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17 Mar 2007 9:58AM
Amazingly sharp.
Great work.
jaspernina 13 1.0k Wales
17 Mar 2007 10:04AM
Perfect detail.

ericfaragh 17 149 5 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 10:10AM
Crisp macro capture, well done.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 11 Wales
17 Mar 2007 10:12AM
Stunning macro phorography.
Alison_S 14 339 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 10:16AM
Superb macro work, very well done indeed.

Loupix 14 80 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 10:43AM
Stunning macro work, the background really sets this one off.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.5k 179 England
17 Mar 2007 11:30AM
A brilliant macro, I agree with Loupix the background is spot on too. Good shot.
JohnnyF 13 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 12:18PM did you get so close?
User_Removed 14 16 England
17 Mar 2007 12:27PM
A really stunning macro with incredibly clear detail throughout!
mjsayles 14 1.0k
17 Mar 2007 12:55PM
Thanks for the comments folks. The hoverfly (which was in my back garden) was quite docile, I think due to the rain. I had time to nip inside and get my tripod, then come out and set up, with the lens just a few centimetres from it, and it didn't move a muscle.

The background is the hedge at the other side of the garden, about 5 or 6 metres away.
Simon_Whitehouse 16 769 5 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 2:00PM
Fantastic macro work.

didgpix 13
17 Mar 2007 3:18PM
Stunning macro, excellent in every aspect.
scott_jessuk 14 249 1 Scotland
17 Mar 2007 4:09PM
Really impressive close-up, nicelt taken.

imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 5:09PM
really fantastic shot,like this alot
skewey 14 31 England
17 Mar 2007 5:16PM
Great dof and macro work.
canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 5:37PM
WOW superb detail
SueWB 13 England
17 Mar 2007 8:06PM
Stunning macro shot
Sue Smile
BeiK 14 7 Scotland
17 Mar 2007 10:00PM
Wow, this is so pin sharp, an excellent piece of macro work, 10/10!
mjsayles 14 1.0k
17 Mar 2007 10:56PM
Thanks folks, much appreciate your feedback.
MaryMac 14 258 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2007 11:01PM
brilliant macro shot and thanks for the tip on how to use the unsharp mask it made me want to pop in and have a look at the end result which is really good
mikesavage 18 299 2 England
17 Mar 2007 11:23PM
Very good macro work indeed. Click!
KBan 15 512 4 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2007 9:17AM
superb detail !!!
Topcat 16 3
18 Mar 2007 10:32AM
Nice one. Excellent
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2007 8:10PM
Rather than add to the forum. I think you need to look into processing the image less. It looks like the contrast has been pushed too much and you this has created an over harsh image then you have sharpened it a touch too much. The over white hairs and black pixels in the image show this.

To improve I think you need to have a more uniform light source to avoid the burnt out highlights, and a greater depth of field. This would allow a sharp capture with less processing.

Sorry John
mjsayles 14 1.0k
18 Mar 2007 8:22PM
John, thanks for the comments. I may look at re-processing this, because I think I may have 'rushed it' a bit, especially when it comes to brightness & contrast, which I think is more to blame than sharpening.

The light was actually pretty flat - it was taken during a downpour of rain, so it's more likely the quick processing as mentioned above is the problem.

TBH, I don't spend too long processing images for EPZ, because there seems little point investing a lot of time on a 500px image. However, this shot seems to have caused a minor furore, so I think I'll have another crack at it.

Thanks again for the critique!
tepot 16 4.4k United Kingdom
7 Apr 2007 4:57PM
What aperture did tyou use for this Mike? pin sharp with tones of detail.
mjsayles 14 1.0k
7 Apr 2007 8:11PM
Hi Terry,

Thanks for the comment. Just checked the EXIF - this was 1/5sec at f8


tigs 16 145 3 Netherlands
8 Apr 2007 12:22AM
Fantastic detail!!!
jamescoates 13 44 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2007 12:13PM
Fantastic shot, amazing detail in its eye.

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