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Dead or Alive ???

Dead or Alive ???
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Copyright: Galder Jon Arguinzoniz (galderjon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12
Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Decisive Moment
Camera: Casio Exilim EX-Z3, 5.8-17.4mm 1:2.8-4.9, SD card 128 Mb
Exposure: f/4.3, 1/40 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-23 4:54
Viewed: 2782
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I remember being a kid, my father killed a cockroach with a broom and then we went for a bag to put it in, but when we turned around the cockroach wasn´t there anymore.

Same thing happened to me when waking up at a cheap road motel in La Romana, when I found this under the bed. I went to the bathroom for some paper to wrap it and when I was back it wasn´t there anymore. During all day I felt strange tickles, made up in my mind ;)

In my opinion, these insects have the skill to fake they´re dead, or just have an outstanding funeral service company.

The flashlight enhances the drama and contrasts, the terrazzo floor shows the humble of the place and the cockroach pose speaks for itself.

This isn´t a blooming flower, but I am sure someone must find beauty in this shot (say a naturologist?)

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2010-02-23 5:00]

Hi Galder,

Terrific post, right up my alley in humor and presentation! Great note to amplify your photograph. I, too, have seen that happen. The ability of those insects to recover is phenomenal. I have heard if there was a nuclear blast and much of humanity was wiped out, the cockroach would still be around to clean up. Super macro and excellent lighting.

Have a wonderful, but bug-free, day!

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2010-02-23 5:35]

good macro
nice details
the ugly creature
but good to see

haha ... good one Galder. I like your note.
We don't have cockroaches up here ... too cold in the winters I suppose!
Just a nice sharp, fun photo ... :)

Wonderful great capture this bug!
I think is dead(or he sleep)!


I like this photo,its very unique composition look the details(anthenna)very sharp..




Very nice macro shot of this belly up Roach! Maybe he had too much to eat? Love the composition, sharpness and exposure control. Well done and TFS!


How many times i have experienced that in my travel,if not hundreds times hey just like you i stay in rock bottom hotels , rightly so either i stepped on one at night and you feel the crush hummmm or discovered there is one roaming around the bed before you actually slip under the sheet , anyways a stunning capture of the roach here well perhaps simulating its own passing away so you momentarily leave it alone until you get back with some tissue to pick it up , man what a surprise it must have been to find no trace of it , yeppp there it rides on again, hi hi , it takes some guts to show this, the shot speaks volume indeed , sharpness is right on the money ,your note is very amusing , it has put a smile on my face for sure , my compliments,

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