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Challenge: Free Study 2011-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Date: May 19, 2011
Aperture: f/6.7
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2011

Quite a different type of image than my usual DPC entry but it's good to experiment. My first go at an insect macro type shot. I noticed that my new 24-70 focuses pretty close and was walking past some dragon flies at the time so gave it a go. I'm pleased with it for a first try as i do like insect images. Maybe a bit over saturated and processed but i kind of like the green hue.

Place: 84 out of 344
Avg (all users): 5.9389
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8542
Avg (non-participants): 6.1714
Views since voting: 379
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 131
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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06/08/2011 09:18:50 PM
I have an entry that experienced a similar fate- ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1060/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_810742.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1060/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_810742.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
The Doc pointed out something in his comment that is worth noting and applies to your shot, as well.
As for my comments on this, I think you did well, but it's more just (as ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Louis noted) about the level the bar is set at here for these types of shots. The saturation is fine, colors vibrant but not insane. I'm unsure of if darkening the leaf a bit would improve or detract- on the one hand, the bright leaf makes the damselfly stand out better, but it also makes it more of a prominent element (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yo_Spiff was correct about the suborder ID on this- the easiest way to separate members of Odonata into dragonfly and damselfly is if they can fold their wings rearward).
Well done, but the voting crowd demands immaculate photos for macro.

ETA: It is surprising how close that lens focuses... the same is true of my 28-70. I've found mine takes VERY well to a 36mm extension ring, as well. Gives you 1:2 through a bit over 1:1 and is very useful. Just some food for thought.

Message edited by author 2011-06-08 21:35:00.
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06/08/2011 08:42:08 PM
In response to your request for comment, I have a feeling that successful insect macros need to be razor sharp, so sharp that your eyes bleed a bit, and also truly macro. I would personally categorize this as a close-up. It seems to me that the best macros rely on the gear (reversed lenses on telephotos and so on) and the technical post-processing (focus stacking).

The saturation is good in my view, not overly done. There are some truly horrendous jobs of saturation out there, and this isn't one of them. This actually feels restrained to me for the subject matter.

This is okay, but not fantastic, as far as bug macros go.
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06/08/2011 12:17:49 AM
Looks like you and I switched around our styles a bit this time. I never would have figured this for yours. Got an 8 from me.

BTW, it's actually a damselfly. I also thought these were dragonflies until someone pointed out the difference.

Message edited by author 2011-06-08 00:19:09.
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06/06/2011 01:14:58 PM
Hey, that's my title! I want Royalties. 25% of your net votes will keep me from having to resort to legal measures.
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06/05/2011 04:47:40 PM
Great macro. Sharp, complete insect. Leaf Green is too lime and over saturated for me.
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