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kirbic


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Challenge: Macro IV (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Challenge Photos
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Hubertus, WI
Date: Aug 1, 2004
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2004

Canon 100mm Macro lens @ 1:1. Sunpak 544 flash w. Lumiquest pocket bouncer (gold reflector) @ 1/4 power (manual mode).

Editing:
Cropped, curves adjustment, selective hue adjustment on background only, sharpening (some selective), a bit of gentle dodge & burn, NeatImage background, and there you have it.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 248
Avg (all users): 7.1023
Avg (commenters): 8.3158
Avg (participants): 7.0603
Avg (non-participants): 7.1833
Views since voting: 8162
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 176
Comments: 39
Favorites: 17 (view)


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05/17/2008 11:13:09 AM
Great macro shot!
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05/30/2006 10:59:23 AM
Just a fabulous macro. What an amazing insect.
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12/23/2004 10:57:54 PM
I liked it when I first saw it, I like it even more now. Very nice!
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12/23/2004 03:57:48 PM
This shot just truely amazes me.
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09/09/2004 07:43:46 PM
I remember this shot - and love it - can't believe I didn't comment on it earlier! The eyes are amazing (not to mention all the rest!).
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08/14/2004 01:10:47 PM
Getting the perfect macro is difficult enough, let alone with a subject such as this! I am in awe of your skill & bravery!
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08/10/2004 10:56:45 AM
Great shot. I can see see the time and patience involved. Congrats.
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08/10/2004 01:48:55 AM
Awesome Kirbic!!
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08/09/2004 10:24:54 PM
Thanks to all, this was the one and only shot from about 1.5 hours of shooting out in the back yard that was even remotely challenge-worthy. Still, I really need to work on my lighting, and maybe catch some dragonflies if I'm ever going to best Jacko, LOL!

I also wanted to add some additional details that I forgot to include during submission...

This guy was busy having dinner on some weeds in a bck corner of our land. I still had good illumination from late afternoon sun, but with 1:1 magnification, I still needed quite a bit of fill flash. The 1/60 shutter speed preserved some of the ambient light, at the cost of a very slight blur on the thorax, which is only slightly visible in this reduced-size version. He would not make a very good large print however.

With the combination of title and image, I was going the "anthromorphic route", that is assigning human emotions/reactions to the subject. I imagined his thoughts on the fact that I disturbed the priviacy of his dinner with my photographic intrusion... can you look in his eyes and imagine his thoughts? Yikes!


Message edited by author 2004-08-09 22:38:23.
08/09/2004 06:34:26 PM
This is one wicked creature. Not sure how folks can photograph them. They are mean! Great shot! Congrats.
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08/09/2004 05:28:43 PM
Great, Great shot, well deseved ribbon, congratulations!
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08/09/2004 01:12:39 PM
Congratualtions!

You and Jacko (Bug Man) are raising the standards for DPC challenges :)
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08/09/2004 09:16:09 AM
Terrific finish Kirbic - when I saw this one and a few others I put aside any hopes of getting a ribbon in this challenge. Stellar work.
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08/09/2004 08:56:44 AM
Congrats Kirbic, this is a great shot!
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08/09/2004 02:58:49 AM
Congrats on your Red Ribbon!!

One 2 and one 3??? Huh?

A well deserved 2nd!
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08/09/2004 02:20:56 AM
Grats on the ribbon.Excellent shot
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08/09/2004 12:14:03 AM
Wow kirbic...awesome!!! Congrats!
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08/09/2004 12:04:40 AM
An awesome image. Congratulations on your red !
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2004 10:23:46 PM
Hmmm. I think I'm going to bump up my score on this one. Great capture.
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08/08/2004 02:44:24 AM
Awesome image. Good colors and dof. Lots of details and texture. 10
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08/08/2004 01:25:29 AM
Yep. It's close. It's thorax looks really strange. The interruption is hard to identify.
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08/08/2004 12:34:25 AM
Very good, nice work 9
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08/07/2004 10:08:54 AM
Wow ! what a macro.
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08/06/2004 11:18:27 PM
Sensational. Nice and crisp, great dof, great colours.
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08/05/2004 11:28:39 PM
Wow. Very close up! Excellent job!
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08/05/2004 07:22:34 PM
very nice close up. the dof is also impressive. the lighting might be a tad harsh, but i realize that there needs to be a lot of light to get the great amount of detail you've obtained. one of the better shots for sure.
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08/05/2004 06:25:31 PM
Oh men, this is a fabulous shot. I would be scared to be so close
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08/05/2004 04:44:46 PM
Excellent detail and clarity. Nicely done.
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08/05/2004 12:41:01 PM
What a detail! Excellent!
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08/04/2004 11:17:19 PM
Very impressive macro shot. Amazing detail. One of the best.
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08/03/2004 11:13:57 PM
Damn! This may be the best bug yet ... and that saying a lot. Absolutely fantastic image. I love everything about it but most of all the detail in the eye. WOW!!!
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08/03/2004 08:03:44 AM
The focus missed just slightly as it's body is a tad sharper than the eye ... but this is still a 10 and should easily ribbon. Awesome!
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08/03/2004 07:45:33 AM
WOW !!! Through amazing macro shots like this I've learned so much about insects.........thankyou :)
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08/03/2004 12:25:49 AM
Stunning level of detail & clarity!
One of the top 3 in this challenge for sure!
A well-deserved ((9))
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08/02/2004 09:12:31 PM
love the eye!
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08/02/2004 07:39:46 PM
WOW. Such an incredible shot and such an menacing-looking insect. The detail is fabulous.
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08/02/2004 06:19:17 PM
Really ugly bug, but a really great picture! Good job!
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08/02/2004 05:25:07 PM
sweet macro!
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08/02/2004 02:24:18 AM
psycho. this is incredible. 10 (except i can't vote ;o)
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