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Challenge: Rock Song Titles (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 - CHALLENGES
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: on the firetrail
Date: Mar 24, 2009
Aperture: f9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125+ExtFlash
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Mar 24, 2009

when this challenge was announced i went to yahoo answers .. its a great site if you have any question at all ..
i asked if there were any rock songs with an insect in the title & got quite a lot of answers ..
i went for a walk specifically to get something for the challenge .. was hoping i'd be able to get a fly for the U2 track ..
heard a buzzing, slightly different from the more common ugly flies, and noticed this unusual yellow faced fly .. he moved around quite a bit & i didnt think i had any keepers because he flew off after i only got a few shots ... its impossible to see if the focus is right in the camera with a macro ..
i went back the next day hoping to get something better coz i wasnt totally happy with the ones i had .. saw a similar fly but couldnt get any shots coz katee scared him away .. i havent seen any since ..

i considered two other photographs for this challenge .. one which seemed a bit more interactive coz his leg was up and you could almost imagine he was dancing ... but his body and wing werent as defined as the one i chose to enter in the challenge..
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and another one facing me ..
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i did the same sort'v process on all of them because it worked for me .. his incredible yellow face and irridescent body were lost in the brown/red background & it being a pretty grungy song i felt that the selective desat/contrasty look was fitting ..
also i cropped quite tight so that he was larger to view .. its better for seeing the details of a macro in dpc ..
this is the original ..
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i'm getting 6.9748 about an hour before rollover which is a brilliant score considering my daughter said it looked really gross .. !!
so no matter where this comes in the challenge thankyou everyone for your votes and comments .. :)

2hrs after rollover ..
just did a search to find out wot sort'v fly this is .. it could be a
snail parasitic blowfly

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 175
Avg (all users): 6.9684
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6842
Avg (non-participants): 7.2317
Views since voting: 5317
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 158
Comments: 60
Favorites: 10 (view)


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04/12/2009 07:14:34 AM
Awesome work sweetie...congrats.
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04/10/2009 12:19:27 PM
roz...you too rock!
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04/08/2009 09:17:10 PM
You are definitely the queen of macros. Huge congrats on the ribbon!!
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04/08/2009 07:12:00 PM
Woohoo, Roz! You rock. Congrats and well done!
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04/08/2009 09:34:16 AM
whoops missed this one. How on earth do you find so many different bugs to photograph? I love how this one looks like he is wearing a mask. Congrats on the red ribbon!
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04/07/2009 03:34:22 PM
Wow-- What a creepy little bugger. Congrats Roz!
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04/07/2009 02:25:24 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, Roz. What a strange fly that is. His yellow face looks like a mask with a seam up the middle of it. The colours on his body are beautiful and the detail is quite incredible. The desat makes him pop.
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04/07/2009 12:30:10 AM
What a wonder. Certainly a fly with an unusual head. You have a well-deserved ribbon here; congratulations, roz.
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04/06/2009 08:00:56 PM
congrats on the ribbon!
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04/06/2009 06:07:49 PM
Heysoos H. Christos, Roz ... It has to be real as even SF FX specialists couldn't come up with something like that. I would never believe something like that existed.

Well ... seriously ... I think there would be museums and insect reference libraries that would be very interested in that shot.

It's a freaking masterpiece.

P.S. I hope I didn't get any drool on your lens ...

Message edited by author 2009-04-06 18:10:51.
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04/06/2009 05:51:49 PM
most definitely what you do best and one of the best at it! spectacular!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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04/06/2009 05:48:49 PM
Nice one Rozy!!!

I knew this was yours congrats on the ribby :D
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04/06/2009 05:47:16 PM
congratulations! simply amazing, truly a spectacular job.
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04/06/2009 02:34:33 PM
Whoa! This is as spectacular as it gets! As spectacular as one would expect from a Roz-Photo :) You are in a league all by yourself, Roz, and I'm so glad you keep raking in the awards for your amazing work!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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04/06/2009 02:31:04 PM
Roz - fabulous work as always and what an amazing looking Fly !!
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04/06/2009 01:13:12 PM
Congrats, what a great shot. And I love the choices you made in editing, well done.
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04/06/2009 12:23:20 PM
Congratulations, you're becomong a real insect shooter.
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04/06/2009 08:15:34 AM
OH you rascal - I knew this was yours & gave you a deserving ten- you ROCK girl !!!!!
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04/06/2009 06:57:12 AM
Hello, Great shot and general work. May I suggest your username to "The Entomologist"
Congratulations on the red.
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04/06/2009 04:57:16 AM
You Rock with your bugz Roz! Love this little fly by U2.
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04/06/2009 03:54:53 AM
Congrats Roz!!! What a peculiar fly...
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04/06/2009 03:17:31 AM
Wicked shot Roz!!!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon (((hugs)))
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04/06/2009 02:55:56 AM
This is one of the finest macro shots I have seen on the site. I did not vote on this challenge because I entered it, but when I seen it I actually wondered if it was a real fly because it was so perfect. The yellow with the hairs coming out looked almost like stitches on a stuffed fly or something. I think the selective desat also made it seem surreal to me. I have never been a fan of that technique, but it certainly makes your fly stand out from the background. I mean that as a compliment, that it looked so incredible it was hard to imagine that it was real. Great work and congrats on an amazing image. :)
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04/06/2009 02:04:04 AM
Good shot and awesome editing congrats on the ribbon
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04/06/2009 02:00:49 AM
Congrats ROZ
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04/06/2009 01:37:54 AM
You are SO ASTONISHING! I think you ROCK!
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04/06/2009 01:35:54 AM
Wow! Fab fly! Congrats on another ribbon.
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04/06/2009 01:30:07 AM
This HAD to be yours, Roz. It's absolutely breathtaking. ((Hugs)) and congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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04/06/2009 01:20:28 AM
Brilliant Roz !! Congrats
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04/06/2009 01:05:59 AM
Wow Rozzy, you really have become the 2009 Model 21_F.gif IreneM !!! Wonderful...we are so proud of you!
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04/06/2009 12:43:46 AM
Fantastic photo and I love the story that goes with it! Congrats on a great ribbon Roz :)
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04/06/2009 12:33:28 AM
Congrats on Red! that fly looks like it's wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask!!!!!
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04/06/2009 12:27:00 AM
Get a load of that yellow suede head. Congratulations on your ribbon.

Message edited by author 2009-04-06 00:30:00.
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04/06/2009 12:21:00 AM
Wow! Nice detail! Congrats 2nd place!
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04/06/2009 12:20:59 AM
YOU BUG ME!!! LOL

Another winner, Roz!!! WOOT
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04/06/2009 12:17:50 AM
Oh my...the clarity and detail are just astounding! And the color...WOW! Many congrats to you!
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04/06/2009 12:17:46 AM
Big hug for ya Roz! Another ribbon with your 100 macro, and a superb bug shot. Excellent colors and great subject. You're "flying" high now for sure! : )
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04/06/2009 12:17:16 AM
Wonderful image, congratulations.
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04/06/2009 12:10:17 AM
Awesome, congrats!
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04/06/2009 12:07:29 AM
Congrats Rozzy. I love the sharpness and amount of DOF you manage to achieve. He looks really different. Haven't seen a Yellow Faced Fly before. Great work mate.
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04/06/2009 12:05:38 AM
Wow, almost looks fake, like a Hannibal Lector mask. Well done.
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04/06/2009 12:05:01 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic capture and well deserving of a ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2009 08:20:29 PM
Selective color and amazing, amazing detail. Awesome.
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04/04/2009 11:24:39 AM
omg... is that what they actually look like? Great capture and interesting processing.
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04/01/2009 11:59:53 PM
Great macro and use of selective de-saturation.
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04/01/2009 09:31:01 PM
excellent shot, I love what you've done with the selective desaturation
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04/01/2009 07:52:00 PM
This is by far the coolest shot in the challenge!!!
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04/01/2009 05:13:32 PM
Wow. Awesome use of colours. Really striking.
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03/31/2009 11:18:31 PM
that yellow really pops.....great detail
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03/31/2009 12:04:43 PM
this has got to ribbon - 10
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03/31/2009 01:13:26 AM
I'm over bug shots but have to say this is very well done. Nice and crisp with great colours. I would like to have seen maybe a tad more space around the subject.
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03/30/2009 08:48:49 PM
Unbelievable detail. I only wish it was all in color. 9
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03/30/2009 06:35:55 PM
I have never seen a fly like this, amazing sharpness and colors make it stand out against your black and white background. 8
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03/30/2009 06:31:45 PM
It's so alien-like!! Fantastic macro.
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03/30/2009 03:22:55 PM
I really love the detail!
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03/30/2009 11:33:19 AM
icky subject but what a great shot. 9
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03/30/2009 09:05:33 AM
Great macro. I even like the selective desaturation. 7
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03/30/2009 08:52:26 AM
I like how you desaturated the rest of the photo leaving out parts of the bug, Great focus, great capture. Good luck!
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03/30/2009 01:14:44 AM
Incredible!!
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03/30/2009 12:50:44 AM
Wow! Such sharp focus and clarity.
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