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Look in my eyes

Look in my eyes
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Superb Macros, The Closer The Better [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-15 3:40
Viewed: 7230
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this shot of this dragonfly yesterday in vatmark Alhagen during a short visit,the most dragonflies were quite active,but I found one cooporitive model posing for me,I have no idea about the sort,but I liked his pose on this straw,hope you like it too,

cropped,sharpened and resized for web

liziafa, jchemas, scottevers7, hekcik, ddg, Oz1, firelord, marhowie, Alex99, PDP, blakitan, daggoo, flashpoint, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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amazing shot, near symmetrical composition makes it really interesting.

grandma, why do you have so big eyes?! *g*
A-mazing portrait, paul! :-)
so clear and so close, wow, perfect sharpness
and terrific details on the face and eyes.
superb job & take care, thorsten.

This macro is amazing and you managed it really well. Good use of the fill-flash with no overexposure. Details of the eye are unbelievable!!! Your swift to macro-photo reaches the top, I hope to see hundred of quality pictures like this in the near future.


Hi Paul,
This is a scary picture.
EXCELLENT close-up!
Very good DOF and sharp.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Nothing more except perfect

Ottima foto macro Paul!
Dettagli preziosi e colori stupendi, bravo!


Hej Paul,
this was really close. A very good macro with great details and nice colours. I can't help wiht the ID but it look very close to my Blowing bubbles.
Well composed, good POV and a very good DOF.
It's vrey nice to fiend a cooperative moel for such pictures.
Great work, my friend.

Hi Paul.
Great macro and excellent composition.
Excellent colors and details with good POV, BG and very good framing.

Hello Paul, talking about a close up shot, well youve got it, Its great. excllent details, Bg, POv Great composed and capture shot, TFS kyle

Hi Paul,
Awesome shot! great job with the fill flash exposure/ Colors and detail look superb. Great work!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-15 9:54]

Bonjour Paul, superbe macro de cette tête de libellule, on peut ainsi comprendre ce que signifie : oeil composé. Colors, sharpness and POV are perfect, very well done, best regards, Didier.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-15 10:46]

Hi Paul,
great macro, excellent details and colours. Well done photo. I like it a lot.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-15 11:54]

Hi Paul,
Exellent macro shot!
great details and colors. great DOF!
well done and TFS!!

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  • Anton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 46 W: 11 N: 154] (595)
  • [2006-07-15 12:24]

Hi Paul,
This is an amazing macro shot. I think this is where Hollywood got their ideas from to create the sci-fi characters. This image is extremely sharp and the exposure is well handled which lead to the perfect colours.
Well done!

what amazin g details

Awesome macro Paul,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and nicely framed.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

Excellent macro, Paul, congratulations!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-07-15 23:08]

Hi paul

Seen from this perspective I'd say the chap needs a shave.Awesome macro , the detail and colour is amazing.Interesting POV.TFS


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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-16 2:08]

One of those awesome macros putting you face to face with a species that has inhabited the Earth for some 50 million years, and whose ancestors already lived here on Earth some 300 million years ago! Dizzying impression and perspective. Thank you very much for this reminder,

Great macro Paul, I do like it very much!!!

Wow shot Paul :)
Excellent sharp detail, DOF, color, and light..Very nice close-crop comp. as well.
Very well done!

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-07-16 11:03]

Hi Paul,

Fantastic close-up.
Excellent quality, sharp, details and colors.
Great work!
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-17 7:11]

Hi Paul
Great macro shot. Excellent colours, sharpnes and light.
Well done my friend


Hello Paul,
This is superb! Very close and the details are very sharp. Like the tight framing too!

Hi Paul,
Very great shot with excellent details!
Good DOF and background.

Hello Paul!
Great portrait with your flash! Details are perfect!
Thank you!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-17 15:06]

Hi Paul.
This is really outstanding close-up shot. Colours, details, sharpness, DOF and POV – all of these aspects of your picture are outstanding. My congratulations and TFS.

Wonderful details, especially on the eyes. I'm amazed at the relatively wide DOF, looks like more than a couple of mm, which is what I usually get!

Hi Paul, hope all is well with you, see you been spending some time at Vatmark, used to go there often when I was located in Haninge. It a really nice place and the walk is short and good. Nice macro pic, these subjects are a great way to get some macro work in. I have been shooting some also in Aspen lake.

We must meet soon. I will email you my number so when your around give me a buzz. Speak soon. Keep the good work coming in.


Impressive macro, Paul!Fantastic details of the eyes
Best regards

WoW, the details are very good for an F:20, but the DOF is just great. You did an excellent job on this one. My congratulations.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-07-25 15:58]

Great shot Paul. The details are superb in the right places. The composition really works too. I love the symmetry of the legs in the foreground. Very good work.

*I've turned off my points, I cannot recieve and I cannot give. I'm sorry for the latter*

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-07-26 9:35]

Hi Paul,
What a super macro don' t have enough words, really great.

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-07-30 11:17]

Magnificant macros, Paul. I like the angle a lot, especially since it renders this guy attractively. Nice tight crop, too

Hello Paul,

What a remarkable macro you are offering us here! I'm always impressed when I see those hundreths (thousands???) of little eyes composing each big eye! There are a lot of details on this picture! Colors are great and you did a excellent composition using that nice pov with a so cooperative dragonfly! TFS,


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-01 13:56]

Paul ik hou hier echt van.
echt deze zijn om van te smullen. Dit resultaat hoop ik dus ook te halen. Geweldig werk.
gr. jaap

HI Paul,
thank you so much for the "back" - smiling.
I love your dragon, must be the same ID than mine. They are so friendly and let you come so close. Excellent sharpness with so many details in the eyes, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Paul,
Amazing macro and you managed it really well.


Really neat close up Paul.Thanks for sharing it.


Now this is a macro shot!
Excelent details and collors, great POV!

Hi Paul,
Superb macro-shot of this dragonfly. Very sharp and clear, with superb details. Nicely composed and great blurry BG. Have a nice weekend and don't work too hard...

Ben Lakitan

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-08-22 17:54]

Mikroskopu tu raczej nie trzeba. Wspaniale makro!!


Hi Paul,
Great capture. A lot of sharpness and DOF.

Extraordinario macro, excelente luz y nitidez. Un saludo

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-02-05 22:28]

This is amazing, Paul! Wow! What a nice photo! The sharp details are great and the colours wonderful!

great close-up Paul
very intersting details of dragonfly
well done


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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-04 15:32]

Hoi Paul

Ongelofelijk hoe jij deze dieren weet vast te leggen. Over macro gesproken! Hoe lelijk deze dieren ook zijn. Ik vind ze evengoed geweldig mooi. Blijf zo doorgaan, dan blijf ik ervan genieten;)

TFS, Thijs.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-13 16:05]

fantastic dragonfly shot! i love the pose you've captured. perfect focus and great depth of field! nice one Paul!

Hello Paul,
Excellent macro work and I hope you won't mind me adding this to my personal theme and favorite. So close ad awesome details you have showed us here. Mastery shot and very well done.


just perfect mpravo......

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-19 2:16]

Hi Paul,
this is a real splendid close-up of the creature. The compound eyes is well seen in great deatils.
Superbs composition of top rung shot.
Congratulations on this excellent composition.


Hello Paul,
great macro with beautiful details and composition!

Best regards, Leonid

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