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Brown Clipper Macro

Brown Clipper Macro
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 105mm F/2.8 EX 100 Macro, Digital RAW 200, Marumi UV 58mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-18 3:51
Viewed: 3574
Points: 33
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Hi Everyone, this is my first true macro shot. Please help me here. I want brick bats and/or bouquets. 100% honesty is a pre requisite.

We had a horrible warm wet day and so I packed up my gear and headed out to Butterfly Creek where I had a very enjoyable few hours attempting to macro butterflies.

On arriving home and downloading my shots, most have ended up in the recycle bin, but two I have kept as I believe they are a good start to macro photography. I would prefer to macro in natural light as I am sure it is easier, but Mr Flash was my pal today.

I look forward to your comments/advicee and many thanks for looking.

Brown ClipperThis wee guy put on quite a show for the macro lens today. I am sure he had an itch. His feet were going hard out over his head and feelers and from time to time he would tilt his head. This is the best of those ‘tilted head’ shots.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 2:03 p.m.
Date: 19th April 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Sigma 105mm EX Macro
Filter: Marumi 58mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/13
F-Stop: F/6.3
Focal Length: 105mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-18 4:10]

Hi Pam
What a fine picture and a fantastic POV. So close and yet so clear. Isn't that an interesting eye? I can't recall that I've ever seen such patterns on and insect’s eye.
This is a great composition and I just love that upright standing antennae. The DOF is superb and the BG is excellent. The exposure is first class and if you did use fill-in flash (I'm not sure from the file info) it was brilliantly handled and if not the lighting is all the more amazing.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-18 4:40]

Hi Pam,
Bouquets: I love the detail and exposure on the face, the focus is spot-on and a perfect background, subtle but interesting and nicely defocused and smooth. The colours are nicely saturated and look very natural.

Brick Bats: I think the format is wrong, I think it would be improved if it was in a landscape format to include his wings. You could have kept that nice close-up detail in his body and face, but with the wings included this could be even better than it is. I guess you run the risk of losing his antenna in landscape, but I think that would be determined by the frame size. Also I think the DOF is too shallow.

I'm no macro expert but I hope you find this helpful, I think it's a great shot as it is.
Best regards,

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-18 4:55]

Hi Pam, I agree with Adrian's comments above, great detail in the eyes and head though. TFS.

Hi Pam,
Great first attempt...I wish my current efforts would be this good. Exposure looks bang on as usual and the DOF is pretty good considering the aperature you used. I actually think that flash macro is way easier than natural light as you can use much smaller aperatures especially when working in TTL mode, as opposed to balanced TTL. The exposure looks very natural.

Interesting eye and POV. Nice frame too. Very well done for first attempt.

As I'm starting out I don't know if I can give advice but I can tell you that I like your shot. You feel so close to the subject that the shot feels very personal almost like you were in a conversation with it and the details allow you to study every part of it.

I would agree with the other comments about portrait vs landscape as it feels like there is more to the story and the wings might fill in the gaps. Still a great shot and one that I would love to have taken.

Hello Pam, interesting composition you give us on this one, I like to see changes of form in our gallery's. I love the close crop and your new lens really brings out the minute details. Looking forward to seeing more of these. Big smiley from me, well done.

cadrage audacieux, j'aime beaucoup la fluidité de cette photo et le cadrage y est pour beaucoup.... bravo


I can only ditto the comments above.

Fantastic first attempt.
I think landscape would have probably lost the anntenae, but would have been a better format, with greater DOF to just bring a little more of the front of him in to focus.

But the detail visible has produced a wonderful result as is and the eye is great.


Hi Pam.

It is really a nice picture though many would like to see a butterfly diffrently.In that way this a daring perspective so congrats!! The exposure with flash is superb and great presentation
Goutham R

Hi Pam,
very pretty and well taken shot of a butterfly cleaning its antennae with its legs.
Unusual but very effectively cropped picture concentrating on the behaviour - interesting and pretty contribution.
Thank you! Best regards,

Excellent close up, the detail is fantastic!


Hi Pam, very beautiful.
Excellent macro.
Well executed.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-04-18 13:05]

Privet Pam.
Interesting pose and unusual foreshortening. It seems, that at you steadfastly looks and studies an eye of a macrocosm. Bravo!!

Great macro Pam,
Bouquets every time from me ;)
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.
I have the same lens for my macro shots. I honestly believe that this is a superb first macro.
Thanks for posting, Have a great week my friend.

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-04-18 15:55]

Hello Pam this is very wonterful macro photo fantastic work my friend pam DOF and sharpenss are so good very beutiful jop thanks regards Stavros

  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-04-19 3:02]

Hi Pam,
excellent macro,great POV and DOF, good pose, details and sharpness. TFS

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-19 6:46]

Hello Pam!
Magnificent close up.POV,sharpness and details are amazing.
I liked framing,BG and composition a lso a lot.

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