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Challenge: Family (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Anna Maria, Florida
Date: Jul 4, 2005
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 6, 2005

Flies on a dead fish.

This will probably gross out most of you, but these flies were just so beautiful to me. I'm guessing that I will get docked major points as this is a departure from the typical "Family" theme; but they really are starting families.

That's OK, I just wanted to do something unusual.

I'm torn over whether or not image should have had sharper focus and deeper DOF. But they were moving around really fast and I kind of like that most of them are in blur.

Statistics
Place: 48 out of 159
Avg (all users): 5.5620
Avg (commenters): 6.7692
Avg (participants): 5.2824
Avg (non-participants): 5.7134
Views since voting: 1719
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 242
Comments: 41
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/08/2007 03:21:21 PM
Oh, what a hell of a shot! Love it!
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11/04/2007 11:03:54 PM
Although not really apealing subject wise to me anyway I still think this was a great shot, DOF and focus were pretty dam good!! And the out of the box idea I think should have scored you higher :)

-dave
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09/02/2006 01:41:49 PM
Despite the icky subject, this is a really great shot! Great color and detail!
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07/25/2006 10:44:06 PM
this is so great - very original a very well shot.
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01/14/2006 07:16:44 PM
looks yummy! 8~}
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09/21/2005 07:41:53 PM
Okay, this ROCKS! Pretty gross but still an original shot and I can't believe you captured all these guys at once! Leaves me wondering how long you had to wait by a smelly fish to get the shot. Great lighting, like you said a deeper DOF would really bring out more here but overall wonderful photo!
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09/11/2005 12:44:16 AM
greater depth of field
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09/11/2005 12:43:24 AM
would have liked to see have seen faster speed!
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07/24/2005 03:00:59 PM
Oh the smell...make it go away!

Uhhhgg. I have to take this shot in increments. Everything seems to be in order here. DOF is great. Subject matter is definately there. Focus is awesome. I can even see the little fly sucker attached to the fish. The only thing I see wrong with this photo other that the photo itself is the flies eyes. Something is off here and I am sorry I cant put my finger on it. Maybe over sharpened? Would love another opinion from one of the senior members. Maybe they can pick it out. This is technicaly a very good picture. A bit too disturbing for me though. I am just thankful that it's fish and not there favorite food. Keep up the good work. Very nice. No fish tacos for a month though.
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07/19/2005 12:04:20 PM
We pretty much have the same camera, only my MP are a bit higher than yours. I'm inspired by your shot and am adding it to my favourites to remind me of what a great image can come out of this camera. Thanks for doing such a great job on this photo and inspiring me to keep trying for shots like this just when I was starting to get down on myself and my camera. Great job!
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07/18/2005 09:02:12 AM
Wow! Can't believe this is my highest score yet!

Thanks, everyone for the great comments and votes. They were better than I expected. Comments reflected exactly how I felt about this image. I hoped for more focus and a less busy composition. But of all the shots I took, this was the best. I'll post some outtakes that are even creepier than this one.
07/18/2005 08:54:14 AM
Excellent - really unusual and full of colour and interest, despite a subject that most will find abhorrrent. Never let that put you off, because life is dull without exploring worlds outside of our comfort zone.
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07/18/2005 04:44:44 AM
what an outrageous interpretation of the challenge! hats off to you for giving it a shot. excellent capture, probably would have won the macro challenge! i'm faving this.
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07/18/2005 12:08:18 AM
man you got jipped
this is an amazing photo, and the fact that you took it with a powershot a80
bah.. better luck next time
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2005 10:53:46 PM
"Mmmmm ... rotting fish."
--Homer Simpson

I guess now we know why they're called "bug-eyes."
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07/17/2005 06:19:41 AM
It's gross ... therefore I love it! Actually I like it for other reasons, too. It's very unusual, for one thing. And the family resemblance is striking; all the kids have Dad's eyes. 8
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07/17/2005 12:18:38 AM
Technically, this is a fairly good shot. However, due to the rather unsavory subject matter I rather doubt that it's technical merits will rescue your score. Without the title I'd have had difficulty identifying the textured surface under the flys; an angle which included a fin or some other recognizable feature would have improved the composition (although it might have made the subject more unappealing).
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07/16/2005 06:00:23 PM
BIIIG family!
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07/16/2005 03:55:56 PM
eew - those guys the stinging kind? Great macro of a unsettling subject.
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07/15/2005 10:33:04 PM
Beautiful colors
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07/13/2005 10:42:20 PM
That's nasty, but no reason to ignore the great colors...moving on...
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07/13/2005 12:31:26 PM
terribly goss if you think about it and you have an imagination! As far as images go, pretty neat macro. Focus a little soft. Glad I'm not eating right now. Colors good - love the way the eyes stand out. Composition okay. 6 good luck in the challenge!
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07/13/2005 08:41:32 AM
i like it amazing
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07/13/2005 12:47:43 AM
a very unusual photo but it doesn't really convey the idea of family to me
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07/12/2005 01:57:39 PM
Fit to challenge criteria: 1/2
Contrast/Colors: 2/2
Photo Quality: 2/2
Composition: 1/2
My subjective affinity: 0/2
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07/12/2005 10:11:21 AM
wow, great shot and take on the challenge!
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07/12/2005 09:11:18 AM
Shivers down my spine, this is incredible!
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07/12/2005 06:45:49 AM
excellent macro... do you get a lot of flac about not meeting the challenge? It's actually sad because it is a good pic of a rather delicate subject.
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07/11/2005 07:59:20 PM
I get ... but nasty lol gl 7
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07/11/2005 01:14:00 PM
Uhmmmmm flies on a dead fish? I see the concept you were going for, but doesn't say family to me, sorry.
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07/11/2005 12:20:13 PM
wow this would have done way better in the macro than this challenge, wow look at the DOF its amazing
great picture reguardless what challenge its in
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07/11/2005 11:59:56 AM
LOL - very cruel (I mean cool) idea! j/k Great title! :-)

I really like this. Great DOF on most flies and the fish. The blurriness in the very foreground is a bit distracting, but the colors and background are great. The lighting may be a tad too bright too, but I imagine the sun is quite harsh on the beach. Nice job!
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07/11/2005 11:56:31 AM
Yikes! Great original shot for this challenge!
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07/11/2005 10:42:15 AM
This is a terrific shot even if they make my skin crawl. Good colors
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07/11/2005 09:44:28 AM
ewwwwww! No seriously, ewwwww! I mean, really.....wow!
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07/11/2005 08:58:25 AM
What a macro. The sea color is almost the same as the thorax of the flies. It's a bit busy, but flies usually are.
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07/11/2005 06:56:26 AM
Ewwww. The color is great. Love the concept. Being a newbie myself, is there some way that all of the foreground flies could be in focus? Would have helped for me.
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07/11/2005 02:36:35 AM
ew gross!!!!! i love it. 10.
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07/11/2005 02:36:26 AM
ewww - I can almost smell the rotten fish odor...gives me shivers. Creative idea!
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07/11/2005 01:43:06 AM
pretty crazy pic
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07/11/2005 12:41:09 AM
yuck.... but effective
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