Mantis the Deadly Encounter by UVDan ()
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I apologize for the quality of this image. I was working quickly. I was photographing this Mantis when the wasp showed up. I quickly worked to take this picture, but as my camera was processing the picture, the Mantis grabbed the wasp and they wrestled for a second or two with the wasp finally breaking free and flying off. Had I just waited a second to take the picture, I would have caught them in the struggle. I feel that I have missed my once in a lifetime National Geographic moment. I have a real love hate relationship with my point and shoot camera.
Image Comments (20)
whaleman () 12:40AM | Mon, 30 September 2013
I know that feeling! My first digital camera was a point and shoot and I just could not stand the delay between shutter depression and photo capture, not to mention the wait until you could take the next shot. I lost so many good photos because of that. Going to a DSLR changed all that.
sharky_ () 10:54AM | Mon, 30 September 2013
They will meet up again for a grudge match.... Hope you're there at the right time... Nice shot. Aloha
Richardphotos () Online Now! 8:26PM | Tue, 01 October 2013
the same issue I had with point and shoots and the initial lag to turn on. still and outstanding capture
Jay-el-Jay () 12:16PM | Tue, 08 October 2013
I do wish that you could have followed this with an image of the quick struggle.This is dramatic.
JaneEden () 5:57PM | Wed, 09 October 2013
Oh isn't that just the way when it comes to that once in a lifetime event, I can imagine how frustrated you must have felt. I think nevertheless you have got a fabulous shot here, you don't see such insects around these parts so it is very interesting for me to see it here. hugs Jane xx
tofi () 6:50PM | Wed, 09 October 2013
No need to apologize, Dan... you did a remarkable job as far as I'm concerned and the subject is absolutely fascinating! I've never seen one of these up close and personal! Well done!
junge1 () 2:56PM | Thu, 17 October 2013
I have the same problems with my point and shot. Found that out when I wanted to take Formula 1 race car pictures. You may have missed your once in a lifetime National Geographic opportunity, but is a real nice shot nevertheless!