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By RubberBullets
A huge thanks for all the kind words and support my last few uploads have had, my mood has certainly improved since last I posted Smile

I have also had a good couple of days photography wise.

Firstly I sold my first ever picture, an 18x12 print of 'Dropping In' from my portfolio, which has made me very happy, and secondly I had another 18x12 print of a reworked 'Last to Leave 2' accepted for the Staff Gallery at Torbay Hospital where I work. This means that several hundreds if not thousands will be able to see my work over the next 6 weeks.

In this mood of optimism I ventured into the garden only to be met with the usual spiders and flies, until, for the first time ever, I came across this little chap. I took a few shots, and rushed excitedly inside.

In all honesty it isn't quite as good as I'd hoped, but it's the first time I've ever captured one of these beauties and so I'm b*****ed if I'm not uploading it!

Hope you like it, and thanks once again for all the support and help.


Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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proz 17 205 United States
22 May 2008 3:45PM
Tack sharp, nicely done.
JASPERIMAGE 16 55 1 Scotland
22 May 2008 3:48PM
Nice one, I just acquired same lens and being playing with same as I mainly a Landscape man but now amazed by this lens capabilities. I love the details.

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
22 May 2008 3:54PM
Super image, Tim, great detail and presentation. Carol
BERTRAM 14 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 3:56PM
well captured
Scaramanga 14 60 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 4:34PM
Absolutely fantastic detail and colour. Great image.
GalleryGirl 14 4 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 4:43PM
Congratulations on the sale. Excellent capture of this chap.
Marilyn x
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 5:01PM
Absolutely stunning shot..the detail is phenomenal !
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
22 May 2008 5:58PM
95 % of this image is out of focus.The only thing sharp is one leg.
You approached this from completely the wrong angle and focused badly - you need to have your camera on the same plane as the subject for this kind of macro shot.
There will be swarms of theses around soon so you can get a better shot than this.
KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
22 May 2008 6:24PM

Quote:it's the first time I've ever captured one of these beauties and so I'm b*****ed if I'm not uploading it!

Lol!! Isn't it brilliant when you get something you're excited about!!! Yes, I agree with 'bricurtis', most of it is oof - but as he says, soon there will be lots for you to chase around like the rest of us do!!! Smile
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
22 May 2008 6:45PM
every first time is exciting isn't it? Smile..........
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 7:22PM
had to laff at your intro but I do know the feeling its really great to get a good shot and your first to - very exciting - you have a good dof as well, what more can one ask!
starliz 18 1.6k 3 England
22 May 2008 7:28PM
lol @ description I know that feeling ,hope you get lots more to practise with.

congrats on your sell Smile
RubberBullets 20 1 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 8:08PM
Many thanks for the kind words and critiques.

Bri you are absolutely right, though feel I should be allowed to say a few words in mitigation m'lud.

I wasn't at the normal angle for this type of shot, perpendicular to the whole body, mostly because I was already stood in a bush and just couldn't get any further in. I decided to go with the 3/4 shot to get something a bit different of the face.

I was aware that the rest of the body would be oof, but the only way to have done anything about that would have been some crazy sort of stacking. This wouldn't have even been vaguely possible as I was hand holding, and the damsel fly would have wandered off long before I achieved anything, and that is assuming that my PS skills are up to stacking which I fear they are not Smile

Oh and to be fair it's not just one leg that is sharp, I reckon that at least one more foot and a bit of his mouth are too Smile

Thanks for all comments, and I certainly hope that you predictions of more of these guys to come holds true.

fossilized 17 79 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 8:33PM
Lol... go for it! Congrats on the sale and gallery pic.
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
22 May 2008 8:35PM
Tim, it's always difficult knowing whether or not to upload shots like this when you know the comments will be coming in from members who are a dab hand a this sort of shot, and there are some very experienced photographers out there. However for your first, it's a good attempt and I wish you luck for when you do the next one. Keep sending em' in, as I'm sure you will get there.
Kind support,
rmr 15 1 Wales
22 May 2008 8:43PM
super detail shot with lovely blending colours
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
22 May 2008 8:51PM
Tim I know what you are saying - these are not easy at the best of times. I love insect images - thats why I looked at it.
I take on board your response of the difficulty it gave you - these Damsels always do - I posted what I thought was a suggestion to help you get a better image.If you go for head shots put some X tubes on camera to get closer.
You should be able to get a good shot without image stacking - I tried that with no success last year.
Come June the countryside will be swarming with Damsels - I have seen 3 species so far but its too windy - thats another problem when shooting these.
Thanks for taking the comment in the manner it was intended - m'lud indeed.
I rest my case Smile
Hebe 14 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 9:00PM
The detail in this shot is just supurb. Brilliantly captured.
buxton 14 England
22 May 2008 9:42PM
Great detail. Nice shot.
CherryMartin 14 10 United States
24 May 2008 5:23PM
that's a cute bug! I always love your photos.
whiteswan01 14 13 England
24 May 2008 7:13PM
wow great shot nice colours well spotted Dawn
mjharps12 14 34 United Kingdom
24 May 2008 7:35PM
good shot well worked on Smile

celestun 18 29 14 United Kingdom
25 May 2008 12:06AM
Eye contact is very important in macro photography and you've go that here, if not 100% perfect, it's close!

The leg is a little sharper than the eye, yes, but there's nothing wrong with the rest of the wing being out of focus, it's more the way you have chosen to keep the whole insect instead of going for more of a study of the head and forelegs.

As you said it's often impossible to get into a position where you're lined up with the plane of the wings and head, so in this case you probably could have approached even closer and changed the presentation.

In the circumstances I think it's an admirable effort!

Keep them coming!

Well done!

m3lem 16 England
25 May 2008 12:53PM

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