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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-18 14:16
Viewed: 4050
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
this is so far the smallest object I managed to photograph with a hand-hold camera!

Couple of days ago I put to the vase a few sycamore twigs left by the people who were cleaning trees on my street. As soon as the buds started to develope, it appeared that they were packed with aphids. Of course I had to get rid of them because otherwise the aphids would probably invade other plants. But before I did it I used this occasion to make some macros.

The aphids were probably Sycamore aphids (Drepanosiphum platanoides). This species leaves commonly on Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus), but also on other species of Acer and sometimes on various other plants. The adult forms are winged, and range in size from 3.2 - 4.3 mm long. They have a yellow-brown head and thorax, and a pale green abdomen. The upper surface of the abdomen a few variably developed dark cross-bars.

The individuals I photographed were nymphs, probably of the second/third instar. They had some 2 mm in lenght. To make this photo I supplied my 70mm macro lens with extension rings (65mm). Never before I managed to photograph something that small without a tripod!!!
I hope you like it :-)

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Hi Michal,
WOW !.... this is not a "macro" ... is a "MICRO"! congratulations! excellent job with the focus and lighting to photograph this tiny creature! TFS, Jesús

Hi Michal

Brilliant shot of this tiny little pest. The details and sharpness are excellent and I like the composition. Well done.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-04-19 8:58]

Hi Michal,this is a wonderful scoop and a very great macro..you and your camera work very well toghether as i can see...and the result is fanatstic!!!My greats compliments,very interesting,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Mickal
super sharpness Macro shot with good details and nice light
beautiful colours
greeting lou

Czesc Misiu
Musze przyznac ze fotka jest swietna. Prawdziwy mikrokosmos. Mszyca wyglada jak stwor z innego swiata. Zielno z czerwonymi oczkami - normalnie marsjanin.


gratuluję zdjęcia, jest świetne. Zwłaszcza, że model taki mikrusek, a ostrość bardzo OK! Doświetlasz zewnętrzną lampą czy wbudowaną?


Dear Michal,
2 mm - this is seriously SMALL!!

The ""antenna"" sticking out of the back makes me wonder what it is for? Science Fiction stuff! Insects are really fascinating.

The details in this photo are amazing - a whole list long...

You did a wonderful job with your handheld camera!! Congratulations.

Have a nice week-end
Greetings from South Africa

  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-08-16 0:21]

Hi Michal,
this picture allows the viewer to count the bristles of an Aphid! :-) Not only are Aphid shots rare on TN but this one excels in quality. You must be a non-smoker, non-coffee drinker and have a good conscience for keeping your hands as steady! Thanks for the demonstration.
Bdest regards

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