beetle macro. I must say, it is quite amazing how different the colours appear on the two shots (this one and the workshop) considering it was done with the same camera settings and the only change was the light. Anyway, lovely sharp details and a good POV on a lovely composition.

I hope you are fine now again and that you will find the escape from the work that kept you away from your camera and this site.

Well done MF and TFS.

PS. By the way (or as you perhaps already know), we will be leaving early tomorrow morning for our holiday. Of course we are going to the Kruger Park…where else? Take care and see you in 2½ weeks.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-05 23:46]

Hi Alexei

A lovely macro - excellent colours and focus with really good colours.


What a difference in macro as to close ups with a zoom. I like these better.
The lighting is very good. Focus outstanding.
Yes....work does interfere with our hobby.

Hi Alexei, superb macro of a lovely bug, fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-10-06 13:14]

Hello Alexei,
I join the choir of praise of this excellent picture. You're of course right, in fall there are opportunities to shoot insects that have slowed down by now.
My best regards,

Olá Alexei

Linda foto, uma composição graciosa, cores fantásticas, brilho e nitidez perfeitas.
Grande abraço,

Hi Alex!

This is Alex99 at best! Your picture is a real eye candy. I think it's because of the delightful contrast of the well pronounced and highlighted colours of the insect and the pastel tones of the background and the flower. That also means that you have created the perfect lighting and colour balance.

Moreover, the picture is nicely composed and has that special and indefinable "something" that makes it an outstanding one.

Kind regards


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-07 13:38]

Hi Alexei,
fabulous capture!
This is a beautiful little beetle.
Very good sharpness.
Excellent colours.
Great to see you back!

All the best,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-08 1:59]

Hi Alexei,
Nice warm color tones, soft lighting, good details and setting. TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-10 4:21]

Hello Alexei
I can see the long long time that I have been out for the number of pictures that you have posted in the meanwhile, and it has been a long time indeed. But it's so pleasant to see your gallery with all those new beauties and wonderful pictures! This little beetle is a kind that I had never seen and I find it really beautiful and splendidly captured, as could be no other way by you even under windy conditions. As you well noticed I've got a new camera, and I am really happy with it for it is much better than the others, but I still have no lens for macros and I don't think I will buy any for the moment though I would like, for I have no much time for photos and I am a bit displeased with my own pictures as well.
Next week after tomorrow I will be out again without web. But this time for good to enjoy some days of holidays.
Have a great time, my friend.
Thank you very much for your pictures and comment.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-10 8:17]

Hi Alex,i know how isn't easy to take this bugs! Your work is fantastic,the details and the colors are at the top of quality,excellent point of view too,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Alexei,

The name is less important than its characteristics which you have captured with that unmistakable sharpness and attention to detail!
I am amazed by the details of it texture and the segmented details of its legs and antennae! Wonderful, text book quality!
Bravo, my friend!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-10-11 9:29]
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Привет, братик!
Кстати, а почему старший? Может, младший?

Wonderful work! I like composition and amazing sharpness of this picture.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-11 12:30]

Hello Alex! Very fine macro my friend, it's well composed and the technique used is very good, thanks!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-10-13 0:17]

Hola amigo,
excellent approach to the world of this beetle,
beautiful color and composition.
Saludos Alexei.

Hi Alexei,
A good image on thsi beetle, I don´t know ID. Well managed illumination, light seem was a bit intense that day. Nice composition also

hello Alexei,
excellent capture with vivid details
for this red beetle.
really a good presentation

best sERGIO

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-15 21:26]

Dear Alexei
Hope you are doing great my friend:)

It has been about a few days since you posted this shot and i 'm sure you have been trying to get the best of the sun available.Although i love snow, i 'm in a way thankful that the winter here in Delhi limits itself to low temperatures and not snowfall.Except for a few days most of our winters are sunny.
I love the presentation you have done here and i have to say i go with your son's choice , i love the workshop more. Somehow the dramatic colours coming alive on the bug in the ws is more dear to me. And i see it also has a catch in its mouth. Vey nice PoV ... the little clump of white flowers, the diagonal composition and the green BG all come to gether to make a very nice composition.
Very well indeed.
Warm regards from India

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-15 22:46]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this great looking Beetle with immaculate sharpness, colours and details. Superb light and exposure management and perfect DOF. Looks very pleasing to the eyes. Excellent POV and composition.

Hi Alex
Beautiful small beettle. Great vivid insect on delicate OOF background. Good sharpness, perfect exposure I like it very much

Nice shot. The colours, pov and details look beautiful.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-23 10:26]

merhaba my friend
wonderful macro photo
composition, POV, BG, DOF, light, sharpness and details are great

Hola Alexei,
Bonita composición de este colorido y llamativo escarabajo. Excelente la nitidez con que se aprecian los detalles, luz y fondo agradables, gracias por compartirlo, un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Well exposed with very good color and exposure Alexei.
I like the diagonal comp, great POV and BG also :)
Nice job @ 1/60th & handheld..
Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-01 4:23]

Hi Alexei,
what a superbs shot. Excellent clarity and great sharpness of this bug. It is shining and the colour is splendid. the background is well done in its pestel blur.
Wonderful composition.


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