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Oct 8, 2011, 11:03:29 PM
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_ a bearded pilot _ by EYELIGHTZONE _ a bearded pilot _ by EYELIGHTZONE

:wow: Wow, can't believe my eyes ... got a DD on this, thank you so much! :blowkiss:
I'm really happy ... it was worth all the efforts!



... just to clarify something here,
If you don't like my work(s) it's definitely ok for me, but
it is not if it's just because you think I'm cheating!
I'm able to differentiate the DA categories and
I choose them honestly!

ok, now back to the picture :
it's a studio macro of a already dead fly
sitting inside a kind of hollyhock flower.

photo technique: focus stacking, also known as focus bracketing
made of 31 differently focused single shots.

tutorials and description: [link] & [link]

hardware: Nikon D300s / Nikkor 50mm and
5x (or +5) Marumi Achromat (screw filter)

afterwork with Photoshop

no manip ... no copy & paste !!!
if you can't believe, check the pictures below:

btw, I took these demonstration shots afterwards (a few days later)
unfortunatelly at this time there was no flower
with those nice pink things on top of it's pistil including. (male or female ?)
if I will see one o9f them again I'll capture and post it.

description and progress:

several days ago and on my way home I found a plant with very interessting flowers.

to me the beautiful calyces simply screamed for beeing a 'macro model',
even when I saw them just in the darkness of the night, faintly illuminated
by a street light only. so I took 3 of them with me for a shooting.
finally at home I had a clother look to them and saw that only one of them
had a very nice pink tuft on the top of it's pistil,
... so, that was "my model" no doubt!

while preparing the shooting in my lightbox (see captures above)
I remembered of a fly which was still sitting in exacly the same position,
not moving behind a transparent bezel of one of my windows, for about a month now.
after checking it I've seen it already was dead, needless to say!
so, the idea of my first focus stacking was born! ;)

good luck for your own ideas and macros!

:star: full view please ! :star:


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Given 2011-10-26
_ a bearded pilot _ by =EYELIGHTZONE
Great set up and perfect execution ! Well done ! ( Suggested by NanisKa and Featured by hellfirediva )
marob0501 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've feautured your jewel in my journal [link]
Tap-Photo-and-Co Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there,

You are being featured overhere >A belated feature!!! PHOTOGRAPHY< please :+fav: the article so you and all the others get more attention.


WaltherNiSan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
A hell of a job for getting there ?!?
Impressive work !!!

And thanx for the ride !
EYELIGHTZONE Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
thanks a million for your kind words!
erene Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Superb shot!
otas32 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome, having a robber fly just sitting there as a prop was just great!

If you ask a purist, they will say focus stacking is cheating... but I'm not THAT kind of a purist, a testimony to it is that I also do Infrared (that REQUIRES post processing for the nice blue hues in the sky) and HDR (which is not unlike focus stacking, except that what you recapture is not DOF but under and over exposure). Purists would probably tell me I should find a filter that actually creates the blue hues and still filters infrared (some company I found used to make them) or regarding the HDR thing, I should just work with ND filters and graded filters...

Anyway, this is a beautiful result, though I have to point out that it's a little over sharpened, which I notice mostly on the robber fly, but maybe it's just me :)

THe colors are stunning and the fly is in perfect condition, so much, I didn't notice it was dead (probably because these are perching hunters, so their body structure is made to stand still for long periods of time).

Great job and congrats on a well deserved DD! Your whole gallery is STUNNING!
EYELIGHTZONE Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
thanks a million for your great comment,
I'm really happy you like it! :handshake:

I'm not really a fan of purists,
I never did and I never was one myself.
e.g. when I like a picture I just like it because
it touches me in any way, doesn't matter if it's
a pure photo, a painting or if it
just had been pissed in the snow. :)
but I mean it not only about visual art but
in every way ... e.g. food, clothing,
music, politics and so on.
so,I do not really care what purists say. :P

however, many thanks again and
lovely greetings from germany,

otas32 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome Sven! :)
eyernwill Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Dude! The only thing that I can possibly knock you for is that the pose of the fly is stiff.... once I read the caption explaining that the fly was dead, I realized that is why he looks a little unnatural.
EYELIGHTZONE Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
thanks for your honest comment!
please excuse my humble mind, but
it just was my first try in macro
and I never expected to get
so much attention for this.
be sure that I will try my best
to get better results soon ... :)
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