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Dewy Fly by troypiggo Dewy Fly by troypiggo
Taken and submitted for the Detail in Macro contest.

** UPDATE **
Well I woke up this morning and what do I find, but I won the contest and I have a million congrats, comments, favs, and devwatches! How awesome is that?! :)

Thankyou so much to the judges for holding the competition and the donations. And thanks for all of your comments and favs etc. I have replied to all of the comments to date, but can't keep up with the favs, so I'll have to thank you all collectively here! :)

And finally, well done by all who entered. There were some great submissions in there. I didn't think I had a chance. What an awesome community we have here on dA! :)


Rig:
100mm macro lens and 68mm of extension tubes. Diffused flash off-camera on a bracket top left of lens (viewed from shooter's perspective).

Camera settings:
EXIF info embedded. Greater than 1:1 mag, not quite 2:1 mag with tubes - that is a blade of grass and the larger dewdrop is probably only 1-2mm diameter. The fly wasn't a big one - perhaps 10mm long max (estimated obviously).

Technique:
Handheld, laying on wet grass with elbows on the ground for stability. Manual focus to the mag and composition I wanted, then move whole camera forwards and backwards slightly until got the detailed focal point I was after. Need to get up early to get the dew and no wind.

I had been out for over an hour shooting for this contest. Was about to head home and thought I'd just check one last clump of longer grass. Saw a couple of interesting flies, spiders, some sort of larva in there. Took some shots, but then saw this fly and got all excited. Lay down in wet, dewy grass in amongst the spiders, maggots etc I'd just been shooting just to get that shot.

Post Processing:
Just cloned out some sensor dust spots, played with contrast and curves, resized for web and smart sharpened. Single shot only. I had some comments that the large dewdrop looks pasted in there, but it isn't. No focus stacking either.
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:iconivan-andreev:
Ivan-Andreev Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
at this point I would say its more skill... I've checked out your other insect macros and you have VASTLY improved since your first shots! Great work!
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:iconivan-andreev:
Ivan-Andreev Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
The composition and technical skill shown through the incredible focus here makes this one of the best insect macro shots I have seen!
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Cheers! Thanks mate! Lot of luck involved too :)
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:icongrindtech:
Grindtech Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010   Photographer
extremely wonderful!
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
Thankyou!
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:iconand1tricker:
and1tricker Featured By Owner May 24, 2009   Photographer
hi i just start taking macro photography. just wondering what is the 68mm extension tube for? thanks
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Hi there. Extension tubes put more distance between the lens and the camera sensor (or film if you have a film camera). What this does is allow the lens to focus much closer than it was originally designed for, thereby increasing the magnification capabilities.

The macro lens I used here was 100mm focal length and by itself can achieve 1:1 magnification at minimum working distance (which is around 100mm IIRC). This means that when you focus at whatever you're shooting 100mm in front of the lens, it will be exactly the same size on the sensor as it is in real life.

With extension tubes I can focus closer, around 50mm in front of the lens. This gives me about 2:1 magnification. So the object I'm shooting is 2 times bigger on the sensor as it is in real life.

Hope that makes sense.
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:iconand1tricker:
and1tricker Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Photographer
oh, i see. It is amazing to know all of these things. By the way, i heard people reverse a lens on top of our micro lens. what is the differences/advantages between a extension tube and a reverse lens? thanks.
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
I have never used a reverse lens setup, so can't speak knowledgeably on it. I understand that they'll use a longer lens like a 200mm or something, then reverse a 50mm on front.
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:iconthulfiqar20:
Thulfiqar20 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Student Interface Designer
what kind of camera is this?.. really nice
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Hi and thanks! Canon 30D DSLR with 100mm macro lens and 68mm of extension tubes. All the details are in the comments under the photo. :)
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:iconthulfiqar20:
Thulfiqar20 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Thanx so much.. I am planing to buy a camera .. I liked this one..:)
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:iconlucyolla:
Lucyolla Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
congratulations! I was in this contest too, but...Your shot really deserves the first prize!!!
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Thankyou very much! There were so many good entries, I was sure several others would win :)
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:iconsophibelle:
Sophibelle Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
:iconflowerplz:Featured in my current journal. :aww:
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Thankyou! Man, the community here is so great! :)
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:iconfridaythe13th:
fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wowwww amazing photo! so clear and wonderful...

one complaint though, as 1st place in "8-legged freaks" competition..he doesn't have 8 legs! :P
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Err, this was "Detail in Macro" contest. "8 legged freaks" is a different comp still running?

But thankyou for the compliment! :)
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:iconfridaythe13th:
fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
oh! my bad, must have clicked on a link that was labeled wrong and it took me to the wrong contest hehe =)
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
:) NP - you just had me confused a bit :)
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:iconjoannamoory:
JoannaMoory Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
Wow, this is very extraordinary macro.
Love those drops :)

Fav*
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
Thankyou :)
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:iconbrigex:
brigex Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
great pic:clap:
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
:) Thankyou!
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:iconbrigex:
brigex Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
you're welcome:hug:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats -excellent shot!
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Thanks mate :) Didn't think I had a chance when I saw you and some others' entries.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Lots of talent here my friend -competitions are always tough and I'm stunned I got an HM...
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:iconswitch-sgfx:
switch-sgfx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008   Photographer
Exceptional. Deserving of the win. :D :+fav:
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Thankyou! :)
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:iconponyfierce:
PonyFierce Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Wow the details are just amazing, this is a complete new way to see nature beauty. Congratulations for the first place :D
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
Thankyou! Aren't flies beautiful? :)
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:iconponyfierce:
PonyFierce Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
jajaja well, sometimes can be really annoying that they made you mad, don´t you believe?
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
Oh I know! Went to Uluru in central Australia, and they drive you crazy out there! :)
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:iconponyfierce:
PonyFierce Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
lol :lmao: well maybe someday I could have the chance to visit that place, but I´ll take with me a lot of repellent jejeje
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:iconwolftraveller:
WolfTraveller Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
simply amazing!!! Its so sharp/in focus
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thankyou! :)
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:iconsophibelle:
Sophibelle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008   Photographer
Congrats, you deserve it! :clap:
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thankyou! :)
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:iconannaphotix:
Annaphotix Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
What a fabulous shot - congratulations! :clap:
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thankyou so much! Very excited!
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:iconthewindwraith:
TheWindWraith Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
This is absolutely incredible! No holds barred awesomeness there! Congrats on the win - it's very well deserved!
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thankyou! :) I rated some of the other entries better than mine, so I'm surprised and excited :)
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:iconthewindwraith:
TheWindWraith Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Awww - In full view it's just spectacular - I can see why you won! :D
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thankyou! I always like checking out the full view :D
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:iconprattbrat:
PrattBrat Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
That is AMAZING :w00t:
I love the reflection of things in the larger drop of water..... :clap:

Congrats on the win!
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thankyou! :) When I saw that drop, I got a little excited about the shot - forgot to breathe while snapping away :)
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:iconprattbrat:
PrattBrat Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
I bet..... I'll have to check out your gallery... just didn't have time when I was on hellfirediva's earlier....

been trying my own hand at macro... but just starting.... would love it if you would take a look and let me know what you think.
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:icontroypiggo:
troypiggo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
No worries. I just checked your gallery, but couldn't see any macro shots. Did I miss something?

PS - noticed your journal that you're getting married 11 Oct this year. I'm getting married the week before 4th Oct! :)
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:iconprattbrat:
PrattBrat Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
only pics I have are posted..... but going out this weekend to try...... keep in mind.... only camera I currently have is a Kodak Easy Share.. sooooooo.....

was trying for Macro with "Frog"..... clearly I missed something here......


Congrats on the wedding..... great minds think alike... October must be a good month!
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