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gently beast
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-02 5:36
Viewed: 4363
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In my last photo I showed you the same hornet, what a pity, not so many TN-Friends were interested.
So I want to have a new chance to show you this wonderful insect. You don't often have the chance to see them, there are not so many left here in Germany.
If you are interested in more information please feel free to look at the note of my other photo:

lying horizontal on the grass with (a lot of fear and)
Tamron Macro +
Raynox 250
extern Flash

wallhalla15, carper, Mousehill, mogens-j, Vicky, TAZ, timonejoon, Janice, red45, sarju, FranciscoSales, metcher, hansh, gelor, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • Vicky Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
  • [2005-10-02 5:46]

Wow! You certainly have loads of courage Sabine, to get this close. It was worth it though, it is an image of super quality and detail. His face looks like it's been moulded out of an orange!! Very well done. Here's your two points for a quality pic and another two, in theory, for being so brave!! Best wishes, Vicky

Hallo Sabine, da ist Dir schon wieder so eine Hammer-Aufnahme gelungen. Eignet sich super als Desktop-Hintergrund. Zu diesem Extrem-Makro kann ich nur eines sagen: Supi!!! - Heute Abend mache ich weiter in TN - bin jetzt mit meine Sohn in den Wald Pilze fotografieren. ;-) p.s.: morgen kommt eine Collage über Hoverflies.
Lieben Gruß in den Allgäu.

Wauw Sabine,
lenses, I am mad about lenses, fantastic macro, great details. I realy think about it also buy that tamron lens. great result.
good job,
gr. jaap

Beautifull details on the honeycombed eyes Sabine. Very well exposed with your fill-in flash. May I ask if you use a ringflash? I see no apparent direction of the shadows in the photo... I like the crop and it surely shows courage to get this close to him to nail this portrait so well. Thanks for reposting!

So inspirational yet this photo left me speechless... Above impressive !

Excellent macro-shot Stephan or Sabine (I cannot see who took the picture;-).

Great sharpness with lots of details - especially in the eyes. DOF is spot on and the colours are just great and very natural. Reading the note I had to go back to see what I missed and the previous foto is a great shot too.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-02 6:45]

Don't worry, it is cold and the hibernation starts on TN ;-) Sometime we love a picture and members don't and the question is : they didn't see or they didn't like ?
This one is great : wonderful and impressive !!! Congratulations Sabine.

A great macro, Sabine.
This is so close and without any extra filters;-)
The sharpness are great, well composed and colours.
I lowe the low angle POV. IMO your best macro so far.
This is a high quality work

This is a wonderful macro. The detail is superb, and it is amazing the complexity of their features. Wonderful colours and even better POV. Excellent work!

Hi wishnu
it is relay fantastic, great details, wow wow,it is wonderfull.

Hi Wishnu,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.
Judging by the speed, I would have opted out on using the flash, IMO.
A beauty, crisp, clean. Excellent work.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-02 9:34]

Great closeup. Very sharp details and awesome colors. I also think the exposure is spot on! TFS!


Excellent detail of the face from this hornet, I really like the detail in the eyes a lot. Paul :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-02 13:05]

Sabine, this is really amazing.

That's what I'd call eye contact.

Excellent composition, pov and sharpness. Stunning details; it's great to see the "monster" staring at us.

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  • Lia Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 17 N: 135] (952)
  • [2005-10-02 13:21]

Prachtige foto van een zeer gevaarlijk stekertje.
Vooral de ogen van dit kleine monstertje zijn erg mooi getroffen.
Gr Lia

  • Great 
  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-10-02 13:25]

Hallo Sabine,
Das ist ja wirklich hammerstark. Gratuliere Dir zu dieser tollen Aufnahme.
LG Rose

  • Great 
  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-10-02 14:34]

Great macro, excellent colours and very good details.
I like it very much.
Very well done!

  • Great 
  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-10-02 19:11]

Excellent macro shot Sabine.
Details are very impressive.Colors,pov,sharpness.focus adn frame all perfect.TFS

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-02 20:32]

Bonjour Wishnu, fantastic macro with fantastic details!! Colors and composition are perfect. TFS Didier.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-02 21:44]

A fantastic macro, Sabine. The details are amazing, and the colors are brilliant. I like it very much. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-02 23:23]

Lots of fear and trepidation???
I don't blame you Sabine, I would have been the same. BUT your shot doesn't show it, he is so BIG, so SHARP, so COLOURFUL too. Very well shown, thank you.

Very striking image, makes your friendly hornet really stand out in the world! Everything else has been said.

(No need to fear, they only sting people using Nikon Cameras!)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-03 3:11]

Now, this is really scary picture Sabine :-) Perfect macro with great details and subject!

Fantastic macro here, the crop is of extreme quality and the flash effect is well soften (I assume you used a fash diffuser, didn't you ?). Friends of mine get this lens, which is an a excellent macro one !

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2005-10-03 10:04]

Hi Sabrine - fantastic shot of the hornet. I'm surprised that you don't have many in Germany, for the last 3 summers we have shared our roof/loft with a coloney of them, and I have come to love them as a result. Their sting is only as bad as a normal wasp - which is not too bad unless your allergic to wasp stings.

As for the photo - fantastic - what else can be said?

It seems as if this second post got their attention. :)

Well it got mine too. Exceptional close up. The details are very nice and the DOF close to perfect. Great shot.

Fantastic macro, Sabine. The detail on the compound eyes is excellent. Congratulations on your courage to capture this insect in such a fashion.

Great closeup
wonderful macro
great details and colours
Dave R

Wow. That is one serious macro. Good job. I can never take them that close since I can never get the DOF to be wide enough.



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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-10-03 23:08]

Wow it is a beauty ...
I like this head on macro that you have shown here
tfs ... cheers

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-10-04 8:32]

fantastic macro. the details are stunning. this is great. tfs

Thank you for your warm welcome, Sabine. My love of colors, and simply my love of life is as rewarded looking at the very small as shooting scenes of travels. Nature does offer an amazing spectacle in all sizes, only do we need the expertise to catch it then share it, which you are doing so well here. Thanks for the inspiration. I thought i had cornered the lenses i wanted, but now i have to think macro too! No end to this passion....

Congratulation, you do a lot of fantastic macro! And the colours are always fantastic!

Wow....just wow! Amazing, you can see all the tiny parts of its lens. And those lovely hairs, I almost want to cuddle it, but then I take a look at those jaws... and mhh the feeling of cuddling flows away ;). Amazing shot!!

How could I missed that?
Superb shot. I love such close-ups and the hornets "face" looks superb on this. I wish I had good macro lenses to take such shots.
I like it very much.

Perfeita!!! Não poderia ter ficado melhor!! Que macro.. As cores estão excelentes!
Parabéns pelo ótimo trabalho!

Francisco Sales

This very good. Excellent quality and very intersting. Insect portrait in it's best.

Great details on the eyes again and beautiful colors and sharpness. Very well done.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-01-04 15:01]

Great macro, fantastic details and very nice to look at. My compliments en thanks

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-28 8:53]

Bonjour Wishnu,
Superbe ! Une grande macro avec une MAP magnifique et des couleurs extraordinaires. La restitution des yeux est remarquable. Malheureusement je ne peux attribuer que deux points. Félicitations. Gérard

Hallo Sabine,
danke für dieses eindrucksvolle Portrait! Häng ich mir vor die Eingangstür.
Als Nächstes bitte die Kehrseite mit Stachel, ebenfalls in Super Macro!
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Big Macro Smile!

Hi Sabine,

Superb macro and POV!!. I love the details, colours and composition, are excellent.

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