Eye-to-eye shot of a beetle (Rose Chafer or Cetonia Aurata) that had sought shelter overnight in a friend’s garden during the sudden cold spell in Bavaria, Germany. Approx. 3mm from the outer edge of the left to the right eye!

I got some shots the day before with beautiful raindrops on its back. I’m not sure if it was getting fed up with me snapping away with the cam so close but it stayed around for a while and stretched a bit before flying off once the sun came eventually the next day.

Nikon D7000, Lensbaby Composer Pro, f/11 aperture disc, 4 or 10 mm macro adapter, manual focus. Post-pro adjustment of colour and light. No crop or other post-pro.
Featured in Artists Universe, German Photographers and Extreme close-ups
31.03.2013, 337 views.

Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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  • Debbie-anne
    Debbie-anneover 2 years ago

    Fabulous colours – beautiful shot

  • Debbie-Anne – thank you very much!!

    – Kasia-D

  • Clive
    Cliveover 2 years ago

  • Clive, thank you so much for this feature – very much appreciated!!!

    – Kasia-D

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago

    Kasia – fabulous capture and many congratulations on the feature !! ;)

  • Mattie, thank you so very much!

    – Kasia-D

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Great Macro Kasia….

  • Thomas, thank you. It wasn’t easy keeping a steady hand.

    – Kasia-D

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    Outstanding artwork:)

    Art Quote of the Day
    Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
    Plutarch mentioned:)
    Best regards & hugs,

  • Sunny, thank you for your lovely words and support as always. What a beautiful quote!

    – Kasia-D

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Wow! I personally wouldn’t want to meet this guy up close, lol, but what an amazing image!!!! So beautiful!!

  • Laura, thank you for the lovely comment and fave! He probably wished my cam lens didn’t so close lol. But he was very patient as I clicked:-) And he had such pretty colours.

    – Kasia-D

  • PJarts
    PJartsover 2 years ago

    Super-Aufnahme, passender Titel! So habe ich die auch noch nicht gesehen, das ist ein Rosenkäfer, oder? Fave und Feature!

  • Vielen vielen Dank – sorry für die späte Antwort, aber ich war unterwegs. Und danke für den Tipp mit Rosenkäfer – ich habe eben gegoogelt. Ja, tatsächlich. Das werde ich gleich hinzufügen. Ich wollte die Blumen im Garten einer Freundin knipsen und sie hat ihn entdeckt. Er blieb gut 18 Stunden ziemlich still und ruhig, dann als die Sonne endlich wieder kam, räkelte er sich, guckte mich frech an und flog weg:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 2 years ago


  • Thank you. This beetle really was quite bright and reflective

    – Kasia-D

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Beautiful macro Kasia-D

    Cheers Jude x

  • Jude, thank you!!

    – Kasia-D

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    WOW!!!! That is one great capture!!!!

  • Poete, I was extremely lucky for it to stay around so long. Thank you! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

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