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Stag Beetle

Stag Beetle
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 5:08
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Lucanus cervus

Current status
This large and conspicuous beetle is rare and protected in some European countries, but is still widespread in southern England, especially the Thames valley, north Essex, south Hampshire and West Sussex. It also occurs fairly frequently in the Severn valley and coastal areas of the south-west. Outside these areas the records are sparse and often old, indicating some contraction of the beetle`s range.
The stag beetle can be found in broadleaved woodland, parks, other pasture woodland and gardens. The larvae live in the decaying wood of deciduous trees, often in roots and stumps, and take at least three and a half years to become fully grown.
The stag beetle is listed on Annex II of the EC Habitats Directive.

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We are neighbours again in the gallery section today, Jose :-)!
What a huge but well-shaped Stag Beetle you have captured! The focus is razor sharp, the colours are the most natural I have ever seen and the composition is just a delight to behold.
Thanks for sharing this gem, my friend.

Superbe insecte en pleine acrobatie. On voit bien tout les détails.
Bonne journée.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-25 6:54]

Holá José Ramón,
Fantastic capture of a male Stag beetle hanging on to a stem to allow you to take this amazing shot. The sharpness and BG are superb and the composition excellent.
First class, one of the best on TN!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-25 7:11]

Hello Jose Ramon,
What an impressive capture of this great Stag Beetle. This seems a strange place for this heavy beetle to land but you've certainly managed to get a very sharp shot showing excellent details and colours. Looks great against the blue sky.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour josé ramon
oh! c'est un cascadeur!
excellente netteté et details sur cet insecte.
j'aime evidement bien la posture dans laquelle il se trouve.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-25 8:04]

Hola José
magnífica captura y pov.
realmente excelente,
bellos detalles de este "volador"

Hi Jose Ramon, amazing macro, wonderful composition with splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,
this is a great close-up wiht perfect sharpness and DOF,
the whole beetle is within focus and the BG is nicely blurred.
WEll done with the exposure and composition and the colours is
very natural.
Great work.

Hola José Ramón,
Extraordinario macro de este insecto!
El flash de relleno funciona de maravilla, produce unos detalles muy claros y nítidos en todo el insecto.
La textura del caparazón y el color rojo de las tenazas son muy buenos.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto.
Un gran saludo,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-25 10:48]

Hola Jose Ramon,
Bello escarabajo capturado con impresionantes detalles, muy buen punto de vista. No veo este bicho desde que era un niño. Gracias por recordarme viejos tiempos.
Saludos, José M.

Hello Jose
What a great shot of this Stage Beetle,
Perfect lighting and details,
Fantastic colors and Bg,Superb shot.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-25 11:03]

Hi Jose,

I have never seen anything like this before! An amazing looking insect. Fantastic macro - every part of him is sharp and clear. Beautiful colors and bg too.


Una nitidez y composicion espectacular

Ya te han dicho casi todo ... Añadir que parece que lo hayas pegado ahí para que pose para tí porque el ángulo de toma permite ver con detalle todo el insecto; abdomen con luz justa y las "tenazas" excelente. Hemos disfrutazo con tu foto jeje.
Abrazo: José Ignacio

Un ejemplar en apuros...
Fabulosos detalles y una nota muy completa José.
Saludos amigo, JL.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-04-25 13:49]

Hello Jose, what a nice shot, very good POV, sharpness, and BG..congrats..

Brrrrrr - I'm afraid of those big beetles, I don't know why, but I am.
Hi Jose, a wonderful shot, great luck to see this monster, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-04-25 16:43]

hola José Ramón

excelente foto con buenos detalles y colores de este bonito y raro insecto
la POF es bastante buena ,pues podemos apreciar todos los detalles: El fondo azul grisaceo parece poco natural pero queda muy bien



Hello Jose,
Nice view of this stag beetle. Sharply focused and well composed. A splendid picture and tfs.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-26 3:10]

What an acrobatic pose, Jose.
Very sharp shot with beautiful colors.
An excellent macro.
TFS. : )

ou la la josé quelle merveille!!!
netteté parfaite, belle couleurs et super détails
bravo+++ et encore merci

Bonjour Jose
J'aime beaucoup cette espèce magnifique. Elle est rare dans ma région où il n'y a pas beaucoup de vieilles forêts. Ta photo est superbe, avec une netteté parfaite et un cadrage très dynamique. Bravo,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-08 1:41]

Hi dear Jose.
I have hopelessly lagged behind -:(((. However …

Your bug picture is simply outstanding. Subject is fine. Exposure parameters including DOF are great. Razor sharpness and exactness of details and colour reproduction are terrific. This shot is my favorite. Bravo and best regards.

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