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Jacko


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Macro IV (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Grand Falls, NB
Date: Jul 26, 2004
Aperture: F 27
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2004

Sigma 105mm with a reversed 50mm 1.8 in front of it. Approximate magnification 2.5:1 -- I still had to crop out 40-50%. Lighting: Canon 550EX and Canon 420EX fired off by a ST-E2.

I shot this indoors. Yes he's alive. I kept him in a jar for a day. I let him fly around in my kitchen. He'd land then I was able to transport him to the kitchen table to shoot. Yes I have a very understanding wife.


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 248
Avg (all users): 8.0924
Avg (commenters): 9.2051
Avg (participants): 7.9669
Avg (non-participants): 8.3333
Views since voting: 18290
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 184
Comments: 93
Favorites: 80 (view)


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06/03/2005 10:45:40 AM
Anyone ever tell you that shot looks like a super space monkey with giant colored sun glasses?
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03/15/2005 09:34:42 PM
This has got to be the coolest macro shot I have ever seen. Simple Amazing! Had to put this one in my favorites... What kind of lens are you using?
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03/11/2005 11:24:44 PM
WOW!!! AMAZING macro! :)
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08/15/2004 01:59:41 AM
great shot! But why, every time I look at this photo , do I think of Dr. Suess? ;-) He's missing a hat.
Congratulations - well deserved. I'm green (eggs & spam oops I mean ham) with envy. Much success.
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08/12/2004 04:34:48 PM
Excellent - Great shot!
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08/12/2004 02:10:46 PM
a big head! outstanding. how did u take the picture getting so close of that fly?
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08/12/2004 01:52:35 PM
Does this not bear the trully devestating effects of long term exfoliant use?
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08/10/2004 11:14:15 PM
perfect shot
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08/10/2004 08:02:03 PM
awesome...awesome...awesome...the colors are vibrant, and the detail is first rate.
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08/10/2004 07:09:40 PM
Erm. What I meant to say was - "I'll EAT the bug in my own shot". Bloody hasty typos. : )
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08/10/2004 11:52:50 AM
Beautiful. I love macros, esp bugs!
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08/10/2004 10:53:27 AM
Amazing. Great Color, Sharpness, Composition, Perfect.
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08/10/2004 07:12:51 AM
What a face! :-) I love the eye details. Congrats on the double win, Jacko! :-)
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08/10/2004 01:18:24 AM
The damsel-/dragon-fly photographs are pretty much your trademark, Jacko. The eyes' textures are just great!
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08/09/2004 11:28:05 PM
Very cool shot Jacko. Congradulations!!!!
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08/09/2004 07:33:38 PM
Awesome Jacko

Message edited by author 2004-08-09 19:33:50.
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08/09/2004 07:03:18 PM
Congrats Jacko!! What kind of bug is this??
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08/09/2004 05:57:01 PM
Hey congrats on the 2 first place finishes! : )
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08/09/2004 05:26:08 PM
Simply amazing! You have lived up to and surpassed expectations. Congratulations!
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08/09/2004 02:31:59 PM
Fantastic shot.............
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08/09/2004 02:01:14 PM
Captain Macro has struck again! :) Way to go -- awesome shot!
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08/09/2004 01:05:54 PM
Congratulations!

You have obviously set a new standard for shooting DPC Macros and in the end making the Macro challenges a lot more interesting. You are a valuable member to have around :) Very nice work and congratulations on keeping the bug alive :)

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08/09/2004 12:18:47 PM
OK, I need to get that 50mm inverted thing-o-magig that you used. COngrats on the double whammy!
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08/09/2004 11:06:55 AM
O my god what a great shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! end less
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08/09/2004 10:49:57 AM
You should have loaned him a razor before taking the shot. Thanks for an inspiring macro!!
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08/09/2004 10:14:20 AM
He's alive! He's alive! hehehehe... awesome shot!!! The detail is amazing. You are the #1 macro man! Congrats!
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08/09/2004 09:00:12 AM
nice one - congrats.
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08/09/2004 08:55:47 AM
Congrats Jacko... you are the king of macros! :-)
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08/09/2004 06:00:11 AM
Nice one Jacko, knew this one was you!

Congrats on well deserved Ribbon.
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08/09/2004 05:58:00 AM
Very cool ... my first + 8.0 average shot. I'm pleased to see the least. Thanks for all the comments and the kind words.
08/09/2004 05:04:34 AM
Congratulations with this shot.
It's a sure winner!
You truly are the Master of macro;)
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08/09/2004 02:56:38 AM
Was there ever any doubt?
1st place by over 1 point - Wow!

Stunning Shot - Congrats!
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08/09/2004 02:13:12 AM
Grats on the ribbon Jacko.
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08/09/2004 01:51:42 AM
I am speechless.....
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08/09/2004 01:31:12 AM
Never doubted, it was The King of the Bugs
Congratulations, Jacko, this is absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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08/09/2004 12:42:51 AM
Gee, there's a surprise, it was a Jacko shot *laugh*

Congrats, another very well deserved buggy win :)
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08/09/2004 12:30:23 AM
Congratulations! Excellent shot, your sharpest dragon fly closeup yet.
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08/09/2004 12:17:00 AM
way to go, 2 in a row, awesome job!!
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08/09/2004 12:11:03 AM
King of the bugs... You must speak their language... What was in the jar? Bug nip?... add that to your photographic skills... hard to beat! Congrats!
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08/09/2004 12:11:01 AM
What a surprise! You are the macro master. Excellent shot, Jacko.

The idiot that gave this a 2, needs to be fed to the fish.

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08/09/2004 12:09:48 AM
Congrats Jacko! Though not a full member, I would have definately voted this photo a 10+ Great shot! I knew this was the winner the first time I saw it. Very remarkable shot, I think he needs a shave!

Dale
Mentor, Ohio

P.S. Congrats on your other Blue Ribbon! Another remarkable shot!
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08/09/2004 12:08:32 AM
Like we didn't know... LOL Congrats man...you are the master!
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08/09/2004 12:08:13 AM
you rock. :)
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08/09/2004 12:07:59 AM
Great shot and congrats!
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08/09/2004 12:04:34 AM
Ahhh! Who else?
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08/09/2004 12:04:25 AM
the 8+ club. i wish i knew who this jacko guy was.
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08/09/2004 12:03:44 AM
Jacko ! Warm congratulations on this magnificent shot.
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08/09/2004 12:01:42 AM
i knew it! congrats, Jacko...you ROCK!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2004 11:14:49 PM
Can you get disqualified for submitting a micro-shot in a macro contest? ;-)
08/08/2004 08:57:04 PM
No, no, no this is very poor and totally misses the challenge. No points.

Oh, alright - IT'S GREAT! If there's no ribbon attached to this I'll the bug in my own shot!!
There's a little noise here and the crop is a bit tight at the top but that's all. Looks a bit Wacko to me...
: )
08/08/2004 01:36:03 PM
top 3
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08/08/2004 12:52:10 PM
now that is close.....great macro work here.....I am guessing this is a fly....hard to tell.....this photo represents to me what the word " macro" means....10!
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08/08/2004 08:40:09 AM
OH MY GOD, this is amazing. 10
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08/08/2004 04:31:15 AM
Stand-out picture. Fantastic technique.
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08/08/2004 12:33:54 AM
My favorite for this challenge, just excellent work, 10
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08/07/2004 11:48:05 PM
Outstanding! Who knew dragonflies shave? This photo effectively makes the challenge a race for second place. I'm picturing a familiar Canadian behind the shutter...
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08/07/2004 10:07:35 AM
Stunning shot, should go close. 10
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08/07/2004 04:25:06 AM
Great colors. Interesting subject. 8.
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08/07/2004 02:47:49 AM
Love the compound eyes here. A shot worth of Jacko LOL
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08/06/2004 10:51:12 AM
Very good pic. My fav so far~~!!! ~~~10~~~
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08/06/2004 06:01:36 AM
Wow. Your nearly close enough to have to wear condom. Excellent shot.
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08/05/2004 11:48:14 PM
That is some kick ace detail. Great photo. Top 10 IMO
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08/05/2004 10:53:38 PM
W. O. W. i've never quite seen anything like it. can't say i ever wanted to either, but this is just FANTASTIC.
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08/05/2004 07:16:38 PM
wow - crazy close
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08/05/2004 06:38:28 PM
So what is this?
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08/05/2004 04:16:00 PM
Incredible macro. You gotta tell what lens you used for this. 10
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08/05/2004 12:36:15 PM
Great shot!
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08/05/2004 06:42:34 AM
Hey Jacko! Another awesome bug shot, congratulations on the blue ribbon. I gave this 10, and I think your avg will be around 7.9. Congratulations on another blue ribbon!


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08/05/2004 12:26:37 AM
Aarrgg! I'll never look at bugs the same after this challenge
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08/04/2004 10:22:19 PM
WOW, great detail and colors!
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08/04/2004 06:44:52 PM
Top ten easily! I'm not the greatest fan of macro/bug shots but hell this good!
Great job with the lighting. Focus is right on. Ribbon material!
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08/04/2004 06:36:19 PM
I never realized bugs had whiskers. How cool is that?

Nice capture. contrast is what really sets this off for me, and the associated reflections. Just a great great shot. How in the heck did you get it to stand still?
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08/04/2004 03:53:03 PM
Now that is macro!
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08/03/2004 07:46:27 PM
This was taken with a camera?
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08/03/2004 07:04:56 PM
WOW! Excellent macro!!!
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08/03/2004 06:15:35 PM
Wow, I had no idea a dragon fly had lips. You already know this is like blow-me-out-of-the-water good. About all I can do is repeat my wow.
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08/03/2004 06:03:54 PM
wery good macro 10
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08/03/2004 11:45:48 AM
Holy Molly! This is what I call and extreme closeup! Was it alive still? ;-) Jacko no doubt! And if your are not Jacko, take it as a compliment! LOL 10
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08/03/2004 07:51:14 AM
Not really close enough to be considered a macro, nice try though.

10

:)
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08/03/2004 04:32:34 AM
Scarey!!! 10. What else?
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08/03/2004 12:18:30 AM
Not the most attractive beast at this level of magnification.
Stunning close-up!
A well-deserved ((10))
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08/02/2004 11:36:43 PM
Now that's a macro. Wowsa... reminds me of a Macro Jacko shot. Nice work
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08/02/2004 09:17:30 PM
Unreal. Amazing. Astounding. Congratulations. Unless everybody is completely "bugged out," this will score well. A 9 from me.
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08/02/2004 06:11:06 PM
I still can't believe what I'm seeing in this image. Splendid, of course.
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08/02/2004 04:49:13 PM
If this does not win it, I will be very surprised. Amazing DOF control, sharpness and color. The eyes remind me of red and golden apples :-) Good luck!
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08/02/2004 04:31:43 PM
An in your face Odanata, yes.....Beautiful!!!
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08/02/2004 04:25:25 PM
Incredible shot, love the detail of the eyes and the color! 9
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08/02/2004 07:21:59 AM
and the winner is .. this shot!
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08/02/2004 06:26:39 AM
Needs a shave :) That is cloooose. Of course this meets the challenge. The DOF on the left of frame is lacking but it's hard to go past the WOW factor. Bugger it...(10)
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08/02/2004 03:25:15 AM
Not very original but a great shot anyway. Great color. And the level of detail is amazing. It is so sharp and you still have so much depth of field for such an extreme close-up. I will come back and see your lens details.
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08/02/2004 02:05:00 AM
wow!!! this is macro....a blue winner :)
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08/02/2004 01:17:58 AM
Now THAT'S a Macro!!!! Excellent colors and Amazing clarity. This must be the beatnik bug.... didn't realize they had whiskers! :-)
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08/02/2004 12:17:13 AM
Excellent macro. Clear as crystal. 10 and I wish it ribbon.
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