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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 10:13
Viewed: 2766
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The green shield bug (Palomena prasina) is a shield bug of the family Pentatomidae. This shield bug is a medium-green colour above without any substantial markings. This is a very common shield bug in Britain, being found in many habitats, including gardens.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-22 10:17]

Hello Joe,
a fantastic view and amazing colours! It's a pity that depth of field is rather narrow so that the frontal parts are not so sharp as desirable. Neverhteless marvelous.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Joe
It is so nearly a perfect picture..if just the front of him was sharp...the colours and background are rich and perfect. Great work
Best Regards

Hi Joey,
an eye catcher, perfectly well approached from an eye-to-eye level point of view. A little problem here is the short depth of field at f/3.5 that did not allow to include the tip of the head within the zone of sufficient sharpness. But the deeply saturated bright colours emerging out of the darkness, and the very strict composition make this image look very powerful - quite iconical, and well worth to be looked at closely, and to be enjoyed.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-22 12:39]

Hi Joe. As many have said shame about the DOF. but a great POV to give a good close up. with rich colours . well done TFS.

have a good sunday.

Hi Joe,
that's abstract and with beautiful colours.
You were very close, so sure that DOF can't be everywhere - but you managed to have this wonderful result with brilliant colours, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

A pesar de perderse algo de enfoque en la cabeza, la originalidad y los bellos colores de la toma hacen que esta pase casi desapercibida. Buen fondo y detalles. Foto diferente a lo común.
Saludos Joe.

Gidday Joe,
This shield bug looks positively mean like this,but we know he's just a harmless sap sucker don't we?
Great super macro.
Not much DOF but good colour and perspective.
Well done.

wow it is excelent macro

hello joe,
excellent shot, liked the pov and the dof very much, well composed shot, the dark bg looks great,
well done,
tfs & rergards

Back later, cutting grass

Your a dangerous feller Joey, withe the super macro. Great image with some fine personalty and detail. Colors look even better in closeup. These insects have a good makeup artist as well.

You outdo yourself - just when I think this is the best, you do smoething better. This is going into my favorites folder...yeah, the dof is a bit narrow but the details you captured and the pov are incredible!
I don't know how old you are but I think you're very young. If you're this good at your age, I can imagine you'll be in magazines and galleries someday!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-23 7:10]

I love the colours in this and the BG is perfect!
Great capture with fine details and a hilarious title

Hello Dear Joe
Excellent portrait of this Shield Bug,
Perfect focusing,DOF and Lighting,
Check out your link in my website :o)

Good Luck

Hi Joe,

A good close-up POV of the green shield bug, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-23 9:01]

Hello Joe, you managed to shoot and show such a lovely composition and what a view. Lovely you are trying different options now a days. Keep it up. ganesh

Hi Joe,
A nice POV of this shield bug. Lovely green colors and reds. The composition is excellent with nice even dark BG. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-24 3:40]

Hello Joe,
Taking a shot of a shieldbug from this POV is both interesting and challenging. I'm by no means an expert user of flash but would have thought that it would allow a considerably smaller aperture and give you a better DOF. Otherwise it is a fascinating image.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-24 3:58]

Hello Joe,
Terrific view of this bug in beautiful colours. I like the pose,the DOF is not so good but it still looks great against the dark background.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-24 5:07]

Hi Joe,
POV is great :o) I liked the colors and composition a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Joe,
I like this POV and DOF a lot. This little one looks like a monster! Colors are very nice and this black background is perfect! Well seen! Thanks!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-27 12:21]

God I have missed some great shots over the last few days! this is stunning Joe. Amazing colours, spot on POV, great DOF and excellent use of flsh. Great work with the Raynox



  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-07 14:07]

Hi Joe, I really like this one. The colours are very intense and the shallow DOF works here because the eyes are in focus (I personally would like a little more DOF to get the head in). I think it looks quite menacing like this and the contrast of the vivid green and red really makes it pop. Well done.

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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-27 9:11]

Hi Joe,
Fantastic color!
P.S. Here is your smiley face! I ran out of them but thanks to nglen & earthtraveler & now know how to go back & put them on.

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