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The Oldest Alphabet - and Unknown Insect

The Oldest Alphabet - and Unknown Insect
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 11:06
Viewed: 5083
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My trip to Syria was mainly visiting ancient sites like this one where the oldest known alphabet was discovered. I saw very little wildlife so 'snapped' this - as a result of seeing people's macro work on TN I have a 100mm 2.8 Canon Macro on order - so this is not all it could be. It was also hot and I didn't have a tripod.

As well as this site I also visited the crusader castle of Krak des Chevaliers, Apamea (Geco-Roman city), Aleppo (oldest continuously occupied city), Damascus and several old churches (including the one where St Paul was baptised).

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Hi James,
Good to see you back from your recent trip to Syria. Looks like you had a wonderful time visiting ancient historic sites.
This image is the first of its kind from you -- the macro of two insects on a flower. It is a pretty good capture with clear details on the one closer to the camera. I guess both are beetles of some kind.
I am sure when you have your macro lens, you would show us many more macros taken with it.
Warm regards.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-31 12:04]

Hello James,
It is always so hard to combine nature and culture. There is never time enough for both!
Lovely flower, full of life and the beetle in the middle is beautiful and interesting. Perhaps somone will find its ID.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-31 12:23]

Hi James

What a charming macro shot!
The composition here is lovely with this big spiky ball :))
The little insects on it also look great and are presented with very beautiful sharp deatails.
All the colors are wonderful and well saturated and the DOF (a tricky part here) was very well managed.

Bravo and TFS

Hi James,

different to your usual shots, but considering this isn't macro, it looks alot like it!
Wonderful colours and a nice composition. As for the name, how about Stripius Buglium?

Look forward to more Syrian images.

Gary :) (back 2moro)

Hi James,
It looks like we posted a simular post. Flowers and insects. We also are on the same level when it comes to buying a new lens. My 100mm macro will be in my bag before the end of june. Anyway, the sharpness and the colors are wonderful. The fact that you got that many insects on one flower and that they all took the time to pose for you is wonderful. I like the offcentered composition and the shallow DOF.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-31 14:59]

Hi James. Hope you had a good trip. A good shot under the light and no tripod. good detail and colour. we wwill look foward to see you results from your new lens. well done TFs.

Hi James,
Very good color, exposure, and nice details. Well composed off-center, and the darker OOF BG contrasts the thistle famously.
As you say, a dedicated macro lens will produce better results of course.

Hello James,
Lovely colours and a well framed flower with visitors!
Good details in the insects, a simple but pleasant composition!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-01 22:36]

Hello James

A lovely shot with beautiful colours.Very nice sharp details.The POV and DOF are excellent.The OOF BG looks great.Very nice close up.TFS


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-02 3:36]

Hi James,
The position of the flower in the frame is very nice. Colors and exposure handling is very good. TFS.

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