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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Jewel Bug of the World, Fantastic macros! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 4:58
Viewed: 5260
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am back after a short stay at my native place. The fervour of 'Dusshera' was high on the air and the mind was in a gay and festive mood. And for once, TN did take a backstage. Though my stay was not as productive as far as clicking goes, I gave myself that much more space to think fresh and be ready for the winter months ahead, when it is the best of times in India for moving out for photographic sojourns.

I present today a Jewel Bug, enjoying the morning sunshine on a palm leaf. Shot taken hand-held.

Scutelleridae are otherwise known as shield-backed bugs, a reference to the fact that their shield is continuous, not divided. Because bugs in this family are usually brightly colored, they are also known as Jewel bugs. These insects feed on plant juices, and are closely related to stink bugs.

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Scutelleridae

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-24 5:09]

Hi Sumon.
After short stay at your native place you have shared amazing macro shot. I am impressed with terrific sharpness and details of the bug, excellent BG created by charming leaves, perfect DOF and nice, pleasant colour palette. Bravo. Superb done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-24 5:10]

Hi Sumon,
Focus, sharpness, details, POV, colors and lighting are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-24 5:11]

Hi Sumon, i hope you enjoyed your stay back home. It is good to take a break every now and then so you can keep fresh.
Excellent bright colour and as always the detail is superb. Crystal clear and well exposed, very well done.

Hello Sumon,
Wow, a perfect camera setting and skillful shot. Enjoy seeing crisp clear body texture of this jewel bug. Nice pov and composition.

Hello Sumon!
Fantastic picture! You kept in professional way DOF and light! This was not easy if we note that the bug is so shiny and convex! Great work my friend!
Best withes,

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-10-24 5:45]

This is extremely decorative! You should be able to sell this photo to some poster maker!

Amazing colours and very sharp details! Lovely!
Best regards/Bengt

Superbe photographie ausi belle esthétiquement qu'intéressante et informative.

Hi Sumonda,
excellent and amazing macro shot,no more words

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-24 7:00]

Hello Sumon
A superb shot of this curious and beautiful beetle, so green and so metallic. Gorgeous composition with the bug upon that fresh palm leaf. A beautiful thing, yes it is. I think of how many beautiful things and living beings there are in India to be shot in winter. What a marvellous country!
Congratulations and TFS

A SUPER welcome back Sumon. I am certain I am not the only one who missed you. I hope you had a good trip and Holiday, should you celebrate that particular one. I asked my friend from Punjab and he explained the meaning of the Holiday to me.
The photo of course is welcome sight for my eyes. I was missing perfection. You are so very good...very very good and I don't think many would disagree.

Good contrasts, Good Colors...Crisp and very interesting in seeing as well as reading in notes. Welcome once more back.

Dear Sumon
Excellent shot of this Jewel Bug,
Perfect focusing,BG and exposure,
Pankaj uploaded a jewelbug shot and dedicated
to me. That makes me happy :o)
He knows I like them alot ,Superb shot.


My dear old friend Sumon,
Really nice to see your excellent posting!
perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and so much details
thanks for the useful notes and information on this

Hola amigo.
Preciosos detalles en esta maravillosa y delicada macro.
Excelente nota Sumon.
Saludos, JL.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-24 11:00]

Hello Sumon
Excellent POV and very sharp image.Details and color are excellent.
TFS Michel

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-24 11:44]

Hello Sumon

This photo of a jewel bug is a gem itself.The colours are vibrant and vivid.The focus is tack sharp with your usual wonderful sharpness of detail.The shot is well composed in a natural setting.The lighting is well done.TFS


bonjour sumon
rien a dire!
la profondeur de champ est bonne ,ce que je prefere c'est cette couleur au reflets metalisés.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-24 11:51]

Hi Sumon.Good to see you back posting. What a fine close up you have for us. The detail and colour is first class.with good use of the light. I like the lines on the leaf. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-24 12:37]

Hello Sumon,
a masterpiece! Excellent light and colour composition in combination with great depth of field, exact focus and excellent sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

Ciao Sumon!
Splendido il soggetto, eccelente la foto!
La metto fra le mie favorite.


This is a wonderful shot Sumon,
The exposure and detail is excellent,and the colours are so vibrant.
You are lucky to have such splendid beetles,and the skill to capture them perfectly.
Very nice work indeed.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-10-24 15:22]

Hello Mana,
What a superb shot, fantastic, so clear, perfect!
Regards, Dejan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-24 15:58]

Hi Sumon,

Welcome back! And what a return posting this is. The Jewel Big is marvleous with excellent colors and fantastic details. The irridescence shows off very well. As always, a beautiful composition on the fresh green leaf.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-24 21:50]

Hello Sumon, good to have you back. That insect is a gem for sure ! Just incredible, what a good work ! Thanks,


Hi Sumon Da,
A beautiful capture of this green jewel bug. Very sharp and fine focus. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Sumon.
Great capture of this exuberant insect!
Wonderful metallic colors.
Very good sharpness and POV.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Well done!
Best regards,
José Roberto

Hi Sumon

Glad you had a good festive break
Great bettle, not sure on the POV though
Excellent sharpness and DOF


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-25 5:46]

Hola Sumon,
preciosa macro,
detalles y sensacional pov,
color y tonos maravillosos,

These bugs are so beautiful. Lovely shot with such a fantastic contrast that the various shades of green are really distinguished.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-25 5:51]

hello Sumon,
Perfect shot of this Jewel Bug. I didn't know this creature before visiting TN. And now I have the feeling it's already an old acquaintance! Very pleasant your "ton sur ton" picture. Sharpness, framing, everything is excellent.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-25 6:04]

Hello Sumon,
This must be one of the best macros of a Jewel Bug on TN! Superb sharpness, great colours, good use of ambient light and good composition.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

I hope your computer problems are now solved.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-25 7:46]

Hello Sumon,
What an outstanding capture of this Jewel Bug. Impressive sharpnes showing very sharp details and lovely metallic colour. The leaf in the background makes it stand out very nicely. Brilliant!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Sumon,
Always a pleasure to see your work, this man knows how to macro!
Not much room for improvement here, do you mind if I just enjoy the view? :)
Very well done.

Hola Sumon, parece más una joya que un insecto claramente. Muy buen trabajo con el color verde y un excelente enfoque. Bellos detalles y dinámicas líneas verticales que dan aún más vida si cabe a esta preciosa toma.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hi Sumon, splendid bug with wonderful metallic colors, superb sharpness and wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-25 12:02]

Hi Sumon

This is a lovely vibrant image. I love the greens and the lines of the leaf. Wonderfully sharp bug placed perfectly in the frame.



Hi sumon,belle prise,les couleur et détails sont fabuleux.Bravo

Hello Sumon,
very powerful, most appealing clear and sharp presentation of this shining little beauty. The uniformly coloured background shows delightful shades of deep green, and structures with a lot of dynamic motion. What an iconically condensed image. Cleary a favourite! With thanks, and best regards,

You captured a lot of green in this shot!! It is quite dramatic. It is wonderfully exposed and very sharp. I think a small crop off the left side might intensify the impact even more. It would move the bug more off center and would eliminate that distracting bit of brown on the leaf.

Evelynn : )

Hi Sumon,
Wow, now I see why they call this a jewell bug, he shines like hes made of them, excellent color and great details. TFS

AH! Amazing, magnifique quelle composition le jeu du vert est superbe de même que les détails.

Hello Sumon,
Very nice capture, what a beauty
very colorful and full of marvelous details
you managed to capture it very well


Dear Sumon
Yes this is definitely a JEWEL. Very good photography. Outstanding colours, good detail, suburb capture. This in a splendid image.. Unequaled photography. Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated, and goes straight to my favourites.
Warmest regards

Breathtaking image! Wonderful colors and detail and an equally interesting bug! Well done, Sumon! Cheers, Klaus

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-10-26 17:01]

Hi Sumon,
WOW excellent shot. This bug have simply AMAZING colours! Beautiful sharp details. Point of view is excellent!
A great shot Sumon,


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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-10-29 21:47]

Hello Sumon,
WOW! what a beautiful composition! The POV, sharpness and details are perfect. The bed of palm leaves makes a beautiful background for this jewwel beauty.A treat to the eye indeed.

Hi Sumon,
Excellent shot of this beautiful Jewel Bug, with superb details and sharpness.
Very nice composition and lovely simple BG, well presented and nice informative notes!
Well done and TFS,
Best wishes, Kevin

Hello Sumon,
Superb close-up for this nice jewel bug. The shape of the leaf brings a good bonus.
The "+++++" : lovely subject, beautiful background, POV, sharpness, DOF, vivid green colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : pleasant composition but perhaps less centered to follow the golden rules 1/3-2/3 ;-)
If you don't mind, I tried a new version in the workshop... Please give me your opinion.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing,

Great Jewel. The metalic green Jewel bug on the green foliage is awesome. Work very well together. Details are wonderful. Great shot.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-11 11:18]

Hello Mana,
What a wonderful shot, fantastic!

Hello Sumon,
This one deserves to reach the 100 points line...
Excellent details in the bug, reflections from the shiny surface is well avoided, maintaining great colours...
I like how the lines in the leaf enhances the insect!
Pablo -

:-) Coming!

Excellent colours!

Hello Sumon.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details metalic.

Jose Luis.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-03-28 0:47]

super macro shot!
great green color palette!
nice focus amd details!

very well done!

I got one such bug in the Sal forest of Gazipur.
It was very lovely.

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