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Woodland Ground Beetle - Coming Thru!
Woodland Ground Beetle - Coming Thru!

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Challenge: A Bug's Life: Insects, Bugs, Beetle (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Date: Dec 5, 2009
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2009

Genus - Pterostichus

Brought this guy indoors (it was snowing outside!), with some leaves, dirt, and wood bark, and took his photo. Quite a lively fellow after he warmed up...TOO lively. ISO 1600 at F2.8 was still nearly not fast enough to catch a decent shot. I know, I know...could have put him in the freezer...that just seems mean. Had to focus in anticipation and track him some with the camera. I suppose flash would've helped. One of these days I'll have to figure out the art of flash photography. :-)

Oh, BTW - If you haven't figured out by now, I didn't shoot this at the last minute (I was kidding in the forum thread). :-P


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Place: 37 out of 49
Avg (all users): 5.3279
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 4.7667
Avg (non-participants): 5.4065
Views since voting: 725
Views during voting: 365
Votes: 244
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2009 12:39:07 PM
the focus seems a little too far back. I'd love to see the full head in focus.
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12/13/2009 06:01:06 PM
Good take. May have cropped a little tighter for impact but nicely shot all the same. (Not voting)
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12/12/2009 07:35:46 PM
I like the DOF and the title.
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12/10/2009 11:58:35 AM
Looks like he has a drill bit coming out of his face!
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12/10/2009 09:48:36 AM
Looks like a tank! Get that lens out the way! Well shot!
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12/09/2009 10:44:36 AM
this is quite good....and like mine has "soft focus spots" in different areas..translation...not quite as super sharp as it could be...I know that with mine it was really hard to get the buggers to sit still long enough to focus
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12/09/2009 09:47:31 AM
Excellent POV and I very much like the shallow depth of field. I'm right there with the critter. 9
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