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Hyperactive wasp

Hyperactive wasp
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 11:39
Viewed: 4808
Points: 8
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Hi Friends,
It's back to work, with unfortunately very little time to afford to TN and none at all to photography. I copied quite a few of my shots on a cd so that I could at least post some of them when time is available.
This time it is a recent shot of a common wasp - vespula vulgaris. The common wasp is 17-20 mm long, and has typical wasp colours of black and yellow. It is very similar to the German wasp, but seen head on, its face lacks the three black dots characteristic of that species. It can also be distinguished by a lack of black dots on its back; these are located further up and form part of the black rings on each of the abdomen's six segments
To manage this shot and another [of even less quality] it took me the better part of two hours 'stalking' these wasps as they buzzed around on the winter flowers [depicted in the shot]. They proved very problematic to capture because they only stayed on the blooms for a just a second and in most cases even less [hence the title]. It really was very frustrating taking a shot, getting very sharp petals and no wasp framed. Eventually I lost all patience and settled for the two shots mentioned. Hope to do better when I return home in three weeks time.
Shot was taken freehand with fill flash to help increase shutter speed at F11.
Thanks for watching :-D

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You have captured the hairy details of the upper body of this wasp very well, Mark. Fill flash also has worked very well here.
I came across a very different looking bumble bee this summer in India. It was black and blue and rather big in size. I tried for hours to get a shot of it but failed, what with my limited equipment and all that. The one shot I somehow managed is so blurred it is not worth posting on TN. I might show it as a workshop some day when the opportunity arises.
Warm regards,

Hello Mark,
This picture looks ok to me. Nicely composed and good color saturation. Thanks for sharing the best shot of two hours photo session.

Hey Mark,

Nice capture with great sharpness and fine detail. TFS :D

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-26 20:35]

Hola Mark, buen detalle del cuerpo, bonita composición y tiro. Buen trabajo. Saludos Sira

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