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Got Blue Eyes
Techo


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Oct 8, 2007
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

Howdy folks,
Thanks for all of the amazing comments!

I would actually love to catch one of these in flight but the geography of my area isn't so optimal. Now if you were to find a pond where they initially breed, better luck there and then you can use a longer lens. This was shot here amongst the tall brush (which was my 1k challenge outtake. Made my top5 list of what to post).
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Sadly it seems the dragonfly population here has really dropped. So any shots I have are at least 2years old. Always shoot my bug macros in natural light and hand hold the camera. Not an optimal setup either ;) but it can work and the results are different. This was taken in a shadowy area. I was nitpicky about its legs being strangely OOF. The shot was barely cropped, if any just because to get as much detail out of it at 720px.

Any more tips on shooting closeup macro, I've listed it in my comments to an older shot of mine
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Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 27 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.8153
Avg (commenters): 7.9800
Avg (participants): 6.8202
Avg (non-participants): 6.7875
Views since voting: 1952
Views during voting: 798
Votes: 536
Comments: 110
Favorites: 9 (view)


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04/12/2009 10:03:35 PM
I wish I could handhold my camera and get this kind of shot! That's pretty remarkable!
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03/20/2009 02:31:04 AM
Fantastic detail and color!
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03/18/2009 10:32:56 AM
Loved this one. Amazing macro. 27th is great considering the amount of entries.
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03/18/2009 10:21:24 AM
Congrats, Techo!
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03/18/2009 05:04:55 AM
Fabulous finish & pic
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:09:56 PM
blue eyes, babys got..blue eyes. beauitiful detail. excellent post-proc, grea dof and sharpness. excellent photo-10
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03/17/2009 11:02:19 PM
Excellent macro and clarity is amazing.
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03/17/2009 04:54:57 PM
Very nice!! 8
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03/17/2009 04:03:56 PM
Returning to bump you to a 10 - I really like the detail you have in the eyes and wing with a great dof
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03/17/2009 01:18:51 PM
ROZ maybe?
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03/17/2009 01:18:45 PM
Wow, this might be my favorite bug macro ever. The colors are fantastic. The detail in the eyes is so cool
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03/17/2009 01:43:22 AM
Too close for comfort! One of roz's bugs? :)
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03/16/2009 11:12:59 PM
Nice exposure.
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03/16/2009 11:04:02 PM
His smile is adorable. Good work!

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 10:13:12 PM
Amazingly beautiful. I love the texture on the eyes. Awesome. 7
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03/16/2009 09:14:12 PM
another great macro shot
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03/16/2009 08:50:00 PM
Fantastic focus and colours.
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03/16/2009 05:23:51 PM
This colorful macro is a stunner on its own, so you probably don't need the letterbox frame.
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03/16/2009 03:53:38 PM
Outstanding macro!
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03/16/2009 02:48:36 PM
Fantastic detail! WOW!
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03/16/2009 02:32:27 PM
Awesome macro.
At the end of looking - I put this in my top 3! Good luck.
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03/16/2009 02:17:34 PM
Stellar macro...the colors and clarity are out of this world!
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03/16/2009 01:13:18 PM
Excellent macro! Love the vivid colors!
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03/16/2009 01:10:56 PM
Nice shot. Good detail and facial expression.
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03/16/2009 12:58:19 PM
And he hasn't shaved in awhile!
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03/16/2009 10:58:36 AM
Unbelievably sharp... The color tones are brilliant and so is the composition. 10 from me!
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03/16/2009 10:54:12 AM
Wow! What vivid colours and sharp focus of those wonderful eyes, great macro, well taken
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03/16/2009 10:17:53 AM
great macro amazing details
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03/16/2009 08:12:10 AM
wow, the sharpness and colors are impressive.
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03/16/2009 07:57:50 AM
One of the best bug macros I have ever seen.
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03/16/2009 05:37:07 AM
Very nice macro! See you on the front page :)
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03/16/2009 02:16:13 AM
Bumping.

The detail, clarity, color and comp of this photo are superb. Plus degree of difficulty is very high.

Outstanding.
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03/16/2009 01:52:17 AM
amazing colors and perfect focus!
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03/16/2009 01:11:37 AM
Great macro shot! Love the colors. 9.
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03/15/2009 11:01:28 PM
nice macro image
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03/15/2009 04:35:49 PM
Superb eye catching detail and color in this stunning macro shot. 8
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03/15/2009 11:59:00 AM
Excellent dof, great detail, colour really adds to the overall quality of this image.
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03/15/2009 11:56:26 AM
I am amazed at how you get such vivid colours without making it look oversaturated. Nice!
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03/15/2009 10:34:15 AM
it looks as if he has a smile on his/her face fro the photographer. 10
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03/15/2009 10:28:15 AM
lovely work - great color and detail
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03/15/2009 10:27:53 AM
Excellent macro image. I love the colouring in the eyes. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 10:07:21 AM
excellent capture, nice details in the head area. 8
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03/15/2009 09:53:26 AM
Extraordinary macro shot, the color and detail are amazing.
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03/15/2009 09:17:40 AM
Very sharp. Nice shot.
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03/15/2009 07:50:12 AM
Remarkable closeup of the eyes. It's almost abstract.
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03/15/2009 05:04:37 AM
no compromises
great macro


brano
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03/15/2009 02:36:49 AM
Excellent macro!
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03/15/2009 01:49:26 AM
Great macro shot, beautifully in focus. Well done. 8.
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03/15/2009 12:01:01 AM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1116 images, I gave 29 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 29.

I actually gave this an 8 originally, but when i came to comment, decided it was better than a lot of the 8's I was commenting on. I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it is to produce a macro shot of this quality, so well defind. He even has a little beard! Fantastic shot.

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/14/2009 11:22:18 PM
nice focus but i'm waiting for the day when somebody captures one of these in flight!
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03/14/2009 11:05:43 PM
Amazing detail, simply amazing. I love the blues too, the dragonflies I see are borwn or green.
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03/14/2009 08:10:48 PM
Great macro! He's smiling :)
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03/14/2009 08:06:25 PM
Love those bug screens.
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03/14/2009 07:37:21 PM
Wow. What a lens! Great capture.
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03/14/2009 05:01:07 PM
really awesome detail, can even see a beard, amazing, good luck in the challenge, this is one of the best ones I've seen 10
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03/14/2009 04:43:39 PM
Nice work!
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03/14/2009 02:36:20 PM
Coming back to comment...

Fantastic macro! Love the details in the eyes and the hairy little face. That section of wing that's razor sharp is incredible! 10
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03/14/2009 11:40:02 AM
You certainly do! Beautiful impressionist style macro. Congrats.
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03/14/2009 09:04:24 AM
AMAZING detail and focus, but I think the composition is a little cluttered.
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03/14/2009 06:00:39 AM
INCREDIBLE!!! 10, Fav and best of luck.
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03/14/2009 05:37:57 AM
amazing shot do tell your technique 9
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03/14/2009 05:03:27 AM
Love the colours you've got from this shot. Comosition and DOF is spot on as well. Really nice
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03/14/2009 04:30:43 AM
Wow! excellent macro.
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03/14/2009 04:30:32 AM
Awesome capture, love the detail on the face
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03/13/2009 09:08:26 PM
Stunning macro - very interesting.
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03/13/2009 06:42:27 PM
Great colors, very nice macro picture!
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03/13/2009 06:22:56 PM
Wow prefect macro! The details are amazing.
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03/13/2009 05:41:41 PM
sharp and vivid colors
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03/13/2009 03:50:58 PM
I love me some bug macros, and you nailed this one. Those colors are glorious.
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03/13/2009 03:11:23 PM
A superb Macro shot, so much I like about this, the colours are also very striking! Bravo
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03/13/2009 02:15:13 PM
truly amazing.. the color and sharp details just POP off the monitor.
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03/13/2009 11:10:24 AM
wow, this is different
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03/13/2009 10:10:09 AM
fantastic detail, love the colours
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03/13/2009 12:01:22 AM
i wonder what he is seeing through those amazing eyes??? he almost looks like he is smiling... great macro and wonderful color!
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03/12/2009 11:59:02 PM
Great range of colors and a very specific DOF really isolates the head from the body which is interesting.
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03/12/2009 11:34:06 PM
Fascinating macro. Love what you've done with the colors, making a bug look beautiful :-)
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03/12/2009 10:56:29 PM
Excellent details in those eyes. The blue is beautiful. It's cropped very well.
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03/12/2009 10:55:07 PM
what I like is the detail in the wings...this is excellent
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03/12/2009 08:24:19 PM
I always wonder when I see a shot like this how you get so close without scaring the guy away! I hope you can enlighten me on your method. Thanks! :)
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03/12/2009 08:08:52 PM
Amazing! What more can I say!
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03/12/2009 07:24:15 PM
Fabulous macro. Great colors.
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03/12/2009 06:53:26 PM
He looks so friendly with his lil grin. Absolutely amazing.
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03/12/2009 05:35:16 PM
Amazing!
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03/12/2009 04:03:50 PM
ah, he looks like a happy bug!
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03/12/2009 03:38:13 PM
Fantastic detail
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03/12/2009 03:33:39 PM
This photo makes me want to run out and buy a macro lens!
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03/12/2009 03:29:18 PM
Beautiful blues
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03/12/2009 02:34:17 PM
Amazing Excellent detail and beautiful colors. 10
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03/12/2009 12:20:16 PM
Very nice detail and macro!
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03/12/2009 12:08:51 PM
Great colors and detail. Nice macro.
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03/12/2009 11:20:44 AM
I never knew they had mustaches.
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03/12/2009 07:34:22 AM
An amazing photo! I love dragonflies. I think their faces are so animated, and I also know that they only let one get so close before flitting off to another place to land. I'm guessing this was taken with a telephoto lens and a tripod? Very well done! 10
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03/12/2009 05:31:21 AM
Wow!
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03/12/2009 05:06:56 AM
Awesome detail in the face.
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03/12/2009 03:42:21 AM
Great color. Well processed and captured.
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03/12/2009 02:05:31 AM
Holy carp... how do you people do this?
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03/12/2009 01:06:24 AM
spectacular macro, one of the best, if not the best in the challenge. colors are wonderful .... stunning image
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03/11/2009 10:10:39 PM
Love the soft colors of the body compared to the sharpness of the head.
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03/11/2009 09:21:31 PM
Nice macro, good, good colors.
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03/11/2009 07:46:36 PM
I've always thought their eyes look like a microphone.
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03/11/2009 07:02:38 PM
Outstanding macro. Belongs in a textbook.
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03/11/2009 05:19:03 PM
I like the appearance of an almost simian smile :)
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03/11/2009 04:51:08 PM
Best marco shot I have seen yet....
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03/11/2009 04:30:09 PM
Excellent catch!
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03/11/2009 03:43:55 PM
He's smiling for you! WONDERFUL detail!
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03/11/2009 03:41:08 PM
WOW - this is almost cartoon-like. Incredible. I love the vivid colors and narrow DOF. Terrific.
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03/11/2009 02:01:16 PM
Man, I've gotta live somewhere where the flies are this cool!
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03/11/2009 10:44:51 AM
Nice work on the focus!
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03/11/2009 09:59:06 AM
Yes indeed. Now I'm really glad that I didn't enter my macro.
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03/11/2009 12:11:41 AM
wow....
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