Saturday, February 7, 2009

Day 038 | February 07, 2009 | Green Beetle (Cetonia Aurata)

Day 038 | February 07, 2009 | Green Beetle (Cetonia Aurata)

Camera : Nikon D60
Lenses : AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR + Raynox DCR 250
ISO : 100
Exposure Program : Aperture Priority
F-number : f/16
Shutter Speed : 1/13 s
Focal Length : 55 mm
Software : Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0

Photographer's Comments
Found this interesting looking beetle in my office compound today I didn't carry my camera along to work, so I took the beetle and some leafs back home. Photo was taken in my DIY Lightbox. Did a look-up on Wikipedia and more details of this Green Beetle (cetonia aurata) can be found at this link. (Wiki : cetonia aurata). Did some sharpening of image, increased the contrast and increased the saturation as well to bring out the colour of the beetle. Comments on how to improve this photo, composition wise or post processing is highly appreciated.


Note : No beetle was harmed in this photography session. The beetle was released unharmed after the photoshoot.

3 comments:

Superman February 7, 2009 at 7:09 PM  

Nice photo... Expected from a good DSLR camera...

elixelle February 8, 2009 at 1:04 AM  

i like that you can see the detailing on the beetle as well as the leaf. it gives it a more 3D appeal. green on green. shows the many wonders of nature (i.e. camouflaging). your light box works great.

btw, your note should be "harm" not "hard".

Sharma D. Pillai February 12, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

Superman,
SLR camera is just a tool to take a photo. Without the correct technique (composition, post production, lighting, metering, aperture, etc), even a high end camera cannot do justice to an object.

Elixelle,
Thanx for the compliments. Really looking forward to your comments each day. This is my favorite shot so far. Really nailed the lighting and the details this time. Either I start bring bugs back home, or I carry my box around with me. LOL...!!!
Btw, change hard to harm. :D

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