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Jacko


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Challenge: Insects (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro AF for Canon
Location: New Denmark, NB
Date: Sep 1, 2003
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2003

Caught this little dragon fly in a bug net. He just stood there, so I decided to shoot him on the net. I liked the textured feel of it. This is my first time shooting bugs with my new Canon 550EX flash. It really helped to boost the colors.

I cloned out the dust specs in PS7 to print it (did not use the clone tool on this one - just the final copy of my print).

lens: Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX Macro lens.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 137
Avg (all users): 7.9412
Avg (commenters): 8.2759
Avg (participants): 7.8191
Avg (non-participants): 8.1356
Views since voting: 15096
Votes: 153
Comments: 70
Favorites: 46 (view)


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03/11/2005 11:27:31 PM
WOW!! Stunning macro! Love the detail and colors!
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08/08/2004 07:16:57 PM
Very nice. Good Job
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07/21/2004 10:19:44 PM
This is some image. I need to look at it again and again and I come back for more. Very good wotk.
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03/16/2004 05:36:24 PM
SWEET!!!!!
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03/10/2004 02:33:54 AM
Wow, fantastic shot!!!
If only my little A60 would take pics like that...I can't even zoom enough to get the texture of my hand in focus!!! :(
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01/14/2004 01:31:03 PM
My kind of shot. I love how you can see the facets in the eyes. Nice one.
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01/14/2004 11:59:24 AM
Impressive job capturing the dragonfly in all its glory. The colors on its eyes are great and the detail you've captured in that narrow DOF are amazing. Did you use a polarizer filter on your lens?
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09/27/2003 12:54:45 PM
Way to go Jacko awesome shot! Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/21/2003 02:10:38 PM
This is an utterly fantastic shot! What a wonderful capture of the face....I love the intricate detail you picked up in your closeup. Congrats on the blue!
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09/21/2003 05:16:21 AM
This happened to be the very first picture I looked at when I joined this community of digital photographers. To say that this splendid shot was the first result of a newcomer to macro photography is quite staggering and a wonderful endorsement to the camera itself. Just as well that critter stayed still!
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09/19/2003 06:02:42 PM
Congrats Jacko! You macro shots are amazing!
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09/16/2003 06:43:49 PM
Darn nice photo! The bug shots amaze me, especially the macros because you get to see so many details you wouldn't normally see at first glance. Congratulations on a job well done!




Willie
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09/16/2003 01:53:32 PM
Thanks for the great comments and great scores. This was a fun shoot.
09/16/2003 02:42:12 AM
Congrats Jacko: everyone said your were going to win, which I thought would be a jinx - great work to avaoid that :-)
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09/16/2003 02:19:30 AM
Well done! That is a brilliant shot!
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09/16/2003 02:06:19 AM
Wonderful! He looks so happy..Nice shot..
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09/15/2003 11:55:50 PM
Absolutely wonderful, and it's as if he's smiling. :D

Who on earth would give this a 2? Moron.

Mes félicitations encore (vu que vous comprenez le français).

-Nick
http://nickcoffey.com

Message edited by author 2003-09-15 23:56:11.
09/15/2003 04:05:21 PM
jacko...this pic ROCKS! and so do you! :) congratulations!
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09/15/2003 02:15:09 PM
Congrats! One of my few 10s of this challenge! Great shot!
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09/15/2003 10:26:31 AM
Excellent macro, Jacques! Félicitations pour le ruban.
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09/15/2003 09:46:04 AM
aww, poor dragon fly. :( hope you saved him!
such an awesome shot anyway, you rock as usual! :)

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09/15/2003 08:34:21 AM
good job. i like how he's smiling even tho he's mortally wounded. lol.
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09/15/2003 08:29:21 AM
Congrats on the win, Jacko
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09/15/2003 07:40:35 AM
WoW i think this macro is awesome well done!
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09/15/2003 06:51:41 AM
Congrats on the ribbon jacko :) Amazing photo! And congrats on the new family member :)
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09/15/2003 06:19:46 AM
Great job man! Awesome macro. !
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09/15/2003 04:16:03 AM
Congrats Jacko, what a week for you!
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09/15/2003 03:17:26 AM
Congrats jacko :) Amazing photo!
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09/15/2003 01:37:57 AM
Congrats, Jacko. Great detail and colours in the eyes. Well done.
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09/15/2003 01:28:18 AM
Congratulations Jacko on the ribbon and new member of the family.
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09/15/2003 12:47:55 AM
HOney! Come quick! The contractions are 30 seconds apart! And I'm dillated to a 9!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, just a sec! I'm shooting a picture of a bug!

Super work! Congratulations, Jacko!
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09/15/2003 12:43:51 AM
Félicitations Jacques !!!!!!
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09/15/2003 12:29:10 AM
Wow! I would be so distracted having a child -- and you still pulled this off! Amazing...congrats on both joys...and many blessing. Renee
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09/15/2003 12:23:31 AM
You done good man! Even with the baby on it's way, you didn't let us down! :-D
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09/15/2003 12:18:21 AM
Congrats on another ribbon and a well desired one
Sue
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09/15/2003 12:17:48 AM
Wonderful !!! Another addition to your humble collection of ribbons. Great job on this one.
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09/15/2003 12:12:14 AM
Grats on another ribbon, Jacko. Wonderful shot
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09/15/2003 12:02:36 AM
Congrats, Jacko. Even with a new boy here you are showing us all how to do it.

Good job and great photo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2003 08:26:42 PM
Hey baby! You have great eyes! Wanna come back to my place?
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09/14/2003 06:38:19 PM
If eyes are -windows of the soul-, I wouldn't want to be this one's analyst... ;-)

What an amazing and extreme macro! The proximity to the subject is so microscopic, the DOF is beginning to feel almost too shallow. Given the sheer size of the magnified and central point of focus, I feel, a somewhat more generous crop at the top of the image (if possible) could provide both a balance for the wide diagonal (white mesh) at the bottom and a more standard vertical format, without sacrificing the present impact.

On a marginal note, the border appears -a little- too decorative, perhaps, for such a bold capture.
Nevertheless, one of the very best shots here, IMO, with an expanse of detail and plenty of -wow-!
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09/14/2003 05:08:04 PM
Wow! Talk about getting intimate! Great composition here. It needs a little more DOF to get the hairs on the mouth and upper legs in focus.
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09/14/2003 12:27:59 AM
I'm impressed that someone else has managed to get this close to a dragonfly. Good job! But the man-made, unnatural quality of the plastic mesh detracts from the overall quality of the image.
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09/12/2003 11:30:49 PM
Really excellent macro shot. Love the color in the eyes and the cool smile.
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09/12/2003 03:38:06 PM
Excellent macro, great composition. The DOF is a touch too shallow in my opinion 9
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09/12/2003 02:24:07 AM
Reverse mounted lens? nice details
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09/11/2003 09:43:21 PM
Great Macro. Focus is right on. My favorite of the challenge.
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09/11/2003 09:16:53 AM
Wonderful coloring and expression. Very good DOF and composition.
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09/10/2003 01:24:09 PM
Looks like creature from "Outer Limits". Great effective scary shot. Love it and gave it a 9.
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09/09/2003 05:51:36 PM
Outstanding macro!! The detail is terrific, and the DOF, although very shallow, works very well in this composition. Well done! One of my favorites for this challenge.
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09/09/2003 12:06:00 PM
WO! COOL eyes, and oddly they do look friendly : ). Did you have a good lense or were you just that close? Great color, good work.
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09/09/2003 10:31:40 AM
those eyes are great, but so it the big grin
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09/09/2003 09:51:07 AM
One of only 2 tens from me. What camera and lense did you use?
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09/09/2003 09:17:50 AM
Interesting perspective.
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09/09/2003 05:54:46 AM
This is my top favourite for the challenge. Can I congratulate you already?
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09/08/2003 11:12:23 PM
Nice macro.
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09/08/2003 09:43:42 PM
Absolutely beautiful closeup. Colors are incredible. The eyes are so in focused and beautiful. Every hair on the fly can be seen. Wow.
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09/08/2003 05:11:14 PM
WOW, you got soooo close! What an amazing shot.
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09/08/2003 05:02:33 PM
Incredible macro. Great color and clarity. Perfect focus for the such a shallow DOF. Cropped beatifully. One of the best images in one of the most competitive challenges in recent times.
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09/08/2003 04:59:38 PM
Nice close-up - great detail in the eyes. What's it sitting on? Whatever it is, it's effective. Nice shot which I think will do well.
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09/08/2003 03:57:55 PM
Interesting shot, good color. I think I'ld like to see more of the bug in focus. DOF might be to shallow in this case.
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09/08/2003 01:00:13 PM
Fantastic, a shot full of great character. Great foreground texture. Very effective composition. It may seem like a small point, but I hate it when people misspell their titles. Use a spellchecker!!! 10
Edit: My favourite 'Insect' photo, and only 10.
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09/08/2003 11:36:21 AM
Oh my word this is just a wonderful look into the face of a fly. Fantastic lens!!!!!! Congrats to you.
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09/08/2003 10:37:28 AM
You have the drooly-ist marco here and I love this photograph! Oh. My. God. Exceptional. Love it...I'm so envious of your tools!! Definitely a solid, solid 10 from me. Way to go. You'll be number one for this competition...
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09/08/2003 08:22:52 AM
Amazing eyes!
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09/08/2003 07:15:40 AM
just browsing through the challenge, not voting, but this is great. First the colours, then the patterns inthe mesh (?) and the eyes. The clarity is spot on. And finally, what lens are you using? The closeness is incredible-- its almost a microscope...and it is focused from the feet to the top of the head. best shot of challenge
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09/08/2003 07:08:00 AM
Amazing colours, I love it!
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09/08/2003 01:31:18 AM
WOW!!! Perfect in every way.
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09/08/2003 12:20:10 AM
Wow...look at those eyes
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09/08/2003 12:13:56 AM
WOW! Thats all I can say... this is one hell of a macro! AMAZING! Great composition, great focus... everything, beautiful -10-
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09/08/2003 12:09:48 AM
Talk about "up close and personal". I think you have everyone beat (although I only just skimmed through and I think there are a few more gems in there and only proper voting will tell). Congrats! :)
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