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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: 2011-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Kenko AF 1.4x Pro DG, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-18 5:16
Viewed: 3741
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Details or Color Palette that is the question :).

It is really was the question to me. Original close-up shot represents the unknown to me beetle at an impressive magnification level. However, my attention was involved with all scene entirely, including blurred flower and of course the cute beetle, its pose and pastime. It considered a flower definitely. I considered them both definitely too. At framing therefore, I have decided to offer details of the insect and to prefer a scene at whole. Your opinions will help me to understand is my choice correct or not.

I am very grateful to Hasan YASAYACAK (hsn6a) for the help in identification of the beetle. This is Dinoptera collaris:
Dinoptera collaris
Dinoptera collaris.

lousat, samiran88, ramthakur, CeltickRanger, marius-secan, maaciejka, Hotelcalifornia, jcoowanitwong, nagraj, KOMSIS, ellis49, Adanac, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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To ellis49: Sharpness (II)Alex99 1 06-20 07:29
To hsn6a: Great.Alex99 1 06-18 06:39
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Hi Alex,it seems the lookout og the garden,what a magnificent way and nice perspective to take this beetle,fantastic 3D effect and the best dot of fire on it to take the best details,maybe a bit oversharpened.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Alexei, my neifgbour today.
It is definitely a good frame to represent the beauty as a whole,
OoF BG make the picture in an outstanding effect.
sharp beetle and OoF colored petal..., you are successful.
great picture.
best wishes,

Your preference to present the Beetle in relation to its surroundings is quite apt IMHO, Alexei.
In this image, we not only see the Beetle in superb detail but also enjoy the visual pleasure of a colourful plain BG created by the flower. The DOF is marvellous, to say the least.
Warm regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-18 6:30]

Hello Alexei,
The colour palette in the photo as a whole is very beautiful. Together with the marvellous DOF and great composition it's an excellent presentation. I think you haven't offer any detail at all. The beetle is more a bit oversharpened.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-06-18 6:34]
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Hello Alex,
it is Dinoptera collaris(Cerambycidae),Distrib;Europe,Turkey,Syria,thanks and regards..

Hello Alexei

Great environmental shot of this insect,
with fine POV and the way you framed it,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hello Alexei,
What a gorgeous little fellow.....I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness, DOF and colors of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice POV and outstanding clarity. It is a superb photo with a lovely specie. Excellent clarity and WB.

Hello Alexei,
照的很清楚 很可愛的小蟲子
構圖美麗 身後的花色也很微紅的漂亮

hallo Alex
great sharpness and good details
nice composition with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Alexei,
interesting bug. Very good sharpness exactly on it. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Mr. Alexei,
Yes,almost same picture.But your picture is better than me.Sharpness and details are really much better.Very good colour and splendid BG.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Great POV for the small one MF Alex! Amazing colours very good details.


Nice capture with beautiful colors


Ciao Alex, great details and great colors palette, lovely beetle, splendid light and superb sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Alex, I prefer your choice of presentation. The background flower makes this picture more interesting. Fine details are clearly presented and well seen. TFS, JC

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-18 22:45]

Well, good choice of viewpoint for this beautiful beetle...the petals are ok but the leaf is not adding to the image. tfs.


Nice display of this meloid beetle. Some of these species are quite destructive of garden (not sure of this one). I think your sharpening is just about right and focus is well done on beetle with good DOF. Nice pastel colors. Thanks for visiting my images frequently. I don't have much time to critique, so often don't get many critiques.

Best Wishes,


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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-06-19 3:50]

Hello Alex !
This is a WOW picture ! Awesome composition ! The light and colors as well as the details are breathtaking ! TFS Tina

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-06-19 7:21]

Hi Alexie,
A very good capture of this Dinoptera collaris ..
Sharp detail, with good DOF and natural color seen in the subject.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-19 12:39]

Hello Alex,
Superb capture of this fine species of the Soldier Beetle my friend, excellent exposure control, lovely natural colours with commendable detailed sharpness.
Regards Siggi

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-06-20 0:56]

Hi Alexei,
Another excellent macro shot. Good composition,amazing
natural colors and sharpness details. Surroundings
beetle is nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Alexei,
a really fine photo, the main subject is sharp and standout well from the BG.
About the sharpness: I don't think it's over sharpen, on my new IPS-monitor it's looks almost ok.
Nice natural colours and well composed.

Interesting subject and beautiful photo Alex! Very good composition and good sharpness. The colourful BG is fantastic!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2013-06-21 18:22]

Hello Alexei,
Outstanding photography as always my friend Alexei. You bring this beetle to life for us.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-06-30 19:54]

Hello Alexei,
I think for the title you used this is definitely the right choice. I can almost envision the beetle thinking to itself "which way should I go now". The colorful BG makes the entire scene even that much more eye appealing and the detail is great. Well done!!

Hi dear Alexei,
Great macro with excellent details.

Kind regards

Privet Alexei,
I like the pic as it is, in my opinion the beetle is not oversharpened, or at least not drastically, the background blur is great, it helps to isolate the main subject, most of all due to the color contrast also. Your color palette is incredible, and the composition with the insect in the right bottom corner is very pleasant. I think you solved the "problem" (details or color palette) the best way. Nice shot.
Best regards, László

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