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I uploaded this shot a while ago, and while I really liked it it didn't do very well here.

I thought I'd try again having learnt a little more, I've altered the crop slightly and changed the levels. Also, now I'm on e2 I can upload a large version.

Please, if you look at this and don't like it, let me know why (constructive comments only).

Thanks,

Daniel

Camera:Canon EOS 20D
Lens:tamron 180mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:400 ISO
Title:Yellow Dung Fly
Username:danpen danpen
Uploaded:2 Jul 2005 - 6:58 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro
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KBan
KBan e2 Member 9468 forum postsKBan vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2005 - 7:22 AM

Amazing detail! Keith

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104254 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2005 - 7:31 AM

wouldn't want to meet him on a dark night!!

great close-up

jeff

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Se7enUK
Se7enUK e2 Member 9114 forum postsSe7enUK vcard England
2 Jul 2005 - 7:56 AM

Excellent pose, was he paid :o)

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IainH
IainH e2 Member 1082 forum postsIainH vcard
2 Jul 2005 - 7:57 AM

I liked the last one, the only constructive comment I can think off is the DOF on the fore legs & other parts of the body, other than that I can't fault it, the head & eyes are in perfect focus.

Cheers

Iain

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daffydill56
daffydill56 e2 Member 11190 forum postsdaffydill56 vcard United Kingdom
2 Jul 2005 - 11:25 AM

A nicely detailed and pin sharp head and eyes, but I do agree that it would be nice to see the legs in focus also.

Regards,

Fran

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acbeat
acbeat e2 Member 9acbeat vcard United Kingdom
3 Jul 2005 - 5:15 AM

great detail and eye contact.andy b

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Maddie
Maddie e2 Member 92714 forum postsMaddie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2005 - 1:10 PM

great closeup

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1129 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2005 - 4:29 PM

What I like most is the way the fly is clinging to the straight leaf edge, it adds a great sense of the microcosmos...

The focus is a little too shallow, although that has probably made the background more diffuse and as a result more effective with the composition. A difficult balance when you're this close!

The eyes are in focus, but there could be more detail. I think when you get this close, there's not much point unless you can make out, even if just a little, the individual cells in the eyes. This may be impossible with the lens you have though, flies vary enormously in size, so it can be difficult to impress when they're very small, no point of reference for the viewer!

If the forelegs were in focus and more of that superb leaf edge then the shot would leap out of the page... as it is, I love the colour, but it doesn't make me go wow, although I appreciate the technical hurdles you went through to get there!

There you go, you got your critique, raw but honest personal opinion!

Cheers,

Tim

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danpen
danpen  10 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2005 - 9:45 PM

Thanks for your comments, especially Tim, Iain and Fran. One of the main reasons I post stuff here is to try and get other views on my photos and help me learn, but there's not enough of that here.

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thorn
thorn e2 Member 10124 forum poststhorn vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jul 2005 - 9:46 AM

Hi Dan,Excellent capture,detail,colour/tone,texture,lighting,shadow and presentation.Amazing composition.Take care.AnnSmile

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simont
simont e2 Member 102248 forum postssimont vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2005 - 12:03 PM

Excellent capture, this looks really great in full size.
Simon

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tredgold
tredgold e2 Member 9tredgold vcard
18 Jul 2005 - 11:30 AM

Again another good capture - well done for that, i agree with the other comments though, it would have been perfect if the rest of the body was in focus.

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VNelson
VNelson e2 Member 9VNelson vcard United States
4 Dec 2005 - 10:03 AM

What makes this for me is his gaze at the camera. Nice DOF at just the right spot.

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