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jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Fiery Skipper
Hylephila phyleus

Thanks Ivan(Argus) for the ID

And Thanks to Bob and Claudine for the workshops

Dang, I came so close to getting the exposure and DOF right but no cigar. There are sooo many Skippers that I finally just gave up. I will call it "Skip" and be done with it. What I like about this photo is all the pollen on the Indian Blanket. Oooooooops! I mean Native American Blanket. "Sorry" I am amazed at what I notice since I started taking photos of things other than the beach, fish, waves and bikini clad women. Maybe one day I will get a better camera a delve deeper into the wondrous world of macro.

Cropped, sharpened, 50% Neat Image noise reduction and resized for posting

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jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
The Spot
Edited by:jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)

Hi Ivan,
This is where I take a lot of photos. It is along a fenceline that is covered with grapevines. Pretty much the only wild flowers left are, Black-eyed Susans, Indian Blankets, White Prickley Poppies, Mourning Glorys? and a variety of smaller flowers. Somewhere in this little jungle lives a 4 foot Diamondback Rattler that one day I will get a photo of. She knows that I am after her :)

Best regards,
Jim

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jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Screwing around
Edited by:eqshannon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)

I sent this via personal email to Jim, explaining that I had very little experience and was not confident of my workshop work. I try not to do it because I feel that a persons work is what they show. I don't want to upstage, no do I, anyones work.

I did some stuff...like cropped off the petals which is uncool...and made it smaller..I guess that's ok..and did some saturation and taking noise out. I used Paint Shop Pro XI Photo. There is no way I am saying mine is better. I only post this because Jim told me to...I am always humbled by others...so for what it's worth...there it is...Thanks Jim for letting me do this.

Bob