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At last!!! a ladybug

At last!!! a ladybug
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-02 15:52
Viewed: 4095
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I believe this is the japanese ladybug.
Too many spots to be the North American specie.
She woke up from her sleep, look at all the dust on her.

Another one for my experimentation. Same outfit as yesterday. No room for DOF, F3.5 to F9.
This one was interesting, I found her crawling on the bedroom window.
The lighting was great, backlighting, what more can one ask for. How's this for a macro shot with backlighting and no flash.?
Adjusted the levels in photoshop elements, crop abit, a highpass with a hardlight, resize for web.


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Hello Mike

She is a bit dusty, poor thing - well 'caught'.

Looks like you've got yourself a Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (hope you don't mind the note ...)

The multicolored Asian lady beetle is an introduced biological control agent that is spreading rapidly throughout the United States. Despite the fact it is an effective biological control agent in agricultural and landscape environments, it has become a major nuisance to homeowners because of its habit of invading houses and buildings in large numbers while searching for protected sites to overwinter in the fall (mid-October to early November) and appearing again on warm, sunny days in February and March. In addition, beetles may get in picnic food and drinks, "swarm" like bees and land on people. Despite these annoying traits, H. axyridis preys upon many species of injurious soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, and psyllids and is thus considered beneficial to growers and agriculturalists.

-notes taken from http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/biocontrol/predators/harmonia.html

Nice one mike , some very nice details.

Ah,so its on a window.I wondered how it was flying without opening its wings ;)
Some good detail as Robert said, perhaps not the clarity of a real macro lens, but you've done well with your home made setup. Good stuff.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-03 3:54]

Nice details on this dirty bug ;-) Good light but BG is rather ascetic.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-03 6:13]

:) What a filthy little bug! Good capture Mike.

Technicaly not the best, but the composition is really great it looks like flying.
Well done.

Is it levitation?????????????
Great idea and just wonderful shot!

Hello Mike, You know I can't stay away..It does kinda look like it's flying... Very good detail in the head where it counts. Well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-03-03 23:42]

Gotta run. Will critique Sunday

Another interesting post, certainly much bigger than you could get without the inverted telephoto on the S5000. Perhaps not as sharp as some others, though I'm viewing this on on an LED screen that doesn't seem to reproduce images as good as the normal type of screen.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-03-04 17:02]

Hi Mike
Well done, this is a lovely l'bird and nice colours. The light was with yo, and you made a fine picture. Love the Backlighting.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-05 3:35]

I have really appreciate these indoor experiments, Mike. A good excuse to not go outdoor ;-) brrr!
This ladybud is like those which I saw last autumn here at Montréal.
p.s.: congratulations for the 1K.

well Mike I like your experimences a lot, the work you did is nice, I can not say it's super because super is in my eyes perfect, and it's not perfect. I like the shot, very good details, no dof I miss something here, and other things as the fron of the bug is so nice, but it a good trying thats fore sure, good job

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-05 12:32]

Mike, I've been trying to find one of these for quite a long time, but, so far, I was not successfull.

Very nice capture. I like pov and composition.

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