The ladybug - or - Der Marienkäfer 🐞

by Heike August. 01, 2019 785 views

Last saturday's rain with wind and thunderstorms ended the extreme heatwave under lots of people and animals in several European countries suffered the week before. Like everybody, I opened all windows and the balcony doors of my apartment, to let in the fresh air. After the first rainshower I found a little ladybug lying on it's back on the floor of my living room. I think it was blown in by the wind. In German we call them "Marienkäfer" because the farmers in the middle ages believed, that this beetle ("Käfer" in German) was send from the Virgin Maria to help them against aphids and other pests.
I helped it to turn around and placed it onto a plant on my balcony. I havn't seen many ladybugs in the last few years, I don't know if it's up to me, because I just don't perceive them, or whether it's due to the insecticides that are sprayed on our fields and plants. However, I decided to make a little shooting with it. Some of you know, I like editing, so of course, I did not hold back here.

Oh and one other thing...I should have used the vacuum cleaner before the beetle rolled its back in the dust of my floor... 🤭
See what I mean?
...Hmpf...this macro lenses are always so relentless...

(There is definitely a reason, why I always had so much sympathy for the character of "Pig Pen" from the "Peanuts". ) 😀

It was not very happy, that I put it on a wet leaf. ..It seems that ladybugs are a bit discerning .."Yes, yes, next time I will dry the leaf first, my royal highness..." :-)  See the wings? Are they outside, because they are still wet??

It was not very happy, that I put it on a wet leaf. ..It seems that ladybugs are a bit discerning .."Yes, yes, next time I will dry the leaf first, my royal highness..." :-) See the wings? Are they outside, because they are still wet??

After looking at this pics on my notebook, I really had the need to put this little guy under a shower...No worries, I didn't...at least it was not my idea that he rolled on my dusty floor. :)

After looking at this pics on my notebook, I really had the need to put this little guy under a shower...No worries, I didn't...at least it was not my idea that he rolled on my dusty floor. :)

Believe me, this one is NOT edited (only cropped)! I often play around with my shutter speed (here 1/6s) to achieve a high key effect. Surely not everybodys taste, but I like the graphic effect of high key.

Believe me, this one is NOT edited (only cropped)! I often play around with my shutter speed (here 1/6s) to achieve a high key effect. Surely not everybodys taste, but I like the graphic effect of high key.

High key edited with Silver Efex Pro. (Nik Collection) Usually I don't like frames, but imho here it fits.

High key edited with Silver Efex Pro. (Nik Collection) Usually I don't like frames, but imho here it fits.

Reduced green saturation and raised orange and red (in LR).

Reduced green saturation and raised orange and red (in LR).

Can't remember which filter I used...Something from Nik Collection.

Can't remember which filter I used...Something from Nik Collection.

Bleach Bypass Effect in LR.

Bleach Bypass Effect in LR.

Analog Efex Pro. (Nik Collection)

Analog Efex Pro. (Nik Collection)

Combination between HDR Efex Pro and Analog Efex Pro (Try the filter "wet plate" if you use the Nik Collection!)

Combination between HDR Efex Pro and Analog Efex Pro (Try the filter "wet plate" if you use the Nik Collection!)

Analog Efex Pro - Wet Plate and PS

Analog Efex Pro - Wet Plate and PS

Silver Efex Pro. (Nik Collection)

Silver Efex Pro. (Nik Collection)

Analog Efex Pro - Multiobjective (Nik Collection)     See the heart on his back ?! :-)

Analog Efex Pro - Multiobjective (Nik Collection) See the heart on his back ?! :-)

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Heike- somehow I missed this set. The soft hue of #2 was most effective for my eyes. Being a passionate protector of the "Lady Bug" I very much enjoyed your magical images!

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Heike Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Buster! Glad you like it ! smile

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Love these macro photos Heike. That's a technique I do not control. Perhaps one day. smile

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Antonio. I love my macro lens, but honestly, I use it rarely as macro lens. smileYou can make good portraits with it, or body parts, technical details etc... I'm always fascinated by this kind of macros, where you see every little detail of the insect, but to get this quality, you have to do photo-stacking...And I have not the patience for doing that! smile

1 month, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Heike 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Neither do I smile

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Piotr Matura 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great set of pictures smile I really like all your edits, they really put a different spin on every image. Analog filters are really interesting, they are pretty convincing wink

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Heike Replied to Piotr Matura 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thanks Piotr. I really fall in love with this analog filters from the Nik Collection. I never found somthing equal in other Editing software. I'm very thankful to google, that they decided to make it a freeware, after they stopped developing and supporting the software. (What was pretty stupid in my eyes...smile).

1 month, 3 weeks ago Edited
Ho Kim 2 months ago

I love them all. Each gives respective feelings of its genuine characteristics and you did cleverly utilized them. As for me, I love first two and the silver print effect. If you add little more grain, it will really look like those of films. smile I like Marienkaefers. They eat pests and do good for farmers and do look pretty, as well. I don't know the reason why but once in a week I have a Marienkaefer in my working place, living room for last couple of years. All my family got shocked to see 'her' - screaming all around - but my mission is to save her. I use the slipcase of hard-cover books to capture her alive. The point is to shake the slipcase crazy as soon as I capture her, otherwise she will fly away in my living room again, then release her outside the window. I cannot get a same image of Marienkaefer in the nature but them in my living room, if I have a change. smile

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Heike Replied to Ho Kim 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the comment, Ho. Sorry about late reply. It's said 'Marienkäfer' do bring luck, tell that your family when they sceam next time they see it. smile

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Ho Kim Replied to Heike 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Sure, I will. smile

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Tsao T-F 2 months ago

Good shooting and editing. Incredibly, you can create so many images that I like based on only one ladybug.

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Heike Replied to Tsao T-F 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Sorry for late reply, Tsao. I was thinking of you, while I was shooting the beetle. smileYou inspired me to make a insect-shooting on my balcony...Thanks! smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Heike 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Heike, you are not only a very good photographer, very nice person, but also a very well artist. I learned much from your photoblog.

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Susan Wilde 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Great series of photos. I do love the different styles of processing.

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Heike Replied to Susan Wilde 2 months ago

Thanks Susan, glad you like it. I like editing so much, because it can change a photo into a complete different picture. Somehow exciting. smile

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Tawnya Boe 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It's a bug's life. I love this Lady Bug story!  I never realized that the dots on the wings by the back of the neck make a similar shape to a heart.  heart  #5 and #8 are my favourite edits. I enjoy photo manipulation and digital effects - it's all art in my book. Very nice - thanks for sharing!

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Heike Replied to Tawnya Boe 2 months ago

Thanks a lot Tawnya! Great to see you again. I too realized the heart on it's back the first time, thanks to the macro lens. smile Editing is for me a great way to live my creativity, since I'm not so talented like you in drawing and painting.  ;-)

2 months ago Edited
Tawnya Boe Replied to Heike 2 months ago

...Ahhh, I love what you said: "to live my creativity". heart eyes I wrote that in my journal this morning. Your edits are inspiring - thank you!

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Olga Helys 2 months, 2 weeks ago

#8 so cute
INTERESTING

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Heike Replied to Olga Helys 2 months ago

Thanks Olga! #7 is also my fav. smile

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Greg Blaney 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Love your story, Heike. Don't feel too bad about the dust in your house - everyone is guilty of that. It didn't seem to harm this little lady. I also use the Nik Collection but nowhere near as aggressively as you have with these photos. I like what you've done and you've taught me a little lesson to try being a bit more adventurous. Despite the fact that red is a dominant colour when taking ladybug photos, your B&W pictures really work! Thanks for the post.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 2 months ago

Thanks Greg! Sorry I was too busy the last days, so a very late reply...
Sometimes I use the Nik collection so extremely, that I think I can't publish the result. Maybe one day I will post that pic's where I doubt. The above ones are for me still in the category "edited but presentable". smile

2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Love your experiments! Very interesting effects!
I'll bet that ladybug had quite a story to tell about her day, when she returned home to her "hubby"!
(((GRIN)))

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Thanks Jay! Oh, I can imagine she told him, a crazy giant made nearly an hour shooting with her, without paying her a single cent.  grinning

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Jay Boggess Replied to Heike 2 months ago

Hahahahahahahhaaaa......My pleasure, my friend!!!

ps...thanks for "liking & saving" my "Looking West" image.....

Cheers!

2 months ago Edited
Francesc 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic macros...Great work

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Heike Replied to Francesc 2 months ago

Thank you, Francesc! Glad you liked them !

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Really like the different edits and of course you know which ones are my favorite. #7 I really like the shade of green and the softness, I just wish there was a bit more visibility to the lady bug. Nice series. I enjoy seeing your edits because it does give me ideas and options. As to lady bug, I too have not seen too many of the around the last few years. We have had a ton of Asian Beetles but they are not considered to be lady bugs. Old wives tale says that if you find a lady bug it will bring good luck, so maybe good luck of sorts is coming to you smile

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

Thanks Camellia! Sry for late reply, I had some busy days. Agree with you concerning the visibility of it on #7. I hoped the leave in front would be more transcluent. Oh and luck I had already, that weekend I won 20,- Euro in the lottery...wasn't the jackpot, but a start.smile

2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 months ago

A win is a win no matter what the amount. Good for you. Don't forget though, when you win the jackpot, you have friends in Illinois 😜

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months ago

I will remember Illinois! smile  
Btw I took the 20,- Euro to pay a ticket for driving too fast....(a country road early in the morning, nobody there, only me and the speed camera...hmpf...)

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Camellia Staab Replied to Heike 2 months ago

Well it still was a blessing/win since you didn't have to directly pay out of your own pocket.smile I've decided to be the "half full" person for a while, hence the optimistic comments 😜😎

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