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A Jewel of Harlequins

Discussion in 'Nature' started by MarkB1, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    On the white flowered Hibiscus in the nearby bush is a small herd of bugs, Harlequins they are called, don’t know why – possibly for the distinctive symmetrical markings on the ‘face’. These ones are real beauties; they go through many different colours in their little lives, blues, greens and reds. And there are times when they can be found with developing wings that make them look like something from a futuristic car show, and very elegant.

    Anyway, these last days they are this wonderful blue with hues and patches of green and red and iridescent, overlaid on a very purposeful looking form. A very attractive little jewel of the forest.

    DMC-FZ50    ---    37mm    f/11.0    1/60s    ISO 100

    DMC-FZ50    ---    30mm    f/11.0    1/80s    ISO 100

    DMC-FZ50    ---    28mm    f/11.0    1/80s    ISO 100

    DMC-FZ50    ---    29mm    f/11.0    1/80s    ISO 100

    DMC-FZ50    ---    30mm    f/11.0    1/80s    ISO 100

    DMC-FZ50    ---    29mm    f/11.0    1/80s    ISO 100
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  2. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    A very beautiful Jewel bug :) . Can you please tell me the lighting setup that you have used for these? I like the soft light feel to these photographs.
  3. leendertv

    leendertv Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 22, 2011
    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Very nice!

    Is this with the Panasonic 45mm F2.8 macro?
  4. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nice as usual Mark. Awesome colours in time for Christmas!
  5. Auntiepode

    Auntiepode Mu-43 Regular

    Beautiful and very well captured.

    Many years ago, also nearing Christmas, I photographed a similar beetle at the zoo in Sydney. Zoo patrons probably thought I was crazy for photographing a beetle while there were so many exotic animals!
  6. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    Damn, that thing looks fierce!
  7. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    Thanks all, appreciated. Gentle as a lamb.
  8. MarkB1

    MarkB1 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 30, 2010
    FZ50 actually, + achromats stacked for short WD. Forgot about M4/3's. :) 
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