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Stag beetle flying

Stag beetle flying
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, 40-49 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-15 11:58
Viewed: 9360
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
European stag beetle: Lucanus cervus Distribution: Southern and central Europe. Habitat: Broad-leaved woodlands, especially oak, but also parks and gardens where there are hedgerows, tree stumps and logs. Size: Dark, violet-brown elytra (wing cases) with reddish-brown antlers (female's antlers are much smaller than the male's). Larva is creamy-white.Life-span: The larva lives 3-5 years. Adults live only between the months of May and August. Food: Larva eats rotting wood and roots. It is thought that the adult either eats tree sap or nothing at all. The male is easily recognised because of his mouthparts which have evolved into enormous jaws, resembling the antlers on a stag's head. Despite their fearsome appearance, these antlers are useless for biting, and are used to fight other males. It is the smaller female we need to be wary of - her tiny antlers may look less threatening but they can inflict a sharp nip! Unfortunately, the stag beetle is now rare in Europe, mainly due to loss of suitable habitat.
The blue spot in the bottom right corner is a Delphinium flower. ISO 200.

pvs, scottevers7, dew77, valy67, aido, soccer, SkyF, Signal-Womb, Nico, loot, PDP has marked this note useful
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-15 12:27]

Hi Didier,

Again a very impressive macro shot,no nits,
well done and thanks to the learning note,


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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-15 12:39]

wow, amazing macro-inflight-shot, didier! :-)
excellently composed with a perfect timing,
good blurred details showing the motion.
terrific job & take care, thor.

Hi Didier,
A very impressive in flight shot on this Stag Beetle. I think you have mastered flying bugs very well. I hvae tried these with little success. Nice detail, and the wing blur is perfect for this shot.
Well done again!

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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-06-15 13:04]

Merveilleuse image, d'autant plus réussie que le sujet des insectes en vol est loin d'être facile !
Félicitations. Emmanuel

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-15 13:17]

Hello Didier,
An excellent in flight macro again.POV,lighting,colors,
framing and composition are wınderful.

Hi Didier,
this is so beautiful, I love the light shining through the transparent wings and the moment is amazing. Unbeleavable to catch it, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-15 14:42]

Bonjour Didier ! Ces gros insectes sont devenus si rares dans ma région que l'on n'en voit presque plus jamais. Vous avez bien de la chance d'en avoir trouvé un, et d'avoir réussi à le photographier en plein vol. C'est une image formidable. J'aime beaucoup les couleurs et la lumièreainsi que l'impression de bmouvement que donnent ces ailes floues. Bien joué !

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-06-15 19:43]

Hi Didier,
Great action! Very nice colours and beautiful light, excellent composition with well framing.
Very well done!


An amazing action shot. The fact that the light is so good under these difficult circumstances is testament to your photographic skills. TFS,

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-16 7:11]

Hi Didier,
Beautiful shot, firstly for the technical ability required to capture such an image, and secondly for the excellent framing, perfect DOF and beautiful light and shadow. Excellent.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-06-16 16:32]

reellement impresione surout par la capture de la lumiere dans pratiquement toutes les fotos. genial. salut

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-17 10:54]

Hello Didier,
very nice in flight shot. Nice sharp details with a wonderful motion blur. POV, light and colors are wonderful.

Bonjour Didier,
Ce cerf volant est tout simplement magnifique!
Superbe composition à mon goût,
Merci pour cette superbe prise de vue.

That creature looks like it could do some harm! Nice shot, like the back light coming through.


bonjour didier
remarquable tant pour la note que pour la photo,on voit bien ici les mandibules et le BG et bien fait.

Very nice motion effect seen Didier.
I like it!!

Wonderful shot Didier that has me captivated. This is very much your style on TN. Very well done.

Hi Didier, great inflight macro!
Unusual action shot!
Well composed, exposed and with a great BG.

Hello Didier,
Very nice capture of ths stag beetle with an excellent accompanying note. :)

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-06-22 9:49]

You managed quite a unique shot here. Good exposure and sharp. Well done.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-06-24 7:41]

bonjour DIDIER
c'est un très bel insecte
il a de bons détails de très belles couleurs et une bonne nétteté

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-07-01 5:32]

Hi Didier
Was your camera mounted on a state-of-the-art super spy ware mechanism, fitted with an ultra sonic tracking, infra red measuring, and laser precision activated device?
You have done well to capture this beetle in flight and although there are quite a number of stag beetle photos on TN this seems to be the first one showing it in flight.
A great composition with good colour definition, fine details, a superb BG, and well handled exposure. You managed to capture the movement rather well, and it is apparent that the wings moved so fast that the 1/250 shutter speed was by far too slow to freeze it completely.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-04 16:40]

Great shot Didier, The head is a little OOF but that's easily forgiven! I amazed you got this - very well done.

great capture, TFS Ori

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