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robberfly with bokeh
roz


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Extended Free Study 2020-03 (Extended Editing)
Collection: 2020 - CHALLENGES
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: on the fence near my home
Date: Mar 30, 2020
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Digital Art, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Apr 4, 2020

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this is one of five photos of the robberfly that went into the finished image .. this has only been resized for dpc ..
i took a few photos focusing on different parts of his body so i could focus stack later ... was a miracle he didnt fly off ..
i brought the five photos of the robberfly into photoshop and masked off the areas i didnt want to create a less shallow dof and show more details on his body ..

then added these other photos to create a virtual world .. thought of calling it robberfly in a virtual world but wanted to make it look as realistic as possible ..

i took this photo especially for the foreground to cover the ugly stick he was perched on ..
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took this photo for the foreground bokeh rotated 180 degrees ..
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and this photo for bokeh ..
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04/23/2020 01:52:11 PM
Go, Roz!

Lovely image!

Congratulations on your HM!

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04/23/2020 01:24:01 PM
Gorgeous! So well done. This was my pick to win.
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04/23/2020 07:29:04 AM
Originally posted by roz:

Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

This is totally amazing. The amount of detail you manage to capture of these tiny creatures is mind blowing! How do you get these little beauties to stay still for you?


thankyou Paul .. :)

if you shoot in the early morning there's more chance that the insect will stay for a few shots .. during the day they're more active ..

when I'm looking for an insect to shoot I will have set up my shutter speed .. aperture and iso before I see one .. all those settings will depend on whether it's sunny or cloudy ..
when i see an insect I will shoot a blade of grass or a leaf or the barbed wire fence depending on what the insect is on .. before i get to him .. as a test for exposure ..
when I approach I move very slowly with no sudden movements and make sure my shadow doesn't fall on them .. the flash doesn't bother them tho ..
I try and brace myself on something so i move as little as possible .. and shoot as many photos as I can before the insect flies away ..I mainly try and get the eyes in focus and then different parts of the body so I can focus stack later ..
I prefer to shoot not as close as I can get and then crop later .. that way I'll get more of the insect in focus ..
that's just a bit of a summary .. :)


Wow thank you very much Roz for the detailed notes on your technique. Much appreciated!
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04/23/2020 06:48:04 AM
Originally posted by P-A-U-L:

This is totally amazing. The amount of detail you manage to capture of these tiny creatures is mind blowing! How do you get these little beauties to stay still for you?


thankyou Paul .. :)

if you shoot in the early morning there's more chance that the insect will stay for a few shots .. during the day they're more active ..

when I'm looking for an insect to shoot I will have set up my shutter speed .. aperture and iso before I see one .. all those settings will depend on whether it's sunny or cloudy ..
when i see an insect I will shoot a blade of grass or a leaf or the barbed wire fence depending on what the insect is on .. before i get to him .. as a test for exposure ..
when I approach I move very slowly with no sudden movements and make sure my shadow doesn't fall on them .. the flash doesn't bother them tho ..
I try and brace myself on something so i move as little as possible .. and shoot as many photos as I can before the insect flies away ..I mainly try and get the eyes in focus and then different parts of the body so I can focus stack later ..
I prefer to shoot not as close as I can get and then crop later .. that way I'll get more of the insect in focus ..
that's just a bit of a summary .. :)


04/23/2020 05:17:05 AM
This is totally amazing. The amount of detail you manage to capture of these tiny creatures is mind blowing! How do you get these little beauties to stay still for you?
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04/22/2020 01:45:30 PM
Absolutely stunning image. That's one VERY hairy and patient fly you had there, Roz. I love your work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/22/2020 07:40:05 AM
Originally posted by Beaubeau:

How did you get him to cooperate? Outstanding image.


I say please ..!!.. lol .. ;)
04/22/2020 06:48:35 AM
How did you get him to cooperate? Outstanding image.
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04/22/2020 04:46:42 AM
Amazing as usual :)
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04/22/2020 01:32:33 AM
Absolutely fabulous work, well done. Those eyes keep cativating you.
Congrats Roz on the HM
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04/22/2020 12:10:02 AM
I saw this and wondered if it was yours. It sure had the look of your masterful work! I love the ethereal bokeh surrounding him, and I love the story of how you did it! Congratulations on excellence once again!
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04/22/2020 12:02:59 AM
Whoa, looks like he's been quarantined without a razor for awhile. Much like me. :)
Great job and excellent finish, Roz! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2020 08:08:30 PM
This is outstanding. I love the sharpness and yet softness of your composition. Ribbon worthy.
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04/20/2020 02:21:11 PM
You're amazing, Roz.
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04/18/2020 07:36:08 AM
Perfect.
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04/17/2020 09:17:34 PM
The detail on the fly is just amazing.
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04/15/2020 08:50:20 AM
Cool
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