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Grand Argiope with Peacock Pansy

Grand Argiope with Peacock Pansy
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamButterflies, Gems from India part 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-13 8:47
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Hi all,
Today I had been to lalbaugh with Satish,Murali,Arjun,Pawan,Chandrashekar and Vinay and also bumped into Nagraj. I was hunting for some subjects to shoot when I saw a peacock pansy fluttering at a distance, when I went close to investigate I saw this drama unfold. The spider had stung this butterfly and was waiting for it to die! and to our surprise it did not wrap it, but we got these exceptional shots.

Hope you like it

Goutham R

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-13 8:59]

Hello Goutham,
What a fantastic photo. Yes, probably it's a drama for the butterfly.
The colours in this photo are splendid against the dark green BG. Excellent sharp details, DOF and composition.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-13 9:25]

Hi Goutham.
Thanks for the story and its luck end as well as for this amazing picture rare by subject and exceptional by quality. Superb lighting and vibrant colours of a fine butterfly and so impressive spider. You also have reflected spider web brilliantly and deep dark BG is amazing too. Bravo and my kind regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-13 9:47]

Hi Gouthaam. It sounds like you had a good TN meet up with the others. The poor butterfly had a bad day but thats nature . It allowed you to get a very good shot of the two together. You have fine detail and bright colours. wel ldone TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-13 9:57]

Hello Goutham,
Fantastic and dramatic picture! What a shot! You have been lucky to have the opportunity to catch such an interesting subject. Everything is in focus, the colors of the Pansy-butterfly so well rendered, the dramatic situation so well shown. The dark greeen background is ideal to underline the subject.
Best regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-13 10:03]

Hello Goutham,
Amazing capture showing both butterfly and spider very sharply in focus. The composition is beautiful and details very sharp. Beautiful colours and a fine dark background too. I can't help feeling sorry for the butterfly!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-13 10:10]

Hi Goutham,

Exceptional is right!! It's an amazing shot with the poor Butterfly caught in the web with the spider waiting patiently next to it. Everything is picture perfect - colors are beautiful - details are razor sharp - superb clarity and composition.


hello Goutham
vert nice and sharp picture

i like the foto very much

greeting lou

Hi Goutham,
woooow - that moment is spectacular!
I love the sharpness and the brilliant colours, an excellent shot.
I guess you had a wonderful day together, so many members, that's nice.
So I'm curious to see the shots of the others, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Goutham!
lucky man and perfect timing in this amazing catch!well focused and excellent details
among my favorites

cheers sERGIO

This is a fantastic shot-everything is so sharp and well-composed. The poor butterfly-imagine struggling next to that thing that wants to eat it! Many gold stars for this one!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-13 16:33]

Drama indeed, Goutham!
What a juxtaposition of subjects.
The bright orange of the pansy and the bright white threads of the spider web stand out splendidly against the dark green BG.
The details are super sharp throughout,
and the exposure is just perfect.
Great work, and TFS. : )

Hi Gautham,
A great shot sharp and well composed.It looks as if both are chatting.

hello goutham,
you got lucky today and you have used this opportunity to full extent, what a fine capture from our macro expert, excellent details, pov, colors and composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hallo Goutham
A remarkable photo filled with a rainbow of colours and lots of detail to appreciate. A wonderful composition with exposure masterly done, not a single spot is overexposed. This is absolutely splendid. The colours in the image are complementing each other nicely. This is one of those 2 in 1 shots where everything just seems to be right. A good close-up, presented in a pleasant.
Kind regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-12-13 22:36]

Hello Goutham,
a valuable nature document taken just inthe right moment. Did you continue to observe the scene and do you
have some further shots? Here, the butterfly has its wings fully opened, a good chance to get it together
with the spider and the web in one plane. Superbly sharp picture of all important 'players'.
Best wishes, Peter

Curtains for this pretty Peacock Pansy, Goutham.
It is a marvellous opportunity nature offered you and you took advantage of. I have been shooting lots of Argiope spiders lately and saw such drama only once -- a Common Jay in the process of being eaten by a large Argiope.
The image is is stunner, indeed.
Thanks and regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-14 1:08]

Hi Goutham

An absolutely breathtaking photograph from you!
Not only you managed to catch this great spider so nicely on his web, but it also has a nice prey, and the prey is staying there with its wings perfectly opened...how many great coincidences in one!
The details here are more than super sharp, the colors are all popping out of the frame and the use of the flash is simply perfect!
A magnificent macro in all aspects!


Amazing capture with perfect timing. It is a pitty for butterfly, but an important dinner for the spider...
Great details (every single element of spider's web is seen!), perfect light and very beautiful colours!
TFS this interesting picture Goutham!

Well, that is nature for you Goutham, a beautiful looking scene with perfectly balanced colours, but also a pity for the poor little butterfly which certainly is not enjoying the situation. On the other hand a superb image on predator-prey relations. TFS this fine lesson in nature my friend.

You have caught a rare moment on the frame.. Nice saturated colours and dark BG has given the subject the needed contrast. TFS

Hi Goutham,

Had been busy after this shoot and now I am left with no words to appreciate this picture, so much has been already told about it, Its "Stunner",you are the rightful owner of this drama...as you spotted it happen...and we have just have used the oppurtunity to shoot along with you, more pictures with their perspectives will be shortly seen on TN, but man this your Prize catch no doubt.TFS.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-16 13:03]

Hi Goutham,
what an exceptional shot!
The butterfly is amazing! It's such a shame that it got trapped in the web.
The spider is amazing too :-)
Very sharp and crisp.
Great DOF.

Very, very well done,


Hello Goutham
I saw your second picture of argiope and the pansy first and reading your notice I decided to see also this post.
It is wonderful as well.
Nothing to critique!

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