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Bug and Coin
3rd PlaceBug and Coin
Jacko


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Challenge: Macro II (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro AF for Canon
Location: Grand Falls, NB
Date: Sep 17, 2003
Aperture: F22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20 seconds
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2003

Yup the bug is dead. I had caught this fly during the week of the Insect challenge, in case I couldn't find another subject. Held the coin in place with a pair of plyers.

Decided to go with two macro cliche subjects (coin and bug) to see how high I could score, even with bug bashers, lol.

Shot on a tripod with mirror lock up and cable release. Simga 105mm F2.8 Macro lens.

Had to play with Levels because the image was a bit dark. Used Neat Image to smooth things over a bit; and to give that surreal look.

I know I won't ribbon, but my goal is to be in the top 3 of bugs.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 200
Avg (all users): 7.4444
Avg (commenters): 8.3243
Avg (participants): 7.4135
Avg (non-participants): 7.5102
Views since voting: 7082
Votes: 153
Comments: 65
Favorites: 10 (view)


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10/02/2003 11:59:45 PM
wow! Great shot. Congrats, Jacko! You are the king of Macros!
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10/02/2003 07:21:45 AM
Congrats jacko!
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10/01/2003 10:02:46 AM
Now this is one superb macro shot. Very unexpected and so very close and sharp! I had given you a 10, probably the only one I've given here yet. I don't regret a thing.
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09/29/2003 05:57:47 PM
Great shot, Jacko! Congrats on the ribbon you didn't think you'd win!
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09/29/2003 12:52:16 PM
Great creativity and imagination, excellent photo.
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09/29/2003 12:10:11 PM
Well done Macro Jacko..... no doubt, you are the king!
Didn't vote on this challenge but I remember seeing this one and thinking it looked like it might be your work.
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09/29/2003 09:49:47 AM
what an outstanding macro! congrats on yet another ribbon! :)
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09/29/2003 09:32:44 AM
Sorry Karen, I'm not tired of ribbons yet :) I'm so excited I got a yellow ribbon.

Thanks everyone for the great comments and generous votes. Cheers :)
09/29/2003 08:49:37 AM
aren't you tired of ribbons yet? LOL ...nahhhh. :)
Congrats jacko-baybeeee
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09/29/2003 07:40:43 AM
Guess this proves you are a "bugger". :-D Congrats!!
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09/29/2003 07:15:47 AM
Hey Jacko! Your first yellow! Yeh! ;-)
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09/29/2003 04:22:50 AM
Congrats Jacko. The lighting is amazing here.
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09/29/2003 02:11:03 AM
Excellent photo I dont think my camera would do this anyway
but great work I'll just look and admire.
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09/29/2003 02:02:22 AM
Amazing shot..congratulations!! Incredible job!
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09/29/2003 01:34:15 AM
that's a closeup of something i'd rather not see. yuck! and i cringe to think you touched and set that up. but with that said, amazing shot. very well done. hehe.

Message edited by author 2003-09-29 01:35:05.
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09/29/2003 12:40:24 AM
jacko! awesome pic...congrats on another ribbon!
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09/29/2003 12:30:08 AM
>> I know I won't ribbon, but my goal is to be in the top 3 of bugs.
well... you DID get a ribbon and you DID get to the top three bugs! congratulations! great 'double cliche' shot!
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09/29/2003 12:23:07 AM
Way to go!! :P Congrats
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09/29/2003 12:09:59 AM
way to ribbon mr. cliche! :) I personally really like coin macros.
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09/29/2003 12:09:55 AM
Well ya did ribbon! Its funny - buggy shots are favourites for macros! Well done!! Definitely one of my favourites.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/28/2003 10:52:59 PM
Clarity! Nice work. 9
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09/28/2003 10:49:57 PM
Super shot! nice sharpness and contrast. Good luck 10
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09/28/2003 08:46:23 PM
Amazing! I rekon this'll be in the top 10. The sharpness and detail is amazing and Love the contrast against white. Very well done!
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09/28/2003 08:17:20 PM
LOL-- 2 cliches at once-- too bad its an awesome Macro too!! 10 and good luck!
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09/28/2003 06:10:57 AM
cool.... 10/10
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09/28/2003 02:40:43 AM
Nice capture, eh? Geaux Canada!
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09/27/2003 08:29:12 PM
Nice capture! The detail in both coin and bug is superb. I rate this a nine for well-executed originality!
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09/27/2003 08:01:41 PM
The coin adds a nice contrast as well as giving an idea of the bug's size. Great focus and lighting. I think it needs just a little more space at the top.
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09/27/2003 01:35:22 PM
Interesting composition. Great lighting.
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09/27/2003 12:59:33 AM
Awesome photo! Very well done!
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09/26/2003 06:39:32 PM
I just love this picture. Sharp in evrey detail. grate shot... man!
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09/25/2003 11:59:56 PM
Amazing level of detail, great lighting. I like the blue reflections off the body of the fly. Is he dead? Good use of a prop to show the scale of what we're seeing. Great background. Very professional. 10
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09/25/2003 09:58:07 PM
My guess is that he's either dead or fake.. the pose isn't quite right. Nice setup though.
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09/25/2003 07:22:41 PM
Great capture. Lighting is spot on bringing out the details in both the coin and fly. The light and texture shown in the wing is amazing. 10 all the way
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09/25/2003 03:08:05 PM
good shot! nice and close, and looks like you had to be really patient for this one.
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09/25/2003 09:54:30 AM
beautiful capture = very intricate creature
how did you manage the lighting and the balancing act?
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09/23/2003 09:30:28 PM
Unbelieveable. 10.
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09/23/2003 08:38:01 PM
Superb photo....my favorite
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09/23/2003 06:51:00 PM
Fantastic image, great composition and sharpness/detail. Was the fly alive or dead?
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09/23/2003 06:29:44 PM
OH WOW! You got a 9 for now until I get done. You may get my only 10 for this challenge.
PS- Yep, you got my 10.
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09/23/2003 11:27:28 AM
This shot is too good not to comment on...this is outstanding! Wonderful lighting and the detail is superb! The hairs on the flies back are accented perfectly..I am very impressed! This oughta be a winner for sure!
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09/22/2003 09:09:44 PM
well done...nice composition...Go Canada Go
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09/22/2003 07:59:49 PM
Fantastic shot!
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09/22/2003 05:50:28 PM
Incredible details in the fly. Every hair can be seen perfectly. Love the light and shadows in the coin. The reflections in the wings are absolutely beautiful. Wow.
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09/22/2003 03:24:56 PM
a real bug? nice focus/depth!
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09/22/2003 02:58:34 PM
Just lovely lighting and focus. This fly has seen better days. :) Neat shot, great work.
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09/22/2003 12:27:48 PM
wow..great detail...you can see every hair on his disgusting little body. I predict a winner!
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09/22/2003 12:27:31 PM
This is a great macro. Lighting, sharpness, and colors are quite good. I know the fly was placed, but it does look quite natural and doesn't change my vote. Great shot.
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09/22/2003 11:20:40 AM
wing tears and general 'drappyness' show that its a dead bug on a coin - but still a very sharp shot and good detail. Seems quite noisy though.
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09/22/2003 10:31:17 AM
I think this is a real cool shot. I think that your composition is just showing the fly. Something a little lower may have been cool too. 9
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09/22/2003 09:52:32 AM
Wonderful detail and one of 2 so far that's got great lighting and not overblown. VERY nice ! 10
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09/22/2003 09:41:10 AM
What a great photo!
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09/22/2003 09:13:42 AM
Wow! This is amazingly close! The hairs on the back of the bug are disturbingly gross! Great shot. Excellent control of reflections on the fly; I've taken bug macros before and their highly-reflective body/eyes make them a pain to shoot! Awesome job!
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09/22/2003 08:45:40 AM
That fly is either dead or frozen ...

Great shot whatsoever=7
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09/22/2003 08:29:39 AM
Greetings... This photo gets a 10 for technical excellence :) Good work with the closeup view :)
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09/22/2003 07:38:54 AM
Superfly! Hmmm... this looks awful familiar. I love this shot because it's not head on like most of the other insect macros we often see. Furthermore, the depth of field is very good, letting us see much of the fly's body in focus. You can even see the fly's small secondary pair of wings. A definite 10 and in my book the challenge winner.
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09/22/2003 07:31:27 AM
AHA! I Me thinks me found Jacko's shot!!! ;-) Need I say more???
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09/22/2003 06:29:06 AM
Is it frosen? Very hairy! Very cool :)
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09/22/2003 01:44:50 AM
I can't wait to find out what equiptment you use. The little hairs on the back of my neck are sticking out about that high, too! I love the gold on the coin & how it glistens & throws my eye right up to the fly. Awesome!
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09/22/2003 01:32:09 AM
Unless it's rigged, which I'm not completely dismissing, that's a pretty badass shot. Nice.
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09/22/2003 01:23:02 AM
exceptional sharp focus
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09/22/2003 01:16:18 AM
boom... combo...

great detail
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09/22/2003 01:01:55 AM
wow, how did you get the fly to get on the coin let alone stay there? Did you freeze it? lol
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09/22/2003 12:31:25 AM
AWESOME macro! great originality!
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09/22/2003 12:19:43 AM
This is the most amazing macro shot... and it could only have been done by macro Jacko my love! Just totally awesome job! Great lighting, great focus, amazing detail on that gross little body. Kisses for you on a wonderful shot :-). -10-
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