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Focus on the Fly
Focus on the Fly

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Challenge: Bokeh IX (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Location: 26155 Thach Road, Athens, AL 35613
Date: Sep 27, 2015
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: ISO-200
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2015

Lens: Canon FD 28mm F/2.8

This was taken outside and hand held. I set the focus to as close as possible and then I moved the camera in as I took the shots. I ended up with about 43 different shots. Several of them had insects. This one was the most in focus of the bunch. I used some post processing to sharpen the bug even more.

As for post, I finally broke down and bought Photoshop Elements. I was using NCH Photopad exclusively as it was my only real photo editing software aside from Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Photo Editor which was included with my old copy of Office 2000.

PSE certainly adds allot of features. However, I am still learning. So for now anyway, I am also still using Photopad to help in certain situations.

Place: 15 out of 76
Avg (all users): 6.1585
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.9714
Avg (non-participants): 6.2979
Views since voting: 430
Views during voting: 145
Votes: 82
Comments: 8
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10/22/2015 09:46:48 AM
Hello from the Critique Club

An appealing image that is deemed to meet the challenge

Another well executed macro with good composition and repetition through the use of a soft focus background. My own perception of bokeh has always been much more clearly identified with specular highlights as opposed to soft or OOF areas which is where I would place your entry. The challenge brief would also seem to veer more towards the soft focus rendering than my own interpretation so feel free to ignore my comments.

Your composition works well in placing the fly on one of the RoT hotspots, I particularly like the soft focus flower in the background it adds a lot to the end result. You have captured the fly's iridescence well, an essential element of the image. I'm pleased to see you have invested in good software you will eventually reap the benefit as you learn to get the best from it.

I look forward to your continuing contributions, Sid
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10/07/2015 12:16:42 PM
Congratulations on a great image, and a new all-time personal high score!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2015 11:43:06 PM
beautifully layered,
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10/06/2015 05:22:44 PM
I can get sucked into a good flower/bug macro. Well done.
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10/06/2015 10:36:22 AM
I like that you left more of the background in and didn't center the flower
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10/05/2015 03:50:49 PM
I like the muted tones here and the way the fly looks almost iridescent, yet still subtle.
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09/30/2015 11:27:38 AM
Clever placing of background flower to reinforce the subject in the foreground.
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09/30/2015 12:21:53 AM
Shoo fly!
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