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Augochlora on Marigold Flower to Saguzar

Augochlora on Marigold Flower to Saguzar
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, without additional lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hymenoptera: bees, wasps and ants, (sawflies), 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-03 17:46
Viewed: 9577
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 148
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Augochlora on Marigold Flower to Saguzar

Some days ago Saguzar published an image of this same species and in my comment I explained that I was difficult to capture good POV of them, for to be elusive.
The weekend I had the luck to capture several images of them inside some flowers really very attractive for their coloring and ornateness.

There my dedication to Hernan... he was who me I made persist in obtaining these captures.

The marigolds are very popular flowers in Buenos Aires for their good adaptation to our climate and your variety of colors.

The Green Metallic Bees are small... among 10 and 15mm. and they belong to the family Halictidae.

If you require additional information about this family, you can to find it Here

I hope you like it J

(online translate)

Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 (without additional lens)
Super Macro: On (max. 4 mpixels)
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/125
Av (Aperture Value) 8.0 (max)
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure Compensation: -1/3
ISO Speed: 50
Lens: 7.2 - 22.8mm
Focal Length: 22.8mm (max)
Image Size: 2272x1704
Image Quality: Superfine
Flash: Off
White Balance: Daylight
AF Mode: Single AF
Tripod: No (handheld)

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PDP: :-)RAP 1 10-10 17:11
To mrcrow: Thanks...RAP 2 10-10 03:47
To liquidsunshine: :-)RAP 1 10-09 18:09
To peter_stoeckl: Thank you my friendRAP 1 10-07 07:53
To Necipp: Thanks too...RAP 1 10-06 20:39
To Etka: :-)RAP 1 10-06 10:07
To oscarromulus: Thank you Aires...RAP 1 10-05 14:31
To ramthakur: :-)RAP 1 10-05 07:35
To saguzar: Gracias Hernan...RAP 1 10-04 11:06
To yllen: Yesss...RAP 1 10-04 06:38
To fyapici: What can I say?RAP 1 10-04 06:33
To livios: Gracias!!!RAP 1 10-04 06:23
To scottevers7: :))RAP 1 10-04 06:20
To manyee: Many thanks...RAP 1 10-04 06:16
To anel: Thank you Anne...RAP 1 10-04 06:13
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Hola Ricardo,
Very sharp and neat image. Superb shot. Nicely composed. Great vivid colors.

Ben Lakitan

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-10-03 18:03]
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Hola Ricardo:
Finalmente se te dio y has obtenido una bonita captura de esta abeja muy huidiza pero no imposible de fotografiar. Es cierto que Hernàn tiene un don especial que hace que los "animalejos" se queden bastante quietos.
En cuanto a tu macro, es tan buena que has conseguido fotografiar la sombre de la minùscula avispa. Congratulaciones, no tengo otras palabras. Ah! Muy buena tambièn la nota y la informaciòn sobre la imàgen

Hola Ricardo.
You have chosen a very nice subject to post here. Very simply but very very nice. However you have done the best like everytime. This is very usual, we've got used to your quality. This shot doesn't need any word to critize. Bravo and TFS my friend.
Sincere greetings from Turkey.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-10-03 18:51]
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Hola Ricardo. Muy hermosos colores se aprecian en esta foto, me agrada el color verde del insecto con el amarillo de la flor.
Saludos Luis52.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-03 22:08]
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Ricardo, você continua fazendo um formidável e brilhante trabalho aqui no Treknature. Parabéns.

Mais uma excelente imagem com cores vibrantes e ótima composição. Como sempre, uma nota muito informativa.

Parabéns mesmo.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-03 22:24]
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Hello Ricardo

Nice capture with sharp details.The colours are vivid and bold.Nicely composed a super macro.TFS


Hi Ricardo,
A superbly composed macro. Vibrant yellows and gold colors. The green metallic sheen of the insect looks great due to the fine detail. Great camera work.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-04 1:57]
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Hola Ricardo,
excellent close-up and composition. Nice details of the bee and flower can be recognized. Sharpness, colours and light are excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-04 2:37]
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Hello Ricardo!

Very colorfull and sunny picture. Yellow BG looks good, but of course, this small bee is the best. I like its green shinning body. Perfect composition with rays made from petals.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-04 3:15]
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Hi Ricardo,
I really like the colors in this shot. Quite stunning.
You did obtain a fantastic POV and excellent sharpness.
Lovely image.
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-04 4:06]
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Hello my friend

What a superb macro you have here!
Such an eye-pleasing contrast between the insect and the flower!
And look at those nice sharp details, colors and reflections!
Great work!
I like the POV, framing and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-10-04 5:42]
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Hi Ricardo,
Wonderful shot of this green metallic bee.It looks so tiny and cute. Beautiful vivid colours.
Best regards

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-04 6:57]

This is a really nice macroshot. The frame works very well, the colors are great and the sharpness is excellent. Well done & TFS!


Hi Ricardo,
Superb macro.POV,Sharp, colours, details, and lights are exellent.Very well done.Regards.


Hi Ricardo,
This is a wonderful macro! This green color is stunning and we can appreciate all those nice details on this tinny fly and on the flower as well:-) I like this composition with this nice marigold flower and I think that all the colors really fit together even if you didn't place this fly there on purpose :) Very good POV and exposure too. Well done again. Thanks,
PS I'm sure that Saguzar will be honored :)

Hello Ricardo,
Your talent for the art is showing :)
Artistic frame, I like the composition.
Very good detail, DOF, warm color, and exposure..
Easy on the eye ;)
Very well done.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-04 8:19]
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Hola Ricardo,
Una abeja metálica preciosa, con unos reflejos que hacen honor a su nombre. El fondo y el marco quedan perfectos en esta bella imagen.
Un saludo, José M.

Hola Ricardo,
Ante todo te agradezco por tu dedicatoria, me gusta mucho porque ademas has publicado uno de mis insectos favoritos, porque es bellisimo y no molesta para nada.
Lo curioso es que parece una de mis numerosas fotos sobre esta especie, incluso sobre una calendula, que en el jardin es una de las flores que permite fotografiarlas bien y donde se posan durante mas tiempo.
Gracias otra vez.

Hola Ricardo, nice close up with excellent details.
The pic is really sharp and colorfull, as requested.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-04 13:15]
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Hi Ricardo

Superb macro image, great POV and composition, the detail is lovely and sharp with great vivid colours, lovely framing too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Ricardo,
it's a fancy insect - what a cool colour - metallic-green, I love it sitting in it's great yellow "sun". Thanks, beautiful
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-04 13:43]
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The colours are just stunning, they are so vibrant. Excellent details on this beautiful bee. Nice composition



nice close up with excellent details and colours.

ciao mario

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-04 14:11]
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Hi Ricardo
Nice colourful shot. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done mf


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-04 14:31]
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Hello Ricardo,
Magnificent close up.POV,vivid colors,clear details,sharpness and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Bonjour Ricardo
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue en Macro. Les couleurs sont merveilleuses,les détails et l'éclairage sont parfaits .
Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie.....JP

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  • metcher Gold Star Critiquer [C: 510 W: 12 N: 990] (4284)
  • [2006-10-04 15:07]
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Hi, Ricardo.
Nice shot with excellent composition. Very good exposure, colors, sharpness. Good work.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-10-04 15:07]
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Hi Ricardo,
Excellent Macro shot my friend.
Colors,dof,details,pov,sharpness,note,framing and focus perfect.TFS

¡¡¡Si estoy dentro de la flor...!!!
Hermosa imagen, tanto de la planta como de la abeja, ya que cada una en solitario es digna de elogio.
Enhorabuena amigo Ricardo. Saludos, JL.

bonsoir ami photographe
je ne dirais jamais assez < quel talent >
un vrai bonheur de visionner votre galerie, que du magnifique

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-10-04 22:09]
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Hi Ricardo,
Very nice macro. Very sharp, well composed and the color are fantastic.
Regards, Francois

Buenas Ricardo
Una gran toma y composición la que nos presentas, con una abeja metálica preciosa y que destaca sobremanera sobre esa flor.
Un saludo

Looks like a studio shot of a celebrity model with lights set to perfection. Needless to say, your "model" has turned out very handsome in this fantastic image, Ricardo.
Thanks for your very constructive comment on my picture of Plain Tiger. Sony P200 is not much of a camera for nature photography in my opinion. Moreover, I started using it during my trip to India recently and relied mostly on auto settings.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image.

wow, great Macro shot, awesome colors ..TFS
Donna :o)

Hello Ricardo,
Admiring the fine picture that your are showing here. Well captured of this tiny Augochlora. All fine details clearly seen. Congratulations.

Have said this very often ... LOVE YOUR NOTES.
This insect on the Marigold depicts such VIVID colours & its so well presented that I had to FAV. it.
It's: O.U.T.S.T.A.N.D.I.N.G.
Best regards,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-10-05 12:29]
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Hi Ricardo.
Excellent macro.I like composition and beautiful colours.Superb sharpness,fine sharp details.Very nice shot.
TFS and greetings

bonjour ricardo
extra est le mot approprié je pense.je crois avoir deja vu ce genre d'insecte mais pas photographié,les couleurs metaliques de l'insecte et celles de la fleurs forment une jolie palette.la netteté rien a dire.

Hi Ricardo,
Wonderful macro world!
So... great capture with a lot of sharpness.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-10-06 1:56]
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Pleasant composition here ! And with my prefered color : yellow ;-) Good exposure and sharpness, superb metallic colors. Useful note too...
Well seen and well done my friend !!!

Re-Hola Ricardo,
Estupenda produccion ! Cada foto mas linda que otra. Extraordinario trabajo. Bravo !
Un saludo

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-06 5:38]
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Hi Ricardo, what abrilliant photo! The yellow flower and the iridescent green insect... Superb capture, such good clarity. Well done,

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-10-06 5:43]
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Rewelacyjne mcro. Wspaniale ujecie. Piekna kompozycja. Rewelacyjne detale i szczegoly.



Great macro Ricardo... as usual!!! Saludos de Portugal.

Congratulations for this photograph. Very aesthetic composition ... really. All is there...

Great shot very well composed flower and the fly adds that extra interest with remarkable colour and detail is fine. well done rgds Necip.

Hello Ricardo,
with breathtaking colours and an exctiting composition you have created an image of high impact and vitality.
Details as good as can be with the available equipment at such a close distance.
In my opinion the image is so strong that it does not need any border that is decorating but slightly distracting.
With thanks, and best regards,

Olá amigo:)
Outra foto de tirar o folgo! Está fantástica .... As cores, luz, composição .... Tudo perfeito! Já está nos meus favoritos! Fica bem Ana:)

Splendid work!
Great...everything :)

Great macro Ricardo. Excellent composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Brilliant colours and great POV. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Joli contraste.
Bonne journée.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-09 7:59]

Hi Ricardo.
Excellent macro shot and its presentation. Minimum paints and maximum impression effect. Outstanding work with colour tones. Wide tone range, rich colours, excellent details and perfect composition. Bravo.

a very colorful picture with wonderful details, great compostion too. excellent capture
goutham R

good art and nature combined...i like your method of points scoring but i wont copy it here..just a full set of marks for

A wonderful macro Ricardo,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good vivid colours, lighting and exposure are spot on. The POV is good and DOF perfect.
Well composed and well framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-10-10 16:53]
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Hello Ricardo, this is a lovely composition, the light is very good and you've got dome good details on that beauty of a bee. Well done.

A very useful note. Wonderful contrast in colors.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-10-11 11:17]

Nice framing. I love the composition, and colors of this photo. Very cool metalic green Augochlora. Very nice.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-11 20:24]

Hello Ricardo,
Perfect composition and colours. Nothing really more to say :-)
Best greetings,

Hello Ricardo !
What a wonderful picture ! The metallic colors of the bug are awesome, it is a very beautiful insect and it looks even more beautiful on this splendid yellow flower which compliments him. Perfect sharpness and details, wonderful composition. very well done !

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-14 8:35]

that a colorful composition. I like this frame filling crop very much the pedals of this flower make such a wonderful BG for this insect and is a wonderful color contrast. POV, details and sharpness are very good.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-10-17 23:08]

Hi Ricardo,
Beautiful image with great colours and sharp details.

Hi Ricardo,
Wonderful macro with great colors and sharp details.

Great work

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-20 1:51]

hi ricardo
here is superb flower-insect composition with vivid colours. point of view, focus, sharpness, details, using of light, plain frame and informative note are great

what a really colourful picture with a great composition and detail. the bee is spot on in its position and the center of the flower in the bottom right corner is excellent.

very nicely done.


Quizas una de las fotos más descriptivas de esta preciona abeja de las que has publicado hasta ahora.
La relación calidad-equipo utilizado es inmejorable.
Con fotos como esta o como algunas producidas con la F717 o la Canon S2-IS y otras... a veces uno se plantea si merece la pena hacer de porteador con todo el equido reflex por el monte... :D

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-10-22 4:35]

très belle photo
les détails sont bons
ainssi que les couleurs
bonne fin de week-end

A very colorfull presentation Ricardo. The lovely yellow is a very nice BG for the bee. The framing of the photo is also very nice. Great shot.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-10-25 15:14]

Hello Ricardo,

Wow! Great capture of this small but how colorful bee! Colors are so natural and I like very much your composition! The exposition is greatly managed on the yellow of the flower. I like also all the details we can see on the bee. Very well done and TFS,


Hello Ricardo,
this is really faultless macro work, congrats...

Hi Ricardo,

i have never seen such a green bug(fly)
superb macro shot
vivid colours, good details, exellent composition,POV and DOF
nicely framed

TFS Thijs

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-10-30 19:15]

Vaya por dios, que buena...

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-03 2:54]

Bonjour Ricardo, great shot and splendid contrasted colors too. Composition and sharpness are very good. I like the green metalic colors of this insect!! Congratulations, Didier.

Muy buenas Ricardo.

Me gusta mucho tu foto, por nitidez, colorido, por todo.
Por aqui nunca he visto abejas verdes y resulta muy llamativa.

Un saludo desde Coruña.

Hola Ricardo,
This is a beautiful insect and you captured it very well. I especially like the contrast of the colors - so strong and live colors makes my heart smile :-)
Frame is very nice as well
TFS! y muchos saludos - Shir

Hello Ricardo,
a mi puedo sentir el poder que tiene esta foto - los colores tan fuertes, los elementos tan simples, la composicion exacto. En buena hora!

Mi esposa es Peruana y hablamos castellano en casa. Mio no es perfecto y siempre estoy mejorando.

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