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It's rainy - I'm not amused ...

It's rainy - I'm not amused ...
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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: 2009-09-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): JLinaresP Favorite HQ shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-03 9:02
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was on a rainy day ...
Suddenly I found this angry hornet - not very amused to be so wet ...

The European hornet Vespa crabro, commonly known simply as the "hornet", is the largest European eusocial wasp.
This species is not particularly aggressive except when defending the nest, and care must be taken when in its proximity, as the stings are quite painful. As with most stinging insects, European hornets will sting in self-defense when grabbed or stepped on.

I was relieved that she let me do this shot without attacking me ...

Thanks and have a nice evening

horias, CatherineD, nglen, livius, flashpoint, hansh, CeltickRanger, sandpiper2, eng55, siggi, boreocypriensis, Heaven, maurydv, zulfu, Argus, Noisette, rousettus, anel, uleko, Mello, loot, chudy has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-03 9:07]

Guten Abend Sabine,
Ha,ha,ha !!!!
So was! Ich amuziere mich vor allem sehr.
Aber ein super Makro mit ganz fine Details und Farben.
Schönen Abend,

Bonjour Wishnu,

Ha!Ha! même pas peur, une macro extraordinaire.
Superbes couleurs avec ces gouttes d'eau c'est génial.
Belle journée.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-03 9:26]

Hello Sabine
Wonderful macro capture with amazing details

Hi Wishnu,
Ok, for it, really I have no words!
this is a stunning portrait! perfect! congratulations! great talent!

Hello Sabine,
Very impressive macro! You came so close! Nice colors and details including the impressive mouth of the Hornet. Despite their bad reputation, hornets are not very aggressive if you don't approach their nest. But it remains an impressive wasp! Have a good evening my friend!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-03 10:20]
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Hello Sabine
What a great macro!
You use only your Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1???
The little drops of water make this capture most spectacular!Congratulation!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-03 10:24]

Hello Sabine,
Fantastic macro. I wish him screen wipers.
Superb sharp details and very beautiful natural colours. Perfect frontal POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-03 10:31]

Hi Sabrine. You were lucky to get this close up of the Hornet without being stung. It may have been that it was cold. Its an amazing macro showin every little detail all with rich colours. TFS.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2010-02-03 10:36]

Hello Sabine
incredibile, assolutamente incredibile. Tutto eccellentemente bilanciato, dalla luce ai colori, dai dettagli alla messa a fuoco. E poi tutte quelle goccioline d'acqua posate sul corpo del "calabrone" fanno davvero la differenza nel rendere la composizione davvero unica nel suo genere.

hello Sabine
great macro with super details and good sharpness
beautiful colour
greeting lou

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-02-03 11:47]

Hi Sabine!

This face looks like worst nightmare from "Die Biene Maja" cartoon :-) Just ultra superb macro! Every drop on every hair is perfectly sharp and detailed. Magnification level is breathtaking. Tight composition looks great. My congratulations!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-03 11:47]

Hi Sabine.

The picture you show us here is very impressive.
In 2005 you have posted a picture of a wasp wich i was very impressed of it, gently beast
The frontal head you show us here it's much more impressive, the drops on it and the sharpness wich lets us see even the lenses.
A great capture, very well done and thank you for sharing it with us.

Gr. Hans

hello Sabine

WOW ! what a great macro photo of this insect with the superb
frontal POV and the same time the superb eye-contact,
superb focus great sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Sabine

Another amazing macro from your archive. Simply stunning details and sharpness. A magnificient image, well done.


impressionante questa super macro,Sabine
le goccioline a te care, sono una delizia sulla testa di questo calabrone
davvero bella!!! grazie sERGIO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-03 13:40]

Hi Sabine,
Fantastic macro shot.It's very close and sharpness is amazing.I liked details,POV and visual impact a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-03 13:43]

Hallo Sabine,
Das ist suuuppeerb!!! So eine schöne Wespe Trift man nur bei TN, und mit reizendem Wassertropfen nur bei Sabine.
Extrem gut. Liebe Grüße Siggi

Hi BEF Sabine,

Exceptional macro shot of the face of a hornet with amazing details. The droplets are also enhance the portrait in an fantastic way. The lighting seems very balanced and precise, good idea with the deep DOF. Looks so clear and sharp, the saturation looks just right too. Well spotted and well captured MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


Such a wonderful frontal portrait of a hornet in great structural detail Sabine, you've captured those early morning dew drops rather well my friend, TFS indeed!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-03 22:18]

Hallo Sabine!

Was man so alles aus einem regnerischen Tag herausholen kann! Deine Nahaufnahme ist einfach fantastisch! Der Detailreichtum ist beeindruckend und die ausgezeichnete Bildschärfe untermalt all die winzigen Einzelheiten auf angenehme Art. Die tausend Wassertröpfchen runden die starke Ausstrahlung und Anziehungskraft dieses kleinen "Ungeheures" noch ab. Sehr schön gemacht!

Liebe Grüsse


Hallo Sabine
I wish I had more time.
Only one word to describe this image: FANTASTIC. Better than best. Kind regards and thanks for sharing.

Ciao Sabine, amazing portrait with fantastic details, lovely drops in vespa face, superb macro with wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Sabine,
a superb macro shot of the European Hornet takne with outstanding sharpness and impressive detail, perfect management of the flash light with marvellous colours, a very pleasant close composition, very well done.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-04 4:44]

Very deadly closeup, excellent details and colors. tfs.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-04 4:56]

Hello Sabine,
This an impressive macro shot of a hornet.
Details and composition are wonderful.
TFS and R's,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-04 9:45]

Hallo Sabine,
Frightening, a face-mask ...
Light use, sharp detail and color is great.
Best wishes,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-04 9:53]

Merhaba Sabine,
harika bir fotoğraf bu, çok beğendim.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-04 12:30]

What a superb close macro Sabine!
This frontal view of the Wasp's head is shown with such great sharpness and lighting that the facet structure of the compound eyes can be clearly seen. You also have the bonus of the water droplets!
A masterpiece!
Well done and thanks,

Hallo Sabine
was für ein Gesicht ! diese Insekten sind schon beeindruckend wenn man sie sie in der Nature sieht, aber das Grossformat hier ist einfach fantastich mit den vielen Wasserdropfen am ganzen Körper,
sehr gut gemacht
Grüsse Jacqueline

hallo Sabine
this is really perfect macro-shot and visible all details like from microscope. sharp focus excellent, colors splendid. light using and exposure also wonderful. water drops-like dews- also superb. thanks for sharing this amazing beautiful frame. best regards und gutten nacht.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-02-05 4:19]

Liebe Sabine,
Hinke immer ein wenig nach..aber dieses eindrückliche Bild wollte ich doch noch begrüssen. So ein "face à face" mit dem gefährlichen Biest :-), bist ja nicht gerade ängstlich. Aber eben, habe Dich ja auch schon in Gesellschaft von einem Tiger gesehen!
Sehr guter Bildauschnitt, eindrücklich sowohl farblich als auch vom Ausdruck der Wepe. Nochmals bravo!
Ein schönes Wochenende und herzliche Grüsse nach Bayern

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-05 4:42]

Hi Sabine,
your close up is very superbs. Very exciting and wonderful view. the sharpness and clarity is beyond explanation.
The details of the water droplets is brilliantly composed.
Very professionally presented.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-05 5:13]

Hello Sabine,
What a brilliant macro of this 'monster' covered in droplets! Fantastic details and very nice colours. I trust you were not too close!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-02-05 6:38]

Hi Sabine

I meant to congratulate you one this impressive macro ever since it was posted, but i only got the time now :)
This is really great stuff here! The details and DOF are just outstanding and that has helped you retain such good textures from the eyes and those drops of water.
Further more, the side lighting works really well here and helps you create a more dynamic view of this wasp.
Very nice work indeed!

Bravo and TFS

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2010-02-05 11:30]

Hi Sabine!

Missed some months from TN and one of the nicest changes is your comeback - I don't think I'll be able to catch up on everything but it seems anytime I pop in I can get surprised: such a perfect, colorful macro with so awesome clarity and sharpness.. I bet it'll reach 100 pts ;) TFS!

Best regards,

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-05 12:58]

Amazing super macro shot dear Sabine.
Great job with nice colours, light management and creative.
Thanks for post this beauty.
See you and have a nice weekend.

Excellent close-up Sabine both details and DOF are perfect. The lighting from the right side gives the smaller detail better definition. Well done.
Paul :)

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-02-05 23:05]

Hi Sabine

Ooh la la, what a sight for sore eyes. You may not have been amused with the rain,
fair enough, but I am most convinced that it all must have faded away when you got
the opportunity to capture this amazing, in-your-face image of this European hornet.
As you said, you were happy that it didn't "attack" you while you were capturing this
Shot, because all indications are that you were pretty close to the insect to nail this
image. The macro details are magnificent; very sharp and beautifully defined. So too
are the colours of the insect. The closer than life image is a pleasure on the eyes and
it really afforded us the opportunity to see all the amazing details of this insect's facial

Good work MF and TFS.
Take care and have a great weekend.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2010-02-06 1:12]

Just woow. So close so detailed and especially with water drops really good photo. TFS.

Ciao Wishnu. Impresive/expressive face to face in vey good light and excellent details. Great macro shot, indeed.


Hallo Sabine !
Wow, da bkommtman ja Angst, wenn man dieses Tir von so nahe sieht ! :-) Das Bild ist abr fantastisch ! Jdes kleine Detail ist scharf, jedes Härchen, jedes Wasser Tropfen... Da fühl ich mich nur glücklich, das Insekten ganz klein sind ! :-)
Vielen dank,

Hi Sabine.
Great macro capture with perfect details and colors.
Congratulations for this wonderful picture.
Friendly greetings.Alin.

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  • buin Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 10] (64)
  • [2010-02-11 13:04]

Hallo Sabine!
Ein Foto, das einem den Atem verschlägt. Einfach faszinierend. Auf dieses Bild kannst du stolz sein. Hut ab!
Dein ganzes Portfolio hier auf TN ist eine wahre Pracht. Man kommt aus dem wundern nicht heraus ...
Grüße aus dem sehr kalten Westfalen!

Hello Sabine
Félicitation pour cette excellente macro Cette prise de vue est de toute beautée.les détails et surtout les gouttes d'eau qui perlent sur sa tête sont vraiment impressionnantes.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Quel exploit technique!
Avoir pu non seulement rencontrer cette animal sous la pluie, en rendre les gouttelettes, tout en lui donnant comme une expression!

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-02-22 13:37]

Hi Sabine!
The unusual macro, great natural colours and very well visible details of the structure of the hornet and drops of rain.
I am greeting and he is congratulating on Slawek

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2010-02-27 19:47]

Bonsoir Sabine,

Impressive close-up. Excellent sharpness and exposure. I don't beleive it is a 1:1 ratio. It's more than that unless you cropped a lot in the original image. Or that thing was a monster. Anyway, let's forget about numbers and just appreciate what only few people can see directly (in a camera of course). A great photomacrograpy made with a lot of control TFS.


wow, really wonderful portrait for this hornet.
Vesca cabro is really fascinating animal. Here captured in a perfect way



Greetings sir

Excellent shot... I just love this composition... :-)

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