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Synonycha grandis

Synonycha grandis
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/8, 1/45 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-15 7:17
Viewed: 3246
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Synonycha Grandis . Asian lady bettle.
(thankyou Mariki for correct ID, also to Peter)

For those who read my yesterday postings notes can follow this one easily.
I found this one on a leaf of a plant at the height of around 5 feet. The light was perfect and I setup my tipod for an overhead viewpoint. I could not see its head when it was resting. As I started to focus this lady started to move and with its head visible I took this one. This lady started to move fast and soon climbed a leaf bud just behind. Thinking that I got good viewpoint adjusting my tripod and raised my head to view but this one gone in a flash. All I got was this one and only image/frame.
Compare this one with those Bevan's swift mating pair, where I had all the time in the world to experiment for more than thirty minutes, left the place when they were blissfully united on the perch.
This cute lady bettle so intolerent with my intrusion, took off just like that.
Wildlife photography is so exciting because of the uncertainities.
Had to crop the image as the lady bettle was bit small in the frame.

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To batu: synonycha grandisnagraj 1 09-15 11:08
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Hello Nagraj,

Very nice sharp picture of this ladybird. It is not Harmonia axyridis. There is a very nice site over ladybirds, it is: www.angelfire.com/bug2/j_poorani/ladybirds.htm . The correct ID might be Synonycha grandis.
Very good light and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-15 8:59]
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Hi Nagaraj. Thats the fun of taking picture we spoke about. Your one shot was a good one. We have lady bugs but not so round and a little more red in colour. This was a good close up with fine detail in the shell. with a view of the head. The light has given you natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-09-15 9:00]
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Namaste Nagaraj,
a nice documentation of this ladybird species. Colour patterns on the elytrae but also on head and thorax
are well presented and very sharp. Light conditions were obviously not optimal as can be deduced
from the parameter settings. Neverhtless, you achieved pretty good sharpness and focused just in the right plane.
Usually, Harmonia axyridis shows a 'W'-like black pattern on the thorax which is not shared by your
specimen. Therefore, I suggest that it is another more Indian-specific species which I do not know.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-15 11:33]

Hello Nagraj,
Very good macro of this nice ladybird. Good sharpness and colors. Excellent note.
Regards Siggi

details and colors so alive in this beautiful catch, accompanied by an interesting chronicle of the capture....
good Nagaraj

best regards sERGIO

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2008-09-15 21:02]

Wonderful capture, Nagraj. Great detail on the face and antennae. Very nicely don.e Nice placement in the frame and good bg. This s clearly very round, bc the top of the shell is just a tidge OOF (despite shooting at f/8. And there's no way you could have shot this at 1/20th!).

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-15 21:34]

Hi Nagaraj,
Wonderful macro image of this tiny but beautiful beetle with such bright colours and sharp details. Nice pose captured and you have handled the lighting so well. Great composition. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-16 0:29]

hello Nagaraj,
This Ladybird has a very special shape and looks cute. If they move fast, it is quite complicated to make an excellent picture. But on TN the documentary value counts also and I like to see some less common species.
Thanks and best regards

Hi Nagraj,

Its indeed all about excitement in wildlife photography,this only keeps us on our toes and look for what next :), TFS.

Hi Nagaraj,
An excellent capture of this beautiful Asian Lady beetle. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-16 6:28]

Hello Nagraj, The view is okay and I feel slightly soft. But the frame is perfect and good composition. Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-17 5:53]

Hello Nagraj,
You have made excellent use of the limited ambient light to get the max DOF with fine dorsal view sharpness in this macro of this Asian Ladybird.
Well done and thanks for sharing this fine image,

Hi Nagraj,
Nobody can dispute the fact that "Wildlife photography is so exciting because of the uncertainties" and your notes is a example of that. From your notes its evident that this fellow did not give you much time and for the time you have got, this is a decent picture, with good composition and decent sharpness.
Goutham R

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-09-20 11:54]

Que voilà une carapace qui doit être particulièrement résistante.
Bonne journée.

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-09-20 19:52]

Hello Nagraj,

Lovely macro work. TFS,


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-09-30 5:20]

Superb capture,good details you got here.

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