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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Robberfly, Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-15 14:44
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm rrrrealy, rrrrealy angrrrry today! You know what? I was in The Botanic Garden this morning. I was taking photos of butterflies, dragonflies, nice flowers, etc. I was in very relaxing and calm mood. Untill... I don't know why, I thought - I'll go this path and I'm sure something will happen. And I was right! After few steps I saw my top-of-my-wishlist, ultimate-trophy - Swallowtail. I jumped like a tiger and started to chasing it! It flied high, wind was very strong, so no chance to take any picture. I was chasing it for good half hour. Few times it sat down for maybe two seconds, but my Canon was focusing so badly and slowly... Anyway - after long run and many failed attempts Swallowtail decided to dissapear and did it. I was really pissed off! After that it is still on top of my wishlist. But I decided to call vendetta! I promiss that I'll catch this stupid butterfly. I don't know where and when. Maybe in Poland, maybe in Bulgaria or Montenegro. But I'll do it! And I tell you more - I'll catch this insect, take photo and then I WILL EAT THIS YELLOW B****RD!

By the way - photo suitable for my mood - big robber fly backstabbing and sucking wasp or something like that. Swallowtail - be vigilant! I'm coming for you!

extramundi, csmnlm, leboistoo, dew77, liziafa, liquidsunshine, eruyanik, Janice, TAZ, firelord, hekcik, valy67, Alex99, ankag has marked this note useful
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Hi Grzegorz!
It was a very trajedic day for you,I'm so sad but sometimes i'm smiling when i was reading about your story.
The good photographer sometimes meet on these things but i want to congratulate about your determination .Don't eat poor swallowtail:)

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-07-15 15:39]

Really great definition with good angular. Great shot. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-15 16:21]

Hello Greg,
I think this post is more interesting then any swallowtail,and at the end you will buy a dslr:).Your capture is excellent,well caught,framed and composed.Details,POV and use of light are perfect too.Have a great weekend!

Fantastyczne zdjecie!
BDB kadr, ostrosc, kolory i akcja :-)
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Malgosia

Nice capture Greg,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.
Happy hunting!!!
I want to see the photo of you eating the swallowtail as a WS post!!!!!

Hey Greg!
Don't be hatefull! i prefer this one than the swallowtail :-) This is a superb shot of a very clear killer! Look at that beards, it looks cool! But as for your vendetta, i shot it on this spring. If you want to see it you can check this link below ;-)


You know it's a hard target indeed, i'm sure you can get it in a ten years ;-) Ha ha ha! Don't angry please, i'm joking! As a matter of fact, this robber fly is on top of my wishlist :((
Great shot and great note!!!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-07-15 20:33]

You might have to come to the Butterfly House in NZ to shoot it, Greg.
But this image is great! Definitely suits your mood, you grumpy old thing! And I'm sick of butterflies now, so this big robber fly looks good to me. Try a duck next time.
Have a good Sunday, and sweeten up!

great shot Greg,
what a fantastic macro, great are the details, fantastic is the pov, this is a great image my friend, my compliments for it.
gr. jaap

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-16 3:54]

Haha ! I am not alone ;-) Often I run after butterflies in mountain and they are not patient and escape... So after I come back with flowers :-))
But your vendetta is very good ! Bravo and keep cool my friend !!!

You know how I like frontal POVs and this is not an exception.
The compositions is very strong and I apreciate the agressive framing. I am always "shy" with framings :) Nice shot, MF.
I only have one swallowtail in my gallery, so be patient, I am sure you will get it wherever you are not looking for them.
Have a nice Sunday! PT.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-16 17:41]

Hi Greg !
You had no luck on this day, nasty Swallowtail was not cooperative, but I'm sure next time you'll have more luck - I hope so, as I would be really pleased to see a swallowtail shot from you ! :-)Your funny note made me smile ! Picture is excellent of course - details, colors, composition, POV, DOF, everything is very good. I love it !

Hi Grzegorz,

Fantastyczne makro, jedno z lepszych...
Extra glebia ostrosci, kolorystyka, detale i kadr. Podoba sie bardzo.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-19 10:13]

Hi Grzegorz.
It's cool. You have selected DOF and POV extremely precisely. These components of shot have allowed you to create a really dramatic picture. It's quality is excellent too. TFS.

As all your other photos of insects also this one is amazing. By the way, because I can not find any comment about the species of asilid fly - a short comment. This is a female of Dasypogon diadema, a species placed in the Red List of Threatened Animals in Poland. What is interesting the Polish name of it is: "czarny diabel" what means "black devil" - it is because the male of this species have metalic black body, including wings. Very rare in Lodz district!
Best regards,

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