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Hey, all...

...hope you all haven't been up to too much mischief while I've been away. Says the nanny with stern hands on hips and tight bun. The one on the head, people, the one on the head! Sheesh...get your minds outta the bakery, will ya? Wink

NOW THEN...thanks so much for the response to my dragonfly and I gotta tell you, I've tried manual focus several times since then and they've all been iffy. So I must've been REALLY lucky with the dragonfly to have clicked at just the right distance. Must practice, though. It's not too easy judging focus on the LCD. If there was a split screen focusing system like in my old film SLRs, that would be more definitive. Never mind, must still try to milk this 'cos manual focus seems to get me closer than the AF does in macro mode. AND it blurs the background smoother, which is another major point. When I eventually get a DSLR, manual focus via viewfinder will be surer, I reckon.

ALSO...thanks, Ann (thorn), for the mods on Nature Weeps. Love 'em. And more importantly, thanks for signing 'em with my initials and reminding me of what we talked about Smile

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Alrighty, people, I've been spending a lot of time with family last week, especially my nephews, which is why I haven't been around. Full days saw me conking out at like 9pm which is well before I normally hop on the computer. I've taken loads of pics in my absence (300+) which are still in the cam...just shows how neglected my poor computer's been Sad

Now gimme a couple of days to catch up on all your pfs and PMs but in the meantime, here's something which was shortlisted in the 'Nature' competition. I'd entered the dragonfly and this shell close-up. I received good luck wishes on the comp for the dragonfly but that didn't place anywhere, unfortunately. Thanks so much for the wishes, by the way. Big time SmileSmile

This murex close-up was shortlisted so I thought I'd share it with you.


Back in service soon, people.

A.
x

PS Listening to this track now. Love it. Thought I'd share it with you.

Camera:Canon PowerShot A630
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Venus Comb murex
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:15 Sep 2009 - 11:10 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, Portraits / people
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photophantom
15 Sep 2009 - 11:12 PM

gorgeous highkey- close up A.
Dennis

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 11:13 PM

Excellent close-up, like the way you've presented it!
Like the track too - can't really go wrong with 'The Robster' Smile

Sarah *

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Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2009 - 11:14 PM

Brilliant image

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 11:18 PM

Fabulous clarity and detail in this image Andrew

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 11:20 PM

Lovely image, well presented Andrew...

Martin.

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 11:20 PM

Excellent capture, composition and presentation.

Ann

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2009 - 11:47 PM

Splendid Andrew! I love how you did this shell!

Perfect!
Jennnnnn

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Neeka
Neeka  5 Wales
15 Sep 2009 - 11:54 PM

Stunning ChiliPeep. Realy awesome.
~Necia~
p.s. I want whatever you are on whilst doing your write ups!!! Smile Love them!!!

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DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 1:38 AM

Amazing Andrew, & I love the image as well..lol.
This is a stunning capture.
Wonderful angle you've taken it from, just letting us peep inside to see those lovely highlights.
Beautiful composition with a first class presentation.
Hilary (*.*)x
PS......fab write up!

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 2:27 AM

What a great composition, so well captured and presented Andrew.
Bob

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Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 3:00 AM

I love the lines in this. Colours and clarity good too. Congrats for getting it on the shortlist!
Roger

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Imagephotographics

Great detail captured in this image - well done

Chris

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CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:45 AM

A super image, Andrew, good colour and detail, and well presented. Love the write-up, too! Carol
PS. Fantastic music!

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 7:41 AM

what a beauty, i would put it to my ear to hear the sea, but by the look of those spikes that could be a dangerous thing to do Smile
ian

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franken
franken e2 Member 113059 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 7:47 AM

Different and excellent.

Ken

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:16 AM

its gorgeous Andrew, congrats on the shortlist, and the user award, listening to the track. one for my shortlist too.lesley

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:18 AM

Nice shot,
Alan

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:20 AM

congrats on the shortlisting of this one , a real beauty, nice to see you are back, keep practicing with the manual... Wink

Linda

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:29 AM

Gorgeous shot. Really enjoy the shape and the transluscent shell.
Barbara

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GalleryGirl
16 Sep 2009 - 11:56 AM

Great shot and detail. Nice one A.
Marilyn x

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 12:02 PM

Great closeup Andrew, excellent detail and the tight crop works well instead of including the tip of every spine.
(but a bit too much info with the stern nannies with tight buns Wink)
Tim

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 12:07 PM

Such a wonderfully done crop. Brings the attention to that lovely center.

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Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 2:15 PM

Excellent picture, lovely composition.
Brian

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:22 PM

wonderful.....

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 5:58 PM

A gorgeous close up, an excellent image

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91895 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 7:56 PM

Great work Andrew. You have created a superb abstract form with this composition. I hope it does well in the competition - it deserves to.
Brian.

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RobinF
RobinF  783 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 8:59 PM

You just get better and better Andrew, this is fabulous!
regards,
Robin

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2009 - 9:39 PM

What a lovely spiky way to fill the frame. The combination of translucence and depth of field add to the beauty.

Eric

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hary60  5 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2009 - 11:02 PM

Excellent close up nice one
Harry

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somnathchatterjee

lovely high key effect, beautiful composition too.

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nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
17 Sep 2009 - 1:04 PM

WOW!!!!!! What a beauty, great lines and colours, very imaginative shot you !!!!! By the way, great song and great video...

Nicky Smile

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gingerdelight
18 Sep 2009 - 2:12 AM

Absolutely stunning! No wonder it was shortlisted - just superb!
x Carol x

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19 Sep 2009 - 6:44 AM

Superb shot, great crop & lovely presentation.

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dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
20 Sep 2009 - 4:47 AM

remarkable!!

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woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2009 - 9:17 AM

Superb - bet it looks wonderful full-sized.
Bill

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thorn
thorn  10124 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2009 - 11:22 PM

Wow!!!
beautiful lines,asymmetry,detail,dof,delicacy and presentation.Amazing textureSmile
Perfection !!!
A natural abstract!
Annx

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alansdottir
20 Sep 2009 - 11:30 PM

I love the near abstract treatment you've given this subject - it could almost have gone to a square or near square crop, as a different treatment, I think? Love this, as is, though. Manual focus can be a little tricky, auto often isn't quick enough in response, but can be quicker than manual in most situations, I've found. If that makes sense? Carol

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joseph
joseph  8 England
22 Sep 2009 - 9:19 PM

The light!

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TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2009 - 3:25 PM

Excellent work!
Ty

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JimV e2 Member 8JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2009 - 5:52 AM

See how easily distracted I am Andrew, listened to, and watched, the whole song, not bad, but not a patch on your murex pecten!
Did you go to the race yesterday, not much excitement but it looks like a marvellous circuit, especially under the lights, some good aerial shots in the coverage by the BBC.
Rgds., Jim

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