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Heartfelt Look

Heartfelt Look
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Hoya PRO1 DMC UV(0) 62 mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-12 2:14
Viewed: 4393
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I like macro shooting and its terrific capabilities to learn something new and unusual. Sometimes I try to take portrait photos of various insects and see how they are beautiful (may be not all from them :) at appropriate magnification ratio.

This is Stink bug (PENTATOMIDAE family).
Despite my observation I could not identify a species of the bug.

(See, for example, special sites:
Pentatomoidea Home Page
Family Pentatomoidea.)

Another my shot of this widespread of our region bug gives general idea about the species (Stink bug).

Thanks for looking and have nice days.

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hello Alex
imposing macro,full details, splendid attribution of colours,great photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-12 3:10]

Hello Alex,
Impressive macro portrait of this Stink bug. I like the original composition. Fantastic sharp focus on the face. Good DOF, natural colours and POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-12 3:28]

Hello Alexei,
A superb close macro of a Pentatomid Bug showing details of the head that we would never see with the naked eye.
The POV, sharpness colours anc omposition all contribute to a fine and interesting image taken by the skillful use of fine equipment.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Alexei
la messa a fuoco centrale sul Pentatomidae Ŕ eccellente riuscendo a metterne in risalto sia gli eccezionali dettagli che i colori in modo fedelissimo alla realtÓ. I riflessi danno quel tocco in pi¨ dando tridimensionalitÓ e quindi profonditÓ alla foto: tutto ritratto in modo impeccabile come sempre.
Molto interessanti sono anche le note. Thanks

Ciao Alexei, fantastic portrait of lovely bug, perfect focus and beautiful blurry BG, amazing details and splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Alexei

a portrait photo of a insect ! and you have it with this photo,
shot with fine POV and the way it is framed on the image
with superb focus great sharpness and details, superb eye-contact,



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-12 4:05]

Hello Alexei.
Excellent close up.Sharpness on front part is amazing.I liked colors,clear details,blurred BG and composition a lot.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hi Alex
Excellent macro work! Awesome details and colours. First class!

Hi Alex!

This picture is the proof of your ability to take perfect pictures of different kinds. This macro picture is, from my point of view, technically perfect. The insect is in focus, the lighting is superb and the result of the colour management is a natural colour tone. Moreover, the picture simply is pleasant to look at.

Kind regards


Hi Alex. Fantastic close up with pefect details and exciting bright natural colours. Best regards.


Hello Alexei,
a superb macro shot of the Stink bug taken fron an outstanding frontal POV with impressive detail and fantastic colours, very well done.
Best regards

Hello Alexei,

An excellent macro shot with such brilliant colors, sharpness & fine details. Great composition, POV & very nicely taken with great skills. TFS & best compliments!


Hello Alex,
Wonderful macro, outstanding details and sharpness.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-12 11:30]

Hi Alexei. This is a fine macro of this stink bug. Taken with fine detail and sharp focusing. Your use of the light has given bright colours. well taken TFS.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-11-12 12:06]

Hello Alexie, superb close-up shot of this pentatomid species with nice point of view and composition.
TFS and G's,

hello Alexei
this is a GREAT macro shot
super sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-12 12:29]

Hello Alexei,

Чудовий портрет! Відмінна подробиці. Виключне досягнення. Ваша спроба виявилася дуже успішною, поздоровлення.
З найкращими побажаннями з Німеччини,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-12 14:11]

Hi Alexei

Waaaau, the stink monster is upon us.
Before it had the opportunity to attack or bite me I rather sent it straight to my favourites.

What a magic macro my friend with oodles of visual impact.
At f/18 there isn't much that the range of the DOF missed.
Superb sharpness of most details especially those facial features which really matter.
Intensely colourful saturation and the composition worked fantastic.

Well done and TFS.

A powerful macro capture with great colors and perfect sharpness, Alex!

Great colorful details! I like the POV and DOF here. Very well done.

best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-12 15:33]

Woow Alex,what a impressive close-up,you and your camera work very well as i can see..heheh...fantastic sharpness,colors,POV and composition,a very professional work.My best compliments,have a nice time,Luciano.

Hi Alexei,

Congratulations on this amazingly high quality photo, it looks absolutely flawless. T
he colours, composition, exposure and sharpness are all perfect!
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-11-13 7:06]

Hi Alexei,
A great macro sections ...
Sharp detail and vibrant colors perfect.
Best wishes,

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-11-14 23:16]

Hello Alexei
Amazing unusual shot with nice details and colours. Very well done!
Best regards,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-11-15 0:29]

Privet Alexei,
This common bug in such close up look amazingly.Although you used f/18 are details which aren't sharp.
Regards, Pawel

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-15 1:19]

Hello Alexei,
What an impressive macro showing very sharp details of this colourful bug! Great focus on the eyes too and well framed. Very well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

And this is a real close-up! Bravo Alexei for so erfect maco! All details of bug's head are visible! Amazing sharpness and DOF!And what a perfect eye-contact! ;>
All the best from Poland my Friend!

Hello Alexei
A wonderful macro photo with incredible sharpness
Just perfect !

Llevaste al lÝmite la ampliaciˇn de la cabeza de esta bella Carpocoris que tan abundante tenemos en esta zona. Gran fidelidad en los colores y un estupendo control de la luz.
Como siempre, un delicado y bello trabajo del Se˝or Alexei.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Verry good capture with great details of this insect.
Good clarity and colours of photo.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

That is realy close, Alexei ...
Excellent shot with perfect sharpness and brilliant colours.
We can see every little detail on this bug.
There are two Ocellus in red we also see so good.
Thanks, it's so beautiful
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-11-15 9:01]

Hello Alexei, what a joy to look at this portrait of a bug, as you say it in your notes. It is perfectly sharp, stunningly colourful, skillfully exposed. Wow wow, as I might say. I also like the composition with the bug filling the upper part of the right corner, making a diagonal in the frame. This composition has guts and punch!

thank you,


Hello Alexei
Wonderful macro of this sting bug, great details on his head and body
i like his beautiful colors and his brown eyes
great ligh effect on the insect and nice composition
Have a good night

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-16 1:39]

Privet Alexei,
Very nice close up.Excellent,POV,DOF and sharpness.Very well done!
Have a great week and thanks for posting..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-16 6:03]

Hello Alexei,
I remember the first picture from you which made a "huge" impression on me was also a stink bug and I thought that better a picture couldn't be. Now you go even closer.. and it is still a perfect picture, showing the smallest detail of the head of this Pentatomidae-species. Beautiful nature in its smallest details.
Thanks so much.
Kind regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-11-16 6:05]

Hello Alexei.
Some details only macro photography can reveals like on this image.
Great composition and lightness too.
Greetings and TFS.

hello Alex!
tres belle macro tres impressionnant!
beaucoups de details et de belles couleurs !
tres interressant POV
passe une bonne soiree
a tres bientot

Hello Alexei,

an great macro shot from this insect and with ec\xellent details.
Fine warm colours.


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-11-16 13:34]

Merhaba Alexei,
harika netlik ve detaylar.
ăok gŘzel bir fotoğraf, paylaştığın išin šok teşekkŘrler..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-16 17:03]

Hi alex,
really terific. Excellent macro that shows the beauty and the magnificent creation of this bug.; I love its close up seeing the pattern and the face.
wonderful indeed.
Well presented in a top shot view.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-16 18:24]

WOW!! This is an awesome macro Alexei!!
The detail is extremely fine and the colors vivid and natural. Great DOF and perfectly exposed. Well done!! Great notes!

Hi Alex

Cool macro of this bug, the eyes interest me, great detail and sharpness. Nice composition, TFS.


Hi Alexei,

Unable to ask for a better approach with a more perfect focus! ... a photo impressive, with a unique cut, drawing the lines and the structure of the insect very adequately. beautiful work, really made with good technique.

Regards & TFS My friend,


Hello Alexei,

This is a fine close portrait of your little colourful friend!
With some imagination I guess we can say he looks like he is cut in orange peel hehehe...
Exposure of the shiny surface is well managed, good details and a fine piece of macro work!

Pablo -

This fellow is a GIANT.
Highly IMPRESSIVE macro.
Great & well controlled colours.
P.S.Am baby sitting my mother-in-law in the Hospital; using an unsecure connection.
We have been busy, busy, busy almost 24/7 with the current situation... hence this enormous delay.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-20 0:22]

Hola Alex,
aproximaciˇn total :))
buena iluminaciˇn y foco.
este trabajo requiere mucha paciencia.
saludos amigo.

Hi Alexei, Very clear and sharp capture of this flat insect which we get on the lemon tree at times. They never look as good as this one thought. The macro works well. TFS. Murray.

Hi Alexei,

unneccessary to heap praise on you for this great eye-to-eye portrait after all the others! I will only add that according to my literature (E. Wachmann et al. 2008. Wanzen Bd.4) the bug is of the species Carpocoris fuscispinus (3rd antenna segment shorter than the two neighbouring ones, antennae black, orange color, reddish color of the eyes, 4 prothorax stripes). The species occurs in much of Europe and into Central Asia. Thanks for this one, Alexei.

Have a nice Sunday,

Yikes! Well this one is a good lesson plan Alexei. I have not the gear to get in so close as you have here...and although you have to subtract DOF for doing so it is well worth the end result! Fine notations as well sir!

Dear Alexei,
monumental close-up featurung finest details and a stunning wealth of deeply saturated colours in great precision, creatively cropped into a powerfully diagonal composition. Great invitation to take me to an exciting trip into a fairytale world of hidden beauties among widely neglected - even detested - tiny creatures.
Thank you my dear friend!
With all my best wishes to you,

P.S.: Thank you so much for your visit and kind words to two of my postings a few days ago. I am touched by your deep words of appreciations, and by the fact that you took the time to give me that visit under so much pressure of work on you. It seems to be just the same with me since months, and I am also expecting that very busy situation to last for several months. In a few days, however, I will force myself to interrupt work for about two weeks in order to visit good old Fidel Castro's Cuba for hiking through some of that island's lush nature resorts, and maybe find back to a more laid-back pace of life. Hope to be able to share a few glimpses from there in a few weeks. See you.

Hi Alexei.

You have managed really close shot at this bug. This mugshot showed us excellent details around the head and I specially like the look at the eyes.

Beautiful lenswork with that 105mm macro optics and stunning result with pleasing tone.
Best regards,

Hi Alex,
I don't know, what's the difference between "calm look" and "heartfelt look" of an insect, but I know I like both pics a lot. This one's a beautiful, sharp macro with gorgeous colors, and I have to agree with You, that bugs may be wonderful. :) Perfect usage of Your equipment, pleasant visual impact. Congrats and tfs MF. I'm happy to give the 100th points to the photo. :)
Friendly regards, Lßszlˇ

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2010-04-01 13:47]

Hello Alexei! Incredible sharpness on this macro! The details are amazing and the overall quality is awesome. One of the best I've seen, thanks!


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