Description: This photo was taken in my backyard in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
A gekko caught my eye this particular day, snapping at the glass. I had no idea what it was doing but upon closer inspection I could see that it was trying to catch this beetle. Unfortunately for the gekko, the beetle was on the other side of the window pane. Lucky beetle.
This is an Assassin Beetle. It possesses a large rostrum or spike on the end of its narrow head which it uses to impale its prey, injecting a digestive enzyme which kills its victim, the contents of which can then be drunk at the beetles leisure.
Apart from some fairly modest colour saturation, sharpening and contrast adjustments, this photo is pretty much straight out of the camera. Grain noise posed the biggest problem so that's where most editing time was spent. What a pain in the arse it was, but it's an interesting photo so I just had to persevere. The abstract effect is simply the reflection on the window of the outside world.
Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!