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A Garden Grin
SandyP


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Macros
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Out and about in San Antonio
Date: Jul 25, 2008
Aperture: F11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2008

This little fellow was so amazing! He sat on that leaf and let me sit down right in front of it and I swear, I took a zillion pictures of him. Every time I changed angles or positions, he just turned and looked right at me without even hinting that he wanted to fly off. And I had my macro lens on the shortest distance, and got RIGHT in his littl face! By the time I left, I felt a connection to him and I hated to leave him. I wanted to go find him a ton of mosquitos to eat to reward him for being such a great poser :)

Here's my favorite outtake:
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Statistics
Place: 7 out of 524
Avg (all users): 7.0188
Avg (commenters): 8.5333
Avg (participants): 6.9669
Avg (non-participants): 7.1795
Views since voting: 3452
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 160
Comments: 62
Favorites: 12 (view)


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12/28/2009 12:46:40 PM
This is marvelous!! and a perfect title :)
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09/17/2008 09:53:56 PM
i feel bad that I have not kept up on your portfolio lately Sandy :( I amm sure I cannot say anything about this shot that hasn't already been said. It is, in a word, beautiful, so crisp and colorful.
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09/06/2008 01:50:29 AM
Well done Sandy, a perfect shot on such a cute face. Oh, yup we've moved to Utah finally ;) Best wishes ... Don
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08/30/2008 08:30:57 PM
This is such a great shot Sandy, great job!!!!!!!!
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08/20/2008 07:29:36 PM
At a time when I feel mightily disgruntled with DPC (note to self is it possible to feel gruntled about anything) it is images like this and talent like yours that keeps me coming back for one more look

The colour and sharpness of this shot is beyond praise. I know you felt that you were struggling with your new lens (even when you were producing great shots) but this is simply awesome.

One of very few pictures I would actually pay good money to purchase

Sandy my admiration for you as a photographer and a person knows no bounds
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08/17/2008 06:26:04 PM
WOW...whatt a wonderfully detailed image. I really enjoy your work Sandy. Terrific. Congrats on top 10.
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08/14/2008 06:59:43 PM
Amazing macro shot! the DOF is perfect and the dragonfly is crisp clear. Congratulations on front page!!
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08/13/2008 11:58:24 AM
wow what a great macro, congrats sandyP :)
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08/12/2008 05:04:56 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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08/12/2008 09:32:27 AM
WTG Sandy!!! So good to see you in the top 10. Fantastic finish in such a mega challenge.
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08/11/2008 12:19:15 AM
Woohoo, Sandy! Congrats on top 10 for this engaging portrait. :)
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08/10/2008 06:28:00 AM
This is a superb shot. You have captured every detail so sharply. It belongs in a nature publication.
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08/10/2008 05:59:53 AM
Great shot! One of the top macro shots I've seen.
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08/09/2008 04:41:07 PM
Wow what a great shot you captured. I can't get within 20 ft of these buggers. Congrats on the top 10 finish.
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08/09/2008 10:54:03 AM
nice finish sandy! this remarkably close and personal
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08/08/2008 09:16:51 PM
What a delightful shot Sandy!! Congrats on a top ten and a great capture of this adorable character!!
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08/08/2008 08:34:19 PM
Beautiful...how lucky to have such a great cooperative model!
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08/08/2008 04:37:24 PM
Well the new lens works well, but then you need to be a good photographer to get it all together, being on the front page say's it all, congratulations.
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08/08/2008 12:32:14 PM
Congrats Sandy- the dragonfly loves you :)
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08/08/2008 11:19:57 AM
Totally excellent, Sandy! The shot is perfect. You have a way of making us see the personality of the critters, both big and small.
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08/08/2008 10:13:42 AM
How whimsical can you get? Love how subdued this is. Not your typical dragonfly macro.
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08/08/2008 10:10:59 AM
Sandy - this is incredible!! WTG & congrats on top 10 with this amazing capture. The detail and tones are superb. Well done!
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08/08/2008 09:30:26 AM
I missed this before. It's really, really nice. Avoids the garish, oversaturated aspect of so many bug macros, and seems so wistful somehow. Nice job.
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08/08/2008 09:20:58 AM
And this from the sweet lady who says she can't ever get live stuff to hold still for her! *grin*

WONDERFUL image, Sandy! I'm so pleased it made top ten for you. I really like his little smile.
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08/08/2008 07:37:20 AM
Fantastic capture Sandy! Congrats on the top ten finish!
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08/08/2008 04:55:11 AM
Marvelous Sandy, Im glad it did so well for you.
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08/08/2008 03:11:11 AM
WOWZER, Sandy!! This is really fantastic and WHAT A FINISH! Congratulations - you rock!

...I just looked at your profile - this 7.0188, not good enough for your row of honor. I'll shed a tear for you. ;-) LOL - you are one of your toughest competitors. :D
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08/08/2008 03:05:59 AM
Sandy - this is both excellent and adorable - well done and great finish.
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08/08/2008 01:49:20 AM
Sandy, great to see you in the top 10 again...this is superb, as usual from you
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08/08/2008 01:30:11 AM
Sandy, I love dragonflies & I do photograph them a lot. Now this is a wonderful shot with such a unique perspective. Thank you for showing me a new perspective !!
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08/08/2008 01:22:20 AM
Congratulations on this great shot! Fantastic!
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08/08/2008 01:20:23 AM
I missed this during voting. This is awesome! Not only technically but also has personality.
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08/08/2008 01:10:06 AM
STUNNING macro, Sandy. Congrats on 7th place.
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08/08/2008 12:36:14 AM
Top 10 WOOT!! Congrats my friend.
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08/08/2008 12:30:22 AM
hey sandy ... SENSATIONAL .. !!
congratulations on a brilliant macro shot and a great place in the free study .. :)x
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08/08/2008 12:29:14 AM
I'm so happy you hung onto that 7....now I bet your "garden grin" is an ear to ear smile of joy! Well done!!! Congrats on your Top 10 finish in a tough race!
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08/08/2008 12:22:36 AM
STUNNING and gee whiz, we will all have to watch out now, as you are totally awesome with that NEW macro lens.....

Wonderful detail, textures, crop and composition, all add to this 'PERFECT' macro shot from you Sandy.....

So deserved this awesome score and position.
A ribbon winner if this were a 'macro' challenge, that's for sure.
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08/08/2008 12:21:04 AM
What a cutey! :D
Congratulations on keeping that 7 and on the top10 placement. Very deserved.

Editing for spelling.

Message edited by author 2008-08-08 00:39:52.
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08/08/2008 12:15:14 AM
One of my top picks in this challenge, well done
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08/08/2008 12:13:31 AM
Beautiful Shot. Nice finish!
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08/08/2008 12:10:21 AM
Look at you! "I don't know how to use this lens" - I seem to recall you saying that a few short weeks ago? Well, I think you've figured it out! I'm amazed at the detail, the richness of color. Well, no, not amazed - you do this kinda thing in your sleep! A am terribly envious of the clarity and crispness at 1/80th, but only because I can't get anything even remotely good at that speed! Lovely work as always and congrats on a top ten among the very best of the best!
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08/08/2008 12:10:21 AM
Sandy - what an amazing macro. Bugs are the one thing I cannot stand to take pictures of so it is cool that you can get out and do this :D. Gorgeous color and amazing clarity. Congrats on the top 10!
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08/08/2008 12:09:24 AM
Woah! This is PERFECT!

You are SO talented - and I'm proud to know you - GRIN!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2008 05:28:57 PM
This is sooo good. Technically perfect - I'm amazed at the clarity and tones. Bumping up to 10.
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08/06/2008 09:45:11 AM
LOL...great title and macro...looks like it's playing peek-a-boo
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08/05/2008 09:43:50 PM
This seriously makes me smile each time it pops up. GOOD LUCK. Go 7 GO!!!
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08/04/2008 06:04:38 PM
Great detail and sharpness
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08/04/2008 03:57:28 PM
How cute, a little more saturation might have been great, but it's still a beautiful catch. well done.
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08/04/2008 08:55:38 AM
Ahh man! This has got to be achoo. (if not, this is certainly a compliment!) Lovely expression on the \"face\". Beautiful bokeh. My choice for the best macro in the study! Congrats.
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08/03/2008 10:11:31 AM
whoo nice catch -8
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08/03/2008 04:58:55 AM
Excellent shot, unique perspective , 8
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08/03/2008 04:15:26 AM
this is great! I'd give it a 9
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08/02/2008 06:17:56 PM
Great color contrast.
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08/02/2008 11:15:24 AM
What can you say about perfection, awesome capture ! 9
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08/01/2008 09:18:35 PM
wow.......that is close! great comp
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08/01/2008 08:14:31 PM
well hello to you too! 9
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08/01/2008 07:17:36 PM
beautiful detail and color - nice job
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08/01/2008 08:03:47 AM
What a composition! This turned out brilliantly!
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08/01/2008 05:07:01 AM
excellent macro
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08/01/2008 04:57:32 AM
Gorgeous! The colour, composition and sharpness of the image are brilliant.
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08/01/2008 01:51:42 AM
Wonderful! He looks so happy!
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08/01/2008 12:20:58 AM
excellent macro :)
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