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Goliath & David

Goliath & David
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Copyright: George Veltchev (mwmod99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400 D, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-10 2:49
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was quite lucky to capture this special moment of fight between that European Green Blowfly and the tiny Tetramorium capense Ant. Clearly unfair contest, but seems the Ant(David) is the troublemaker. The Fly on the other side look a bit unaware of the situation or may be even confused.
Lots of information has been written for this specific fly and not much about that Ant so I will mention some basic info here:

Tetramorium capense is a small (body length 2-3mm)specie. Workers reddish brown with dark brown abdomen, 2-segmented waist, last part of thorax with 2 backward-pointed spines. Queens similar but slightly larger.

Biology: Does not run in trails. Nests below ground, entrance surrounded by crater of soil. Predatory, mainly on termites.

Habitat: Diverse.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-10 3:59]
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Hello George,
very well observed and captured, excellent colours and details. Interesting composition despite of intensive colours of background.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-05-10 4:36]
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Hi George , another fantastic macro and interesting scene , great detail, color and contrast , and a nice close view. just one problem I see here...

isn't David supposed to be the victor ? :-)


Ciao George. Masterpiece of details sharp and brigh colours. Magnificent light' management. TFS.


Wooow George, amazing macro, great antion shoot with lovely littele ant aganst a big fly, fantastic bright colors, splendid sharpness and superb details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

very interesting and lucky capture, the ant got where it hurts more for the fly, I think. good details and colors with excellent viewpoint. simple and beautiful. tfs.

Witaj George.
Super sharp and detailed, excellent colours, very good composition and POV
Thank you for sharing this picture and best wishes

Hola George

Que buena imagen de esta fea mosca vista asi. La verdad es que cuendo la vemos cerca no nos gusta, pero hay que ver los coloridos que presentan cuando se utiliza macro.
Pobre hormiga yo creo que tiene más poder, por que la mosca no tiene boca con que morder.

Mucha suerte tuviste en esta imagen. Que por cierto es muy buena.

Un saludo Antonio

Hello George,
Yes, certainly you are setting records with the approach! great job! difficult to understand as you have made precise details (especially ants) taking into account the size of these insects. The timing, by itself, it is worthy of appreciation! I have my reservations about the use of shutter speeds of 1/60s to photograph insects such in cases like this (where two or more insects interacting)... I think that "something could move" ... but I see that this is just an unfounded fear on my part, because the result is fantastic!
TFS, regards, Jesús

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-05-10 10:53]
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Hello George.

A great zctionshot you show us here and you have managed the picture in a way that we can guess of who is taking whom.
Great details.
I think it's a matter of personal taste but it seems to me that you used your flas and i think thak kind of lighting makes the colors a little hard, also makes by the reflections.
But overall a very pleasant picture to look at.

Gr. Hans

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-10 10:56]
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Perfect shot:predator and the victim!
This is the life!
Great sharp details and colors!

Hi George,

Another great macro picture you have taken.
The details are as always excellent and the different colours are very nice.
Good out of focus background and composition.
Great capture and TFS


wow what an incredible shot, such a unique moment....that is a lucky capture i didnt even know flys ate ants haha...great sharpness and detail..excellent pic

hello George,
Exceptional details and colours. Very sharp image with many details.
Amazing focus and clarity.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-10 15:07]
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..it's incredible...what a pic my friend!!A new professional work whitout doubt,top quality of sharpness,colors and details...thanks for share,fantastic!! LUCIANO

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-11 8:37]
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Hello George,
here is another picture of a scientific kind, full of details and colors. Good shot!


Bonsoir George,

Great closeup. Great sharpness. Rich saturated colors, the accentuated contrast give the image a lot of graphism. Side view help to manage a good sharpness despite the low DOF. Did you obtain such magnification just with the 70mm macro or did you use extender or extension tubes? Do you use focusing rail? TFS.


Hi George,

an great macro shot from this fly and prey ant.
Exellent detailed picture.
Fine colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-17 12:29]
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Hello George,
Although I find the colours a bit over saturated, this is an amazing sharp detailed photo with an original action. I don't know who is the winner. Great DOF, composition and POV. Fascinating photo!

Amazing composition...!!!
Truely unbelievable...!!!
Superb details and POV...!!!


interesting capture, nice job! tfs

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