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David and Goliath - and the winner is ..

David and Goliath - and the winner is ..
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 5:16
Viewed: 4023
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Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
And there is the answer to the question of the last post - who was the winner in this moment ...

Ok ok, in this shot I only showed a part of the moment - now you can see why it was possible to see both together.
The dragon had a broken tail and so the Scorpionfly was waiting for a delicios lunch, brrrrr.
Therefor you have to know that Scorpionflies have those elongated faces terminate with jaws that are used to feed on dead and dying insects.

I was astonished that the dragon didn't struggle - resigned - a sad moment to look at ...

I hope you like it, bye and enjoy the weekend ...

jmirah, nglen, Argus, Juyona, pankajbajpai, uleko, Silke, jmp, ridvan, Matt-Bird, fyapici, anel, haraprasan, SunToucher, ObySamKenoby, pablominto, Necipp, XOTAELE, JORAPAVI, marjan, Silvio2006, hester, peter_stoeckl, marmottelolo has marked this note useful
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-18 5:17]

Hi Sabine,
a chilling capture!
Sharp with amazing colours.
Very, very sharp with excellent detail.
Very well done,

Outstanding capture. Focus and exposure are excellent. Interesting composition. Very well done.


Very good moment, Sabine.
Excellent overall sharpness and colours.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-18 5:31]

Hallo Sabine,
ein grandioses Naturdokument - die Situation hast du gut festgehalten, die Akteure stehen im Fokus und sind scharf abgbildet. Die Lichtkontraste empfinde ich als etwas zu hart.
Schöne Grüße, Peter

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-18 5:35]

Hi Sabine. A fantastic close up shot. sharp detail and focusing. rich colours. A good POV. well seen. TFS.
Nick.. good notes too.
have good weekend.

Hallo, una foto molto bella e molto nitida come del resto ho visto sono tutte le tue foto, un grazie per il commento alla mia.
Se capiti dalle mie parti , Fatti sentire, che andiamo un giorno a fare qualche foto insieme, se vuoi.
Un cordiale saluto Pierdamiano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-18 5:44]

Hello Sabine,
This is an amazing capture! Great action shot to show the Scorpion fly making a meal of the injured dragon. A macro of high technical merits with good DOF, shrpness , lighting and composition.
Well done, thanks and have a good weekend!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-18 6:25]

Hola Sabine,
interesante macro,
detalles estupendos,
the winner is..??

Hello Sabine,
Nature could be cruel in our perception but I'm sure that nothing happens for nothing... Again, this is a beautiful and very sharp picture, a great action caught with beautiful brilliance on this dying beauty. TFS,

hello sabine, nice observation, this series is interesting results, the dragonfly is being eaten by the scorpionfly, sharp image with good details, nice pov, liked the composition too, happy weekend.
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-18 7:21]

Hello Sabine,
It hurts me when these beauties get attacked although they're pretty nasty themselves!! Brilliant capture, I like the sharp details of both insects and the light is excellent.
Well done and well timed!
TFS, Ulla

Hallo Sabine
Du hast es uns ganz schön spannend gemacht...
Gratulation auch für diese Aufnahme, es scheint im Allgäu hat es noch grössere Mengen Libellen... und sehr gute Fotographen/inen.
LG Robi

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-18 8:12]

That is quite an amazing moment that you've captured!
Superb colours and details and fabulous notes! I commend you on your vision to have spotted this!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-18 9:19]

Hi Sabine,
What a rare, strong and incredible situation!
Perfect details, pov, dof and moment. Well spoted!
TFS, José M.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-18 11:30]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi Sabine, it is an outstanding macro-shot, realy impressive
congratulations and many thanks for your note,

Hallo Sabine,

Wow! What a great pose of the law of the nature! But I wonder, how can continue the dragonfly to hang on leaf during being a meal for scorpionfly. Mustn't it fall down after die? Otherwise, was it insensibled by scorpionfly and it senses nothing?

Perfect shot! Greetings.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-19 1:42]

Liebe Sabine,
Welch ein Bild, welche Geschichte! Natur, wie man sie selten sieht. Da hast Du ja etwas Einmaliges gesehen und hervorragend fotografiert. Wirklich interessant.
Einen schönen Sonntag noch

Hi Sabine,
How wrong I was. Anyway a nice capture showing the scorpion fly enjoying a meal 10 times bigger. Sorry the DF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

salut sabine
impressive this photograph by its clearness and the scéne super good captured, nothing with saying, just looking at

Hi Sabine,
Or, I just have to go to your next photo to see the result. What a surprise. It might be a sad moment, but it also portraits real nature. The tail of the scoprionfly is obvious and also very interesting. Wonderful lighting and details and a very good composition.

This is a really beautyful document. The little one had some nerve to attack something so huge and dangerous...

Great shot.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-19 20:52]

Hello Sabine

A very good nature moment captured.I am surprised the dragonfly does not put up a fight.The lighting is very well done.The contrast is very good.The colours are well saturated.TFS


Hello Sabine,
Another most interesting drama of nature!
The situation and moment is so well captured, as always with the best of details...
Pin sharp, well framed and with super colours!
Pablo -

Hi Sabine,
WOW, poor dragonfly. There really is no waiting for the scorpion fly is there. Its a good photo of the cold brutality of nature. Well seen and captured.

Hello Sabine a superb shot good closeup and I think the detail is really exceptional very nice colour and light perfect dof tfs rgds Necip.

Excelentes detalles y perfecta iluminación.
Buena nitidez y unos contrastes estupendos.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hola Sabine,
Fantástica toma; el momento es muy oportuno, la composición, detalles y nitidez son excelentes, saludos
José Ramón

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-23 15:46]

Hello Wishnu,
What a beauty! Lovely pose by the two insects
great POV and composition, very sharp
excellent macro


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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-08-24 11:40]

Hi SAbine, another wonderful shot from this survival cycle. I am suprise with result.

Hi Sabine, great capture, splendid action shoot with lovely details, wonderful light and colors, excellent sharpess, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS who was the winner?

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-12 10:57]

Hi Sabine

That is so sad to see the beautiful dragonfly finished like that. Stunning details and pefect focus and exposure. Really stunning work



Hallo Sabine,
wusste nicht, wie schlimm Skorpionfliegen sich benehmen. Gestochen scharfes, starkes Foto, eindrucksvolles Dokument!
Mit Dank und lieben Grüßen,

bonjour sabine
oh!celle-ci m'avait echappée,c'est remarquable et męme si la fin est triste pour cette libellule ce n'en ai pas moins une scene inoubliable.
vraiment felicitations et merci.

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