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°Coccinella septempunctata°°
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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S MICRO-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-15 4:03
Viewed: 2431
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Coccinella septempunctata Linnaeus, 1758

The seven-spot ladybird , is the most common ladybird in Europe. Its elytra are of a red colour, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names (from the Latin septem = "seven" and punctus = "spot").
C. septempunctata has a broad ecological range, living almost anywhere there are aphids for it to eat. Both the adults and the larvae are voracious predators of aphids, and because of this, C. septempunctata has been repeatedly introduced to North America as a biological control agent to reduce aphid numbers.
An adult seven-spot ladybird may reach a body length of 7.6–10.0 mm (0.3–0.4 in). Their distinctive spots and attractive colours are meant to make them unappealing to predators. The species can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. A threatened ladybug may both play dead and secrete the unappetising substance to protect itself.

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Model: NIKON D90
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Exposure Time: 125/1000 sec
F-Stop: f/14.0
Focal Length: 105/1 mm
Date Taken: 2011-10-14 17:59
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 230 kb

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-15 5:06]

Ciao Sergio,
sai già che questi primi piani mi piacciono parecchio e anche questa immagine è decisamente ben riuscita. Nitidezza ottima, gradevole sfocato fino allo sfondo (perfettamente intonato), splendidi colori.
Complimenti e saluti

Very nice background, sharp subject, especially the all important eyes, attarctive, saturated colours, nice POV and excellent exposure. This is amazingly sharp for such a slow shutter speed! I see you use a tripod a lot. Still, I am curious to know how you achieve such nice detail. Do you use self-timer, remote shutter release or any other techniques to get such sharpness? Congratulations on another fine image and have a great weekend!

Hello Sergio.
Great use of short DOF offers a beautiful composition.
The details of the face are lovely.
Thanks and regards, Felipe.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-15 13:22]

Hi Sergio,
Another very nice photo, nice pose on the flowers and good point of view.
Very good composition and sharpness details.Fantastic contrast against the background.
Regards Jiri.

Magnífico trabajo de una gran estética, con mucha fuerza y elegancia.
Preciso enfoque, bellos colores y buen fondo: felicidades !
Saludos Sergio: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2011-10-16 0:55]

Hi Sergio,

Such a nice composition and pov ! Like it very much !

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