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Take Off!!

Take Off!!
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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: 2007-10-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Raynox DCR-250, Digital ISO-80, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Angelina's Favorites - Part I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-22 2:40
Viewed: 2774
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Harlequin Ladybird that is just about to fly away.

It is larger than the majority of our native species - approximately 6-8 mms. Our native 7-spot ladybird is similar in size, but the harlequin does not have the same arrangement of spots. The Scarce 7-spot are always found near wood ants nests, but the harlequin is not.

The body is much rounder than most British ladybirds.

It can be red, orange or mainly black (melanic). Native melanic ladybirds are rarely seen and they are usually much smaller.

It can have anything from 0 - 19 black spots which vary in size. If it is black it will usually have 4 red patches.

The legs of the harlequin are brownish and the hind rim of the underside is quite red. Our other large ladybird, the 'Eyed ladybird' has black legs.

It has a triangular white mark on its head. Our native cream-spot ladybird always has a reddish forebody with no white patches.


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To gannu: Come back soon...joey 1 11-23 07:33
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hello joe,
lovely macro shot, this insect has very attractive colours, you have captured a nice moment, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Wow...I think you sit at home and design plastic moldings which create these fantastic insect I have never hard of...and sell them to Disney or something. Well if you don't you should. Very neat capture from the master of close in shots.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-22 4:56]

Hello Joe ! Fine capture my friend, I had never seen this before. Very good details and impressive moment ! Thanks !


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-22 4:56]

ooo you're lucky to see a ladybird in this situation,and very good to take this perfect pic.have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-22 7:39]

Hi Joe

Well caught - I have never seen this so close. Great detail, exposure and colour.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-22 7:52]
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Hello Joe,
Interesting capture of a Harlequin Ladybird taking off, caught at a good moment.
The sharpness, POV and DOF are excellent and the difficult use of flash at such close quarters is well managed despite excessive reflection on the wings.
Nice shot! What the ladybird was sitting on is open to speculation.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-22 9:43]

Hi Joe

This is great! I love the wing cases open to show the wonderful silver wings. They don't look as pretty without the spots! Amazing sharp details



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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-22 11:12]

selam joe;
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this ladybug well done.
TFS ridvan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-22 12:20]

Hi Joe. Some nice dedications to you today well done . This is a good close up of the Lady bird. at first it look like you hade flatened it on the barbee. till i had a closer look. good detail and colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Joe excellent timing to get the moment of takeoff great focus tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-22 19:45]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot and you have freezed an awesome moment here. Great use of flash lighting and lovely colours. Very neat image and I like your POV to portray this 'take-off'. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Joe, your macro skills have become really perfect, going by this huge picture of a Ladybird. You are also using your equipment with greater dexterity. Well done!
I am very thrilled at the rich colours you have captured on this small insect with its outer wings fully open.
TFS and take care.

Hello Joe,
This is a wonderful moment that you captured. A perfect timing. Sharpness and exposure are great. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Joe, amazing timing, wonderful take off for this lovely bug, splendid colors, lovely details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-11-23 5:26]
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Joey, +++ Long time and no see of course me. Trying to be organised now. Excellent take and lovely shot. Great work Ganesh

salut joe
ce qui a penalisé cette photo c'est que le POV n'est pas extra,c'est sûr que l'on ne peut pas demander a la cox de poser mais je trouve ta photo tre bonne car c'est la premiere fois que je vois ce qu'il y a sous les elytres.

Now this is something we don't see very often! Wonderful split second opportunity snagged. Great!!!

Bravo pour ce spectaculaire instantané.
Bonne journée.

Hi Joe,
A beautiful capture of this ladybird beetle. Excellent open wing capture with very good details and use of flash. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Joe,
WoW! Very wonderful moment of the scene you've captured.
Actually, I'd tried to capture this moment a couple of times, but It's not easy to take photo. :-)
Beautiful shot!
I can see very nice composition & POV here with excellent details and focusing.
Well presented with cute little ladybug.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-26 6:12]

Hi Joe.
It is unique shot. Pictured moment is stunning. I also like perfect DOF and excellent sharpness of the bug. Great exact work. My compliments.

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