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Copyright: Luis Leal (Luis52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 55mm Micro Nikkor f2.8
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-19 8:19
Viewed: 3819
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"I think God was very angry with Adam and Eve for what they done, so He decided to create Mosquitos to bother Man for the rest of our lifetime".
Luis Leal.

Mosquitoes and health.
Endemic range of yellow fever in Africa (2005)
Endemic range of yellow fever in South America (2005)Mosquitoes are a vector agent that carries disease-causing viruses and parasites from person to person without catching the disease themselves. Female mosquitoes suck blood from people and other animals as part of their eating and breeding habits. When a mosquito bites, she also injects saliva and anti-coagulants into the blood which may also contain disease-causing viruses or other parasites. This cycle can be interrupted by killing the mosquitoes, isolating infected people from all mosquitoes while they are infectious or vaccinating the exposed population. All three techniques have been used, often in combination, to control mosquito transmitted diseases.

Mosquitoes are estimated to transmit disease to more than 700 million people annually in Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico and much of Asia with millions of resulting deaths. In Europe, Russia, Greenland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other temperate and developed countries, mosquito bites are now mostly an irritating nuisance; but still cause some deaths each year. Historically, before mosquito transmitted diseases were brought under control, they caused tens of thousands of deaths in these countries and hundreds of thousands of infections. Mosquitoes were shown to be the method by which yellow fever and malaria were transmitted from person to person by Walter Reed, William C. Gorgas and associates in the U.S. Army Medical Corps first in Cuba and then around the Panama Canal in the early 1900s. Since then other diseases have been shown to be transmitted the same way.


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You have given the insect, normally and truly repulsive in it's disease, a much grandeur of style here with your lens and fine tuning....It is actually what my wife would say "good picture" which may sound simple in itself, but when Jane says it about an image of her! Then it is special. Very nice Luis!

Hello Luis, My neighbor. Thanks for sharing this gem of a picture. Excellent view and superb focus. Vignesh

bonjour Luis
Il est superbe ce macro sur un insect pour lequel la profondeur de champ est difficile à maîtrisée à cause de ses grandes pattes. Belle lumière qui éclair en douceur, netteté parfaite
Bravo et au revoir...JP

What a grand photo of this irritating insect - and I laughed at your reasoning of why the mosquito exists - and even agree to a point. Not only is this photo sharp (and part of me wants to know...did you swat the insect after you shot it?) but your detailed notes are incredible.

Excellent all the way around.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-19 9:36]

Hi Luis

Magnificent shot of this little beast!! Great detail and lighting.

Fortunately I have now been bitten so many times now I no longer get the red bumps!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-19 9:58]

Hola Luis,
Cuánto tiempo sin verte!
A fine macro of one of these delightful bloodsuckers. You caught this mosquito with fine sharpness and from a great POV set in a fine composition on the flower with a pleasing neutral BG.
Excellente trabajo amigo,
Un abrazo,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-19 11:41]

Hi Luis. Extra fine detail in the close up. You have taken thiswith sharp focusing , and good use of the light giving the body a shine. natural colours. the fly stands out so well from the BG.A nice POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes .

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-19 11:57]

Hello Luis ! Fantastic macro with great sharpness and a perfect composition, well done, thanks!


Hi Luis,

Excellent details of this small and delicate insect. Very nice composition and colours.

Nice work, cheers

On the road now with slow mobile connection. Just marking up the best ones this time.

Hola Luis,
Qué pedazo de mosquito! tiene unos ojotes bien grandes, por aquí no tenemos de esa variedad. Se ve muy agradable la escena con el insecto sobre esa flor, la cual seguro le proveyó alimento. Un buen macro

Hi Luis,
I've shot these tiny insects, hard to do with this level of details.
Interesting comp & a good POV.
Very good color and exposure,
Well done!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-19 16:20]

Hola Luis,
interesante macro.
foco y gran encuadre,
excelente trabajo.
saludos amigo.

Spettacolare macro, eccellenti POV e composizione, straordinaria definizione dei dettagli dell'insetto, stupendo OOF BG dai colori delicati. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Luis, amazing detail for a mosquito. Fine quality. Perfect focus, nice DOF rgds Necip

Excelente Luis. Yo utilizo un 105 mm. f 2.8 y no consigo auún esos acercamientos !!

Un ilustrativo y fino trabajo lleno de belleza. Buena luz, excelentes colores y acertado encuadre.

Abrazo: Josep Ignasi

Hi Luis,
Next EXCELLENT shot!!!
All on high level!!!
TFS malgosia

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