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I Can See Clearly Now...
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Challenge: Macro II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Lake Elmo Reserve, Lake Elmo, MN
Date: Sep 20, 2003
Aperture: 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 21, 2003

Not another close-up of a dragonfly face! Sorry, but I couldn't help it; when I shoot macro, it's usually insects or arachnids, and dragonflies are one of my favorite subjects. I like seeing the differences in dragonfly colorations, and I always take advantage of any instance where the insect isn't too easily scared away. The reason I could get this close is because this dragonfly had just emerged and its wings were not fully dried. Adjusting the levels for more contrast made the image more noisy or grainy, since it was a bit underexposed. I've been doing macro insect photography for more than fifteen years and still feel that I have a lot of improving to do. This image isn't as good as what I'm capable of, but I've run out of time, so here it is!

Place: 1 out of 200
Avg (all users): 7.6561
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 7.5676
Avg (non-participants): 7.8696
Views since voting: 9222
Votes: 157
Comments: 44
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10/02/2003 07:23:16 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, great macro
09/30/2003 07:14:57 PM
wow that's amazing. congratulations
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09/29/2003 05:53:06 PM
Fun, grotesque stuff! Congrats!
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09/29/2003 09:47:27 AM
Amazing detail....Congratulations!
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09/29/2003 08:48:22 AM
fantastic job... well deserved ribbon!
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09/29/2003 07:39:22 AM
the most incredible closeup on here. Wonder why you didn't enter this for 'insects'?
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09/29/2003 01:52:25 AM
Congratulations!! Great shot!!
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09/29/2003 12:43:13 AM
congratulations! wonderful macro!
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09/29/2003 12:17:09 AM
Congratulations on a magnificient shot!
09/29/2003 12:08:10 AM
Congrats on a fine macro shot! You did good!
09/29/2003 12:06:04 AM
I knew this one would win! Great stuff... I never knew they had so many eyes!!!
09/29/2003 12:05:05 AM
Just excellent work! This is one of the sharpest macros I have seen.
09/29/2003 12:01:59 AM
Excellent work. This is what I was trying to achieve. You are to be commended!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/28/2003 10:10:01 PM
Kind of scary to look at but nice clear and up close shot!
09/28/2003 07:58:12 PM
INCREDIBLE! What the . . . How the heck did you do this one? Great, no ASTOUNDING shot.
09/28/2003 07:54:29 PM
Holy Crap!!! You just beat Jacko on the closest eyes on a bug I've ever seen! WOW and More WOW-- cant wsit to see the details on this one-- 10 and blue ribbon!
09/28/2003 04:08:27 PM
Great detail. The reflections in the middle of the left eye and the upper right of the right eye are a bit distracting. Good color and composition.
09/27/2003 08:44:29 PM
Wonderful shot!
09/27/2003 09:59:31 AM
You don't get much closer than that! Excellent detail with nice depth of field. I think this is the closest I've seen a dragonfly head. Good one.
09/27/2003 09:54:55 AM
Wow. Good job. Excellent colours and lighting. I don't even mind that grass there. I think it adds context.
09/27/2003 07:09:58 AM
Great use of lighting and DOF! Good centerd composition!
09/26/2003 04:15:23 PM
This-is-scary :-)
09/25/2003 07:59:41 PM
For heaven's sakes! I have got to get a digital slr and lenses just so I can take macros like these. It's not all just in the equipment though (but it helps!), as you have a VERY well taken shot here, much harder than it looks I suspect. Bit too much glare and noise for me to give above 8. Shame the background isn't more black. Did you try NeatImage? 8
09/25/2003 06:10:18 PM
This is one of the best I have seen, great job
09/25/2003 03:14:46 PM
Great facial of the dragonfly. A great example of a macro.
09/25/2003 02:39:07 PM
Fantastic detail! In the thumbnail I thought it was two apples!
09/25/2003 01:43:34 PM
This is so closeup it's a little freaky! Great shot!
09/23/2003 06:31:22 PM
Wow...now THAT is a macro! Dude needs a good clean shave though... ;-)
09/23/2003 03:24:09 PM
It\'s as if we are going to rub noses LOL! EXCEPTIONAL, period. 10
09/23/2003 01:07:16 PM
I'd have cropped off the bottom half...
09/23/2003 08:24:31 AM
that is almost too close for comfort...
09/23/2003 03:57:24 AM
Damn... little more than I wanted to see! :) Good macro shot!
09/22/2003 09:54:45 PM
With those eyes I don't doubt it! How many compound lenses do these guys have :) 10? No, thats what I scored this shot!
09/22/2003 09:07:59 PM
awesome shot...igotta save my $$$$ nice macro
09/22/2003 05:36:26 PM
wow! eyes! nicely depicted. Doo detail and texture. Light is a bit glaring in spots
09/22/2003 04:13:02 PM
Fantastic shot, fantastic. Wow this is up close and in your face....errrrrh his face. :)
09/22/2003 12:39:15 PM
There are a few glares on his eyes that are a little distracting, otherwise nice close-up.
09/22/2003 11:55:07 AM
The epitomy of MACRO!
09/22/2003 10:02:50 AM
Oh my God ! That IS a macro photo !!!
09/22/2003 09:02:06 AM
excellent capture. the small hotspot on the nose (?) is distracting but not too much. well done.
09/22/2003 07:37:22 AM
Holy Sh.... !!!!! How close are we gonna get with these macro lenses!!! :-)
09/22/2003 06:30:08 AM
Greetings... This photo gets a 10 for technical excellence :)
09/22/2003 03:22:10 AM
Incredible detail in the bugs eyes. The reflections off of the eye really makes them very interesting. Love the honeycomb shapes in the eye. Beautiful colors.
09/22/2003 01:03:03 AM
This has got to be one of the neatest pictures I've ever seen!!!! I'm assuming it's a bug of sorts??? GREAT macro of whatever it is!!! :) 10

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