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The Vampire
The Vampire

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Challenge: Shallow DOF IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di for Nikon
Location: Apartment, Groningen, Netherlands
Date: Sep 6, 2008
Aperture: 32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2008

This is a normal mosquito (probably 'Culex Territans') as seen through my macro lens. It's not nearly a 1:1 crop; on 1:1 you can even see the facets of his (or her?) eyes!

I was waiting for a friend of mine to check her email, when I spotted this mosquito sitting on the wall.

Used a single (remotely triggered) SB-600 flash as light source, and F32 (for maximum DOF). Only afterwards did I decide that the DOF is still shallow enough for a submission in this challenge!

Processing: Slight gamma, rotate (the wall was vertical), contrast, crop, resize, sharpen, added frame.

Place: 89 out of 324
Avg (all users): 5.7753
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 5.7237
Avg (non-participants): 5.8137
Views since voting: 774
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 178
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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09/17/2008 04:22:43 PM
Holy under-rated photo batman! Perhaps the voters were looking for more obvious depth of field (although I would consider ANY macro shallow DOF). Still, congratulations on a fantastic photo with great lighting, composition, and sharpness. Hope to see more of these in the future.
09/17/2008 12:22:36 PM
as disgusting of an insect, its a really great photo.
you know how to please the eye by using the rule of thirds and lighting techniques.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/16/2008 12:16:30 PM
I could be wrong here but because it's a shallow DOF I would guess that only portions of this little critter should be in focus. Even though it's macro about 40% of this frame is in focus. Just my thoughts. Hope it helps.
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09/15/2008 09:56:38 PM
Shows more macro than depth of field. Good shot though.
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09/15/2008 01:30:17 PM
09/13/2008 10:59:55 AM
really well done good luck
09/11/2008 10:08:31 PM
Great macro and impressive how much of the bloodsucker is sharp! Not sure I want to know what this background actually is, but at least you didn't give us a 'sucker on someone's skin' shot. The high contrast with the background makes this particularly striking.
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09/11/2008 12:52:36 PM
I don't think I have ever seen such a detailed photo of a mosquito. It's very interesting.
09/11/2008 03:20:34 AM
Great shot. Doesn't look like it will get much blood there.
09/10/2008 12:35:33 PM
what is that O.o never seen that bug before
09/10/2008 08:48:28 AM
wow, i don't think i've ever seen the little fuzzies on a mosquito before.. great job!

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