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witch mask
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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beetles and Bugs of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-11 3:54
Viewed: 5091
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I’ve rotated the shot for presentation.Isn't it looks like a face wearing a mask?
Top to bottom;hair,eyes,nose and mouth...

I know photo quality is not very good. I’ve taken this shot at the same day with ‘’ Eurydema ornata’’.

some info about the bug from http://www.cwgsy.net/private/gsybiorec/entomology/files/pyrrhocoris_files/pyrrhocoris.html :
It is a bug (Hemiptera:Heteroptera), distinguished from a beetle (Coleoptera) by its sucking mouth parts and its development where a baby bug hatches from the egg. Beetles have larval and pupal stages in their life history.
The Fire Bug eats the seeds of Lime trees and of Mallow species and can be found throughout the year in clusters under these plants or running over the ground. Sometimes it eats the seeds of other plants, presumably when the population is high and mallow seeds are scarce.
Other similar red and black species:
It can be confused with another red and black bug of about the same size and shape Corizus hyoscyami, with the differently shaped shield bug Eurydema ornata and with the much smaller Hovarthiolus superbus.

Nikon D70
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 185mm F/3.5 D
Focal Length: 185mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1000 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: Manual
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
Tone Comp: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

red45, honza, LordPotty, Janice, ellis49, PDP, aktolga, Luc, izler, anavazao, jeanpaul, firelord, ramthakur, Silvio2006, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-11 4:25]
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Right! Voodoo mask :-) I have got similiar one but you were faster today Sebnem :-) Focus is little soft but I like composition and warm colours.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-11 4:52]

Colors are very good and because you rotated the picture the composition is indeed better. You already wrote about the focus yourself, it's too soft. TFS! Keep 'em coming! :)

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-03-11 4:57]

Lovely shot Sebnem. Nice composition and colors. The head is focused little worse. Good note.

OK...The focus may be a little soft,but its a very interesting bug,and you've written a good note.
I'm happy to see it here.Some of my photos are a little OOF,but if the subject is interesting enough I post them anyway.Thanks for sharing this Sebnem.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-11 5:37]

Pretty bug Sebnem. I like all the colours contrasting - well done. The others talked about focus and softness, so you don't need it from me. TFS.

Hi Sebnem, it was trying to scare you away by staring with its big black eyes! No wonder you could not keep your mind on getting the DOF right! ;>)

He does look like a mask, what in interesting and colorful bug. Even though you say the quality isn't good, I think it enhances the "masklike" feel of it.

Hay Sebnem!
Great macro. I love your pictures very colorfull and warm! Good job.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-11 10:42]

Sebnem, this is indeed a great shot. The insect is very beautiful, and it really seems there's a mask upon his back.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

Maybe f/5.6 was not enough, but it's just a minor nit. About the focus, I read your reply to Greg, so that's okay.


Technical quality:**
Wow factor:**

Nice shot, but shutter 1/1000 was too much.
It would have been better to use something like f/11 1/250 to get all in focus.

Very nice shot Sebnem.
It's a little soft and I'm agree with Philip about the camera settings. The DOF is very shallow with a 180 macro in this close-up, so you need a high f-number.
Good composition and colours.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-11 15:30]

Hi Sebnem, lovely shot of this fire bug. The colours and composition are excellent but I feel it is a little soft in focus. Keep them coming, well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-11 21:35]

Incroyable se que la nature peut nous donner. Le corp de cette insecte nous offre un masque on distinque très bien tout les détails. Très original j'aime beaucoup.

Félicitations et bonne journée.

Photo is a little soft.But interrestig bug and good presentation.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-13 15:57]

Hi Sebnem
Beautiful great face and details - I love shapes in anture, TFS,

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-05 19:11]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks Sebnem.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-06-09 12:07]

I like the color red in many of your photo's. The mask you show us is really amazing.
Although the sharpness could be better, I like the glinstering in this photo.
thanks for sharing.



Wow, this looks like a tiki mask I've seen before. Great eye to have found it.


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-28 15:26]

Hi Sebnem,
Very nice shot on this tiny bug,
the colour and details are excellent
and great POV.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-02-03 17:16]

Looks like a sad red mask.Never reflected to the color befor.I have lots of them in my garden.They destroy my flovers so i @£€/()=? :( . next time im gonna look closer to them.
Bizim ile paylastigin icin tesekkürler

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-03-19 12:16]
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merhaba sebnem. o kadar cok ve o kadar guzel nature fotolarin var ki hepsi ayri ayri guzel ve basarili bence. cok guzel renkler ve basarili bir makro cekim olan bu fotoya elinize saglik diyorum. iyi calismalar

whats a beautiful photo! perfect details and dof! Great details and colours!
Thanks Ana:)

Hi Sebnem,
Interesting patterns on that guy! Probably made to scare away natural enimies...
You capture him well and avoid reflections in the shiny surface, nice job!
Pablo -

Bonjour Sebnem
C'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli insecte, Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

Nature truly is a master creator. What a fantastic colour scheme has been etched out on the back of this small bug!
A lovely picture, Sebnem. You have this great knack for getting the most unusual nature pictures which you shoot with extraordinary finesse and eye for the aesthetics.

Hello Sebnem,
It´s tru looks like a mask! an african one, for me.
Intersting post, a pity that lacks of good depth of field

Mükemmel bir yakın plan çekim.Elinize sağlık Şebnem hanım.


Hi Sebnem, wonderful macro, you are right it seems an african mask, splendid composition with great colors and details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Kırmızı ve siyahın mükemmel uyumu..doğanın ilginç "yüzünü" gösteren çok iyi bir çalışma. Tebrikler:)

It does look like an African "witch-mask". It was a GREAT idea to "rotate" it so we get to see a face in it.

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