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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Joe's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-17 10:51
Viewed: 3862
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a really small hover fly hovering around :D

Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is stripped down to its most fundamental features and core self expression. In other fields of art, it has been used to describe the plays of Samuel Beckett, the films of Robert Bresson, the stories of Raymond Carver, and even the automobile designs of Colin Chapman.

As a specific movement in the arts it is identified with developments in post-World War II Western Art, most strongly with the visual arts. The term has expanded to encompass a movement in music which features repetition and iteration, for example the music of Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams, and Terry Riley. (See also Post-Minimalism). It is rooted in the spare aspects of Modernism, and is often associated with Postmodernism and reaction against Expressionism in both painting and composition.

The term "minimalist" can also refer to anything which is spare, stripped to its essentials, or providing only the outline of structure, independent of the particular art movement, and "minimalism" the tendency to reduce to fundamentals. It is sometimes applied to groups or individuals practicing asceticism and the reduction of physical possessions and needs to a minimum.

I found this info in wikipedia.

Hope you like!

F:5 - 1/1000 - Manual exposure - Flash - Handheld

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To Signal-Womb: Thanks for your honesty.extramundi 1 08-20 03:13
To red45: Thanks for the WS, MFextramundi 2 08-18 09:27
To RAP: Varias cuestiones.extramundi 1 08-17 14:31
To Fisher: Thanks for your support.extramundi 1 08-17 11:33
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-08-17 11:15]
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Hi Felipe,

Super capture and composition.
The composition would be stronger with having the subject at left side instead of the closed end.

Effective and artistic, pushing the envelope from typical to extreme. Good on ya for this risk at Trek N. ;)
I support your approach.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-17 11:31]

Hello Felipe!
This photo is funny, minimalising the natural aspects in favour of the artistic, and as I see it, humoristic. Thanks for the laugh!

Hola Felipe y Cristina,
Interesantisima foto ey nota con una introduccion al arte. Realmente no sabia como se llamaba, algo que me gusta y he visto en TL.
Un trabajo muy bueno y fuera de lo comun en TN.
Saludos desde Argentina.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-17 13:32]

marvelous shot Felipe,
what a capture, great I have never try this but I find yours very good because I know how little they are, good job.
gr. jaap

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-17 13:33]

Hola Felipe,
Para mí no cabe el minimalismo en la Naturaleza, puesto que el mero hecho que un insecto sea capaz de volar, comer y procrear ya es de una complejidad bioquímica y mecánica que aturde: menudo procesador gráfico esconde un mínusculo insecto en su mínima cabeza! Y la para localizar la comida, ¡menudo hiper doctorado en química! Y encima el instrumental es portátil y diminuto. Definitivamente, la Naturaleza siempre es complejísima y una imagen de apariencia simple esconde millones de sistemas a los que no nos acercaremos en toda nuestras existencia.
La foto es bonita y -visto como un bicho nada más- el título es acertado.
Un saludo

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-17 14:11]
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Por qué no confiesas que se te escapó y fue la unica imagen que pudiste captar de este pobre bicho?
Excelente idea que sintetiza dentro de nuestro rubro la definición de minimalismo.
Comparto el criterio de Fisher que si estuviese entrando en el cuado en vez de salir, el efecto sería aun más atractivo.
Como siempre, es sólo un punto de vista.
Un fuerte abrazo para ambos.

Hi you two -
o yes, that's real minimalism - I also have some of those shots - a good idea to show them now ;-)
I like yours, excellent sharpness on the insect, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-17 15:42]

I had to click on the thumbnail to see what this was about. You certainly get a sense of size in this. The colours and composition reminds me of my yellow ladybird shot - they could be a set. Nice sharp details and lovely colours

Great capture, very artistic. Very sharp on the insect. Congrats.


Hi Felipe!

SUPERB! Fantastic idea and realisation. New dimension of nature photos. I'm really glad, that this is your picture my friend. You're always very creative artist.

And this is perfect picture to play with it in Photoshop. I spended few minutes trying to transform it to something new - finally I made WS :-)

Hi Felipe,

One of the most beautiful pics i have seen. Well done.

Hi Felipe,
A slightly different approach :)
Your subject is clear and sharp and well seen in this "minanimalized" perspective...
Excellent note explaining where you're coming from..or going to, whichever is the case :-}}
Very well done & have a Great Weekend mf!

Hello Felipe, excllent colurs, perfect details, excllent work, TFS Kyle

Hi Felipe,
I like this composition and your title! Good idea and great catch :)

Hello Felipe, to be honest I am not sure if this one works for me. Having read your note I see were you are coming from though. It certainly is stripped to its essentials and I welcome new creative thinking in are gallery's. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-19 20:24]

Hi Felipe and Christina! I quite like this picture. Okay, the insect is really very small, but the focus is sharp and I like the empty space. Well done & TFS!


Ha ha! What an extraordinary post. Your pov, framing and impressive bg are astounding. What a vivid fly and sharpness and colours on it just wonderful! Great idea here! also a funny post! i want to add this one to my favourites because of the remembering this smart composition :-)

Hola, esta me gusta mucho, es muy original, aparte de ser difícil capturarla al vuelo, habéis conseguido un encuacdre precioso. Enhorabuena y un saludo.

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