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Copyright: norman wright (normanw) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 101] (612)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 50mm f1.8
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 15:30
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The green shield bug, (Palomena prasina) Otherwise known as the stink bug because of its ability to issue a foul stink when handled or disturbed.

Common to many areas of England during May to August, but there are still quite a lot around here in the south east of England probably due to the very mild weather. This one and his friends were sunbathing on a horse chestnut tree beside a local river.

More information from the Royal Horticultural Society here:

Taken with a 21mm extension tube behind the 50mm lens to allow closer focussing. Aperture set at f11 for depth of field

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To Athila: Shield bugnormanw 1 10-27 00:22
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Nice macro. The first thing I wondered was if this little fellow had a foul stench to it. We have similar bugs in SA.

The shot is well captured and the focus tact sharp. All in all a good close-up and nice note.


Great macro shot Norman. Very good sharpness/dof showing lots of details both in the sjield and most rare on pictures also in the underside. The colurs are very good and natural for the time of year. This one will soon be more brown in colours as changing to winter colours. When it comes out again in spring it will turn green again. The composition is perfect with the diagonals in the twig, the bug and the string in the leaf in the background. Well done.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-27 4:34]

Norman bonjour, very beautiful close up with this green shield bug, impressive details and bright colors too. Composition is perfect. In my favorite list. Congratulations Didier.

Beautiful macro Norman!
Technically speaking focus is very sharp on main subject and exposure can't be better. Did you use flash ?
Artistically speaking, the shallow DOF made a wonderful blur BG. I really like the diagonal composition. And the orientation of the lighting creates a beautiful relief.
Lot of people beleive the must own a macro lens for such a result. Your the example that a simple normal lens (50mm f/1.8) with extension tubes can do an excellent job at a cheaper price, espacially if you already own such a normal lens.
Great shot and TFS
Oupss! I forgot to score

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