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Stag beetle

By steve_i

Tags: Stag Beetle Close-up and macro Inscect

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mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2014 8:51AM
A challenging shot of a magnificent animal.
I think you needed to be higher up or lower down because the angle you have the face is 'straight on' and although I think I know what you wanted to achieve, the details of the horns and mandibles have overlayed each other and become hard to distinguish.
A lower angle (if you had been able to get there!) would also have added to a dominant threatening pose.

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TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2014 10:18AM
(a) I think you're pretty brave to get this close, and (b) what did you do? polish the beetle before taking the photo?! That's got to be the shiniest beetle I've ever seen Grin

I don't know the setup you used, whether it was indoors or not but I think the harshness of the flash, while great for bringing out detail, has lost something with the background. I'm wondering whether this beastie would have been better photographed in a more natural setting - you could still create a natural setting within an enclosed space using soil / leaves / twigs etc., but the enclosed space would have enabled you to click away to your heart's delight without fear of him/her running off Grin

Having said that though - what a wonderful insect!
steve_i 7 846 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2014 1:37PM
Thanks for both comments to Mikehit I did try to get a higher and lower angles but the little bugger kept moving about quite lively it was lol and to TanyaH, i used a good quality bees wax polish on the beastie lol he did have my finger a couple of times as i tried to keep him where i wanted him (ouch it hurt),i am looking into buying making a containment box with more natural enviroment for taking these sorts of shots. But again thanks to both of you for your comments and thoughts they are always recieved with thanks and help improve later shots

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