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The Killer...

The Killer...
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-18 9:46
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The crab spider vs Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)...and the bee is the outsider...
Nature is very cruel and hard.
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Buna Horia,
Excellent macro of a rarely seen, very interesting moment. Photographically a top notch image with wonderful compo / crop, nice colors and excellent sharpness. Bravo MF.
Best regards, László

hello Horia
very good moment to make this good picture
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Buna Horia,
Extrem de eficient acest mic paianjen ascuns in floare si care imobilizeaza repede victimele. Foarte reusite detalii si culori. Un focus perfect.
Am surprins si eu acest mic ucigas in actiune si nu pot sa nu fiu uimit de eficienta atacului sau.

Hello Horia
congratulations for beautiful macro, excellent clarity and contrast. great POV
and background
thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-18 11:28]

Hello Horia,
Beautiful photo of this dramatic scene with the bee as spectator. Very nice natural colours and good sharpness and details. Excellent composition.

You have a wonderful action macro shot here.
The predation scene is awsome, but with the addon of the outsider and the alignment of the flowers in prespective it is special.
A beautoful work, Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Felipe.

Ciao Horia. Intrigant tris in excellente DOF and beautiful colours. Special light!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-18 11:51]

What a impressive scene my friend...and what a perfect quality..not easy a perfection like that in these situations whit differents dot of fire..my greats compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

Hello Horia,
Excellent shot ,sharpness and colours are great.
TFS, regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-18 12:20]

Hello Horia,
A great capture of a Crab Spider with its butterfly catch. The lighting, sharpness, colours and omposition that includes the Eristalis hoverfly are excellent.
Nature in the raw!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hello Horia,
Impressive predatory action! ... you surprise us going from art to action (or blending ir, as in this shot) whith great ease! ... thanks! is good to see this! ... you are a very versatile photographer!
PS: What a crazy bee!... ;)
Regards, TFS, Happy week for you and your near people!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-18 13:56]

Hello Horia,
Poor unfortunate butterfly! You have beautifully captured the the climax of its life.Good shot with excellent POV, focus and vivid colours.Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-18 16:44]

Hi Horia,

A butterfly, a crab spider and a bee in one frame. What are the odds of seeing this? You captured the moment perfectly with top notch colors, details and composition. The poor Tortoiseshell!


Alo Horia,
That’s really a horror scene from Mother Nature, but the technical work from you is perfect! It’s a pleasure to watch this photo! Many thanks for it showing here!

Sascha ;O)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-19 0:58]

Salut Horia!

Great scene from meadow. Crab spider (female) looks rather happy with so big prey. Well taken, interesting moment. There isn't bee on flower - this is one of drone flies :-)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-19 0:58]

Hello Horia,
Powerful and colorful, a picture with a silent drama. Very well seen and presented in a very interesting way. Again well done!
Have a nice week
Kind regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-07-19 1:50]

Hello Horia,
We have here very dramatic scene which in nature is usual event. Nice colours and perfect sharpness.
Regards, Pawel

Geia sou Horia,
Excellent shot ,sharpness and colours are great.
Filika Giorgos

Ciao Horia, poor butterfly, great action shot, the bee too is looking this, wonderful capture, excellent sharpness, fine details and good natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Crudo pero precioso documento. Gran variedad de elementos, a cual más interesantes y todos ellos en foco. Buen documento.
Saludos Horia.

Hello Horia
composizione davvero eccezionale. Hai ragione davvero qundo dici che la natura č dura e crudele, ma č la natura e deve comunque avere il suo corso: ci sono prede e predatori. Ottimi dettagli e gestione della luce.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-07-19 18:52]

Awesome image Horia,
You have captured three insects showing exceptional detail and gorgeous natural colors. You are right, nature certainly does have it's cruel side at times. Great work!!

Namaste Horia,
nice shot. The moment is superbly captured. Nice light and fine depth. Sharpness is excellent as the colours. The spider is just incredible in her action. Very well composed shot. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Hi Horia,

This is an impressive action shot. The point of view is showing the carb spider which has captured the butterfly with the bee observing the scene. It is well framed. The late morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-21 14:32]

Hi Horia,
This is excellent composition with very interesting moment and great sharp details.

hello Horia

excellent timing to shoot this photo from the world of insects,
with fine POV, all the 3 subjects and the flower superbly
focused with great sharpness and details, TFS


ha ha ha
The fly is lucky to have come there in second.
Clear details. perfect light and very appropriate DOF.

There is a line in Tennyson' poem, 'In Memoriam', that says that Nature is red in tooth and claw. This crab spider may not have teeth or claws, but echoes that line of the poem. The Small Tortoiseshell is the defenceless victim. I wonder how battle would have gone between the spider and the hoverfly?

Beautiful photography, Horia. We get 4 things for the price of one here, with the spectaor, the killer, the victim and the battle zone. I love it!

Warm greetings, Amelia

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