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metal bug
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Copyright: jaap polak (carper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fantastic macros!, Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-06 13:59
Viewed: 7524
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The way of life of the beetles, both of the larvae and of the adult animals, is very diverse, especially what concerns place of residence and feeding. Beetles prevention everywhere, even in a sweet manner and salt water. One finds rovers, ace eaters and herbivores. Under the last numerous types are who belong to the most important enemies of our plants and stocks. Thereby play, more than at other insect regions, the case is, also the adult animals, which frequently have a considerable life span, a role. It is in a lot of cases the ripening wolverine of the females (during the period between emerging and laying the eggs) causes that large damage.
This is translate out my encyclopedy.

Wauw alsmost one year ago. Time runs hard. I dream on the moment from spring, now th snow is falling. i hope you like the macro with my old camera.

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Hi Jaap,
I love this beautiful little bug.
So sharp and clear and pretty colours, excellent shot. I also had those sweet beetles in my garden this summer, but my shot's are not so good, the focus went wrong because of the glance of this beetle. Congratulations to this wondeful one, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-06 14:06]

Hi Jaap,
Excellent capture of this beautiful bug,
very nice colour and sharp details,
excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Olá Jaap,
realmente esse inseto parece ser de metal! As cores estão perfeitas, nitidez e composição muito boas!!! Parabéns pelo belo trabalho!!

Francisco Sales

Hi Jaap,
Brilliant capture of this fascinating looking beetle.
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-06 16:35]

Hello Jaap ,mooie macro foto van deze tor
mmoie kleuren scherpe details ,good pov and dof ,groeten Teunie .

Hi Jaap,
What a smashing colours this beetle shows us.
I like your composition and the fine details. This is what they say in the Netherlands: Toppertje!!
Compliments with this one.
Regards, Ruud

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-03-06 16:45]

Hello Jaap,
what a nice colours and details, WONDERFUL PHOTO!
TFS and best wishes,

Hello Jaap.

This is a real little beauty. Amazing colours (allmost like the rainbow), excellent sharpness/dof with lots of details in the colourful shield, the background is well blurred to set the bug off very nicely and the light is perfect. Personally I would prefer a little more space in front of the bug.

All over a great picture - great job, really.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-06 17:47]

Hello Jaap,
A very nice macro.
Lovely vivid colours,nice detail and a very good POV.
Excellent work.


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-06 18:36]

Hi Jaap,
What an amazing little creature. It really looks like metal, it even looks as if it has a couple of dents! Excellent detail and colour, exposure perfect as always. I do feel the DOF is a little shallow on this one as the legs are out of focus.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-06 19:37]

Incredible colors that you captured with great expertise, Jaap. Beautiful iridescence and great POV. TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-06 21:25]

Bonsoir Jaap.

Cet insecte est très original par ces couleurs et son allure accidenté. Félicitations pour l'exposition des couleurs et le focus bien réalisé.


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-06 22:31]

Jaap, very nice colors indeed. There seems to be some noise on the bg, but it's a minor nit.

I do enjoy composition and sharpness. Great pov.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-03-07 1:55]

Goedenmorgen Jaap,
U noemt dit al uw oude camera, maar ik denk bij goede instelling er veel mee tedoen valt, natuurlijk het is geen D/R zoals uw 350D.
De kleuren glinsteren, de pose hoe u deze genomen heeft is zeer mooi, ook hoe u deze geplaatst heeft op de foto. DOF en POF zijn inderdaad van mooi kwaliteit.

Hi Jaap,
Soon the spring is here and you can use your new "toy".
you have captured a nice bug with lovely colours, shimmering in rainbow colours. Well composed, good details and POV.
Great work, my friend.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-07 10:39]

Privet Jaap.
In Russian - the bug (áðîíçîâêàbronzovka), i can am mistaken.
As though from steel.

Hi, Jaap.
Interesting bug. Good colors, details and POV.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-07 12:11]

What a wonderful macro, great metalic colors that you have well captured. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Jaap and thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-03-07 16:00]

Hi Jaap, they really do look very metallic. I'm pretty sure it's a leaf beetle of the family Chrysomelidae. Lovley composition and very good focus. Well done.

Nice shot Jaap,
The beetle looks very interesting and looks great on such big close-up. The quality is good enough to see some details.

Another super macro of this beetle. The metallic effect is just stunning. This photo shows that there are still uses for compact cameras!

Hi Jaap,
Your beetle has some amazing metallic colors! He is really shining well here. Nice detail, DOF, and clarity in this shot. I hope your sprintime arrives soon for you!

This is an incredible picture Jaap.
Everything is excellent in this shot and the composition is very unique,
Great sharpness and magnificent colors and POV.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-09 5:57]

Hello Jaap!
Magnificent close up.This is my favr.bug;)Colors,sharpness,POV,
framing,details and framing are perfect as always.TFS...:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-09 23:54]

What a beautiful irridescent looking beetle Jaap. Such pretty colours. Good sharpness too. Well done,

Nice detail, good macro shot.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-13 22:25]
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Hi Jaap
Wow, what incredible colour this flashy beetle has, and it is finished of with high-gloss enamel?
Great capture, great composition & POV, great DOF & BG, and great exposure.
Very well done and TFS.

The colours are what attracted me to this photo. The sharpness and details are very good.

Hi Jaap,
very pretty shot with excellent details.
Colours may be too much saturated, as there is a strong blue and magenta tint on the BG that looks a bit unnatural.
Very difficult to picture a tiny round shiny beetle.
So this picture is very well done.
And well composed, too.
Thanks and regards,

Hello Jaap,
Marvelous beettle, Has amaizing metallic colours, you have captured all its beauty with excellent details. good composition and exposure.

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-04-04 22:36]

hello jaap, very nice details. I love the colors of this bug. So bright! The title couldn't be better. TFS. Gabriel


Excellent picture. Great POV and DOV. The colors are absolutely stunning.
Well done

vraiment de magnifiques couleurs metalliques.
merci pour le partage et bravo.

Now this is a texture my friend. I have been trying the same bug last year and did not get by far an image as good as this one. Congratulations Jaap! Nice to be around and look at your gallery again :)

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-06-02 17:18]

This macro is ncredible. A really interesting subject.
Very good clarity, sharpness and colour.
Well done and thanks for sharing!
Regards, Krzysztof.

This has a great DOF and shows your skill in exposure control. It must be a nightmare to get the exposure correct on this shiny bug. Goed gedaan my vriend. Alles wel in die blomme land. Dit moet seker nou pragtig wees daar?

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-06-08 15:26]

Hy Jaap!
Beautiful catch of this bug. Very nice metal collours, makes picture so interesting!
Great sharpness and details.

Well done and TFS!

Well hello Jaap,

I love this shot of the cool metalic creepy crawly, the DOF is perfect and the details and metal colors are amazing! I see the soul of Jaap with the beetle's reflection. :)

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2006-06-13 14:57]

Jaap my vrien
Ek is bly om te sien jy jag nog steeds die klein goedjies, en dat jou werk nog steeds uitstekend is. Pragtige kewer hierdie, 'n lewebde juweeltjie.
Mooi loop

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-26 12:12]

Bonjour Jaap, la carapace de cet insecte est en relief!! Bien belle realisation: colors, POV, DOF and sharpness too. Great harmonize with the BG. Very well done, Didier.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-01 17:30]

Wow... elegí esta imagen Jaap antes que tu última presentación por la espectacularidad de la misma.
El colorido de este insecto es maravilloso y sé de la dificultad de fotografiarlos con éxito.
Gran POV con excelente composición.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

Wow... I chose this image Jaap before your last presentation by the spectacularity of the same one.
The colorful of this insect is wonderful and I know of the difficulty to photograph them successfully.
Great POV with excellent composition.
Congratulations and regards... Ricardo

Mooie kleuren op de pantser.
Leuke foto met 'beperkte middelen' indicator voor talent!;-)

Hy Jaap
Beautiful capture of this bug. Very nice metal collours.
Great sharpness and details.

Well done and TFS!


Hello Jaap.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hallo Jaap
Amazing and superb shot of this colourful metallic bug. Thank you for this lovely and detailed close-up. Great sharpness on the body and head. The combination of the different metallic colours is awesome and perfect match. It is really vibrant and stunning. It looks as if this beetle has been buffed for the occasion. I love the purple eyes and purple antennas. An excellent presentation. I collect brooches and would love to have one similar to this. I have a ladybird brooch, but a replica of this colourful beetle will really add splendour to my collection. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Jaap!
Verry good picture with nice clarity(we can see all details) and interesting colours.Congratulation.Alin.

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