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Challenge: Macro VI (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Date: Oct 14, 2007
Aperture: f16
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/8s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 14, 2007

Well, I'm thrilled to win my first ribbon in my favourite photographic discipline! Macro gives us an opportunity to see design and beauty that might otherwise get overlooked. Well done to everyone in the challenge for the many beautiful shots, and thanks Mr fly for sitting still ;)

A very still day and a resting fly so I was able to get a good DOF for once.
Tripod, mirror lock up,cable release, shot in RAW, ambient light. In ACR, tweaked the curves to regain some of the detail under the body and to calm the highlights down. Convert to 16 bit Tiff. In PS a bit more curve tweaking and dodge/burn, crop and resize.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 248
Avg (all users): 7.8544
Avg (commenters): 8.8333
Avg (participants): 7.8250
Avg (non-participants): 7.8846
Views since voting: 11050
Views during voting: 329
Votes: 158
Comments: 67
Favorites: 36 (view)


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12/08/2008 09:20:08 PM
Wow nice capture. I never get enough of insect shots no matter the insect. This fly is fabulous. I wonder if it's looking at you through that drop on its eye?

Superb
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10/28/2007 10:22:25 PM
i didn't vote on this challenge but this is phenomenal picture and i have added it to my fav's. and i don't think you'll find one as good in any science book either.
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10/28/2007 07:26:29 PM
Perfect capture.
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10/28/2007 06:00:37 PM
Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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10/28/2007 10:37:19 AM
I didn't vote but man that is spectacular and totally deserving of a ribbon. Congratulations.
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10/28/2007 10:01:43 AM
Congrat´s on the ribbon, I bet Jason is really pissed off that you took the top spot for this lens, hehehe :) Enjoy it while it lasts, at least if I know him correctly :P
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10/27/2007 11:17:18 PM
Perfect!! Congratulations!
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10/26/2007 01:41:38 AM
Congrats! But damn you! Right when I was ready to take all of the Top 10 scores with this lens you come and land on top of ALL of them! :P Now I gotta get 10 scores above 7.8...
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10/25/2007 03:42:18 PM
Superb detail...congrats on your first ribbon...great colour
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10/24/2007 05:19:17 AM
Well now, that's just showing off! ( the fly, I mean)

You must have the patience of a saint, and what a lovely rich set of colours - I live in England, and don't remember seeing flies with red eyes - just shows you what you miss if you don't look close enough!

Very, very nice picture. I wonder if they will ever produce a lens which will stop down to about f100 - so that you can get almost infinite depth of field?

I looked at a fly some 40 years ago through a binocular microscope, and it was scarily like this, but even greater depth of field. It's high time we had such lenses, but this is a very lovely picture, and you deserve your ribbon. All the best for your future ribbons!
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10/23/2007 12:29:22 PM
Your color and details are gorgeous!
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10/23/2007 08:50:53 AM
Huge congrats on your first ribbon, and look at that score! What a wonderful photo and very deserving of the blue.
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10/23/2007 08:44:22 AM
ugh. ugly insect. GREAT photo :-)
congratulations !
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10/23/2007 07:26:44 AM
Hey, what can I say.... I know, jealousy is an awful sin.
Congrats !!
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10/22/2007 05:16:21 PM
Got to vote on this one, but didn't get back to comment. I'd picked this one to win the challenge but had no idea it would score so high. Congratulations!
The colors are just wonderful. They pop out of the creamy smooth bokeh like a flash bulb. The 180 macro is not an easy tool to master. You have really created a masterpiece.
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10/22/2007 08:50:25 AM
Great photo, and amazing score!
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10/22/2007 08:08:16 AM
Remarkable clarity on such a tiny subject. Congratulations on your Blue.
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10/22/2007 07:35:08 AM
congratulations truly a fantastic photo.well done
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10/22/2007 05:47:50 AM
yeah congrats, tough act to follow for sure
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10/22/2007 05:07:58 AM
Brilliant shot, well deserved.
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10/22/2007 02:56:35 AM
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Congrats on the blue! Great idea - those droplets of superglue! ;-)
And you took top spot for that lens away from the Doc!


Now that is a good idea :P

ps thanks :)
10/22/2007 02:53:12 AM
Stunning image, congrats on your well deserved blue!
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10/22/2007 01:53:53 AM
Holy cow - what a good and patient little model you had! Excellent macro work. Congrats on an astronomical score and the blue!
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10/22/2007 12:54:08 AM
Big congrats on your well deserved blue, Chrissie. This is a STUNNING macro. Excellent work!
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10/22/2007 12:49:23 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this amazing macro.
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10/22/2007 12:44:37 AM
Congrats on the blue! Great idea - those droplets of superglue! ;-)
And you took top spot for that lens away from the Doc!
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10/22/2007 12:32:03 AM
Great colors and love your DOF,Chrissie! Big congrats on your Blue!
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10/22/2007 12:19:13 AM
Fantastic! Congrats on your first ribbon and insane score! A most deserving win.
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10/22/2007 12:13:37 AM
Perfect..... Well done on your first ribbon.....
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10/22/2007 12:10:05 AM
Im glad to see this one win. It nice to be right about a winner ;)
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10/22/2007 12:09:50 AM
wow, what a fine macro. Helluva score to get your 1st ribbon with, congrats!
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10/22/2007 12:05:50 AM
Now THAT'S how to do a macro. I just knew it when I hit it in voting that this was going to do well. What a score! Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best. :)
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10/22/2007 12:03:21 AM
The detail is absolutely amazing!
Congrats on your ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/21/2007 11:59:30 PM
Wow. Not only beautiful and colorful, but the detail is stunning. I mean, seeing a water drop on a fly's eye? Amazing. Congrats on your ribbon in advance!
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10/21/2007 09:59:45 PM
Wow, awsome detail!
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10/21/2007 03:41:42 PM
Goodness me! I am full of admiration for this one!
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10/18/2007 07:48:39 PM
Oh this is good..
This one is reeeeeeally good.
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10/18/2007 07:22:14 PM
wow, great colours and the focus is bang on.. one of my picks for the top.. well done.. 10
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10/18/2007 04:14:10 PM
OK - I give up...what's wrong with it? OK OK nothing is wrong! Back to bump you up to 10. Beautifully done.
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10/18/2007 01:15:52 PM
Awesome DOF
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10/18/2007 08:34:00 AM
Thats just crazy sharp and detailed. Well done.
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10/18/2007 02:10:21 AM
Wow, this is so clear! I like the way the green is repeated in the backround and on the leaf.
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10/17/2007 09:41:09 PM
wonderful colors and focus
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10/17/2007 09:36:16 PM
There is a winner! What can I say about this.... amazing focus, great perspective, nicely positioned in the frame, the water drops are a bonus. Great oof background. A fave, a 10, and see you on the front page mr. fly!
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10/17/2007 09:35:07 PM
I must know what was used in this photo....Camera, light/flash, lens..... I love it!
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10/17/2007 12:14:05 PM
Beautiful macro shot. The clarity on this is just out of this world. The colors are incredible and composition is right on also. Very well done.
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10/16/2007 05:49:46 PM
10
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10/16/2007 02:37:42 PM
really nice details and colors!
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10/16/2007 11:53:55 AM
Super! Amazing crispness.
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10/16/2007 10:53:43 AM
Wow! Love the colors and your detail is amazing.
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10/16/2007 12:49:52 AM
amazing - 10
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10/15/2007 08:37:49 PM
Very macro, almost to the point of creating a charicature. Unreal.
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10/15/2007 05:59:57 PM
Insane! Please give ALL the details on the shot! 8 for me!
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10/15/2007 05:55:17 PM
Awesome picture!
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10/15/2007 03:57:57 PM
my god what details, the head and the drops are perfects, nice colours, very good the details on the body, a bit of blur probably for noise reduction in neat image or similar softwares. 10.
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10/15/2007 03:45:50 PM
great details.
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10/15/2007 03:17:27 PM
Cool picture, never thought a fly could look so good. Really great work 10
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10/15/2007 02:24:06 PM
Most impressive clarity.
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10/15/2007 01:52:31 PM
man, this is the winner in my book. The detail is amazing and so are the colors. You can even see a drop of water on the fly's eye.
10
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10/15/2007 12:18:32 PM
A little too much on the noise reduction - otherwise it's great. A 7 from me...
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10/15/2007 11:54:58 AM
That is the prettiest fly I have ever seen. Love the colors and the water drops.
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10/15/2007 08:53:37 AM
This is just amazing. I love the colors and the detail. Great job!
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10/15/2007 08:08:43 AM
one of the nicest insect macro of the challenge. Nice sharpnes, details and colors.
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10/15/2007 07:16:21 AM
excellent macro 9
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10/15/2007 05:13:35 AM
Brilliant - so crisp and a pleasing composition!
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10/15/2007 03:37:59 AM
Wow, just wow... I am humbled.
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10/15/2007 12:29:37 AM
Wow! Best so far!
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