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  • When I took this shot, I was just looking through the camera shot to see it in detail. Had no idea that the focus and lighting were enough to have the image come out

Cobalt Beetle Ball

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Seen in a museum, this image was shot through glass and is a macro shot of a round ball covered with iridescent beetle wings of cobalt blue and teal.

This image is true Karma for me. First, I took shots while out and about Saturday and thought I did not have about 15 of them. Then I found them, yeah! Then I edited alot of images and a terrible accident happened where I lost them due to an accidental deletion of my entire Pictures folder. My friend John Groseclose came to the rescue with a plan to scan the "empty space" on the Mac and then he found I had 79 gig of images still "there"! After his initial scan of hours and hours, he was able to do a recovery with a disk data recovery software and copied the files to an external hard drive.

After he was done, I could not see the missing images but I knew that he had saved about 12,000 image files for me. A long search through all the recovered files that now had "no name" and new applied numbers showed that the recovered files are spread through many new folders by image type. It took me about 6 hours to find this particular image again, so that's the story and I am sticking to it. What a memory shot this image is for me!

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  1. guano 55 months ago | reply

    Whoa, a ball in a museum covered with beetle wings, or specifically the part of the beetle shell that covers it's wings. A couple thousand beetles to cover the ball? How big was the ball? Was it from Central or South America, by chance?

    79 gigs of nameless photo files, oh yeah! 12,000 nameless images will give you endless hours of fun to sort. You have my sympathies, and also the joy of finding again what once was lost.

  2. John Groseclose (new layout sucks - I'm moving) 55 months ago | reply

    I'm very glad this one "came back" for you.

  3. Lori - Learning Junkie 55 months ago | reply

    This is a beautiful image. I love the color and textures.

  4. BoskeZ (trying to be there ;o) 55 months ago | reply

    beautiful picture, lucky you that you recovered them ;o)

  5. Dutile Photography [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

    Great image

  6. Suso Rubio 55 months ago | reply

    Meta-Cobalt work=genius²

  7. marcp_dmoz 55 months ago | reply

    Amazing colors!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

  8. khosey1 55 months ago | reply

    This is an amazing image; the colors are so fabulous and the textures on the large size make it even more captivating.

    I'm so glad to hear you were able to recover your images. A lot of work and resorting to be sure, but yes, what a relief.

  9. suertudo 55 months ago | reply

    and your heart didn't give out - thats the Story here

  10. werewegian 55 months ago | reply

    Beautiful colours and if you look long enough the image begins to swirl. :)

  11. kevin dooley 55 months ago | reply

    i'm glad you made a full recovery!

  12. heycarrieann331 55 months ago | reply

    Love this! It's so different!

  13. Stitch 55 months ago | reply

    nice crisp shot, brilliant colors ;)

  14. _minette 39 months ago | reply

    Super beautiful!

  15. cgullz 39 months ago | reply

    darn devine.

  16. Flight Of Littlewing 31 months ago | reply

    Fantastic image! Love the iridescent effect.

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