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Fascinating Nature

Fascinating Nature
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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: 2008-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of Europe, Tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) of the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-28 3:57
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
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This morning I went to Botanic Garden to catch few dragonflies and butterflies. But as always in such cases butterflies were invisible and dragonflies boring. So I went to my favourite part of The Garden with many herbs, wild flowers and sandy paths. These paths are very crowded by many flies, small digging wasps, hover flies and predatory Tiger Beetles [Cicindela hybrida]. I spended good hour to watch how these fierce creatures hunt for prey. I was very surprised. Theirs main strategy is to do... nothing. Seriously :-) Most of time they're just standing on straight legs, watching around and waiting. For some weird and unknown to me reason most flies and wasps try to land around or even on beetle. On sea of light sand they look like dark, high island and maybe this is what drew attention of flying insect. Or maybe beetles look like something to eat for flies? I don't know. sure thing is that flies tries to land on beetles and this isn't good idea. One fast move of big jaws and another fly becomes ex-fly :-)

I hope our expert Radek will tell us more about it!

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Excellent quality of this strange 'thing' :) very good details and very good light.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-28 4:35]

Hello Greg,
What a splendid capture of this Cicindela in a fine pose and from a nice low POV. Impressive sharpness and wonderful metallic colours even on the legs. Incredible jaws too!
Well done and much more fun than a 'boring' dragonfly!!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-28 4:40]

Hello Greg,
Great macro of Cicindels hybrida, a species of Tiger beetle we have in our area but I haven't seen it this year.
The Pose, DOF, sharpness and composition on sand are all excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Greetings from Ĺhus,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-06-28 4:54]

Hello Grzegorz,
a fine and detailed picture of the tiger beetle taken from a highly attractive point of view.
Beautiful natural colours and light reflections as well as fascinating sharpness.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Greg,

Very nice picture of this cicindela. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb detail. Great light and colours.

Hi old friend,
nice to see posts from you again. I hope you and your family are well.
This tiger beetle use to very fast almost impossible to get a
sharp shot of but you managed more than well.
Great sharpness with lots of details and the DOF are perfect,
the whole insect in focus. I really like the low POV.
Great work, Greg.
Greetings to Joanna and Jr.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-28 7:55]

Hi Greg,
The shimmering colors look great. Good light, details and composition. TFS
All the best,

Hi Grzegorz ,
Great macro with excellent details.
Amazing colours.

Well done
Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-28 12:26]

Hi Grzegorz. What a unusual looing insect you have for us. i like the light shinging on the legs and body giving mixed colours. very good detail and a nice POV/DOF. shows up well on the gravel. well done TFS.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-28 14:05]

What a fantastic shot!!
The DOF is superb!
Very sharp and detailed.
Brilliant composition and POV.

One of your best!!


Hi Grzegorz,
Perfectly focused and detailed macro capture of this Cicindela. Great in all aspects. TFS. Have a nice Sunday!


This Tiger Beetle, though lethal for flies, is a handsome creature alright, Greg.
An amazingly sharp and colourful macro of the subject from the most appropriate point of view.
The range of shining colours on the insect comes out vividly in this brilliant shot.
TFS and regards.

Hi Greg,
A nice capture of this beautiful tiger beetle. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-29 12:48]

Hi Greg,
Very interesting capture.It's new to me.Well caught,framed and composed.Sharpness,details and DOF are excellent.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-29 21:56]

Hello Friend,
Excellent quality and superb shot with great focus. Well done Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-29 22:46]
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Wow! What a beauty Greg - is it real?

I have NEVER seen an insect like this before. I love his multi colours and his hairy legs and shoulders and tummy. Nice and sharp too.

100% better than dragonflies and nearly as good as ducks.

Well done MF

Cześć Grzegorz.
Świetna ostrość, uchwycony w bardzo dobrej pozycji, szczęki super.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-06-30 11:23]

Hello Grzegorz,

the beetle has been shown many times on TN but your portrait is simply outstanding. The great poise! The beetles may do nothing as you say unless you want to ake a picture of them ...Extremely well done my friend! Thanks for the interesting note as well.
Best regards

No piekny trzyszcz piaskowy (Cicindela hybrida)! Rewelacyjny detal i - jak sadze - swietna nagroda za dlugotrwale podchody :) Nie ma co, te zwierzaki do latwo-dajacych-sie-sfotografowac nie naleza ;)
Pozdrawiam i obiecuje skomentowac rowniez pozostale 2 fotki tego zwierza :)

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