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Must... Have... Food!!

Must... Have... Food!!
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-28
Categories: Insects, Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-100, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-11 2:26
Viewed: 4797
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Bearded Dragon is lunging for its prey, a House Cricket :-)

It took me ages to this shot!

I hope you like it!
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Wowww... What a lovely, action and perfect capture of this nice chamaleon and its tetigonid prey my friend! This not only splendid shot! it is also very educative and well document on the feeding biology of the cahamaleons. TFS this beauty.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-11 2:42]

Hi Joe

A millisecond later and you wouls have nailed this one! Aahhh...
Not that this isn't good, but i think you know what i'm talking about: the cricket being knocked-out and stuck to the tongue...the kind of shot that every one of us dream about :)
But don't worry...with such a nice place as the one you shot this one in, you'll have much more chances.
Nice flash work here and very good focus on the tongue. Lovely colors in the entire photo and good sharp details as well.

Bravo and TFS

Wow! Fine work-of-art.

Good catch Joe, the eye of the dragon on its prey is really impressive my friend, the chameleon-like head lacks the chameleon's tongue, so some "close encounters" are unavoidable!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-11 3:39]

Hello Joe,
Terrible this picture! I love the composition of this shot. The parallelism of both heads (hunter and hunted) is amazing. You also clicked at he right moment, the tongue not having reached the prey. Bravo for this exceptional picture.
best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-11 4:20]
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Hello Joe,
Superb action shot and excellent timing with great focus on both Dragon and Cricket. Details are very sharp and colours natural. Where did you get this shot, are they your pets? :-) Very impressive and most interesting to see.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,
WOWWWWWW !!!! what else can I say?
This is fantastic. I really admire your patience and perseverance.excellent POV,DOF, focus and sharpness. I liked the expression on the chameleon's face- eying its food with such concentration:)Remarkable shot and well done my friend.:)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-11 4:31]

Hahaha, well done Joe for this great moment captured. Very sharp and clear shot, you shot it just at the right moment, good job, thanks!


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-11 4:55]

Hi Joe,
I'm glad that I already had my lunch :o) I liked your timing and the pose you captured. Good details too. TFS
Best wishes,

I didnt know that those animals had such colorful face. Thanks for the share


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-11 5:33]

Hi Joe,
well worth the wait, this looks great.
Interesting details, great sharpness and and great colors makes this a wonderful composition.

Hi Joe,
I figure how patient you had must be to have this shot done!
The scene is very good...I think some of the characters here is gone have bad luck...
Did you applied noise reduction on the background?
I ask because can be seen some noise on the dragon's skin, specially around the eye, but then the tongue and background are just so smooth and fine...and I see you used ISO 100!!!
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-03-11 6:13]

Bonjour Joe, great timing , living days for this poor Cricket are short!! the long tongue of dragon is not necessary!! TFS, Didier.

Hello Joe,

Almost a perfect timing. Just a millisecond later and you can see the whole tongue. But that is easier said than don (-: No, Joe it is an amazing shot. Razorsharp and ful of details. Natural colors. And take a look for instance to the eyes of this chamaleon. Complete fixed on his prey. Wonderful. Well done. Thanks for sharing and TFS BOB

Hi Joe,
Wow, this is fantastic. You have the moment capture perfectly. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-11 7:03]

Hi oe

A great action shot - well timed and with great detail and exposure.


I cannot imagine what happens next:-) a looming darkness for one and I'll bet I know which...a super capture of action before it happens but one can see it about to. Never end a sentence in a to. Oh well...my English is even going badly.

Hi Joe
Good timing and great shot
Well done

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-11 8:58]

Hola Joe.
This is a true super Macro.
Just beautiful Photo. Excellent moment.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-11 9:10]

Hi Joe,

You've outdone yourself with this one. How do you find these things??? Fantastic timing - I'm wondering if you will have a follow-up to this. The poor little cricket doesn't have a chance. The tongue of the dragon is some sight. And his eye!! You captured this perfectly.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-03-11 10:44]

hi joey,
picture which has everything in it.
no words at all!!

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  • Koala (28)
  • [2008-03-11 11:09]

i love the title :D is just great. the shot is really good too, great moment, timing is perfect.


Ciao Joe, great capture of splendid hungry dragon and its prey, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, superb colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Joe,
This is awesome, man!
what a super macro with closeness with the right moment!
very sharp with good colour and details, I loved it!
many thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-11 13:12]

Hello Joe,
What a perfect timing! And what an exciting moment to see this result on your computer, I think. Great sharpness, colours and POV. Very impressive!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-11 13:36]
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Hi Joe. all must have been said by now about your picture.just one word to some it up. FANTASTIC. very well done to you.

you have made the move to SLR so very well in a short time.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-11 15:16]

Hi Joe,this is wonderfull,perfect choice of the moment to take and great shaprness and colours,i like a lot,thanks for share,Luciano

Bonita y dura captura Joe :-( con gran oportunidad por tu parte y además bien realizada técnicamente en general. Los colores, y sobre todo los detalles son impresionantes y realistas.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-11 18:54]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot of this pre-action moment and I pity that cricket. Immaculate sharpness and good use of flash lighting. I like the shape and position of the tongue and the intensity on the eye. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-03-11 23:48]

Bravo pour ce réflexe extraordinaire.
Bonne journée.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-12 2:34]

Hi Joe,
i really like the sticky moisture you've caught in that mouth here. DOF is good with fine detail in both the lunch and the Diner, well done.
PT :O)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-03-12 4:00]

Hello Joe,
What a brillaint piece of composition!
Wonder where did you manage this one and how many did you have to fire in how many seconds/minutes!:)
THe result is there to see ..good idea to frame that sticking out tongue(n'ver really saw this upclose and personal!!!)and the fleeing prey!THe lighting is perfect highlighting the red rimmed eye of the chameleon. Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

This must be the last split second in the life of this House Cricket, Joe.
You have captured this poignant moment extremely well.
The image is technically outstanding in terms of clarity, focus, sharpness and colours. The curled up tongue of the Dragon ready to lap up the "food" looks very life-like.
Well done and thanks for sharing this image depicting an event that one can capture only rarely.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-12 10:04]

Joey my friend. Simply amazing amazing amazing shot. Superb view/sharp clear and crisp and wow no words to express. Simply awesome. Ganesh

Hello Joe awsome shot! just superb you can't have done it any better. You got the DOF perfect I expect the light was difficult also with the flash usage being needed. Congrats! rgds Necip.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-12 11:22]

Hello Joe,
Beautiful shot!
Good composition!

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2008-03-12 14:21]

Perfect capture Joe. Great timing and visibility of details.TFS

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 8:53]

Hello Joe

Look at the eye detail,and the concentration.
Excellent timing with very good action.
The POV is excellent.
Wonderful lighting and colours.


What a action photo!! = well done!!

Hello Joe!
I can imagine how many hours were necessary to take this unique photo! But the final effect is better than great! Fantasting timing, and poor cricket... ;)
Bravo and TFS!
Friendly yours,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-26 15:11]

Hello Joe,
nice scene :)
great timing & beutiful pose captured!
best regards,

Great unconventional shot!! I have never seen a picture like this one. Compliments for your paience to get this. Thanks for shairng.

Poor Cricket! But thats nature! If the Bearded Dragon does not get food, how is it to survive? Nicely done again Joey! Very nice eye for nature! Once again Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Well worth the wait Joe.
Patience has its rewards in this game,and you've got a beauty here.
Awesome shot!


The other comments cover the bases on this one, but I'll say it again, what a fantastic shot! TFS

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