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Challenge: Insects II (Minimal Editing I*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: South Africa, Pretoria
Date: Apr 9, 2007
Aperture: 0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 14, 2007

Shot with my 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor reversed mounted on the camera. This is my first member challenge. I wasn't a member at the time and was actually out shooting for my macro PaW. Fortunately the camera was set to high contrast and saturation, I was shooting RAW + JPEG to make sorting easier at the time.

Since no electrical contact exists between the lens and camera, no aperture information was recorded, but I think it was either f/5.6 or f/8.

Post processing:
Not much to say here...
Resize to 640 pixels across, sharpen once and save for web.

Post challenge:
WOOHOO!

A blue ribbon and a new personal best.
Thanks everyone for all the votes and comments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 180
Avg (all users): 7.5433
Avg (commenters): 8.9032
Avg (participants): 7.4483
Avg (non-participants): 7.6116
Views since voting: 12645
Views during voting: 445
Votes: 208
Comments: 77
Favorites: 19 (view)


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07/10/2012 08:13:40 PM
Excellent job!
10/07/2007 11:19:46 AM
And you shot this on my bithday, thanks. Go D200's!
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08/31/2007 09:11:24 AM
Fantastic stuff - amazing how much you have improved your photographic skills since joining DPC - one heck of an improvment on the quality of your macros!
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04/30/2007 11:34:43 PM
A striking expert capture. Congratulations on your Blue!
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04/27/2007 07:26:09 AM
congrats,,, fantastic shot...
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04/24/2007 07:47:01 PM
Congrats! Great capture.
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04/24/2007 07:27:49 PM
are you joking?
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04/24/2007 04:42:33 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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04/24/2007 10:51:01 AM
Congratulations! Very nice photo!
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04/24/2007 10:36:15 AM
Great shot. I would have liked to see some motion blur on the wings to make it more dynamic, but that sounds like me being a nit since it's so difficulty to capture what you've captured already. I wonder how long an exposure could be made to achieve it without sacrificing sharpness.
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04/24/2007 08:42:01 AM
Very beautiful photograph...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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04/24/2007 07:33:36 AM
Congrats on your blue!!
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04/23/2007 06:51:06 PM
Oh yeah! This was my pick for blue! It still blows me away that you got this shot straight from the camera! It is truly spectacular!

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04/23/2007 06:02:32 PM
BEEutiful!! Congratulations on the Blue and personal best! Well done!
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04/23/2007 04:28:42 PM
Stunning!
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04/23/2007 02:16:32 PM
Great capture, congrats!
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04/23/2007 02:15:27 PM
Lovely, lovely photo!
Congrats, Raziel.
=D
Definitely deserving of the blue.
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04/23/2007 01:43:24 PM
Wow - Amazing!!! Congrats on the Blue!!!
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04/23/2007 11:14:23 AM
This is absolutely stunning ! Congrats.
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04/23/2007 10:54:15 AM
excellent work, great execution !!! congratulations on your win.
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04/23/2007 10:39:49 AM
Congrats on the BLUE! Wonderful job!
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04/23/2007 08:52:13 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and a new PB - excellent shot!
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04/23/2007 08:37:20 AM
Congrats on this beautiful shot!
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04/23/2007 08:22:00 AM
WOW! Awesome shot, you managed to get SO much detail! Beautiful colors & great compostion, congrats on the blue!!
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04/23/2007 06:27:01 AM
Fantastic shot. Very sharp, lovely colours and composition is spot on for a shot you couldn't crop. Definitely deserve top honours.
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04/23/2007 06:25:31 AM
Congrts on your blue ribbon! Excellent capture!
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04/23/2007 06:13:03 AM
great shot, nice idea i did have one near the same but i could not crop it close enough.

Well done
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04/23/2007 02:55:17 AM
Fabulous shot I gave you a 10
Congrats on your Blue Ribbon
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04/23/2007 02:52:20 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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04/23/2007 01:13:24 AM
I love this shot! Focus is terrific, ditto for color.
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04/23/2007 12:27:50 AM
Great shot, well done. Congratulations on your blue.
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04/23/2007 12:25:57 AM
Three Cheers for you and this, my favorite shot of the challenge!!
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04/23/2007 12:25:41 AM
Very Well Done! You deserve the award!
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04/23/2007 12:21:43 AM
congratulations!!
this was definitely the best of the challenge
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04/23/2007 12:12:04 AM
freggin' awesome!
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04/23/2007 12:07:21 AM
Congratulations on a blue, well done..
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04/23/2007 12:06:31 AM
Astonishingly sharp. Congratulations on your BLUE !
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04/23/2007 12:06:01 AM
Yippee. My fav. Really a great shot. Congrats.
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04/23/2007 12:05:16 AM
Congrats!
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04/23/2007 12:03:42 AM
Incredible! Well done!
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04/23/2007 12:02:34 AM
congratulations on your first ribbon and a blue!
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04/23/2007 12:02:21 AM
Congrats...well deserved
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04/23/2007 12:02:03 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and new high score! That's really a stunner. Such detail!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2007 04:33:50 PM
Great shot, focus bang on and amazing capture.
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04/22/2007 01:45:13 PM
this is really good!
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04/21/2007 05:20:01 PM
Love this! Great detail. Great bokeh. Great focus. 9
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04/21/2007 02:42:54 PM
Delightful. One of my favorites of the challenge. Well composed and precisely shot, though I'm guessing composition happened more than was made (I tried to do this, failed miserably, and didn't enter it; seeing this I'm glad I chose another shot!). 9.
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04/20/2007 02:04:30 PM
Love the DOF in this, it gives it a very dreamy quality. The colors that are very rich and vivid add to the dreaminess as well. Excellent!
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04/20/2007 09:27:30 AM
great capture! love most of the flower is out of focus! Well done! - 8 -
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04/20/2007 07:55:17 AM
Great color and very close, Great job
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04/19/2007 11:41:26 PM
Great capture. Love the bokeh and how crisp the bee is coming into the beautiful purple flower.
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04/19/2007 09:11:35 PM
Great inflight capture
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04/19/2007 02:58:59 PM
Wow - great capture! And so sharp.
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04/19/2007 12:32:43 PM
Very Nice!
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04/19/2007 06:05:53 AM
Beautiful shot!
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04/19/2007 12:31:00 AM
This is my favorite picture in the entire challenge. Post-challenge I'll be very interested to see how you set this photo up. Only things I can nitpick about are the glare off the back of the bee and the grayish background at the bottom-left (solid green would have been better).
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04/18/2007 03:37:33 PM
Beautiful shot! 10 from me!
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04/18/2007 12:34:00 PM
I love the coloring, and position, everything about this picture is amazing!!
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04/18/2007 08:32:49 AM
Very nice, bet you waited a while for that.
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04/17/2007 09:55:41 PM
stunning. 8
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04/17/2007 11:15:49 AM
Very nice, effective macro! The purple flowers really *pop* for me, even though they are in soft focus. Love the eye of the bee...very sharp! *10*
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04/17/2007 10:05:37 AM
Wow!
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04/17/2007 02:59:04 AM
Beeeeautiful 10 from me
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04/17/2007 02:21:08 AM
Very nice
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04/17/2007 01:30:07 AM
What a great shot. My pick for a blue ribbon.
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04/16/2007 05:03:16 PM
Wow! I don't knwo how you caught this. Fantastic moment with great clarity and vibrant colors
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04/16/2007 03:12:06 PM
Wow!

I can't believe the focus you got on this moving wasp, with such a low DOF!
The detail is awesome - Well done!
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04/16/2007 02:58:33 PM
Awesome action shot!! Excellent focus! Love the light and the colors.
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04/16/2007 01:29:08 PM
Clarity on the bee is excellent, great detail. Well done!
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04/16/2007 12:53:15 PM
First off, you fabulously captured details in the bee! Great capture in the freezing the action of the bee in mid-flight. Lighting is very good and the colors in the photograph are wonderfully vibrant.
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04/16/2007 12:02:26 PM
Holy cow. Perfect focus and DOF. Great color. WOWZA!!!
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04/16/2007 11:58:28 AM
OHH, great colors! really crisp job and I love the effect of the DOF ont he flower!
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04/16/2007 10:43:36 AM
Wow! Having tried and tried to get great bee pictures in my day, I totally appreciate the difficulty of getting one to be still long enough to get a crystal clear sharp focused shot like this -- with minimal editing to where you can't even blow it up and crop it! I am TOTALLY impressed and feel sure this one should win a ribbon -- from what I've seen so far - a BLUE ONE! Congratulations! 10
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04/16/2007 10:01:40 AM
Beautiful colors, wonderful sharpness. 10
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04/16/2007 08:02:51 AM
Great shot, super fine detail on the hairs. Spot on focus with the shallow DOF. 8
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04/16/2007 05:18:33 AM
What a shot. It's a pity that you couldn't see the wings a little more. Definately one of my favourites.
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04/16/2007 12:23:04 AM
Great focus!
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