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Blue Dasher
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(5 years and 906 days ago)

avatar UncleJimmy

daaaaaammmmmnnnn! Way to start this contest! Well done author, I hope we see some other GREAT images like this...

author says:

They are my favorite thing to photograph but unfortunately the cold (and I'm talking about like 50-60 degree weather) makes them all go away

avatar Mikaelbg
Mikaelbg says:

Holy cow....nice shot

avatar rbsgrl
rbsgrl says:

Perfectly done! Don't think I'll bother with this win!

author says:

Sherri! There are many types of ways to get a macro of a bug. Google it and see what kind make the cut. The artistic nature and ways they can be shot is like 1000000000 ways. Trust me! I know you can do it!

avatar cabldawg71

Dang it Author!!! I thought i had a good one. You could have waited a day or so to drop the hammer.
Wonderful shot

author says:

TY Everyone! That means a lot to me since macro is my most favoritest thing in the whole wide world to shoot!

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avatar Momof4boyoboys

Wow...look at those bug eyes!!!! Amazingly Great shot.

avatar RayTedwell

Reckon I know who this is, you dragonfly fanatic!

This is a gorgeous shot and will be hard to top.

avatar jawshoewhah
jawshoewhah [banned] says:


I'm just going to put my macro lens away now...

I seriously need to pick your brain. Well done and definitely my favorite.... so far

avatar RayTedwell

btw, you all HAVE to look at the eyes in high res before you vote. Sharp as a tack!

avatar adeincyprus

And I thought I was good at shooting bugs............. how we s'posed to top this, it is simply awesome.

avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Excellent macro =)

avatar cbkh2bankai

This right here wow, just simply amazing good thing I don't compete in the macro area yet. haha this photo would have me beat for years.

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frelbow says:

Great shot and detail! can you share the type of macro lens you use?

author says:

TY again for all the nice compliments
For my lens... I use a 100mm macro lens (thanks to my mommy) and I usually have to us a high ISO so that I can have a faster shutter cause when I'm focusing that close on something my hands are kinda shakey (and not from the beer hehehe) and I don't like to use the tripod cause you can't really see if you are still in the right spot but I then just run the shot through a grain reducer thingy and it's all good
There are a couple of different settings I use.... if they are in the shade then I use a HIGH ISO and LOW f-Stop with Fast shutter speed
If they are in the light I use a LOW ISO, around a 9-10 f-stop with flash so I can have a slower shutter and not worry about the shakey of my hand.
I think I got this right but for some reason FLICKR doesn't have my stats on each of the pictures I have. Not sure why but this is what I remember from this summer.
OH YEA... and since my area of fucus is always so small cause I get so close to my subjects I make sure that the part I want to show the most is in the main focus. I used to forget that fact and just wait for the focus BEEP and shoot. Now I pay more attn to WHAT is beeping in focus.
And one more thing... the sun or the flash is what adds that little circle of light on the eye (duh) and you obviously can change position to take it out but in comparing the ones that I have that don't have it... I really like it better in the picture. Gives it a little extra kick IMO.

Moderator says:

Author, might you like to write a little tutorial on macro bug shooting?

author says:

I would love to! Never done it before but I do training manuals for work so i suppose it's the same concept... just I think I know more about work than photography but I'll do my best! TY for asking!!! Made my day!!!

avatar Jim61
Jim61 says:

Wow ... that's amazing.

avatar robvdn
robvdn says:

I don't care what camera and stuff itsmymoment has, I want the same camera and stuff you have author!

my first fav in the photocontests!

author says:

awwww ty Rob!!! Here's the link to my camera. hehehe

avatar robvdn
robvdn says:

I love the flowers on it, is there a blue version too? It will make the wife happy

author says:

There ya go! That should make her happy!

avatar k5683
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avatar Ory
Ory says:

Just a few days into the contest and I have just voted and commented on every entry, what else would I do when i'm meant to be revising... Anyway I finally get to the bottom of the page to the very first entry and its also the very best entry so far!!

Well done author, well done.

Have a cookie...

avatar cocor
cocor says:

I have nothing to say, I only have to VOTE.

avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Well you did it, this is definitely a winner, congrats = )

avatar jawshoewhah
jawshoewhah [banned] says:

If you would like help help in putting together a tut, let me know. I WANT to learn this photography.

BTW congrats in advance.

avatar madamemonty

Absolutely stunning, please do make the tut, lots of us would love to learn about this type of photography

author says:

TY EVERYONE for such nice comments and encouragement!
Madamemonty... I have my notes put together and will be working on it this week so hopefully I will have something for ya'll by Friday AGAIN TY FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL COMMENTS

avatar madamemonty

Congrats on your win Amanda, it really is an awesome shot

author says:

TY VERY MUCH!!! YOU have no idea how much that means to me. It was a good day!!! Jags won and I got more than I could ever expect from the results! TY EVERYONE! !))

avatar Lelaina
Lelaina says:

Congrats for your more than deserved win! And it's even place 5 in the top 50 of photography entries!

avatar robvdn
robvdn says:

Congrats! Great job and would love to see more of those in the future!

avatar Glockman
Glockman says:

awesome photo !

avatar patty
patty says:

Congrats!!!! This is a fantastic shot, 1st place well deseved!!!

avatar arca
arca says:

This one could have taken 1st, 2nd and 3rd in my opinion ... great photo! Bravo and congrats!

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marina08 says:

Congratulations! Amazing shot! How did you convince the bug to pose for you? When I want to take a photo of something with wings I usually end up chasing it stupidly up and down.

Howdie stranger!
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