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Robberfly with raindrops
2nd PlaceRobberfly with raindrops

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Challenge: Free Study 2024-01 (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2023-24 - CHALLENGES and associated
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 90mm f/3.5 Macro IS PRO
Date: Jan 20, 2024
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Black and White, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2024

this is 5 photos manually focus stacked ..

they say pride comes before a fall .. so i'm a bit hesitant to say that i'm quite proud of this image ..;)...
because of the difficulty in getting the shots .. putting them together and how it turned out ...

its unfortunate that it lost a lot of its sharpness and clarity when resized down to 1200pxls ..

Place: 2 out of 44
Avg (all users): 6.8286
Avg (participants): 6.8889
Avg (non-participants): 6.6250
Views since voting: 121
Views during voting: 71
Votes: 35
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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02/13/2024 04:16:52 PM
Originally posted by vawendy:

Very cool! Does your camera have focus stacking, or were you taking each individually? Are you using a tripod, then?
Huge congrats!

thanks so much Wendy.. :)

my camera does have focus stacking but the micro movements I make when taking the photos mean that any focus stacking in camera or program on the computer won't work ..
it's usually a very dynamic environment with wind etc ..

so yes I take many photos individually.. focusing on different parts of the insect's body and surrounding area if relevant ..

there's no way I could use a tripod or monopod .. just setting them up would scare off these insects ..

if im squatting down i can brace myself against my leg to lessen any movement ..

also I have issues with my hands so mucking around with a tripod I could injure myself ..

there are ppl who use tripods very successfully for insect macros .. it's just not an option for me ..
02/13/2024 09:34:16 AM
Very cool! Does your camera have focus stacking, or were you taking each individually? Are you using a tripod, then?
Huge congrats!
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02/08/2024 11:01:57 PM
Congratulations, Roz. Really an amazing image and so well put together. I LOVE the black and white (may already have told you that).
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02/08/2024 08:50:24 AM
This is awesome as a b/w conversion. Congratulations on the ribbon
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02/08/2024 04:31:46 AM
The composition is awesome on this, with the grass bending down just at the right place. I also think the B&W works extremely well on this image
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2024 06:12:01 PM
Roz, of course - no one does these like you. I absolutely love the black and white. It glistens and shimmers and is positively glamorous. The roberfly would be so proud. My top score. 10.
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02/07/2024 01:48:26 AM
A lot of layers as armor and needles and fuzzy hair - certainly admirable in a photo (less in real life, said I scratching my arms) will it pop the tears or drink the water. Admirable photo, like always
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02/04/2024 09:55:51 AM
Stunning in B/W, so crisp
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