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Dance of Death

Dance of  Death
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-10 4:28
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Robberfly and Scarce Copper

While walking across a beautiful meadow looking for butterflies the other day, I saw what I thought was a large beetle flying by. It landed some way away and I hurried there to try to get a picture. As I came close I discovered what it was and managed to get several captures of this rather macabre scene. I’ve earlier photographed Robberfies with various insect prey but I’ve never seen one catch a butterfly before. They’re certainly very active in keeping population control among insects but luckily the Scarce Copper is quite common here in the south.

I’ve posted another view of this event in the WORKSHOP. The picture was taken with the camera handheld from a distance of about 1 metre. It has been cropped and sharpened.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-10 4:34]

Hello Ulla,
What an embrace...terrible! Very expressiv and somehow emotional shot. I like the earth-colors and your vertical framing a lot . Excellent sharpness too. The background is a little bit noisy, this can be easily removed.
Have a nice Sunday

Ciao Ulla. The move of the killer. Great capture for the dramatic situation. Impressive sharp and focused eye for the Robberfly.


Espectacular y oportuna toma Ulla !

Buena captura de la acción , con una luz, profundidad y colores muy conseguidos.

Buen Domingo: Josep Ignasi.

Impressive scene Ulla!Beautiful photo. The composition, the colours and the sharpness are excellent.

Hello Ulla,
Fantastic captured of this very interesting act of nature, very nice details sharpness, beautiful colours, very well seen,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hej Ulla,
this is a great action scene and you captured more than well.
The robblerfly with his prey stands out very fine against the BG.
Good sharpness, fine DOF and the colours are nice and natural.
Kanonbild helt enkelt, det blir en favorite.

Hi Ulla,

Very nice macro image of this awesome transition that's about to unfold, impressive sharpness for (presumably) hand held camera..., good lighting and beautiful colours, terrific capture Ulla and well done,
Best regards,


Hello Ulla,
impressive action shot with a dramatic scene. I do like your picture with nice sharpness, fine light, good colours and blurred background, very much, also I'm sorry for the Scarce Copper.
Best wishes,

hello Ulla
super good picture with great details and nice colours
super monemt
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, dramatic scene in a fantastic macro, poor Scarce Copper, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-10 10:24]

Hello Ulla,
lovely macro done with fine composition. The BG is very good.Sharpness of the insect and Butterfly is very good.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-10 10:31]

Hello Ulla,
Congratulations on this unique photo. Great action in fantastic sharpness and splendid colours. Taken from the best possible POV.

Hello Ulla,
A wonderful image with outstanding details, clarity and focus.
Very interesting capture of a interesting moment.
Thanks for sharing!

A real masterpiece in the photography
with a capital "P" dear Ulla! Well done!
I admire your sharp senses! What a drama indeed! Wow!
I am not going to comment on the noise level here,
seems to me that the image has been cropped a bit too
aggressively, but that doesn't matter, your compact/bridge
camera obviously have limitations!
Have a great week Ulla, and please keep on surprising us with
great photography like this one!
George Veltchev

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-10 13:40]

Hi Ulla,what a lucky capture! A dramatic moment taken very very well,i like a lot these 2 differents pics,great and interesting moment and very good sharpness and colors,just the background is a little noisy.Thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Hallo Ulla,
a superb macros shot, impressive details and marvellous natural colours, excellent point of view showing perfectly this realistic dramatic scene, nice close composition
Best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-10 15:24]

Hello Ulla,
An excellent macro with wonderful composition,nice colors and great sharpness.TFS.
Have a nice Monday!...

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-07-11 4:12]

Very good capture, Ulla!

A small reminder Nature is not all about beauty and peace and quiet.



Hi Ulla,
Evil robber flies! ... Here also are attacking butterflies! It's a very dramatic picture and is certainly a fact of nature, very accurate. Good job!

A superb macro photo, very good sharpness, splendid bright colours, a very harmonious composition.

Hello Ulla,
Rather macabre, as you say, but a wonderful image. You certainly were very observant to have spotted this taking place and to have recorded it. You did exceptionally well with the great natural illumination and environment. Amazing, to say the least. Best wishes.

Hi Ulla,
No hugs for me, thanks. :)
Unusual prey for the robberfly. Very interesting to see that.
Thanks for sharing

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-07-12 16:05]

Hola Sra. Ulla.
First class photo. Excellent moment, beautiful colors and sharpness, I also like the way it was framed.
You sure were lucky to find this moment.

Hi Ulla,

That's a great capture by you & the robberfly.
Very well captured this rare moment. I like the composition. Well done & TFS.

Hallo Ulla
A super macro, not only because of the closeness of both the subjects, or the composition, or the point of view or the natural framing, and not even because of the "moment of action" captured, but mostly because of the super way of presenting this image. I also saw the noise in the background but the end result overrides all of the grainy parts. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Very aptly captioned picture of a Copper in the firm grip of a Robberfly, Ulla. 'Macabre' is the right word for this event.
That you shoot such powerful pictures with your compact camera amazes me the most.
The angle of exposure and the vertical orientation of subjects heightens the sensation of this "Dance of Death".
I am also astonished at the fact that Robberflies can hunt even the butterflies.
Thanks for sharing this great shot and best regards.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-15 5:00]

Hi Ulla.
I missed you this extra shot. Fantastic capture life in the wild nature. Your POV is used by the best, beautiful natural colors and very detailed view at this dramatic scene. Very well done, as well as the second image in the Workshop. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day.
Best regards

wow, striking capture,greetings Ori

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