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Emerald Assassin
Emerald Assassin

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Color on Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: Trenton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: Jul 23, 2006
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: ?
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2006

A Condylostylus? eating an aphid.

Taken with Super Macro setting
tight crop
some sharpening
clone out imperfections in leaf
tweak color
save for web

Place: 40 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.1993
Avg (commenters): 7.6190
Avg (participants): 6.2368
Avg (non-participants): 6.1860
Views since voting: 978
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 291
Comments: 22
Favorites: 0

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08/02/2006 09:09:54 AM
Thank you for your kind comments.

So far (with one exception) every one of my entries has outscored the previous one. Maybe someday I'll make it into the top ten.

I tried to use a flash on this guy but between the time the flash would fire and the exposure would be complete he was off the leaf, in the air only to immediatly set down on the leaf again. Consequently, watching only the LCD display, I would get him framed, take the shot, the screen goes black and when the shot is displayed, no fly! I did this a number of times. Each time he would take off as soon as the flash went but too quick for the exposure to register. It was like trying to capture a ghost. In one of the outtakes, he can be seen just above the leaf in full flight but just barely distinguishable as a blurr.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2006 11:50:06 PM
My favorite of all the fly, grasshopper, bee etc. shots. It is very clean and sharp. I really like the DOF!
08/01/2006 05:14:51 PM
08/01/2006 03:49:34 PM
08/01/2006 02:10:45 AM
aptly titled
07/31/2006 08:47:57 PM
07/30/2006 03:53:58 PM
beautiful and intriguing.
07/30/2006 02:23:50 PM
Hmmm...I don't really like to give high scores to a fly (or whatever it is) but it's an awesome photo!
07/29/2006 11:42:25 PM
Very nice capture! 7
07/29/2006 05:24:44 PM
Very tight DOF. Very nicely done image.
07/29/2006 03:30:36 PM
"Beauty is in the eyes on the beholder." I am sure that someone thinks, "He's Fly!"
07/29/2006 10:58:43 AM
wow, nice image. I like the wings and the hairy back =) Good job.
07/28/2006 12:47:16 PM
Wow, the focusing is splendid!
07/27/2006 05:03:34 PM
What a wonderful macro this is! Great job!
07/27/2006 02:29:04 PM
Very sharp and amazing color. Love the placement of the bug in the composition. Great job!
07/27/2006 01:17:52 AM
Crisp focus and nice iridescence on wing.
07/26/2006 08:02:37 PM
Nicely focused on the fly. I like how you have composed the picture with the subject in the corner and slightly rotated.
07/26/2006 06:45:34 PM
Nice focus and detail you have achieved on the insect. The colour is pleasant and the little irridescence on its back adds to the image. I just feel it is framed or cropped a little oddly. But then again, nature does not always cooperate, does it!
07/26/2006 05:47:07 PM
wow what a catch! only small thing is the noise. Could have used neat image to clear up. good luck(8)
07/26/2006 09:52:29 AM
Great DOF. I like those circular spots in the background. Nice detailing on the fly too. As much as I hate those guys, he sure is pretty up close. 8
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07/26/2006 04:54:56 AM
Wow, that's incredible detail. Cool composition too. Nice job!
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