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"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly
"Will you walk into my parlour?" said the Spider to the Fly
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Challenge: 47 Steps (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 - CHALLENGES
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: in the grass 47 steps from our back door
Date: Nov 7, 2009
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/100+ExtFlash
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2009

The Spider and the Fly poem by Mary Howitt

i walked the 47 steps & sat in the grass...
and waited ..
i was hoping for a long legged fly but they werent landing near me ..
i noticed something very small in the grass that i thought was a spider with wings ..
when he moved i realised the wings belonged to a long legged fly which the spider had caught .. none of these details are visible to me unless i'm seeing them thru the camera & if i hadnt been sitting waiting for something else there's no way i would'v seen them .. they are very small .. the fly probably measured about 3/16" ..
some long legged flies are so skittish & incredibly quick that you push the shutter and the flash fires and they're already out'v the shot .. so you get photographs with an out'v focus leaf or piece of grass and some funny looking legs hanging down at the top of the frame ..
either this fly got caught in a web or the spider was like superman .. quicker than a speeding bullet .. !!.:)

ps.. i wonder if anyone noticed the web coming from the spider .. !!
in my slightly morbid & insect loving opinion this would have to be the best insect photograph i have ever taken ..
thankyou everyone for your excellent comments and votes .. :)

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 135
Avg (all users): 6.8219
Avg (commenters): 9.0909
Avg (participants): 6.8525
Avg (non-participants): 6.8000
Views since voting: 2509
Votes: 146
Comments: 23
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11/18/2009 08:52:23 AM
Originally posted by cogerox:

I knew this was going to do well. I thought you'd probably ribbon with it. Great shot with really great lighting, and the shallow dof makes it so dramatic and dreamlike at the same time. I have to agree... one of your best.


Yep definitely deserves better the 6th place, fantastic lighting and shallow depth of field getting the eyes just in focus, you must have had to work pretty darn quick as these guys battled it out.
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11/18/2009 05:57:20 AM
This is morally 5th place getter, Roz, congratulations on a brilliant image.
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11/17/2009 09:18:46 PM
I knew this was going to do well. I thought you'd probably ribbon with it. Great shot with really great lighting, and the shallow dof makes it so dramatic and dreamlike at the same time. I have to agree... one of your best.
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11/17/2009 09:59:39 AM
Excellent work Roz. Deserved 5th place.
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11/17/2009 12:55:53 AM
This is an amazing shot roz!! but a little scary to... Haha! nice job! =]
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11/16/2009 05:28:59 PM
Got a 10 from me!!!
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11/16/2009 03:48:13 PM
I thought this would have placed much higher with the quality and composition of the image. Congrats on the top 10.
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11/16/2009 01:29:22 PM
Beautiful image Roz. I have never witnessed this before, and I like watching bugs. I've seen spiders catch their prey in webs but like this, never. I hope to one day. Ferocious, aren't they. Oz, bad place to be a fly. lol
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11/16/2009 11:06:21 AM
Hey, congratulations Roz! You have such a gift at making such close-ups of things people normally are squeamish about look sooooo dreamy and beautiful! What a great find! And photographed TO PERFECTION! Of course :)

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11/16/2009 10:44:42 AM
I really thought this would be 1st!! It's outrageous!!
It was my pick as the BEST!!...
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11/16/2009 06:59:54 AM
SUPER Macro !!! Great capture. Congrats on the Top10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/15/2009 07:20:09 PM
wow! Brilliant shot. 10
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11/15/2009 03:19:39 PM
cool shot i love how the two sets of eyes are so close together.
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11/15/2009 07:30:10 AM
Excellent, a stunner.
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11/14/2009 11:10:41 PM
This is wonderful. I'd love to see it HUGE!!!
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11/14/2009 05:19:55 PM
OUTRAGEOUS!! 11
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11/14/2009 12:11:01 PM
this is grotesque. i love it. 8
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11/12/2009 02:51:38 AM
This is absolutely brilliant - My pick for the blue ribbon - 9
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11/09/2009 11:49:01 PM
Very rare catch!Brilliant
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11/09/2009 08:23:09 PM
Incredible. Creepy but incredible. No vote, just commenting.
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11/09/2009 01:43:25 PM
Nice focus and colors. The eyes pop out beautifully. 9
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11/09/2009 05:09:36 AM
Totally amazing capture!! Man did you take your walk at just the right time! This should be in the ribbons for sure
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11/09/2009 12:24:08 AM
great macro...good luck 9
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