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A Clutch of Ladybirds!

A Clutch of Ladybirds!
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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: 2008-02-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6, Digital ISO-200, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-11 3:09
Viewed: 2980
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first shot of an insect that I took this year!

I was walking through a man-made forest near the river and kept seeing these little clutches of Orange Ladybirds. I assume they're hibernating!
They were also the first insects I saw this year, save a mosquito and a few flies!

I was experimenting and found my Raynox DCR-250 worked quite well on the 18-55mm lens so this was taken with that.

And so starts the macro season....

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Yea, they hibernate! Your flash usage is successfull, besides the composition. TFS

Hi Joe

Great result. Great sharpness and details. Its interesting that the ladybirds are facing each other. Interesting composition, I like it.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-11 3:19]

Hi Joe,
Interesting capture with good POV and details. I liked the scene you captured a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Joe,

Very nice picture of these ladybirds. Here, in the Netherlands, they are already awake. Very good sharpness. Beautiful colours.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2008-02-11 3:38]

Hi Joe
I never saw four of then in an only frame...
good capture and colors,
This species has a white dot instead of the black dots common here in Brasil...

well done.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-11 3:47]

Joey, Superb shot and nice color. Really interesting as I am seeing for the first time yellow in color and moving in group. Well done Ganesh

Hi Joe,
You've got excellent DOF and the four ladybugs butting heads is a unique composition. Although there's a slight trade-off in the color department (natural) when one has to use flash, the detail it brings here is great..
Well done!

Hola Joe,
Bonita colección de mariquitas, me gusta la composición elegida, excelente nitidez y detalles, saludos
José Ramón

hi joe
a very intersting amazing and funny picture

well done
aleks ;-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-11 4:28]

Hi Joey,this is a great scoop!! And the quality of pic is ery very high,great work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-11 4:53]

Hi Joe,

Very nice composition in your photo. Very nice natural colors on the insects suited well with the background. Very good DOF.

Tahnk you for sharing,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-11 5:24]

Hi Joe,
well spotted (if you excuse the pun!). Fine detail and nicely framed..i'm curious as to what the strange jelly like substance is around their base...

You are way too cleaver Joey. I think you are getting much better at creative thinking! The image is unique and classy. It could serve as anything publsihed just because of its colours and patterns, but add in the natural info and beauty therein...is a complete image and novelette!:-()

A fine foursome composition comprising of four lovely ladybugs captured in great detail and fine coloration Joe, the rough bark of the tree in the BG contrasts nicely with the smooth bugs, good job my friend.

Hi Joe,
Beautiful ladybirds.n Nice to start the macro season with this shot. POV and composition are great. TFS,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-11 7:21]

Hi Joey
Splendid closed up image.Good POV and very sharp image.Details and light are amazing.
TFS Michel

exciting close up, TFS Ori

Una buena fotografía Joe. Esos insectos o formas invernantes son preciosos y los captaste con gran detalle, con buena luz y colores.
Que la nueva temporada te sea productiva :-)


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-11 9:16]

Hello Joe,
I found almost the same species of Ladybird some time back here, the same colour but 7 spots on each side - yours have 8!! I got a shot but it's not that good. This is splendid - great to see so many together and very well captured!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Joe,
Excellent composition on your first insect posting!
superb sharpness with wonderful colouration and so much details in the shot
my congratulation!

Ciao Joe,
complimenti per questa splendida prima foto del 2008 a queste bellissime coccinelle.
Sei riuscito ad evitare fastidiosi riflessi e hai ottenuto una composizione veramente piacevole e originale.
Cordiali saluti,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-11 9:54]

Hi Joe,

Four ladybugs in one picture - amazing. Love the way they are head to head. The details in this macro are wonderful. Very original shot.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-11 10:36]

Hi Joe. Look like the combo of lens worked ok. good detail and colours. a good top POV/DOF. well done TFS.

Hi Joe
It is beautiful and funny at the same time :_) Great composition, very nice moment. Good sharpness I like it very much

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-11 12:31]
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Hi Joe

"And so starts the macro season...." Yes...that does sound good :)
Nice to hear your Raynox works well with your new equipment :) Do they have the same thread?
Anyway, the result is wonderful and you indeed took advantage of the massive DOF you have now, in order to keep everything in such great focus.
The photo is lovely and the composition is unique and terrific!
Very good flash work, too, that also gave you a splendid color balance.
Overall: top job, mate!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Joe, fabulous capture of this a clutch of beautiful ladybirds with lovely details and great sharpness, wonderful light and good colors friend!

Best regards,


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-11 19:14]

Hello Joe

Awesome shot mixing the scientific world with the artistic world.
Graphically pleasing with beautiful composition and colour saturation.
The POV is excellent.
great job.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-11 23:38]

Hi Joe

Excellent work - the composition, focus and exposure are all spot-on (Oops!). I have never seen this species and cannot find it any of my guides. Anyway, well done, great posting.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-12 2:05]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful shot!
Cute fellowship oh these cute insects!

Hi Joe, splendid first shoot of insect in the 2008, four lovely Ladybirds with great colors, perfect focus and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Joe,

Very interesting this cluster of ladybug... I like very much the texture of the shell rendered by your camera... The use of the flash is well dosed for we don't see any illumination: very well done!



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-13 4:14]

Hello Joe, what a lovely image, great composition, beautiful textures and colors and very good overall qualities. thanks,


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-13 12:11]

Hi Joey

What a lovely set of ladybirds. Glorious colours and nicely composed. That Raynox lens works really well for you. Excellent DOF and great sharpness



Hi Joey,
a stunning eye catcher, very well observed in a both perfectly describing and most decorative way. Excellent presentation of these tiny beetles. Glowing colours in the gentle light of winter sun.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-20 6:51]

Hello Joe,
How could I have missed this excellent macro! These four Yellow Ladybirds are well portrayed using flash with good sharpness and no disturbing reflections and the DOF and overall sharpness is superb.
Thanks for sharing this gem,

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