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Portrait of a Robber Fly
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2009 - CHALLENGES
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: on a chair near our house
Date: Dec 17, 2008
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125+ExtFlash
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

used Canon Speedlight 580EXII with Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce plastic diffuser ..
also Canon Extension Tube EF12II ..

Robber Fly (Family: Asilidae)about robber flies

when i saw this challenge announced i thought 'no way' ...
then jason ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' smardaz asked if i was entering it ..
i thought of little mr robberfly in sepia & looked in my original photographs to see if i had any other photograph of him with his eyes in focus .. i only got 9 shots of him before he flew off ..
so thankyou jason .. my lifetime average has had a huge boost because i entered this challenge ..

THANKYOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR VOTES AND COMMENTS ..
and coz i got a comment asking 'why in b&w .. arent these guys full of colour?' .. this is the original .. considering the background and the fact that his colouring isnt that nice you can see its a no brainer .. :)
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Statistics
Place: 12 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.9821
Avg (commenters): 8.4400
Avg (participants): 7.0186
Avg (non-participants): 6.7671
Views since voting: 3414
Views during voting: 805
Votes: 502
Comments: 121
Favorites: 14 (view)


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04/09/2009 09:00:04 AM
Wow! You are becoming the mistress of Macro photography!
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03/24/2009 05:49:00 PM
Nice Roz! It's a very bizarre (but effective) macro!
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03/19/2009 09:13:03 PM
Roz! I am totally out of superlatives to make an impact on what I think of your macro work. It is beyond words. What an honor to finish in 12th place in a challenge with 1,113 submissions. You are in a league all by yourself. Although, I have been quite amazed by Greg's work too lately :) The 2 of you are most definitely the finest macro photographers on the planet!

Congratulations my friend! You are freaking AMAZING!
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03/18/2009 02:31:05 PM
sharpness and detail is astounding, congrats on the high finish!
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03/18/2009 12:17:24 PM
Great finish, Roz!! Very well deserved!!
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03/18/2009 10:43:41 AM
Roz, I think about the days where you used to wonder about how to do better here and since then, you've taken off like a rocket and have figured it all out. I hate bugs but this is an amazing piece. I love how it really is sitting there and posing for you. The light and clarity on the eyes is amazing, and this looks perfect in black and white. Congrats on an amazing finish in this challenge!
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03/18/2009 10:26:17 AM
12th place? Holy crap. You're amazing (said the spider to the fly). :~)
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03/18/2009 09:05:14 AM
Congratulations, Roz -- top 20 is quite an achievement (though I'd have kept you on the front page, possibly with a ribbon). Amazin' PP!
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03/18/2009 06:24:12 AM
Congratulations on your high finish, Roz. I had a pretty good idea this was your work. Excellent shot and great processing.
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03/18/2009 05:03:32 AM
Wicked shot Roz!!! Congrats on your great finish in this amazing challenge.
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03/18/2009 04:37:00 AM
terrific macro, as most people will agree. well done on your 12th out of 1113!
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03/18/2009 04:27:54 AM
WTG, Roz! Congratulations on a fantastic image and a great finish. ((Hugs)).
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03/18/2009 03:12:13 AM
Shoulda known. Congrats on a fantastic finish!
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03/18/2009 12:32:59 AM
The quality is ut too good Rozzy. I thought this had to be yours. Congrats on the high place in such a big challenge mate.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:48:40 PM
This is brilliant. Sharp as a it gets. The duo tones and contrast is fantastic, as is the use of the border. Best insect macro of challenge, without a doubt. Well done.
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03/17/2009 10:02:14 PM
Oh, WOW. Roz? Great focus, tones. It almost look like the glass sculpture. Great capture and equally wonderful PP.
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03/17/2009 09:59:27 PM
Sharp. More DOF.
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03/17/2009 08:50:39 PM
wow, the detail is just awesome
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03/17/2009 06:02:27 PM
fascinating detail, and the pose has some kind of dignity and pride in it! excellent focus and black and white conversion.
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03/17/2009 01:11:32 PM
Wow, great macro, such details in the eyes and legs, this looks great in black and white too.
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03/17/2009 01:03:06 PM
Freaky. Nicely done.

Not voting yet.
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03/17/2009 10:53:17 AM
Great shot.... I would love to see the color version of this shot.
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03/17/2009 09:28:37 AM
great macro, and creative choice of toning. a different take that makes it stand out. 8
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03/16/2009 11:58:41 PM
Great details, lack of color also helps concentrate on the details...
back to add I knew I had seen something before Roz :)
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03/16/2009 09:50:05 PM
Fantastic edtail and dof. Looks great in b&w.10
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03/16/2009 06:50:29 PM
Great use of duotone! Very sharp
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03/16/2009 06:47:17 PM
This is an extraordinary image in many many ways. Subject, composition focus, clarity ... well pretty much everything. And it made me smile. Among best of show.
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03/16/2009 03:58:33 PM
Awesome macro!
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03/16/2009 03:30:05 PM
Nice macro, why B&W? Aren't these guys full of colour?
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03/16/2009 01:51:35 PM
Wow great macro, the details are amazing.
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03/16/2009 01:34:55 PM
sorry, this totally DNMC....

this is obviously NOT a hidden gem, it's right out there for everyone and their uncle to see...in fact I have a very similar shot in my favorites, you are obviously trying to copy the style of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Roz, but you will never be good enough. Maybe try water drops. Or move to Iceland. /10
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03/16/2009 10:59:17 AM
Stunning... Incredible detail and tonal range. Outstanding!
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03/16/2009 10:45:10 AM
Wow! don't really see how this could be better as an image. just not a fan of adding borders, really unnecessary.
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03/16/2009 05:29:33 AM
Excellent macro! 10
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03/16/2009 03:26:43 AM
Excellent detail!
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03/16/2009 12:36:56 AM
Looks like a roz image. Great macro.
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03/15/2009 09:51:46 PM
Close up gem has great detail.
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03/15/2009 09:42:45 PM
Scary looking creature. Imagine if it was 6 ft tall!!
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03/15/2009 08:20:22 PM
ewwww! But apart from my visceral reaction, lovely macro. 9
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03/15/2009 08:06:55 PM
Well, if there is such a thing as a perfect macro, this is it!
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03/15/2009 08:04:42 PM
Nice catch
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03/15/2009 06:43:52 PM
Awesome Macro
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03/15/2009 06:12:25 PM
I wonder who could have shot this? Love the black and white conversion. Another great bug shot, so clear and sharp and my what big eyes!
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03/15/2009 05:30:03 PM
Exquisite detail. 9
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03/15/2009 05:19:51 PM
Coming back to comment...

So freaking Roztastic! 10
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03/15/2009 03:44:38 PM
holy crap. please tell me this is a macro, and that this is really a teeeny tiny thing. cuz he is lookin at me. he is lookin at me with those eyes. he sees me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me...

truly stunning, beautiful image--perfect conversion and tones. 10
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03/15/2009 03:23:44 PM
oh, hey is very cool!! well done, and good choice on the black and white! - 9
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03/15/2009 01:30:15 PM
excellent BW as well as focus
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03/15/2009 01:26:50 PM
Very nice...love the eyes
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03/15/2009 12:00:45 PM
Refreshing to see an awesome macro in BW.Just passing thru. Aw I might as well bump while I'm here.
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03/15/2009 10:47:49 AM
Someone has me confused for you in this challenge and I take that as a HUGE
compliment. They called my entry a "ROZ masterpiece":) Now this one here is what I call a 'ROZ Masterpiece' Well done and I look forward to seeing this on the front page. (We bug-lovers need to stick together ;)
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03/15/2009 10:14:08 AM
Stunning macro and the use of B&W helps it stand out from the crowd. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge. 9
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03/15/2009 10:08:37 AM
Excellent shot. Very sharp. One of my favorites in the challenge.
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03/15/2009 05:03:44 AM
perfect



;D Brano
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03/15/2009 04:52:29 AM
Good picture, horrible topic. It still deserves a high score though.
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03/15/2009 01:11:47 AM
what an incredible, detailed, interesting subject with perfect dof and processing.. a wonderful macro! 9
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03/14/2009 11:19:27 PM
If I had to guess I would throw out the name Roz and I would feel confident that I would be right. There are few on this site that can match you in insect photography but that being said I doubt that they could capture the soul the way you do. Some people are unparalleled in landscape, others people, but you have mastered the hardest of them all, the insect.

You truly inspire me Roz and you always have.

You ROCK

All the best to you and yours.

MAX!
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03/14/2009 10:50:02 PM
wonder if this is Roz's? great macro
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03/14/2009 10:49:57 PM
Beautiful focus and detail.
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03/14/2009 09:34:24 PM
Or a fencing fly. This almost looks like the rare New Orleans Bearded Fly (just kidding).
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03/14/2009 05:30:52 PM
Simply amazing detail. B&W lets us focus on all that detail and not have stunning colours competing for attention.
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03/14/2009 04:18:43 PM
I figured you'd be entering a shot of this little guy. So incredibly impressive in the detail, the tones, the hairiness. Even the antennae are perfect!
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03/14/2009 12:26:42 PM
Love the color treatment! Nice DOF with sharp, crisp details.
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03/14/2009 12:06:26 PM
Superb macro shot with stunning detail. It seems to work for me in black and white but I cant help feeling that I want to see it in color. 9
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03/14/2009 09:06:54 AM
Good shot, detail and processing. Nice job!
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03/14/2009 04:32:57 AM
as before, awesome!
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03/14/2009 12:50:51 AM
Love the tones and the center composition really works with the square crop.
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03/14/2009 12:23:26 AM
Wow! Amazing creature, Roz!! I love your bugs!! 10
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03/13/2009 11:05:57 PM
though I cringe when I see your photos, this is by far your best work.
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03/13/2009 10:13:43 PM
Well, I just completed Round 1 of voting, and this is one of only four tens I gave. Congrats on a great, favored entry.
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03/13/2009 08:26:18 PM
Roz? Love the detail and those tones!
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03/13/2009 08:19:03 PM
Looks like some kinda hippy fly with a beard and a cig in his mouth! Excellent macro, dude! Processing is top notch too.
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03/13/2009 07:12:46 PM
Wow! Amazing detail! Great macro work
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03/13/2009 03:49:40 PM
Wow...very nice macro
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03/13/2009 03:21:45 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1124 images, I gave 31 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 31.

There are quite a few bug macros in this challenge but this is simply awesome, and a world apart from the others. The definition and clarity is superb, and the monochromatic treatment only serves to make the form and composition even more eye-grabbing. I don't like to guess at the photographer identity generally, but am I on safe ground thinking this is from our Robber Fly expert "GregoryB"?

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/13/2009 01:58:57 PM
Very nice... clear and good!
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03/13/2009 01:48:56 PM
Amazing shot, the sharpness and detail are awsome.
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03/13/2009 01:47:59 PM
Excellent portrait! The level of detail here is incredible.
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03/13/2009 12:37:17 PM
hi roz:) lovely little fly, great dof and detail. good choice for black and white too
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03/13/2009 10:40:15 AM
Impressive , nice clarity. 7
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03/13/2009 10:33:13 AM
Intense close up.
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03/13/2009 10:10:18 AM
I never get tired of seeing this macro bug shots, the sharpness and detail are simply awesome, I like the b&w take ... almost looks metallic like a little robot spy or something!
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03/13/2009 08:45:29 AM
Great detail and tones. Works great in black and white. 10
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03/13/2009 04:02:54 AM
Excellent shot!
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03/13/2009 02:54:23 AM
Amazing macro! It's stunning in Black and White, but I bet it is pretty interesting in color also. The clarity is great.
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03/13/2009 02:06:15 AM
Fan-frickin-tastic! Is it standing on a ping pong ball?

I'm going to take points of for.... nothing at all! 10 :)
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03/12/2009 11:49:32 PM
This will look fantastic over his mantel! ...or on the front page of DPC. Either one. :D
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03/12/2009 10:45:12 PM
He looks like a roadie that used to carry equipement for my band :)
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03/12/2009 10:33:42 PM
Looks almost metallic. Beautiful photo and postprocessing.
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03/12/2009 07:10:51 PM
Great macro work. One of my top 3 picks. 9
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03/12/2009 06:18:15 PM
Very interesting in B&W. Nice.
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03/12/2009 03:51:03 PM
great great macro, I'm curious how this would look in color.
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03/12/2009 03:29:05 PM
Very sharp shot
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03/12/2009 03:22:02 PM
Nice in B&W
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03/12/2009 02:09:16 PM
Excellent detail. 10
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03/12/2009 02:01:10 PM
Great clarity on the eyes and good crop.
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03/12/2009 10:58:37 AM
So much detail. I think his eyes look like microphones.
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03/12/2009 09:31:42 AM
Superb macro, the best I have seen for a long time
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03/12/2009 12:01:32 AM
Excellent macro. I like the black and white processing.
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03/11/2009 10:06:19 PM
excellent macro, and I'm pretty sure this is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' roz. He takes on an almost silvery, metal feel with your processing. I'd like to have a camera that can get that close!
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03/11/2009 09:58:32 PM
Gosh, a stunning albeit creepy macro! Really is a bit grotesque how much wonderful detail you've captured, in a fun way :)
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03/11/2009 08:35:22 PM
terrific macro work.... voted best bug.... 7
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03/11/2009 07:33:54 PM
Wow, great macro, the black and white gives a metallic feeling. Well done
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03/11/2009 06:46:40 PM
It one EVER wondered what the details of a robber fly looks like, this is an excellent photo to demonstrate it! As much as I do not like flies, I can fully appreciate all the details seen on this capture. Wow, just look at the individual hairs on it's legs and face - who knew it was 'bearded'?:-) And the details in the compound eyes - you can literally count the dots in its eyes! Fabulous macro capture - hats off to you for patience to get this shot. Flying insects rarely stay fixed for long so you probably had seconds to get the focus right.
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03/11/2009 05:18:12 PM
Dude! Rad facial hair! (This is delightful - and I never thought I'd think of a bug as cute, but he is!)
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03/11/2009 05:05:02 PM
Supersharp and well captured macro. The focus is spot on bringing out the details in the right places. -9-
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03/11/2009 05:02:09 PM
Awesome macro and processing!
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03/11/2009 12:57:23 PM
Amazing detail in the eyes and hairs on the face, very interesting nose, who knew? I like this in black and white. 9
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03/11/2009 09:49:02 AM
Great macro capture. Would love to see the colour version also for comparison.
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03/11/2009 09:20:16 AM
Great shot! 9
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03/11/2009 08:08:00 AM
What amazing clarity, superbly executed, works great in mono, a very imposing image, well done
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03/11/2009 07:55:55 AM
fantastic details here and the b + w is just right. not sure about the border
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03/11/2009 07:55:05 AM
10---------WOOOOOOOOOW
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03/11/2009 05:42:26 AM
cool capture
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03/11/2009 05:15:42 AM
Ok what did you have to pay him to pose for you??
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03/11/2009 02:51:01 AM
Roz? She got the bugs down to a T.. 9
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03/11/2009 02:39:08 AM
Great in Black and WHite!
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03/11/2009 01:23:49 AM
Love the detail. Great in BW
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03/11/2009 12:34:08 AM
eyes, how many eyes...better than wonderful macro...I really like the "silvery" glow from the PP
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03/11/2009 12:25:58 AM
awesome..
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03/11/2009 12:04:38 AM
Hey, I recognize that fly! Sure is nice to look at. You and your bugs, absolutely incredible.
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