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The Hornet
The Hornet
rhipster


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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 for Canon
Location: My garden
Date: Sep 10, 2004
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 27, 2004

My closest macro so far. I was a bit scared cause he was quite alive and active.
Lens Tamron 90mm macro.

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.1830
Avg (commenters): 7.8732
Avg (participants): 6.6842
Avg (non-participants): 7.2661
Views since voting: 3598
Views during voting: 856
Votes: 399
Comments: 78
Favorites: 6 (view)


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01/25/2005 05:57:32 PM
This is a very nice photo which I found by accident doing a search for something else. I felt the need to register as a basic user simply to correct a mistake seen in many of the comments. This insect is a "she," not a "he" as stated in a number of comments. There are thousands of species of wasps (which include yellowjackets [one word folks], hornets, etc.) in which no males have ever been discovered. For more details on some species of hornets and yellowjackets, see //creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/occas/hornet_yellowjacket.htm .
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:25:03 PM
Fantastic detail. Kind of scarey! 9.
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10/07/2004 11:13:56 PM
Great macro shot. Looks like a Jacko shot. Great detail and awesome shot. Good luck! 9
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10/07/2004 10:43:28 PM
I surrender!
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10/07/2004 09:21:00 PM
A solid colored background would have made this perfect.
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10/07/2004 09:11:46 PM
fascinating, colorful and great impact. The angle adds tension and the detail in the face is just grand. A great capture and a worthy entrant to this contest. Bumping up to 7
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10/07/2004 03:17:00 PM
wow! But for my dread of wasps,I assume it is some sort of stinger :) this would go into my favourites, brilliant picture.
10
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10/07/2004 12:35:43 PM
Perfect focus & great composition. 8.
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10/07/2004 10:21:44 AM
Incredibly sharp and good framing.
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10/07/2004 03:46:25 AM
This is an interesting depth of field you've created. I like the colors and some of the detail yet some of it seems a bit oversharpened.
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10/07/2004 01:00:10 AM
sweet mary, get me a can of RAID!!!! awesome colors and composition. great capture.
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10/06/2004 08:43:00 PM
Great macro, the only thing I would change is the background, the split colors are a little weird 9
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10/06/2004 03:58:54 PM
I think, that its head only, would give an interesting "alien" effect.
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10/06/2004 01:03:32 AM
great capture - I feel myself instinctively reaching for a rolled up newspaper :)
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10/05/2004 11:28:25 PM
Great clarity and detail on this macro. 6
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10/05/2004 10:31:49 AM
Superb macro. Your ability to shoot at such magnifications and still maintain great compositions is awesome. And as usual, your point of focus is spot on where it couts.
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10/04/2004 11:41:02 PM
WOW...now thats an eye popper. Fantastic macro. Can't wait to hear what lens you are using...and how you pulled off the lighting.
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10/04/2004 11:24:34 PM
I am so allergic to these things. Nice DOF and an award for getting this close
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10/04/2004 11:24:08 PM
Jacko?
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10/04/2004 07:07:26 PM
Incredible sharp focus. Brilliant color. Bravo.
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10/04/2004 05:00:15 PM
Wow that's close. Way over sharpened though. The halos are clearly visible. It does, however, add to the image in this case.
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10/04/2004 02:43:45 PM
Excellent marco shot, well done!!! Brilliant clarity here, the colours in the head are amazing. Personally I would have liked more DOF, but may not be possible if he was a moving target! Great shot though!! 9
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10/04/2004 02:00:41 PM
Great focus and detail
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10/04/2004 01:29:19 PM
yuck, but a good image none the less, why does his leg in the right hand corner seem a bit grainy? is it just me? but its an 8
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10/04/2004 01:02:19 PM
good close-up, focus is perfectly on the head. I would expect some more detail in the eyes though. Good colors as well.
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10/04/2004 05:44:22 AM
DOF seems very wonky? Nevertheless great clarity on the face. BG needs to be thought about more.
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10/04/2004 04:57:50 AM
Great detail, perfect framing and dof. 8
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10/04/2004 04:27:36 AM
I like the clarity. the only problem I see is the background which doesn't go that well with this photo.. a cleaner and single colored background.. may be dreen or black would be much better IMO
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10/04/2004 02:27:47 AM
Nice
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10/03/2004 09:59:18 PM
Looks like the mean little SOB he is - 6
10/03/2004 09:39:26 PM
The sharpness on his face is quite amazing. Nice composition. I like the titled angle of the shot. Well done.
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10/03/2004 08:53:57 PM
9. Still not a fan of the bug shots, but every once in a while one will jump out at me (and give me the chills). This one did just that. Having been stung by one of these as a child, they've always had that menacing feel about them. You've captured that perfectly.
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10/03/2004 07:28:21 PM
I like the background colours in this shot. The cropping and angle is just right. The feet have a white halo, perhaps to much sharpening?
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10/03/2004 07:02:36 PM
Superb detail. The best I have ever seen on an insect.
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10/03/2004 04:55:48 PM
Jeez, what can I say here? It's an excellent shot! Love the facial features, I don't think I've ever seen one of these guys up close.... thanks for doing the dirty work ahaha!
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10/03/2004 04:09:01 PM
I already saw a dragonfly- but this kicks its ass. This has a nice blue and tan color scheme and perfect focus. Great entry
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10/03/2004 09:10:04 AM
Real good focus...and mixture of colors... interesting compozition aswell.
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10/03/2004 07:57:29 AM
The DOF looks a little different than I would expect (especially near the front legs.) It will be interesting to see your notes about whether that was something you added, or if that is due to the angle you chose for the shot. Either way, I want to reach out and kill this before it kills me. Nicely done.
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10/03/2004 06:45:53 AM
Spectacular macro... the background doesn't quite work for me, it's too distracting especially as the change of colour cuts the hornet in half. Amazingly sharp, very deep dof for a macro such as this. It looks like you selectively blurred the foreground, and it looks a bit odd. 7
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10/03/2004 03:45:30 AM
Great macro and great colors.
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10/02/2004 08:16:43 PM
Terrific focus on this guy, and superb color. Looks very menacing!
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10/02/2004 06:13:57 PM
nitpick - I can see the pin in it's back.

The wood really shows the DOF. Great detail on the face. If I could vote, I'd give you a 9.
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10/02/2004 04:47:22 PM
Colours and texture are wonderful and the exposure seems bang on, however the DOF seems a tad too shallow. What is in focus is very sharp. With the angle of the photo I think more DOF would help balance the image between in and out of focus elements. 8
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10/02/2004 03:26:52 PM
great details on the eyes and manibles. excellent color and texture captured on the front of the face. looks oversharpened to me though, especially by the second leg on the right side.
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10/02/2004 03:23:20 PM
Very crisp and clean. The spot in the right foreground is sort of odd, but not distracting.
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10/02/2004 02:28:45 PM
This is an excellent shot. Interesting composition. Great focus. It doesn't have that I would like to hang this on the wall appeal for me, but that is the only thing missing. 9.
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10/02/2004 12:41:38 PM
wow.. holy macro!
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10/02/2004 12:13:31 PM
Very crisp and clear 10+
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10/02/2004 11:56:42 AM
Feels slightly overexposed and oversharpened (second leg from right). But i really like the pose and how the hornet is looking directly at the camera. 7
10/02/2004 06:11:23 AM
very nice, creeply nice ! beautiful
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10/02/2004 05:37:33 AM
The detail on the head is great, but I find the pastel colours in the background very dull and they dont suit the subject. I think this would look really good in B&W, because you'll still get the high contrast of the head to make it stand out, and you won't have the icky background colours. 6
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10/02/2004 02:56:54 AM
Now that is some Macro Just love the detail in the face, not sure about the thiing it is on though it looks a bit washed out
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10/02/2004 12:31:39 AM
Very nice macro. The colors are wonderful. I think I like the angle as well.
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10/01/2004 11:16:22 PM
Great close up. Top 10 for sure. Jacko. 10
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10/01/2004 10:53:35 PM
THe whitish shine across the eye detracts from the photo in my opinion..It makes the eye appear more out of focus than it really is. How did you get him to sit so still to pose though? Nice macro
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10/01/2004 10:50:45 PM
DOF and composition are amazing! Good luck!
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10/01/2004 08:05:15 PM
Amazing clarity, love this composition.
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10/01/2004 08:02:40 PM
Gah.. Shots like this always freak me out completely. Phobia of the things doesn't help. I hate it when they look right AT me.
This looks a little oversharpened. DOF is good, and the composition has a nice aspect to it. Perhaps a little too much negative space in the upper left corner, but nothing too distracting. Most of all, it just makes me shiver.. and that's a good thing. 8
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10/01/2004 08:02:33 PM
This is a great macro and I wish I could do as well. The interest factor has diminished for me after seeing so many similar pictures recently. 8
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10/01/2004 07:24:01 PM
Excellent angle and timing. He looks nice and angry = )
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10/01/2004 07:00:15 PM
The Hornet indeed! Looks a bit over sharpened (halo around front feeler and legs)
Like the colors.
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10/01/2004 06:58:53 PM
the lines in this are great.
good luck
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10/01/2004 06:09:00 PM
I love when these angled shots really work. This is a great picture. The bug is so clear it looks unreal! I gave it a 9, only because it's so well done, but I really, really really don't like pictures of bugs. They give me the creeps -- but the photography on this is incredible.
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10/01/2004 06:07:47 PM
Great macro of this yellow jacket. Your focus is literally right on the nose.
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10/01/2004 05:48:43 PM
yowza! scary shot - exquisite exposure and very good focus (but could have greater DOF to sharpen the eyes)
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10/01/2004 04:57:02 PM
Excellent macro shot, I wonder who it's from? I love the detail on the head. 8
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10/01/2004 04:38:09 PM
Outstanding. 10
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10/01/2004 03:42:15 PM
Fantastic detail, solid macro, good lighting. The colors could possibly use just a touch more saturation. I really like the reflection off the compound eyes.
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10/01/2004 03:21:35 PM
hmmm. could this be the bug-master himself?
great cropping. i feel in the shot!
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10/01/2004 03:20:20 PM
Wow, bet this is Jacko- look at those details, good lord man, good job! The details are so perfect and that bug looks like he's staring right at you- great job man! 10
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10/01/2004 12:42:42 PM
Not into bugs but this is a great shot. I like the detail in his... er... face... and the tilted angle really conveys the way these critters can land on any surface. Interesting split-toned background too. DOF seems weird, it looks like there are two planes of focus which is impossible. Have you manually blurred any areas or am I just going mad? 8
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10/01/2004 11:36:58 AM
Like a scene from 1960s Japanese horror movies :-).
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10/01/2004 11:02:27 AM
great detail
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10/01/2004 09:37:05 AM
Man, I hate hornets but love thsi shot. Love the vibrant color of its hea. The dof is wonderful, I really get the effect of it landing and ready to move on, or attack me.
Great study.
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10/01/2004 08:38:00 AM
Fantastic shot - I love the detail in his face and the DOF is just perfect!
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10/01/2004 04:15:33 AM
Whoever you are, even if Jacko, kindly leave this site and never darken its doors again!!! How the hell do us poor mortals have a hope of ever winning a ribbon, especially with an insect shot, when there are shots as amazing as this! Go, begone!!!!!! (10+)
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10/01/2004 02:10:43 AM
Wow...his face is awesome. Great capture.
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10/01/2004 12:36:48 AM
Don't think I would ever want to get this close to one of these creatures in real life. You did good at capturing it. Good luck!
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