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By starstriders
...not by me I might add. This was the work of my insect-phobic father. The abdomen is missing...yucky! Quite pleased with this for a cheap compact shot tho.

Tags: Close-up and macro

Voters: u08mcb, fossilized, brian1208 and 11 more

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u08mcb 14 5.8k
24 Oct 2004 6:12PM
As well you should be. Great clean shot, and the was is nice and detailed.

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starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 6:14PM
Ah no sorry...forgot to add...the reason it was swatted so enthusiastically by my father was that it was a hornet...and it was massive.
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 6:16PM
Everything is a photo opportunity - even a corpse!

+ve very sharp and good colours

-ve missing body parts?
u08mcb 14 5.8k
24 Oct 2004 6:19PM
Yeah I thought it wasn't a regular wasp. A hornet eh? How cool.
starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 6:23PM
Apparently it flew through the window like a B52 bomber! A slight exageration I think...but yes...a hornet.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 6:44PM
You brutes! Poor Hornet - it was only looking for somewhere to nest for the Winter Smile

If you'd rotated it so that it was upright we may not have seen the "missing bits". Very sharply photographed

starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 6:46PM
Nah...I rolled it all over the page and I couldn't get an interesting enough shot from the back. This was taken in Easter this year so it certainly wasn't looking for a winter hide-out!

And it wasn't me that killed it by the way...I'd have put it out in a glass. Wink
den2il 14 203 England
24 Oct 2004 6:48PM
I do like this very much. The composition is spot on, well captured.

Ian G W 15 396 3 England
24 Oct 2004 7:03PM
Great detail - the shadow adds to the composition too.


woodlark 14 542 1 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 8:30PM
Hope your dad swatted it with The Financial Times and not the Sun (not the way to go)
Great shot though by you and your dad.
: ^ )
starstriders 13 1.6k United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 8:35PM
It certainly wasn't the Sun! Give him some credit! Ick! No it would have been The Guardian. LOL!
mellyleth 14 212 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2004 10:04PM
Utterly brilliant. You've got some good detail there, probably a bit more than we needed actually!!!

Keelo 14 18 Australia
25 Oct 2004 7:40AM
Nice composition with plenty of detail, good job!
heidilee 14 901
25 Oct 2004 11:40AM
+ve: Shadow and colours look good and clear. Compostion is excellent.

-ve: Maybe a change in DOF so the whole of the hornet is in focus. Maybe not possible on a compact though.

Good capture, epsecially since you are using a compact.

UserRemoved 14 6.2k 1
25 Oct 2004 10:52PM
+ve: Killed by a Guardian reader! Good detail and light. Nicely comp'd

-ve: Actionable by the Insect Preservation Society! Weird pose (despite it missing the majority of body).

Rotating CCW 45 deg might produce a more interesting take

26 Oct 2004 8:39PM
It's a bugs life huh!

Not bad at all

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