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I only have eyes for you...

I only have eyes for you...
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Digital ISO 200, Kenko Extension tubes (68mm)
Exposure: f/22, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-05-27 8:51
Viewed: 4634
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Regal Blowfly
Chrysomya marginalis

I really enjoyed the exchange of “eyes” between Gert and Mike. Mike then saying he knew when to walk away… :)

Mike I always enjoy your lens configs and to see what close-ups you can muster. I especially find the limitation of the DOF very interesting and frustrating at the same time.

I recently dusted off the old Tamron 70-300mm lens I started out with and by setting the focal distance to 70mm and adding the 68mm extension rings in gave me a magnification of nearly 2X (at 35mm slide size). This was the result. One would have to approach the flies very carefully though. The distance to the subject was approx. 3cm and a ring-flash would have been very handy. This was also handheld.

The most fascinating about macro work is that you see details that the eyes do not normally see.

Anyway… I see your pairs, and raise you another pair. (…of eyes) :)

Enjoyed this and don’t think I would have posted this if not for the two of you…

I posted the full uncropped version as a WS for those interested.

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To ellis49: Thank you for the kind words...gerhardt 2 05-27 13:39
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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmoi, what a honey, sexy.!!!!
Two of a kind!!! I'll raise the anty later, hahaha.
Excelent shot of this ugly babe. well done on the composition.


Hello Grhard!
This is wonderful closest up:)Colors,details especialy eyes are superb.Thanks for sharing.

GREAT MACRO! Wonderful red eyes, excellent details and colors. Masterly captured and nicely presented.

Great macro, Gerhard.
I be drowned in the beautiful eyes;-).
This is a close-up, the tubes work fine with the IS.
Good details, nice colouts and well composed.
Excellent work, my friend.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-27 10:15]

Excellent Gerhard!
Superb detail,great colours.
Fabulous job,very well done!

Great detail Gerhard.
Very good for handheld, great colours and well presented. TFS.

Droit dans les yeux !
Bravo, très belle macro !

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-27 14:09]

Is it what they call macro...:)
Very nice picture of this ugly fly. Great details and hot colours.
Very well done.

All bets are off now surely Gerhard,
This is an amazing macro. Very sharp details for handheld.
Excellent colours and composition.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-27 16:20]

I agree with "you see details that the eyes do not normally see." This is so amazing Gerhard. Sort of puts you off flies even more. I don't think I'll join this Fly-Eyes Club. Thank you...

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-27 16:59]

Gerhard, this is an incredible shot.

Excellent composition, details and vivid colors.

Really amazing.

very nice photo! great sharpen and focus, teh colours are wonderfull! good work!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-27 22:26]

Hello Gerhard.
Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Ultimated visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
YF Luc.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-28 3:41]

AMAZING macro Gerhard!
Very,very close close up:)Big eyes,details are perfect.Very well done!TFS...:-)

Wow. This is a magnificent macro Gerhard. Wonderful clear sharp details. Awesome colours. Great job. Thanks

Very good extreme close-up my friend! I have tried this with my 1.4x kenko and sigma with not-so-good results so far..Excellent details showing the eye segments very well. Great work Gerhard!

Incredible detail in those compound eyes. Not my cup of tea though, I prefer my women with green eyes, not red :) lol.
Intersting note, at 3cm you've captured some amazing results. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-28 9:25]

Une belle paire d'yeux bien mise en valeur dans cette super-macro. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Incredible eyes in a well done macro !

Hi Gerhard.
You know how I like everythink big and with detail, and you have done it here. This is a very nice close up, the red eyes are encharming. I wish I had that magnification for the fungi textures. Thanks very much and regards fros spain.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-06-07 14:39]

Fascinatingly grusome and a real hit - an eye-opener. You really got your eye on this one! Pragtig gedoen, my hoed af vir jou. Sorry, baie besig, maar K'dorp klink goed. Japie is ook terug, miskien kan ons al 3 na Rietvlei gaan naby PTA?

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