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This little fellow was discovered in our garden the other afternoon as the sun was starting to go down.
I was just fortunate enough to capture an image before it decided to move to the underside of the leaf and totally out of sight.
I cropped the original slightly and then used Photoshop CS2 for levels and adding the borders.
I used my Nikon D80 and a prime 100mm lens.
Any comments welcome to try and improve for future images. Thanks

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:100mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Aphid Ladybird?
Username:mikewatson mikewatson
Uploaded:19 Sep 2008 - 7:33 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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SteveH63
SteveH63 e2 Member 6SteveH63 vcard United Kingdom
19 Sep 2008 - 8:17 PM

Great macro and detail
Steve

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Carabosse e2 Member 1139675 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2008 - 12:04 AM

In circumstances like this you have to work fast and get what you can... and you have done well here! The image is sharp, well-focused and the exposure is OK although there are some bleached out spots on the ladybird. I do like the dark background behind the leaf: really sets things off.

I have uploaded a modification.

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84360 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2008 - 7:23 AM

I think you've caught it quite well, the colours are there, as are the details. Perhaps a small tweak in contrast would bring out the colours even more.
(I think its a young Shield Bug though!) Smile

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pamelajean Critique Team 8831 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1638 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2008 - 12:40 PM

I can't see much wrong with this, Mike, and CB has dealt with the white spot on the bug. This is definitely a young Shield Bug, as Karen says, but there are so many different kinds, I've had trouble identifying which one.
You ask for comments to try to improve future shots. Of course, in an ideal world, the leaf would be as perfect as the bug. I have been known to give one a little nudge to a more colourful and attractive leaf. They are quite obliging if you use another leaf or twig to move them. Last week one ran underneath the leaf so I turned the leaf over and did a one-handed macro. They are a lot of fun. I also try lots of different angles because they look great photographed from the front, looking at you so-to-speak. You have to watch those long antenna don't get thrown out of focus, though. Another nice angle is from slightly underneath, showing the underbody just a little. Patience is obviously needed.
Keep up the good work, Mike.
Pamela.

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