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Number 50!
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Copyright: Pieter van der Horst (sAner) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Kaiser UV 58mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50-60 points chapter 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 14:02
Viewed: 4409
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday I succeeded for the very first time in making a nice macrophoto. After about 200 a 250 shots on Sunday & Monday, I captured my first decent macro on Tuesday. I am quite happy with it and I must say that all the fantastic advice I got from you in the critiques on my last post helped me very, very much! Thanks again my friends! :) You are great! May this be my first decent macroshot of many more to come (and hopefully even better;)).

This is my 50th post on TN. As you know I do not post that frequently (only 1 a 2 posts per week), but still it seemed like only yesterday when I placed my first post on TN. My life has really changed for the better since I discovered TN. Since then I upgraded my photogear immensely and I learned a lot and in result my photoskills became better. But the most important thing is that I met a whole lot of enthusiasts, people who share the same passions (nature and photography) with me and who are above all very, very friendly and helpful. Yes; I am talking about you! :)

I hope I will be able to post at least another 50 photos. :)

Btw: this is a cabbage root-fly (delia radicum). Large numbers of this small fly, whose larvae feed on the roots of brassicas and oilseed rape, are often seen out of doors, basking on light coloured surfaces in warm humid weather.
Hit me when you feel like it! I am wearing my Helmet and body protection. Seriously; write what you think. I can use the lesson and I can really take the criticism. Your criticism is highly appreciated. Thank you!

Shutter Speed: 1/500
F-stop: f/7.1
Focal length: 105mm
Tripod: no
Flash: no

PDP, AndyB, Fisher, Signal-Womb, Luc, dew77, Comandante, liquidsunshine, scottevers7, coasties, extramundi, gerhardt, Runnerduck, marhowie has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-29 14:16]
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This is great Pieter, no need to worry there! Just goes to show with a little practice you can great great shots without the, dare I mention it's name, the, the, he whispers, tripod. Very well done, good sharp picture with good details. I like the composition too. Well done!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-29 14:22]

Hello Pieter,
This is a very nice macro.
The lighting is excellent and the detail crisp and sharp.
Well done and congratulations.
Keep 'em coming.


Hello Pieter!
This is amazing! You are master of macrophotography :-)
Good you posed it!

Good shot! You've captured this fly well, although to be honest flies aren't my favourite subject matter... Focus is good, I like the leaf as a compositional aide too. I'm not sure, but I think maybe I'd have liked a little more DOF? You weren't particularly near the edge at 1/500, so I'd have gone for somewhere in the f11 to f13 range? Anyway well captured :-D

Congratulations on the 50th post!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-29 16:17]

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.
You are coming along just fine. Excellent work.
Agreed with Adrian, F12-14


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-29 17:43]

Pieter, congratulations.

This is a colorful and very nice shot.

Excellent sharpness and composition, vivid shades. A really great photo.

Very nice capture Pieter, another fine macro from your hand. Good quality to this shot, Id say with that lens you have a nice addition to your kit. Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-29 22:00]

Hello Pieter!
Personal assessment of the photo: great. Of course, a tripod can help for a better DoF.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Congratulations for the 50th! I know you will post more than 50 other photos and her I am talking about you ;-)
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-30 4:16]

Hello Pieter!
Very nice capture of ugly fly;).Colors,details,sharpness and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

Hello Pieter!
Wonderful macro.Details,colors,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.Did you begin shooting with RAW format?
Hope to see your 5000th shot here.Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-30 8:24]

Good morning Pieter!
Great capture, very well composed i like the razorsharp details et colours,
Congrats on the 50th post !

Have a nice day,

Hi Pieter

Not as interesting as your spider photo, even though I hate spiders, but worth a critique because of the sheer difficulty of the situation.
I know you like criticism :) so I'll pull it apart...
A bit too much space for my liking, I would have done a tighter crop.
The haze on the end of the leaf is strange and distracting, maybe this has been made worse by sharpening, I don't know.
Well done for getting it in focus, anyway!

Good macro, Pieter.
The DOF is little shallow as mention.
Good colours and details, Nice POV and well composed.
WEll done.

Great shot Pieter,
Excellent details, colours, sharpness and composition.
DOF and POV are spot on. Excellent capture, perfect exposure.
Congratulations on your 50th excellent post. And congratulations on mastering your new lens.
Thanks for posting

Hi Pieter,

This is a very good macro. These are tough shots that take alot of work. I am saving for a good macro, so I have not been taking any with my new camera and lens. The color,composition, and detail are very good. Ther are so many good macro shooter posting here I may stick to landscapes. Keep Shooting..This is a very nice one.


A really amazing macro, Pieter! This is absolutely razor sharp - well worth the 200 pics you took to get it. The macros are frustrating, aren't they? I have been enjoying playing around with them too, as you know. Maybe we'll both be pros when it's all said and done.

Thank you for posting.

P.S. Go under "manage" and change the name to "The Fly" - you gotta do it!!!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-01 11:54]

gefeliciteerd Pieter,
je vijftigste verjaardag of foto, fun,
nee, grapje, goede macro Pieter, uitstekende compositie, hele mooie pov en een nog mooiere dof, uitstekende foto Pieter,
gr. Jaap

Hello Pieter

Congratulations on your 50th!! What a way to celebrate! Spectacular macro. Tack sharp, crisp, clear with good light and no tripod! Awesome work. Thanks.

hello:)amaizing is this photo:) exellent capture with great POV and DOF:) great one:)


have a nice weekend:)



Congrats for your 50th. Pieter, and for your 1st. decent macro shot, although I think your spider looked quite pretty too. Macro is like everything, 10% inspiration and 90% transpiration, so hard work and a lot of fantastic ones to come. Regards, Felipe.

Ja! Man! Dit is hoe dit gedoen behoort te word!

Exceptional macro Pieter, you excelled pretty fast from the previous spider. This sets a new standard for your future macro work. :)

A tip not critique: Look at the front middle foot and the back wing. Both is just dropping out of the DOF. Though it's not a nit by stepping down to F11 or 13 as Mike and Adrian said you might have had them in the DOF. Try to set the shutter priority to 1/200s @ ISO100 (when handheld) on that lens, meter the light and see what aperture gets chosen. When its wider open than F8 switch to ISO200. An ideal F-stop for most macro work without sacrificing DOF or sharpness is roughly f16.

Brilliant! Well done Pieter, this is a cracking shot.
Excellent detail and sharpness and the lighting is great.

Congratulations on your 50th post.

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  • uli (24)
  • [2005-07-10 2:59]

i love this pic, the focus is great.. how did you do so it wouldnt move?

Pieter, Well composed..Great details in this tiny guy!!!

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