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beetle sp. on desert sunflower (Gera canescens)


beetle sp. on desert sunflower (Gera canescens)
Copyright ©2005, tom neal
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My first post to the oly board. Greets all!

We have been having record rainfall out here in the desert Southwest (CA, USA). As a result, the wildflower bloom has been the most intense in recent memory.

I'd like to share a few of my favorite shots (so far) of some of the flora and fauna that have colored our normally stark, beige desert into a kaleidoscope of colors!

This is an unknown beetle sp. (I'm a marine biologist, not an entomologist - maybe someone here knows?) feeding on the pollen of the desert sunflower (Gera canescens).

comments welcome.



Photographer: tom neal
Folder: Sir_Toejam's Macros
Uploaded: 27-Feb-2005 07:32 CET
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Camera: Olympus C5060
Exposure time: 1/7.1 125
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Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 80
White balance: Clouds
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
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Image resized to: 797x1024

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Very good macro Tom, good clarity and the dark beetle really stands out on the yellow.

Gary Hebert at 17:21 CET on 27-Feb-2005 [Reply]


thank you. I found it surprisingly difficult to get a decent overall exposure because of the contrasts in the luminance of the two subjects.

tom neal at 19:49 CET on 27-Feb-2005 [Reply]