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contact! food dead ahead

contact! food dead ahead
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 13:38
Viewed: 4368
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi everyone,
After may attempts to capture a decent shot of an assassin bug, I finally found one that would stand still for a moment to allow me to frame it. Maybe this specimen was too intent on its prey [target] to care about me. What really strikes me in this creature is the killer's glint in their eyes - it tells you immediately they are hunters.
P.S. I also managed a shot of the result of this hunt, which can be seen in the workshop

dew77, wkshelton, scottevers7, elefantino, markula, sgo, marhowie, eruyanik, RAP, SkyF, ramthakur has marked this note useful
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To eruyanik: Catching the momentmagal 1 09-12 07:20
To markula: sizemagal 1 09-09 08:39
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-08 13:44]
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Hello Mark,
Excellent close up.I liked POV,details,colors,POV and composition a lot.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-09-08 15:13]

wow, what a superb "double"-shot, mark! :-)
excellent composition with great sharpness and amazing details.
good to add the "final" shot in the WS, to see its success.
well seen & captured, thorsten.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-08 15:15]

Hallo Mark,
a nice capture of this bug. Good natural colours. I think it is
-- Rhinocoris erythropus
-- family: Reduviidae
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Mark,

excellent colors, bg,POV DOF perfect details, excellent use of light, perfect composition,

TFS Kyle

Bonjour MarkC'est Une merveilleuse photo en macro que ce Joli insecte, Trčs belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous trčs bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

Hi Mark,
An excellent macro shot on this Assassin Bug. Light quality was very good, and the exposure looks to have been right on the money. Nice color saturation and sharp detail. I am glad you showed us the workshop photo of the kill..Very nice work!

Ciao Mark, ancora un bel soggetto macro.
Colori e dettagli sono OK, buono il POV.
Usefull WS.


Hello Mark!
Nice shot. I'm just wondering whether the fly is so small or the bug so large. Good POV and exposure. Congratulations,

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-09-10 7:19]

Hi Mark,
You have presented a very effective shot of the rough conditions for survival! This scene is quite charged with atmosphere and you were there to freeze it at the right moment. Very good job and valuable follow-up,

Hello Mark,
Well worth your effort in tracking this assasin bug. Great pov, composition, and exposure. Also like your workshop. Regards,

Hi Mark,
Nice macro. Well focused and sharp where it must be. Very good detail, light, and color. I like the bug's pose, with outstretched forelegs..The second small OOF "dead ahead" bug's a nice bonus too :)
Well done & TFS!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-10 11:00]

Excellent action shot! These beauties are real beasts and you've illustrated that very well in your workshop! Great focus on the bug. Well done!
TFS, Ulla

How could you get these moments Mark! Tell me your secret my friend! Superb moment you captured and you presented perfectly with the ws also. i didn't mean the quality of the image but really an outstanding post with the moment. Extraordinary work here!
Bravo and thank you for sharing!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-12 6:53]

Espectacular presentación de esta secuencia de 2 imágenes súmamente instructivas.
Buen POV con excelente DOF y nitidez (sobre todo en el insecto mayor).
Un trasfondo difuso colabora con la claridad de la escena..
Una interesante entrega, sin dudas.
Saludos... Ricardo

Spectacular presentation of this sequence of 2 images highly instructive.
Good POV with excellent DOF and clarity (mainly in the bigger insect).
A diffuse background collaborates with the clarity of the scene.
An interesting post, without doubts.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-13 16:36]

Hello Mark,
wonderful macro with good lighting The sharpness is excellent and the colors are great. Very nice composition. Excellent work.

What a glamorous looking assassin bug, Mark!
The image is very well composed from above, giving perfect details and colours of its topside view.
That the prey is about to be devoured is palpable in this well timed shot.
It is a pleasure to go back to the pictures I missed in you portfolio during my long absence.

Witaj Marku!
Bardzo lubie ten gatunek owadow, bo sa kolorowe i ladne, choc drapiezne. Twoje zdjecie jest ostre, oko pluskwiaka blyszczy, tylko kadr zrobilabym mniejszy. Wiem, ze chciales pokazac obecnosc drugiego owada :).

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