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Blimey - it's been one of those evenings - not helped my spending absolutely ages taking far too many shots of this little guy. Well when they're docile and obliging then you have to take advantage!

I'll upload another version taken up in the studio - using my ancient Fuji S7000 - proof you don't need a fancy macro lens for bugs!

Camera:Sony A350
Lens:Sigma 50mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:May Bug
Username:cattyal cattyal
Uploaded:17 May 2010 - 9:03 PM
Tags:Cockchafer, General, Maybug, Wildlife / nature
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PauloNascimentoPhotography

superb macro work, beautiful colors, well done!
Paulo

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gingerdelight
17 May 2010 - 9:06 PM

Wow! Superb!
Carol

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 9:07 PM

Absolutely superb.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 9:09 PM

That Fuji has great macro settings Alison,I started out with one a few years ago & traded it in for my first Nikon,I do regret that these days Sad

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mikesmith
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17 May 2010 - 9:17 PM

WOW!

Mike

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MrBlueSky
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17 May 2010 - 9:18 PM

A cracker - well done

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Tebbs
Tebbs  8 England
17 May 2010 - 9:20 PM

looks like time well spent to me

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wolf1
wolf1  4 United Kingdom
17 May 2010 - 9:27 PM

Wow, two fantastic shots.
Andy

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finepetportraits

Oh wow fantastic, I love it!!

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vickyf
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17 May 2010 - 9:35 PM

Just love V1!

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
17 May 2010 - 9:38 PM

Amazing detail ! gill

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 9:46 PM

Two superb images with superb detail and colours BRILLIANT
Alexa

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bumbleb3
bumbleb3  8356 forum posts United Kingdom
17 May 2010 - 10:01 PM

brilliant image

sandy

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17 May 2010 - 10:02 PM

Two awesome close ups Alison, you don't see too many of these uploaded on here. The colours, clarity and detail are all first class

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 10:16 PM

Thanks everyone - I guess it was time well spent then!

Actually it's the first live May Bug I've ever come across. I do have a dead one that I picked up off the street in Cirencester a couple of years ago but this was a real find - just sitting there doing nothing.

I'm equally amazed that I managed to get it to stay put upstairs for a while and then when I put in, and the flower, on the lawn it still stayed put..... Very probably a once in a lifetime thing Smile

That Fuji is indeed a wonderful camera Janet - despite having the Sony and associated goodies I'd not part with the Fuji for anything. In fact if it ever conked out I'd probably get another!

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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 10:17 PM

i love it great shot

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NicolaCariad
17 May 2010 - 10:44 PM

Brilliant! Have an RC! Wink

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olbell
olbell  747 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 10:47 PM

Wow never seen one that close up before! Amazing detail!

Ollie

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17 May 2010 - 11:30 PM

Two brilliant macros. The detail is absolutely supberb!

Jane

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 4:24 AM

I love those antenna, and what a stunning macro.

regards
Yung

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18 May 2010 - 6:00 AM

Two cracking images, very well captured. Carol

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 10:28 AM

Two superb images with excellent detail - especially V2. Don't think I've everseen one of these.
Joan.

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kaybee
kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 10:48 AM

Well I never!
That is some ornamentation.

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18 May 2010 - 11:29 AM

Awesome shots
I am green here

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Joline
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18 May 2010 - 11:36 AM

An amazing little creature. v2 is especially fine.

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lawbert
lawbert  71713 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 3:26 PM

Apparently this glorious fella is part of the cockchafer family....I had a garden full of May Bugs that lierally rained from the sky at my last house and read up on them and apparently they have a 3 year cycle so in essence fly once every 3 years.
As for the pictures here....well......yup...spot on!!
I think your (Im a bit jealous!!) use of lighting is the key element in capturing such impressive sharp details, oh... and the wonderful scene you have set up with lovely clean backgrounds doesnt do all of it any harm at all!
All the Best
Paul

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18 May 2010 - 3:56 PM

Super stunning, I have never seen one either. So glad you posted it, I have so enjoyed looking at your shot. Ann

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2010 - 8:08 PM

Blimey - thank you all and thank you Paul for your award and education Smile

As for lighting - well this shot was taken in the garden with a bit of extra light from the onboard flash - which I permanently keep wound down low. The other shot was with two rather large cool-lights either side. Happily all very straightforward Smile

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25 May 2010 - 1:35 PM

Amazing Bug and brilliant capture.

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jonathanbp
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29 May 2010 - 11:01 AM

Never seen one of these, great head gear! - Jonathan

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26 Nov 2011 - 10:41 AM

What the bloomin eck is that! then saw V2 oh yes I think I know him! Wasn't aware he wore all that clobber though! Fantastic macro shots!Grin
Diane

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96057 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2011 - 8:10 PM

He is a good looking chap isn't he? Sadly I didn't manage to find any willing models this year - the dead one in my bug-box isn't quite as photogenic Smile Maybe I'll have better luck next year!

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