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cmorisset April 20, 2013
Simply magnificent capture. Well done!
 
katebnedjma April 22, 2013
WOW!
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WolfEyesPhotography April 28, 2013
Exquisite shot!
 
QuirkyWindmill April 29, 2013
Beautiful macro shot, very impressive.
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sbuie1006 May 06, 2013
Fantastic capture. Fantastic portfolio.
 
FMueller May 06, 2013
Brilliant shot!
 
robyn_king_52 May 07, 2013
wonderful work:)
 
MyrianEdithPoggi May 08, 2013
great shot.
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donnawoolley May 09, 2013
Wow this shot is so Beautiful
 
No words ....... Incredible shot and congrats !!!!!!!
 
rosemarieedwards June 14, 2013
Amazing shot!
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estercastillo08 July 06, 2013
Lovely !
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debcoimages July 07, 2013
I love this! Beautiful colours and the DOF and POV are perfect.
 
Timbo July 09, 2013
Just a fantastic shot..... Well done.....
 
scottbaldock July 28, 2013
great work Julien
 
cliffhope March 19, 2014
Beautiful photo!
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onyanita May 12, 2014
superb..!
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onyanita August 26, 2014
congrats on being a Finalist!!!
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rmr731 August 26, 2014
Gorgeous Julien! Congrats on being a finalist!
 
stevebryant August 26, 2014
Brilliant photo . nice job
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p_eileenbaltz September 09, 2014
Perfect! Congratulations.:)
 
Capture-Life September 14, 2014
WOOW!! congrats … just perfect!!
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henrychao April 30, 2015
Very shape focus and capture good moment! Well done!
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kathymuhle April 30, 2015
Congratulations on your finalist win!
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rmr731 May 12, 2015
Stunning Julien! congrats on being a finalist!
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rmr731 July 15, 2015
Awesome Julien! Congrats on being a finalist!
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YvonneJeaK August 20, 2015
So exquisite

Above the Blue



A hoverfly approaching the Australian native Flower.
A hoverfly approaching the Australian native Flower.
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Contest Finalist in 1000 Blooming Flowers Photo Contest
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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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