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Baby Cave Weta/

Baby Cave Weta/
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8, Raynox DCR 150 macro lens
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-28 12:45
Viewed: 6267
Points: 14
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This is another shot of the tiny Weta that I posted a shot of when we found it back in January.
So far,it hasn't been positively identified,but I am almost certain,from the patterns on the antennae and legs,that this must be one of several species of Cave Weta that we have here.
They are very different to the better known,and more commonly seen,tree and ground wetas,which are much more heavily built.
Cave weta in New Zealand can grow to quite a size,and jump a long way.
There are times when I've been caving that I've had to wriggle my way through a low passage,on my back because the water is nearly up to the roof,and there have been literally hundreds of cave weta jumping off the roof,running across the water and over my face.
Luckily,these creatures have tiny mouthparts,no sting,and no serious spines,so they are not too much of a worry....just a nuisance.

I posted this one today because it was similar to yesterdays post of a baby aphid.
This however was taken on my old Lumix FZ8 using the Raynox macro lens.
I've yet to decide which takes better macros,the Panasonic Lumix or the Canon SX10 IS
I've really only just started using the Canon & I need quite a bit more practice with it.
I do think the Lumix is much simpler to use though,and that small moveable focus spot makes it very precise.
Hopefully I'll learn to use the Canon effectively....otherwise I'll have to go back to Panasonic again!
Deja Vue ?

Hope you like the shot.
Thanks for looking.

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hello Steve
great macro shot of this little Weta
good colours and details
greeting lou

Hello again Esteve

Excellent photo, a beautiful macro, the colors are sublime. You have a good eye and talent. Your photos are great with the Canon or the Panasonic. Good work and keep learning! TFS



Ciao Steve, beautiful macro of strange bug, splendid colors, good details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-05-29 5:45]

Hi Lord,
this is very outstanding presentation. Besides the beauty of the insect, the two colours for the background is indeed lovely. well contrasted shot and beautiful stripes well seen.


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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-05-29 7:40]
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Bonjour Steve,

j'aime beaucoup le fond brun et vert!
ce mini insecte est trčs étrange. Est-ce un bébé ou un Weta de petite taille?

Merci pour cette photo


Wow! This is really little creature! Steve, this is great documentary picture! Very good DoF as for only f/3.3, especially that object was so small! Nothing to add, simple another interesting picture from NZ :>

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-04 23:17]

Hi Steve,
Wonderful macro shot..a little soft but looks so beautiful the pose captured. I like this warm lighting and your POV. Excellent DOF and composition. Kudos.

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