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Click Beetles

Observed: 24th May 2013 By: dejayM
Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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A small plague yesterday, in the sunshine.
I think these looked a little small
Nice treatise here - http://www.thewcg.org.uk/elateridae/0326G.htm

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Click beetle (Ctenicera cuprea) interacts

Comments

nightfly's picture

Excellent pics Derek.

Excellent pics Derek.

Cathal.

dejayM's picture

frame

Thanks Cathal
I am coming to believe that 'strong' pictures do attract more interest. I spend a lot of time framing, then cropping. The best advice I ever had - fill the frame - need no title.
ðerek

nightfly's picture

I think you have those ones

I think you have those ones nicely cropped and the frames filled perfectly. Just a nice selection of poses and angles, particularly like the one with the wings out, the profile shot is great also. I heard that some photographers dont like cropping but with my equipment I have to crop and I have no issue with having to edit an image in this way to enhance it.

Cathal.

Joe Botting's picture

Agree completely

This site is all about having functional photos - ones that can be identified. Not cropping or adjusting the contrast and brightness as necessary is going to put people off looking, and makes it very much harder. The selection of angles (including, critically, the straight, top-down view) also makes a big difference... good to see such a professional and aesthetic job. :o)

Having said that, you can hardly go wrong with such a fabulous species... ;-)

dejayM's picture

satisfying..

Now then Joe, calm down. Even the poorest picture will sometimes be a blessing for ID and there are PLENTY on iSpot - so valuable.
I have a few (well, more than a few), with only the briefest glimpse of features, making for real ID challenges.
But is so satisfying having a good one. See http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/331879
Thanks Joe

Joe Botting's picture

Better than nowt...

Believe me, Derek, I do know how a poor photo is much, much better than nothing, and that a poor photo is often all one is allowed to get ("Ping," said the leafhopper...). I just think it's good to highlight examples of good photo sets, so people who are new to this realise what sort of thing to aim at.

So to all those reading, it's definitely worth clarifying that if poor pictures are all that's available, then that is fine - but if you have the chance to get better ones, or just to process the pictures so that the critter is more visible, then even better - for everyone.
:o)