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Aphid Ladybird?

By mikewatson
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

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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19 Sep 2008 8:17PM
Great macro and detail

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Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
20 Sep 2008 12:04AM
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.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
20 Sep 2008 7:23AM
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
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2008 12:40PM
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.

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