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Look into my eyes!

Look into my eyes!
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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: 2008-05-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro + 1.4x Converter, Digital ISO-200, Kood 72mm UV filter
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites, Bayram's Favorites-1, Loot's Favourites 1, Bayram's Favorites-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-20 3:25
Viewed: 5390
Favorites: 7 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a close-up of a female Scarce Chaser from Sundays TN meeting. She was very cooperative and let me move her to a bench for a more solid perch (it was quite windy so was impossible to get a sharp photo from a natural perch) so I didn't have to use flash.

I hope you like it!

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To zahoor_salmi: Thankyou Zahoorjoey 1 09-10 05:07
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Wowww... my god! What a superb macro Owlman! Excellent in all aspects. This should be take its place in my favs!
Great shot! All details are visible!
Thanks lot for sharing this Joe!


Hi joe!
This is really extreme close-up, excellent details and quality, perfect sharpness. Great colours. Amazing eyes, never seen them so close.
TFS, cheers

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-05-20 3:33]

Serious person...
Well done!

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2008-05-20 4:00]

Wow what a macro shot, crisp and clear, very "nice..." details. Impressice exposure time.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-20 4:10]

WOOOOOOOW. What a closeup shot. Superb just simply superb. Brilliant closeup man. Ganesh

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-20 4:23]

Hi Joe,
Magnificent macro work.It's very close and well detailed.Lighting,exposure and sharpness are also perfect.
Thanks for posting.

She urgently needs a wax!! - very nicely done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-20 5:35]

Hello Joe,
Very impressed by your Sigma telemacro. Great one of a Scarce Chaser supplemented by excellent settings and use of tripod to give fine sharpness, details and DOF.
A fine close macro indeed and thanks for sharing it.

Hey Joe
Excellent portrait of these intersting compound eyes,
Perfect details,exposure and colors.Welldone my friend.


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-05-20 6:02]

Hi Joe,

Just wonderful! I did not see many photos in my life like this one.

TFS, Dan.

Hello JOe,
FANTASTIC !!!!I told you you are becoming a master.
I agree with Bob that soon we will be taking lessons from you.:)
Excellent macro with amazing sharpness and details. it seems like the remains of its food is still clinging to its mustache. I am adding this to my favourites.

I'll bet they see you coming with that gear your using to take the image. That is one serious macro Joey. Pros can do it...and Joey can do it too! You are light years beyond me in macros...Amazingly fine image...and a true wonder of science and nature!

Magnifique qualité due à l'absence d'utilisation de flash. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

Hello Joe
What can I say about this?
All I can do is admire your genuine photographic skills and add this to my favourites.
All the Best and of course the hat is tipped with my head slightly bowed!!

Hi Joe,
this is what I call a macro-shot.
You manage your Sigma 180 macro with great skill.
This picture is sharp with very good details and the DOF i also
great for this close-up but best of all we do not see any reflections in the cell and that's difficult to avoid when you shooting eyes of a dragonfly.
I'm really impressed, maybe it's time to take a lesson or two o you. :-))
Great work, young friend.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-20 9:02]
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Hi Joe

WOW, gulp, eh, gulp, ugh, yes, you know what I mean.

You may post some more of them goodies.
Best regards

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-05-20 9:03]

Hi Joe,

A great capture,good detail and dof and all without flash and only 1/10 sec shutterspeed,excellent camerawork mf


Hello Joe,
Colourful, well composed and a lot of details to detect.
Well done

salut joe
excercice reussi,il n'y a rien a dire si ce n'est felicitations.

Spettacolare macro, un rapporto d'ingrandimento così elevato e una DOF quasi perfetta fanno pensare ad una ripresa a scansione in laboratorio, una straordinaria capacità di utilizzo della propria attrezzatura fotografica, eccellente la nitidezza, molto belli anche i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-20 12:16]
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Well Joe. To be honest this is the best macro i have seen on Tn for a very long time ,and also your best so far but i am sure there is still more to come from you. The detail and colour is first class. I know just how hard it is to get this type of picture so very well done .

hola Joe, EXCELENTE aproximación, con muy buena definición, color y luz evitando brillos molestos. Un saludo

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-05-20 12:49]

Hi Joe,

Super, really great work. Out of words.


hi Joe,
amazing capture
wonderfull details but....
next time carries foam and razor!!!

greetings sERGIO

Hi Joe, amazing portrait with fantastic details and splendid sharpness, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Friend Joe;
This is already the highest in defining some eyes, you can count each of the cells comprising well as each of their hair. An excellent work of super macro. I like you've accomplished as much to do.

A big hug my friend


Hi Joe,

The eyes are amazing but I think she slight problem with black facial hair. Excellent close-up with very interesting details which are pin sharp. Good composition,lighting and colours. Well done!


Best wishes


Hi Joe,

Excellent Extreme close-up shot
SUPERB sharp details
lovely compo and colors

TFS Thijs

Hello Joe,
amazing details, wonderful and bravo.
It looks like that it taken under a stero-microscope. perfect focus.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-20 23:31]

Hi Joe

An amazing shot - superb detail and colour. Very well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-20 23:40]

Hi Joe,
Focus, sharpness and details are very good. Well done and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-21 0:07]

Amazing macro, Joey!
I am speechless.
Just fantastic everything!
Keep up the good work.
TFS. : )

Going back to your yesterday's post was irresistible after the very first glance at the thumbnail, Joe.
Since I have seen your latest posting first, I must say that this one is certainly more daring than your latest. Here, every cell of the Dragon's compound eye is crystal clear.
Other details on the face are astoundingly sharp and crisp.
I think you have set up some kind of record on TN in terms of the size of a macro of this category and type.
Needless to say, it is the work of very high professional standard.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-21 4:04]

This IS really good Joe, i've seen you in action and you do seem to be able to just rack them off and get excellent results!
Very nice mate, your POV is great but the clarity and detail is incredible.
(Keep me posted on the short listing you told me about)

Hi Joe,
A lovely capture of this beautiful dragonfly head closeup. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-21 8:41]

Hello Joe,
How close can you be? What a macro! And in perfect sharp details and spectacular colours. Wonderful!

hi joe!
thats really sharp!
very good work!

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-21 13:09]

hi Joey,
voici une macro extrêmement précise, superbe détails. Parfaite gestion de la dof, couleur uniforme....absolument génial.


Ho Joe,
Extreme fine detail up this close, I like it.
This shows every tiny part of the chasers head anatomy perfectly..
Very well done,
PS - You guys don't have "real" footbal over there, so I don't want to hear about it ;-}}}

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-22 7:38]

Hi Joe,
Outstanding macro shot with immaculate sharpness. A great delight for the eyes and so cute. Beautiful colours and superb lighting. I wonder if it can be done any better. Simply great. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-22 22:13]

Ho! Joe, this is a Joy!
A co-operative female Scarce Chaser and you couldnt have asked for more!!!:D

That's a macro in all its sense, perfect use of not just your equipment but also your skills to present a delightful composition.The sharpness and clarity are stunning and the details absolutely fabulous. You have indeed come a long way Photographer:)
Congratulations! And thanks for sharing this..has to be in my favourites...

Hello Joey,

Excellent macro-shot. Perfect composition, sharpness. DOF is very good too. Wonderful detail. Excellent light and colours.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-25 3:54]

Hi joe

Superb extreme close up macro of the Chaser.
Its a stunning composition with a great POV.
Excellent details with all the cells in the compound eye showing up perfectly and all the hairs too.
Great colours and light.


Hello Joe /Very sharp, clear detail and good shot. Well done...Also you very bright clever good edicated boy,,Iam sure your family very proud of you..Thanks to share in TN..Best wishes...Leyla

This is really extreme close-up, excellent details and quality, perfect sharpness.

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