RuthC: Fabulous photo, Henry Lozykowski, not just of the grapevine hoplia, but also of the free rider on its back, which makes me smile! Great colours, varied textures from the very shiny surfaces to the hairiness on the undersides of the beetle, and the busy untidiness of the flower. A well-deserved fifth spot in this challenge where so many excellent entries vied for top places. Ruth :-)
Thanks Ruth, for your comment. I’m pleased you liked them.Henry
Thank you very much cjf2, Mick, and Ruth.RegardsHenry
cjf2: I really liked this image. Gruesome but very interesting.
Thanks, I’m pleased you liked it.Henry
pocoloco: Great shot with contrasty colors!
Thanks Miroslav and pocoloco for your comments, I’m pleased you liked it.Henry
RuthC: Congratulations, Henry Lozykowski, on placing fourth in this 'Interesting Insects' Challenge. Your skipper caterpillar reminds me of a red-headed clown, ready to juggle the blue balls. This is a beautiful, bright cheerful capture which shows nature at its best. Ruth :-)
Thanks Ruth, for your comment, I’m delighted you liked it.Henry
bobcamm: Smeared Dagger Moth (Acronicta oblinita)
Thank you for identification.
bobcamm: Skipper larva.Most ikely...Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
Yes you are right it is Skipper larva. Thanks! http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/silver-spotted_skipper.htmHenry
Many thanks merops, ysal and Mick.I appreciate all your comments! I’m pleased you liked it.
RuthC: This is a great capture, Henry, of your robber fly laying eggs in the spent flower(?). It deserves to be in the top four places in this interesting challenge. Wonderful clarity, and detail in the subject. Ruth :-)
Female robber fly uses their ovipositor to deposit eggs in dead flower head.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilidae
Thank you Ruth, I appreciate your comment. Henry
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"Nine rounded diaphragm blades guarantee images with exceptional bokeh" Wherever there are reports about a new camera lens, this sentence is often found. What characteristic of the image is actually meant by it? And what does the diaphragm have to do with it? We would like to address these questions today. But because "bokeh" is closely related to "depth of field," I would like to first begin with those topics on the following pages. It is true that a great deal has already been written about them elsewhere, and many may think that the topics have already been exhausted. Nevertheless I am sure that you will not be bored. I will use a rather unusual method to show how to use a little geometry to very clearly understand the most important issues of ‘depth of field’.
RuthC: Congratulations, Henry, on your well-deserved win in this 'Lichens' challenge. This is a beautiful and unusual example of the subject, with interesting contrast and texture. Ruth :-)
Thank you, I appreciate your comment Henry
Thank You all, I appreciate the kind words.Cheers!Henry
cmantx: Great shot. Nice detail. Amazing that you can get that close to a dragonfly. What time of day was it taken?
The lens to the insect distance is approximately (camera maximum zoom): 12.5” (31.75 cm) with close up VCL3358, ~31” (78.74 cm) VCL3358 + VCL-DH1774~ 20” (50.8 cm) with close up Canon 500D~50” (152.4 cm) with Canon 500D+ VCL-DH1774,~9” (22.86 cm) with close up Canon 250D,~21” (53.34 cm) with Canon 250D + VCL-DH1774.Date created: 5/1 2012, 2.27 PM
merops: Good shot, but why crop so tight?
Picture was capture by Sony HX100v + close-up lense Canon 500D.Photo was not crop, I only rediuse size:„Size: MAXIMUM 1,600px on LONGER SIDE.”CheersHenry
Sorry Ruth I did not see your thread: 'Eat or The challenge 'Eat or Be Eaten' http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Challenge.aspx?ID=7788