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Striker and a Goalkeeper

Striker and a Goalkeeper
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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: 2011-03-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 70mm Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Favorite crab spiders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-09 1:20
Viewed: 4347
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crab spider and a Spotted Maize Beetle sharing a space. At first seems that a conflict will emerge here but ...not at all, the Crab spider was watching with interest
and maybe curiosity the Spotted Maize Beetle who was busy collecting nectar from the flower and unaware of the hunter in front of it.

Spotted Maize Beetle

The spotted maize beetle, Astylus atromaculatus, is also known as the Astylus beetle or the pollen beetle. The adult feeds on pollen, but will also attack the soft, young kernels of maize cobs when the silks are wilting off. Larvae can reduce seedling stands drastically. Larvae are also known to drill into maize pips, preventing their germination.


Adults live for several months during the summer and are usually most abundant during January and February, there being only one generation a year. They lay eggs in clusters under dry leaves on the ground. Eggs hatch after two weeks. Larvae take six months or longer to mature and usually hibernate in the soil, where they pupate.

The pupal period lasts about two weeks.

Image taken in RAW, ISO200, Aperture priority mode and evaluative metering system.

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wow. great image of bug and spider facing each other. good sharpness nice clarity and wonderful contrast. unique species. thanks for sharing.

Hi George,
Simply superb... all technics aspects are perfect.
The yellow and the white are very nice.
Thanks for sharing

I'll have to list down the things that I like in this frame my friend George. The watermark is definitely one of its kind and brilliantly engraved in this balanced framing. The two beautiful specimens are well anchored and look ready to take on one another. The macro capture is beautiful and a great looker for my weekend.
Kind regards,

Ciao George. Razor details excellente sharp from the top POV. Magnificent environment!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-09 4:50]

Hello Friend George,
the South African shots really dominates the view- birds, elephants, kruger, and starting from the biggest animals, landscape, and even these insects.
The sharing factors really emerge as its best theme here.
So lovely in colours and clarity as well as backgroud.
Very wonderful piece of composition.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-09 4:53]

Hi George.
You probably originally prepared figure rotated 180 degrees. However, the composition works so. And composition is really great. Fine sharp details and beautiful colors makes this presentation to a pleasant for eye. Beautifully captured meetings of various kinds. However, spider will continue to wait for their prey. Well presented, thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello George

Great action/confrontation from the
world of insects, with fine POV from above
to show the scenery, superbly focused with
great sharpness and details, TFS


Dear friend George,
Hello ! it is always a pleasure, see your posts here in TN.Wow ! two insects in the same capture! Good for you, lucky man ! Wonderful colors and as usually great macro! Many congrats and thanks for keep on posting.
Nice w-end !

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-07-09 8:55]

Hello George,
A fantastic Crab Spider and a beautiful Beetle! I like these kind of shots out of the ordinary! Very well done showing great details and beautiful natural colours. A fine composition too!
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-09 8:59]

Hello George,
Excellent sharp detailed photo in very beautiful contrasting colours. Nothing to camouflage here. Great white balance. Taken from a good POV in a pleasing, upside down, composition.

Hello friend George, I turned the monitor to read the author of this photo but then I am convinced that the composition of the picture was better to see how you've published. A great image though, and captured a great moment of life. Best wishes, Paul

Hello George,
Splendid capture and very interesting. The crab spider is watching the little Beetle.
The colors, details and clarity are excellent as usual.
Thanks for sharing!

Another very interesting subject and another excellent photo. Bravo George Veltchev!!

Ciao George, great capture of wonderful couple, splendid sharpness, fine details and beautiful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-09 15:19]

Hi George,a very nice title for this fantastic pic!What a point of view and what a magnificent quality,need great class and experience to make that,and you have all,the result is a fabulous pic,but i don't know the result of this match..ehehe...Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-09 16:00]

Hello George,
An excellent macro with greata composition,nice colours and splendid sharp details.TFS.

Hi George,
I laughed a lot with the title of this picture! ... Good job, with different elements delightfully captured, and an "uncertain outcome" ¿was saved the tiny beetle?.
By the way ...The photo is upside down! ...Or at least your signature is upside down! :)
Regards, TFS, Have a good Sunday George friend!

Perfectly focuses subjects taken from good point of view. Good composition, interesting subjects. regards yiannis

wonderful duo presented in your picture, excellent details on both subjects, very nice composition too, which offer the same result when the picture is 180°inverted ,
congratulations George, have a nice Sunday,

ciao, tino

Hi George.
A lot of species!
Great photo of nature. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours and composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

Excelente trabajo George, que me recuerda al penúltimo que yo publiqué :o)

Buena disposición de los dos insectos y unos bellísimos colores.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • ABON Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 17] (104)
  • [2011-07-10 8:44]

Hi George,
What a shot!This is a once in a lifetime shot. Great sharpness and beautifull colours. Great shot!

Both the subjects are in sharp focus and dispaly rich natural colours. The suspense remains; did the hunter go for the kill or not?
Brilliant capture from top perspective.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-07-16 20:15]

Hello George,
Love the title! Very interesting shot of both specimens, showing excellent detail and beautiful coloration. I find the diverse coloration of crab spiders very intriguing. I have seen many photos of them on TN, and some are simply gorgeous. I realize though that most people don't think of spiders as being beautiful. Great work!!

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