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By Ade_Osman    
Smile and be happy!

I'm not even going to try to tell how difficult this was to take and process, what I will say is it's taken me most of the night working on it to get it to this stage and it would probably take me most of the morning to try and describe how it was done.....
Here's what I will tell you, It a Common Darter Dragonfly shot at x2 magnification, 67 images were layered over each other (stacked) to get the DOF I wanted. It was processed using DPP, PSP4 and a mish mash of other programs. In total I reckon this is the result of about 8 hours work! Told you all before I was manic and nuts with it! Tongue
The dragonfly was anaesthetised, but was later returned to the wild unharmed once he came round from his little sleep Smile Hope you enjoy the fruits of my labours I finally feel now that I've got this stacking lark licked! Grin


BTW for those interest, we've a hedgehog in residence again and although he'll be asleep most of the day he will move around once in a while, if you want a wee peek, point your browsers to Ade's Hedgehog/Garden Cam

Tags: General Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Odonata Common darter Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
7 Sep 2012 7:22AM
Aw! How sweet!! Smile He's smiling, crossed eyed but smiling!! Smile

A brilliant capture, well worth all your hard work. The details are wonderful and beautifully crisp!

(7.23 am: I can just see a dark shape in the back!)

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Sep 2012 7:26AM
That's his wings Karen, did think about removing them from the image, but decided not too in the end....

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 7:27AM
Words fail me Ade! This is some work and the result is staggeringly sharp and, well, just perfect! Smile
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
7 Sep 2012 7:44AM
He didn't shave before the photo shoot............I don't know standards have dropped...........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Magic macro......WinkWink
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
7 Sep 2012 7:46AM
fantastic supermacro.. could have asked him to fave shave Smile that stubble wants trimming Smile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
7 Sep 2012 8:04AM

Quote:(7.23 am: I can just see a dark shape in the back!)

Sorry Ade - I meant the 'Hogcam'! Smile

Though looking again, it could be the back of the nestbox! Tongue
EOS_fan 7 27 England
7 Sep 2012 8:17AM
Stunning, well worth the effort Smile

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 8:26AM
stunning and more here ade and after all that work you have really earned my ua top shot and some Wink
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 8:43AM
To say I am WELL impressed is to put it lightly! Amazing work Ade - very, VERY well done indeed!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Sep 2012 9:00AM

Quote:Sorry Ade - I meant the 'Hogcam'!

Doh! Grin

It's not working at the moment anyway as I'm just configuring a new router, hopefully it will be back soon.

Wow Grin
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Sep 2012 9:21AM
Right all finished now configuring the new router, hedgehog cam is now live and yes the black blob in the middle of the screen is him/her, but keep checking back in the day if you want too, as it will move around!

Thanks Carol and Andy for the UA's, trust they're very appreciated after all the work that went into it Grin Got a few more to come as yet, but that'll be on a different day.....In the meantime, I'm of ta bed for a few hours, I've been up nearly all night with spinal and knee pain......GRRRSad You'd think after all these years I'd be used to by now, never mind I'll keep taking the tablets......

Catch everyone later.....Ade
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
7 Sep 2012 9:27AM
I thought 2 hours over one of my floral shots was bad, but you've caught the disease real nasty, Ade.WinkWink
And I forgive you about your dire warnings to myself re. my poaching activities and offer my UA for this fabulous piece of work.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 9:45AM
gobsmaked here....
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Sep 2012 9:46AM
Cheers Ronnie, I ain't finished yet, there's more to come GrinGrinGrinGrin

JohnoP 12 2
7 Sep 2012 10:19AM
Stunning! What more can I say! John
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
7 Sep 2012 11:03AM
Last time I saw one of these was on a wanted posterWink Superb again !!! Ade. I recently have seen your hedgehog cam mentioned in a magazine I purchased, FAME !!!
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 11:44AM
Being as you have spent so long on this Ade I went and fetched my specs and some cornflakes so I could spend some time having a good lookGrinGrin Great work Ade........... Love itGrin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
7 Sep 2012 11:52AM
Your dedication to your craft has certainly paid of here Ade.
Mind you,I suppose I can say the same for myself.
I did stack up 6 cases of beer for my daughters graduation party in July !!
Excellent shot.
mattberry 13 259 14 Greece
7 Sep 2012 12:10PM
Its ok I suppose Wink
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
7 Sep 2012 12:28PM
Its the dogs thingy's Ade Wink,
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 1:07PM
This is out of this World! Have a well deserved UA from me.
When you are ready to give lessons on macro photography count me in!
Well done, IB
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Sep 2012 1:48PM
Fantastic, Ade, wha more can I saySmile. I will add that my attempt at a close-up recently was without the use of any anaesthetic Wink Carol
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
7 Sep 2012 3:46PM
Excellent captures and lots of patience Ade.


Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Sep 2012 4:49PM
An awesome extreme close up Ade, the detail is phenomenal.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Sep 2012 4:55PM
There's better to come in time Ed Tongue
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Sep 2012 5:16PM
This is a superb macro ade--- Natural Geographic should be calling soon!
OUTSTANDING WORK. a real pleasure to see and enjoy.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
7 Sep 2012 5:29PM
Clever stuff Ade,such a lot of work gone into this,well done indeed !!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
7 Sep 2012 5:30PM
Hard to not smile

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 5:43PM
Excellent Capture, that's your EC.
Handsome Critter, that's your HC.
Your joking aside, I think this is a tremendous piece of work.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
7 Sep 2012 6:58PM
Thanks for all the comments and the awards guys.....They're all very much appreciated, sorry I haven't around much today. Up to my armpits in wireless cameras that won't work and flaky routers that aren't much better........Electronics and computers will send me to an early grave I'm sure of it.....All I really wanted to do today is catch up with my processing and I've gotten nowhere....Ade Sad
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
7 Sep 2012 7:26PM
i like the frame and presentation,

.......oh and great work too. fantastic image.Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 7:44PM
dedication over and above the call of dutyGrin brilliant result
7 Sep 2012 7:53PM
Out standing brill detail and so close .
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
7 Sep 2012 8:01PM
Fearsome Ade. Spot on.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
7 Sep 2012 8:22PM
What a brute - not youTongue - a lot of work - fair play for the effort Ade.
7 Sep 2012 8:40PM
Absolutely stunning Ade, such hard work and well worth it.

stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 8:55PM
Brilliant macro work, love it!
ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 9:45PM
Brilliant Ade - Well done
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
8 Sep 2012 3:45AM
cheers Val.....Grin

Ray42 10 3 England
8 Sep 2012 6:29AM
The SIX UA's say it all - a terrific piece of work Ade - and just love that title with it
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Sep 2012 9:06AM
Not sure how I missed this. My Roget's Thesaurus doesn't have any more superlatives to add to the above.


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MossyOak 6 22 15 England
8 Sep 2012 9:21AM
A fantastic piece of work Ade but sadly I totally disagree with your ethics of how you go about it. Do you know that whilst it is in this form after emergence it has a duty and a life long ambition and built in instinct to breed. This has been curtailed from your ambition to get the photo. Also how do you know that it is ok after with handling and induced aenesthetic.
The saying is always put the creature first, this is definately not the case and I am sorry makes me very angry.
Tibetan 5 3 England
8 Sep 2012 10:55AM
I only take photo's outside, I never disturb or capture anything insect or other wise, if things go wrong photo wise hard luck for me, any creature is free to carry on with it's normal life and stop what ever it is doing and leave the situation, I must say I feel if Aliens landed and did things to us we would not like it one bit either, so I have to agree with the above comment, natural shots in natural surroundings regards Leon. thank you for your comment Ade no hard feelings GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin my vote is for your effort!.
9 Sep 2012 7:26PM
Superb image Ade. This is the best macro shot of a Common Darter that I've ever seen. Love that lens of yours.

UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 8:24PM
whoooooooooooooaaahhhhhh Ade, the work has paid off handsomely.aweson=me work.

Thankyou for your vote on " A Drinkers Complexion"..VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

Gareth Smile

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