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Double Dutch Skippers for Gert

Double Dutch Skippers for Gert
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 36mm Etx. Tube with Can. 100-300mm, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications to Gert [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-28 7:54
Viewed: 3689
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday, I heard a sound in the mailbox. Curious, I checked out what it was. I couldn't understand the language, I thought, could it be?
Well, it was, special delivery from Sweden. A Sigma 36mm extension Tube.!!!

Excitedly I connected it to the 20D and fixed the 100-300mm telephoto to it. Out I went on the hunt for critters. There is a hatch of skippers happening here, so I decided to go after them.
The tube is something to get use to, however, the results are pretty good.
The first few postings, starting with this one are set at macro on camera which gave me F5.6
I see no issues, it looks fine. I like the blur from the wing tips to focus on faces and flower, the important area.

A challenge, yet a joy to finally see good sized critters fill the view finder, like the River Jewelwing I will be posting tomorrow. What a beauty.

Gert, I thank-you again for making this possible. The 36mm is in good hands and will be in good use.

Hand held the 20D
Macro mode
1/500 at F5.6
100-300mm with Sigma 36mm extension tube. Lens set at 200mm.
In photoshop elements, crop, resize for web, usm, frames and names.


dew77, jagathcham, hummingbird24, cafecrem, wallhalla15, ddg, ellis49, PDP, liquidsunshine, TAZ, carper, zenitlady, Runnerduck, gerhardt, coasties, Luc, elihesam has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To sandpiper2: No problemFisher 2 06-29 08:54
To gerhardt: Hi GerhardFisher 2 06-29 01:06
To ellis49: Thanks to youFisher 1 06-28 14:01
To netfalls: My bestFisher 1 06-28 13:58
To hummingbird24: Sit back and waitFisher 1 06-28 08:36
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Amazing composition Mike.
Wonderfully clear in details, nice lighting, contrasting colours.
While having all these things, you have done such a cool composition.

Bravo Mike!
This is the winner!
And I haven't even seen tomorrow's posting.
I love everything about this shot, including the predominantly green BG and frame (one of my favorite colors.)
Excellent details, POV, colors!, and entire composition.

Thank you.

Okay, so um, hmmmm, where do I get one of these "tubes"?

This is just superb shot!!! Looks likein the mirror! Great idea, superb hairy b'flys!

Great macro, Mike.
Great composition and details, very nice colours and POV.
Excellent work, my friend.
Thanks for the great picture, now I know the tube is in your skilled hands.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-06-28 8:46]

Hello Mike, belle image en miroir! Les teintes sont trés douces et bien harmonieuses. Félicitations Didier.

Gorgeous capture - perfect colors, DOF and focus. I'm glad you're enjoying your new toy!


Excellent capture Mike,
Great composition, good sharp details and great colours.
A wonderful shot, worth the wait for the tube to arrive.
Thanks for posting

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-28 12:16]

nice shot Mike,
two in one, not realy easy, you must have some luck with it.Well yours is nice, very good in pov and a fantastic dof, well framed too, good job,
gr. Jaap

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ****
Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-28 13:18]

Mike, everything here is very beautiful: the frame, the vivid colors, the composition, the contrast.

A pleasant shot.


Hi Mike! 11 out of 10, one more being for the frame! Linda

A great shot, the composition works really well here.
An incredibly vibrant sharp image.
Well done and thanks for posting.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-28 15:15]

Just perfect... Colors, light, focus and the dubbles... Congratulations... Ina...

This is a lovely composition, Mike the artist within is moving forward with leaps and bounces. :) Truly a sight for the eyes. The tubes steal lot of DOF. I think you manged it very well. The DOF just dropping off at the tails. Maybe F8? It still is a lovely capture and I think artistically one of your best. Love it!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-28 18:50]

An excellent capture Mike.
I got one skipper today,they are fast and difficult to get,you get 2 in one!
A very well composed shot,excellent detail and colours.
Well done.


Great capture Mike. Nice POV. Good crisp, clear details. Nice yellow flower too. Well done. Thanks.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-29 3:18]

Mike, one of your best shots! Lovely composition, light, colours. Well know in Poland hairy skippers and flower which is also very common but beautifull. Superb post!

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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 3:23]

Hello Mike!
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: good story.
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)
  • [2005-06-29 3:25]

Hello Mike!
Very nice capture.Colors,lighting,details,DOF,composition and your twin model are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Great macro Mike.
Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job.
WEll done

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-29 3:32]

Wow ! Two butterflies in the same shot ! Nice composition with the yellow Lotus corniculatus. Vivid colors, good DOF and details. Thanks for sharing Mike.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-29 4:48]

Good colours and very well done for getting two in the frame. Nice shot well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-29 6:12]

I love this Mike!! The colors are overwhelming (gotta love the yellow flowers) and the composition (with a Dutch Skipper on both ends) is amazing. This is excellent! Well done & TFS!


Hi Mike, you'll probably not like what I'm going to say, but I think you were taking better shots (overall) with your S5000.
I know a new toy takes some getting used to, and maybe I'm jealous of the new toy.
Anyway this one is OK, nothing special. I do like the yellow flower and the composition, but there is just something lacking that I can't quite describe. Hope you don't mind the negative to much. cheers Chris.

That's absolutely great! Soft colours, excellent composition. good sharpness.. what else could we ask more? Superb: I don't have to say anything more. Bravo!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-03 7:35]

What a great photo Mike, very nice i like it! vivid colours & details, dof + pov are great very well composed,


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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2005-07-11 10:44]

Nice colors and enjoying composition.
A sweet shot of a really beautiful skippers. Nice note too.

Glad to see this excellent natural symmetry that you see very well and what beautiful capturing you did,Mike!
perfectlly managed the DOF and a great result I see here,very attractive,very appealing colors,I enjoy it very much,no doubt,it has a great composition,wonderful beauty.
Best Regards

Nice gift you got from Sweden. I guess now you can do macro-macro shots like this one. Great shot Mike, and double the pleasure to see.

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