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Missed out completely

Missed out completely
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Digital ISO 400, Kenko Extension tubes (68mm)
Exposure: f/22, 8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 2), Just Missed Shots. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-23 23:13
Viewed: 5566
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cuckoo Wasp
Stilbum cyanurum

Fortuanetly this site has so much expertice to offer. Callie ID this wasp spot on. I am very thankfull for that.

They also come in metallic blue and a combination of the two colours. They are wasp and bee hunters laying their eggs in the hosts nests. The pose which many noticed is when they are threatned they roll up in a little ball. There favourite prey being potter wasps.

They belong to the family Eucharitidae or Euchartid wasps.

Strike 2: I wish I could capture this critter in a more suitable natural environment. I am sure a better OOF BG would have enhanced this photo.

Strike 3: I went to a venue to get some photos over the weekend. Somehow this critter got inside the house. I guess if I saw it sooner I might have saved it's life by setting it free outside. Unfortunately this lovely creature passed away.

This is my contribution to the missed theme, I hope you like it. Special thanx to Gert and Robert who reminded me of Shadows and Highlight is PS CS. You can have a look at the result in the WS.

Technical data
Time of day: 10:38 PM
Weather conditions: Night, inside.
Focal length: 119mm
Flash: Canon Speedlight 550 EX, patterned
Tripod: Manfrotto
Camera mode: Aperture priority
Photoshop CS, USM (300,0.5,0), NeatImage.

ellis49, LordPotty, Luc, red45, Robbrown, marhowie, christophe, Callie, cafecrem, extramundi has marked this note useful
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Very good Gerhard.
This is a very sharp and colourful picture.
It's a bit dark but S/H in PS fix this, but the BG can not been fixed.
I see some dust, maybe it's time to clean the CMOS.
BLOW VERY CAREFULLY WITH A BELLOW not compressed air from a can. Maybe the dust only seen at small aperture like F22.
Very well done.

Great macro Gerhardt
I think we all have a " If only" list as long as our arms. I really liked Callies idea and was impresssed with all the near miss posts. TFS

I like this Gerhard.Sad about the demise,but a beautiful mettalic green hue with fantastic textures. I don't know this insect. We do have a small wasp this colour...The Gadfly hunter, but it is a lot more slender than this.
A great shot though. Good stuff.

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  • rjamin (152)
  • [2005-01-24 2:53]

Incredible macro shots!
The pose is just amazing, it doesn't look like typical dead insect which usually has their legs curled inside.

Sad shot, love the metallic greens, and the detail is good.

Excellent macro!
Very good details!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-24 5:22]

I know Gerhard - first you made drunk this poor wasp and then you took this perverse photo :-)
Absolutely amazing green shinning textures.

The metalic greens and other details are well captured, though Shadows and Highlights would bring out a lot more.

Very good shot, great pose. Just a bit underexposed.
Well done.

Gerhard, I like the details seen in this low-light shot. The insect has an interesting pose..I imagine it to be praying that when you're done photographing you'll release it from the confines of your house! ;-) TFS!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-24 12:20]
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"if you can't guess my name I shall knock myself out by banging my head against this piece of wood" said the impatient green wasp.

Nice shot Gerhard, shows a excellent details in the body. Good work.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-24 12:27]

It's not so bad as it looks Gerhardt,
Okee no luck with the pose and with the pof but farther there are nice details to seen on the bugs body, good miss photo.

Very great macro Gerhard,DOF and POV
In a friendly way Christophe

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-24 14:53]

He is banging his head against the wall! He cannot believe that his date did not know his name! Maybe he should lay in some sting?
This is phenomenal, I love the whole of this wasp. They have me fascinated since I was a kid, and let me tell you, barring the fact that I am highly alleric to honeybee sting, this guy pack a whollop worse than a 4 pound hammer!
Gergard, this is VERY good, and see, the just missed helped you, and others I'm sure, to make it into a very good picture!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-25 1:51]

The ghost of a wasp, if I understand well.
A wonderfull picture, Gerhard, as it is.
I think we are on earth to reming something like a secret and a secret, by nature, is something which cannot be revealed, because it would not be any more a secret, but a revelation.

Do you think he is praying? Maybe before a meal? Or he thanks because he isn't a repast for others :-)))))

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-25 8:40]

Gerhard, to me, there's a kind of drama going on here. You consider this a missed shot, but this picture depicts a dense moment. A little strange, a little odd, and that's really great.

I dont know why you include this one in this theme, I think the only thing you missed here is to get a nice photo "alive". For the rest, I think it is a very interesting picture. Nice workshop too. Thanks Gerhard.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-01-25 16:53]

Nice macro, Gerhard, clearly see the detail. I agree with Gret, it is a bit dark, but the colour of the wasp is fantastic. TFS

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-26 15:38]

Hy wou bollemakiesie slaan. This is a shot that with excellent sharpness and even though there are some dark areas the impact is still very high.

Usaully when I see a wasp a assume the position this one is in, so it probably got this move from me :)

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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