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Ugly Pageant Winner 2008!

Ugly Pageant Winner 2008!
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX APO IF HSM, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-09 5:15
Viewed: 3261
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a closer view of the Robberfly I posted the other day.
As you can see from the title, this fellow won the International Ugly Pageant of 2008! :-)

I hope you like it anyway :-)
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Hi Joe!

It's so ugly that it becomes beautiful! I want to say that the question whether something is beautiful or ugly is relative and subjective. Something is sure: your picture is perfect, shows great sharpness and is well exposed. All this highlights the effect of... ugliness!


Kind regards


Hi Joe,
Amazing macro shot directly from the next episode of Doctor Who;-) Sharp interesting details, good lighting, composition and POV. Great work!

Hi Joe,

Excellent Macro shot
POV, BG, sharpness, and details are PERFECT
i specialy like the eye details

TFS Thijs

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-10-09 5:39]

Hi Joe
superb macro fine details and excellent sharpness
Regards Jiri.

Hello Joe

I agree with Markus,there is an element of beauty to this, even though the fly is hideous.
The POV is incredible.
Wonderful colours and lighting.


Hi OwlMan,
An another expertly captured macro with great details and clarity. Each segment on thorax, mouth parts and bristles of the robberfly easily visible! Superb shot in all around!
Well done Joe!
TFS and cheers,



What a vile creature, a winner for sure. Top quality macro as only you know how.


Ha! It is superb of course...reminds me of Red Riding hood..."My what big eyes you have".."All the better to see you with.."..I hate to imagine that this would actually be thinking as well as seeing...we only assume bugs have no reason.... perhaps one day we will know more..or better..this eye shot gives a spoonful of thought for the day..

Il est toujours impressionnant de voir de si gros détail.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-09 9:38]

Hi Joe,

A great macro,with good sharpness and detail,I like as well the different BG color in this capture,tfs


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-09 9:54]

Hi Joe,

What an honor to win this pageant! You captured his ugliness perfectly in this macro. He sure is hairy. I love the eye. Wonderful details and colors. I get a kick out of the pink background.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-09 9:54]

Hello Joe,
WHat a dreadful monster you're showing this time! :-/ Amazing shot, great sharpness and fine colours against the pink background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-09 10:11]

Hello Joe,
The BG is really ugly. But the photo is another masterpiece. Incredible sharpness and details.

WOW Joe, superb macro with fantastic details and excellent sharpness, wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-10-09 12:18]

Hello Joey
What a great macro.Fantastic detail and razor sharp image.Colors are outstanding.
TFS Michel

Hello Jeo,
excellent macro for robberflies. Compound eyes seen perfectly. Great sharp focus and POV. but also plain fantastic colored BG, frame also great. using of fill flash and f/16 supply such a great result. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Joe

'Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder' perhaps one of the truest cliches there is. I think its beautiful. Stunning sharpness and detail.
Great composition, excellent work.


hi Joe,
impressive details of this insect so "charming"...compliments

Impressive details, with a unusual red background. Very well done,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-09 15:39]

This fellow is ugly but the pic is fantastic!! The detail are at the top of the quality,impossible do it better,my best best compliments,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-09 16:56]

Hi Joe,
Maybe to us its ugly but another robber fly may find it VERY attractive, beauty is relative YES.
What an incredible macro young sir, MARVELOUS work Joe.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-09 17:02]

Not only it is fantastically macroed, this pink fushia background is amazing! Seriously, Joey, when I see insects in macro picture, I'm amazed and find a beauty in them as I don't see it so much on a normal scale. This is a fascinating picture, so many hair! And all the scales on its body, like an armour of ancient, ancient, ancient time. Very prehistoric yet still here on earth. Thank you!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-09 21:54]

Hello Joe,
Not a pretty sight I agree, but the magnified details depicted so sharply, especially of the head, are great to see! The BG gives it a somehat bloodthirsty feeling, even though the blood of its insect victims is not red.
Well done and thanks for sharing this.
That Sigma is a great lens!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-09 23:54]

Hi Joe,
It doesn't look ugly to me :o) (really). I like the colors, details, focus, sharpness, POV and composition. TFS
All the best,

Hi Joe!

He's ugly, black and hairy- and I like it!:) Great details, looks good with red BG. nice!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-10-10 3:10]

Hello joey, Brilliant shot and what a closeup. Superb one Ganesh

I don't agree, I think it is beautiful! I envy you to be able to take such great macro shots! I don't have the equipment to do it... This is an excellent close up with superb details and composition. The red of its eye fits this pink background so well! Thanks,

May be an ugly insect,but its a beautiful macro JOe.
Fantastic detail and beautifully comoposed with nice background colour.
Excellent work!
Looks like I've some catching up to do.

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