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Black Knight

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 21 June 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

His carapace reminded me of armour

On yesterday's shot...It was indeed a Harlequin Ladybird(Ladybug) nymph. Well done Stephen-next time I'm in Aus, or you are over here-I'll pay up.
Everyone else who guessed correctly get to hear my enthralling lecture on Insect Morphology which will be held at the Village Hall in Earley on Wednesday. It's only 4 1/2 hours long, but the church seats are a bit hard so, bring a cushion ;-)

Canon EOS 7D 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 1600 100 mm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Stunning detail, focus and color! You are certainly getting the best out of that 7D:)

21 Jun 2011 6:11am

@Pavan Kaul: I think its the lens rather than the camera. It consistently does the job-I'm really pleased with it

rem_la from Villiers, France

excellent cette macro !

21 Jun 2011 6:11am

Luke from Spokane, United States

I am impressed that you got so close!

21 Jun 2011 6:27am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

What a great big fly !! Superb macro!!

21 Jun 2011 6:56am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great macro, the details are fabulous. 5 *. Good day.

21 Jun 2011 7:03am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine


21 Jun 2011 7:12am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Amazing ...great details..5*

21 Jun 2011 7:12am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A very beautiful macro where every detail is splendidly shown. I like very much the pearly aspect of wings

21 Jun 2011 7:38am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Stunning macro, Chris - level of detail is extraordinary. Perfect light you get here as well.

21 Jun 2011 7:38am

k@ from Paris, France

She looks like a flying eggplant ! Details are as impressive as the light shining on her black body & all !

21 Jun 2011 7:47am

Fraucha from БІЛА ЦЕРКВА, Ukraine


21 Jun 2011 7:54am

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

i am concerned that you got so close!

21 Jun 2011 8:25am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

I'm with Sally, not overly concerned of course, you must walk on velvet feet to get that close or you'll got one hell of a lens

21 Jun 2011 9:21am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow ... Great macro. The details are fabulous. Five Stars ! :)

21 Jun 2011 10:14am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un titre qui colle bien à cette volucelle !!:)
belle image

21 Jun 2011 11:17am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Good conference today on your site ... Thank you very much for free information! Very interesting ... I'll bring a cushion for the next conference ... Today an insect battleship ... a beautiful image! The wings are beautiful and the flower looks scared! A hug, Adela

21 Jun 2011 11:29am

Mimosa from Kedah, Malaysia

Amazing macro shot in a detailed composition and great tone!

21 Jun 2011 11:41am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Excellent macro just as yesterday's ladybug nymph!

21 Jun 2011 1:22pm

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Fantastic macro. This fly on your picture is disgustingly beautiful. ;-)

21 Jun 2011 1:24pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

wow wow, that s very close !!! you did it very well chris, a good macro shot like i would like to do !
have a nice day ☼

21 Jun 2011 1:27pm

Don from Spokane, United States

You've captured remarkable detail and color in this close in shot. Superb image! I'd like to attend that lecture and I have a good boat cushion that will take care of those hard seats. :-)

21 Jun 2011 1:44pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a macro - the details are just superb! I still can't the believe the very low level of noise you get when shooting at such a high ISO.

21 Jun 2011 1:59pm

@Jason Politte: The 7d is basically noiseless in daylight up to around 3200. In dim light, the noise is apparent from 800 upwards, but is easily de-noised in any of the usual bits of software

Sunder from Chennai, India

Lovely details..
Splendid shot indeed..

21 Jun 2011 2:50pm

myky from London, Canada

Stupendous...the way the light is coming across that one wing showing that texture detail.

21 Jun 2011 3:15pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice bug series, all near your new pond?

21 Jun 2011 3:33pm

@The Mouse: Nope, the pond is still working itself out a bit. These were taken on one Betty's walks.

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Le couple 7D et 100mm Macro fait des merveilles, la preuve en image par ce superbe cliché, fort en détails et en qualité. Joli coup!

21 Jun 2011 4:03pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Can't wait Chris:) Lovely crisp shot here. Looks as if you buffed the subject up it's so clean and shiny

21 Jun 2011 4:22pm

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Wow! Excellent!

21 Jun 2011 5:12pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Impressive macro. Using 100 mm makes you get very close, so great technique for not having the insect fly away scared.

21 Jun 2011 5:19pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

super the reflected light on body and wings

21 Jun 2011 5:27pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

This is the science-fiction!

21 Jun 2011 5:57pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Lovely sharp and crisp macro shot.

21 Jun 2011 7:14pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

beautiful closup. the transparency of the wings and their texture is amazing. Great shot

21 Jun 2011 7:29pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous. your recent work is amazing!!!

21 Jun 2011 7:55pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Terrific macro!!!

21 Jun 2011 8:00pm

David from Avranches, France

He/she looks the business.

21 Jun 2011 8:26pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Phew - another stunning macro. You are really getting close and personal with the insects in your garden:)

21 Jun 2011 9:51pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Excellent details...this is authentic class A macro! two thumbs up!

21 Jun 2011 11:35pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A tremendous shot and accomplished work, 5 big stars.

22 Jun 2011 1:27am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that is a stunning macro. Perfection.

22 Jun 2011 3:57am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

stunning detail...gorgeous light!

22 Jun 2011 8:57am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

AWESOME x 2 .........this HAS to make Spotlight !

22 Jun 2011 7:12pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

WOW! Magical wings - like stained glass only prettier. Detail amazing ~ Love this.

22 Jun 2011 10:01pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Nice and sharp with wonderful detail.

24 Jun 2011 12:40pm

Canon EOS 7D
1/400 second
ISO 1600
100 mm