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Above the Blue



A hoverfly approaching the Australian native Flower.

A hoverfly approaching the Australian native Flower.
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28 Comments | Report
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset April 20, 2013
Simply magnificent capture. Well done!
katebnedjma
 
katebnedjma April 22, 2013
WOW!
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography April 28, 2013
Exquisite shot!
QuirkyWindmill
 
QuirkyWindmill April 29, 2013
Beautiful macro shot, very impressive.
sbuie1006 PRO
 
sbuie1006 May 06, 2013
Fantastic capture. Fantastic portfolio.
FMueller
 
FMueller May 06, 2013
Brilliant shot!
robyn_king_52
 
robyn_king_52 May 07, 2013
wonderful work:)
MyrianEdithPoggi
 
MyrianEdithPoggi May 08, 2013
great shot.
Voted!
donnawoolley
 
donnawoolley May 09, 2013
Wow this shot is so Beautiful
MichelleRosePhotography PRO+
 
No words ....... Incredible shot and congrats !!!!!!!
rosemarieedwards
 
rosemarieedwards June 14, 2013
Amazing shot!
Rosemarie
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 July 06, 2013
Lovely !
debcoimages PRO+
 
debcoimages July 07, 2013
I love this! Beautiful colours and the DOF and POV are perfect.
Timbo
 
Timbo July 09, 2013
Just a fantastic shot..... Well done.....
scottbaldock
 
scottbaldock July 28, 2013
great work Julien
cliffhope
 
cliffhope March 19, 2014
Beautiful photo!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita May 12, 2014
superb..!
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onyanita August 26, 2014
congrats on being a Finalist!!!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 August 26, 2014
Gorgeous Julien! Congrats on being a finalist!
stevebryant
 
stevebryant August 26, 2014
Brilliant photo . nice job
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz September 09, 2014
Perfect! Congratulations.:)
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life September 14, 2014
WOOW!! congrats … just perfect!!
henrychao PRO+
 
henrychao April 30, 2015
Very shape focus and capture good moment! Well done!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle April 30, 2015
Congratulations on your finalist win!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 May 12, 2015
Stunning Julien! congrats on being a finalist!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 July 15, 2015
Awesome Julien! Congrats on being a finalist!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK August 20, 2015
So exquisite
KristinaOers PRO
 
KristinaOers Sep 23
Absolutely magnificent!! Would you consider posting such beauty in my (very first) challenge: Beautiful naturally blue blooms?

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was in my front garden.
Time
It was taken early in the morning after a shower of rain when it was still. The rain had freshened the colours. Using a shadowed area as a background, I set my tripod up to get some profile photos of this flower. I had taken a few shots using a cable release to try and get it as sharp as possible. The camera is always set to motor drive. I saw this tiny fly approaching the flower and had the sense of mind to grab the cable release and fire off a few shots. Using F10 to get depth in the flower also enabled me to capture the little fly within the Depth of Focus.
Lighting
Early morning sun is soft and warm.
Equipment
As it is an older photo it was taken with my Pentax K10D, Pentax 100mm macro lens, tripod, cable release.
Inspiration
I had the idea to get a profile shot with the yellow stamen against the black shadowed background trying to be a bit different than normal flower shots. I was lucky the small fly only a few millimeters long came along and I had the sharpness of mind to get some shots off, and got this.
Editing
The only post processing was to clone out a couple of lighter spots in the background and do an auto levels and contrast in Photoshop CS2.
In my camera bag
Currently Use my Pentax K3, The lenses I mostly use are my Pentax 100 mm f 2.8 Macro, Pentax 50-135 mm f2.8, Sigma 10-20mm f3.5-4.5, Sigma f2.8 28-70mm. Also my Samyang 10mm f2.8 for nght skies and auroras. Metz 60 Flash and a Manfrotto Pro tripod.
Feedback
Get a good macro lens, wait until the conditions are right. Calm conditions, low sun angle to get depth to a flower image using light and shade. A dark background which will be even darker in the final image due to the exposure of the sunlit flower. To get the good images of airborne insects, patience is needed. Wait for the insect to come to the flower you have the camera set up on. Also some luck.

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