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Christmas Colours

Christmas Colours
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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 10:45
Viewed: 5673
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TN friends,

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

I have to be honest: When I took this pics I wasn't thinking in Christmas Colours, but this little one have, at least in my opinion, colours that fit very well.

About the shots:
The first one: 1/800sec f/8 ISO800
The second one: 1/160sec f/8 ISO800
The beetle was stoped until the first shot, then it starded to walk, did short flies and I took a couple of shots in many positions.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-24 10:50]

Hi Francisco . I have to say this is a first class set of macro pictures. You have taken them with uch sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the light has given bright natural colours. i like the shine on the gren shell. Its so good to see both sides. Well taken TFS.

Hi Francisco,

Wonderful photos of this brightly coloured beetle. You have captured the colours very well, along with great detail. Like Nick said it is nice to see both sides of the beetle. The background is also nicely blurred.
Good capture and TFS.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Hello Francisco,
This is an excellent shot, like a double-edged sword, both the photos are sharp and the focus is superb. The colours are exotic and exquisite....the metallic sheen is lovely. Thanks a lot for sharing....a merry Christmas and 2010 to you...warmest regards/Abid

Ciao Francisco. Marry Cristmas to you! Razor details here with fantastic colours and amazin metallic reflections.


hello Francisco
this is realy a super sharpness picture,with great details and so beautiful colours
great shot
i think it is the Fam.Carabidae
greeting lou

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-24 14:05]

Hi Francisco,
Excellent capture.Each frame is crisp clear and well composed.Colors,sharpness and details are perfect.Excellent collage.I wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for you and your family!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Francisco,
a very beautiful collage of this insect from two interesting POV showing both sides with very good sharpness and vivid metallic colours, very nice composition and presentation
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too
Ciao Maurizio

Amigo Francisco, belo par de fotos, certamente com cores muito do Natal! Desejo-vos um Feliz Natal junto com sua família, encher a providência de saúde e prosperidade. Obrigado por compartilhar este ano.




** NOTA: Eu estava muito ocupado com meu trabalho, mas acho que vou ter mais tempo para TN! Estou feliz!

Hello Francisco!
Very nice captures of this beetle (Elateridae species??). I like wonderful clarity, very good sharpness and DOF.
All the best from Poland and Merry Christmas to you too!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-24 16:27]

Hello Francisco.
Thanks for your capture and for your wish!
Have a nice Christmas too!
Best regards Siggi

Hi MF Francisco,

Amazing and flawless close-up shots of this colourful beetle.
The colours, BG, POV/DOF, composition and clarity are all impressive.
Have a happy festive season and a great new year MF!
All the best!


Happy Christmas Francisco!
excellent photos beautiful collage!
Thanks for the wishes!

Hello Fransisco,

a very nice collage from these insects with good differnt pov with great detail and fine colours.


Hello Francesco,
Superb colours and details. Excellent composition with great focus
and amazing sharpness. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-25 1:03]

Hola Francisco,
great image quality,
and excellent definition ...
Good Christmas time for you.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-25 2:05]

Hello Francisco,
Very beautiful Christmas collage in a splendid colours and sharpness. Thanks.
Merry Christmas to you and your family too,

Ciao Francisco, splendid double view of wonderful bug, fantastic metallic colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-25 2:41]

Wonderful collage!
Great sharp details and colors.
Congratulation for this beauty!

It's wonderful, Francisco,
a bug from every side - and I love the metallic glance so much.
You are right, red and green, perfect colours for Christmas.
All the best for you, enjoy the Christmas-days
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-25 4:05]

Hi Francisco.
Simply stunning photos and amazing collage at whole. Every shot is a true masterpiece at macro photography. Fantastic lights, incredible details, superb diagonal composition. I am also impressed with precise DOF. Bravo and thanks for so nice greeting. My best wishes for New Year and Merry Christmas.

What a great collage!
Wonderful little bug with a great colors and perfect sharp details.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-25 12:51]
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Hi Felipe,i have a lot of fun seeing all the differents Xmas postcard from the TE members...and what a lot of nices and differents ideas! Your is truely nice,new and compose at the best,there is all the magics colors of Xmas inside! Merry Christmas to you and your family,Luciano

ciao Francisco!
green beetle and green wishes.........
excellent duble capture in this collage with fine metallic details
Buon Natale a te e alla tua famiglia

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-25 14:30]

Excellent Francisco, congratulations and TFS.

Happy new years..
Best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-25 23:35]

Excellent species, well captured with fine colors and details. tfs.

Dear Francisco,

I wish you and your family all the best and most importantly good Health! I am looking forward to see many more wonderful work from you like above macro!

There is no doubt, that colours are more vivid in South America - one of the many reasons why we love coming back to your beautiful country.

All the best,
Warm Regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-26 10:03]

Hello Francisco,
A very fine presentation of this bright and beautiful Beetle, both captures showing fantastic details and wonderful metallic colours. Beautiful light too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes for the New Year, Ulla

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-26 13:43]

Hola Francisco,
A captura esplêndido. Obrigado por desejos!
Eu espero que você recebeu muitos presentes bonitos. Feliz Natal.
Uma noite maravilhosa,

Ola Francisco
Boa imagem realmente as cores do besouro representam as do natal, a nitidez esta excelente, a luminosidade muito boa. Ótima composição.
Parabens e boas festas

Hi friend.
Very good collage with perfect colors and sharp.
Interesting idea to show the insect in this way.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Hello Francisco !
I saw this shot on your intro page, and wow ! Just gorgeous ! I really ove the metallic and vivid colors of this bug, he looks like a jewel. You couldn't have chosen a better picture for your Christmas wishes. I also like the fact that we can see both sides of the insect, it's very interesting. Outstanding details, splendid composition, excellent POVs. Very well done !

nice portraits, TFS Ori

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