Hornet Eating a Pear


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Title     Hornet Eating a Pear
Photographer     mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Bees, Hornets, & Wasps
F-stop     f/8
Shutter speed     1/250 sec
Categories     Animal
Nature
Macro
Lens     Pentax 50mm 1.4 reversed
Camera     Canon G3
Submitted     September 2, 2003 10:59:07 AM CDT
Views     281,369
Rating     293 Thumb-up

They are pretty tolerant when feeding like this. This image is a composite of two in an effort to increase DOF.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from hippojoe/Gad (13) Send mail to this user on December 23, 2011 5:14:34 PM CST

I just love it Very Good shot the colors and light are exelant i just love macro pic's like this one

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from fuhrerofjustice/Jean (90) Send mail to this user on November 1, 2010 6:57:20 PM CDT (2)

I truly adore this photograph. Amazing focus, and great attention to detail. I particularly love how you can see ever strand of this hornet's fur, the 'felt-like' texture to it's eyes, and how one can witness it's vulnerability while feeding. Very well done.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from legacygt/Alexey (748) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on August 3, 2010 10:40:15 PM CDT

Impressive macro, fantastic shot! How you get it so close? Wasp are crafty. They will attack you if feel any smell of danger. I also want to make such macro! Thank you for sharing!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from hermanbraun/Herman (1,653) Send mail to this user on February 19, 2010 12:56:11 AM CST (2)

Mark, The composition and POV is excellent with colours well saturated and light used to optimum. The placement of the hornet's head on the rule of thirds makes the picture and the focus is pinsharp. Very good DOF achieved. This is absolutely beautifully done. Regards, Herman

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from lizellejacobs/Lizelle (50) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on January 10, 2010 3:32:49 AM CST

Wow, excellent composition, great colours, almost unreal!!

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Thumb-up    from iranmg/Mehrdad (1,720) Send mail to this user on January 4, 2010 10:26:16 AM CST (2)

Mark, This is one of the most artistic photo of an insect I have ever seen. The frame, colors, contrast and bee angel is perfect. Cong., Cheers

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from ryandsn/Ryan (91) Send mail to this user on September 16, 2009 4:00:37 PM CDT

love this mark. very similar to the famouse fly pic, i prefer colours in this though.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ortman/Marcin (57) Send mail to this user on September 14, 2009 10:56:29 AM CDT (4)

Hallo Mark, You did such a good job here. Great color, Tonality looks very natural and sharp with good details. Thank you for sharing. Regards, Marcin Ortman.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from rathead/Stefan (1,110) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on April 11, 2009 5:49:27 AM CDT

This picture for is among the top of the tops. It looks like taken out of a microscope - very well done.

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From rathead/Stefan (1,110) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on April 12, 2009 3:29:12 AM CDT

sorry that you can't the 3 points, that I want give you - a boring rule (Non-conforming (rating)) says, that you didn't get the points when I only give points for best or bad pictures. The 15 words barrier is the reason, that most the time I didn't say anything to pictures for that I didn't have more than 5 words.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ladybugg/Kelly (82) Send mail to this user on April 8, 2009 1:16:10 PM CDT (3)

WoW, WoW, WoW - I throughly enjoy this photo, beautiful detail in the eyes, stunning little spikes of hair. Excellent capture, I look forward to seeing more from you :-) - Kelly

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From ladybugg/Kelly (82) Send mail to this user on April 8, 2009 1:17:41 PM CDT

I forgot to mention that I also love the cropping of the photo :-) bravo!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ayang92/Amy (66) Send mail to this user on March 10, 2009 6:25:51 PM CDT (3)

Wow! This picture is so clear and good! I can see every single detail of the bee~~ And even the hairs too :O I feel like the bee is realistically standing in front of me.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from aarendell/Amanda (491) Send mail to this user on January 3, 2009 1:50:21 PM CST (3)

great photo! i wouldn't change a thing. i don't think i would be brave enough to get that close. truly amazing!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from oguzz/Oguz (60) Send mail to this user on November 24, 2008 2:19:45 AM CST (2)

Very nice photo, colors and the sharpness is good but i think taking the second antenna in to the square would be better. nice job...

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from hardtofollow/Stuart (11,824) Send mail to this user on October 2, 2008 11:17:43 AM CDT (2)

Hey Mark,

I've looked at this photo so many times since I joined photosig and when I got stung by one of these critters last week I thought of your photo and decided I'd give it a critique when I got back online!

My usual process of critiquing is to write the text then evaluate it to give the TUs or TDs, with this one I'm in no doubt about it, its getting 3TUs.

The shot is just stunning. So much detail and sharpness right where we want it, great job merging the two images to get it like this. The crop is unusual and this is why it stands head and shoulders above most other macro shots I've seen. I think its the legs subtly blurred between the head and left edge of frame that allows you to go so off centre but keep it so well balanced.

The colours are spot on, no distractions on the fruit or in the background to take our attention from his nasty looks facial features.

The sting doesn't hurt so much now by the way, but thanks for letting me see a close up of the offending creature.

Stu

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from grochomarque/Grocho (400) Send mail to this user on September 28, 2008 7:27:44 PM CDT (3)

Fantastic. Great eyecontacts with the lovely model, is it a smile I see there? Wonderful capture with good DOF and sharpness beyond belief. Awesome!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from hurrican/Wen (1) Send mail to this user on August 10, 2008 10:40:26 PM CDT

Very nice focus, amazing clour -- www.brand-paypal.com

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from sujitra/Sujitra (1,426) Send mail to this user on July 4, 2008 6:52:19 PM CDT (3)

This is one of my all time favorite photographs on this site. I love all the yellows from the hornet to the pear and the background. Combining these has created a masterpiece.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from si1234/Si (219) Send mail to this user on June 23, 2008 1:30:54 PM CDT (2)

Incredible but IMHO you should have been looking at the hornet from a slightly higher position so that most of hte foreground is cut out, or at the very least is not blocking the mouth of hte hornet.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from weggy/Michael (526) Send mail to this user on March 15, 2008 12:19:39 AM CDT

Incredible picture!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from beowolf17/Marcos (64) Send mail to this user on January 7, 2008 8:04:53 PM CST (1)

Good shot, the color is very appealing to the audience, ME! Very nice details. The borader you have choosen works great with this shot.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from crazymonkeyben/Benjamin (125) Send mail to this user on December 8, 2007 4:33:55 AM CST (2)

Stunning picture. Great color, focus, contrast, composition, and pose. The depth of field is perfect, not too little and not too much. The background is nice and clean.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from simpson369/Joe (48) Send mail to this user on November 29, 2007 11:42:55 PM CST (1)

Amazing contrast, and great subject. Yellow and black go well together. Keep up the good work.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from ralston1/Craig (0) Send mail to this user on November 5, 2007 9:41:22 PM CST

awesome shot, great DOF

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Non-conforming thumb-up    from mroy/Mike (2) Send mail to this user on November 5, 2007 3:32:55 PM CST

well balanced colors and fine detail, this is an excellent pic.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaredwalker/Jared (86) Send mail to this user on August 22, 2007 1:59:46 PM CDT (1)

Amazing use of macro. I can not stop looking at this bee... This picture is perfect. Great work.

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Non-conforming thumb-up    from jermg13/Jeremy (4) Send mail to this user on August 22, 2007 1:12:52 PM CDT

i like how the head is in focus and the background isnt

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ianblanchett/Ian (4,455) Send mail to this user on July 8, 2007 5:48:50 AM CDT (4)

I keep coming back to this shot and keeping wondering, one day....Technically superb and flawless. An amazing shot that grabs interest and keeps you there for ages. And I keep returning. Absolutely stunning.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from deleted224040/deleted (30,071) Send mail to this user on June 15, 2007 1:59:19 PM CDT (4)

simply amazing. i have viewed this image many times. i just thought it would be fair to give you three more thumbs up. a perfect image in my opinion. tommy

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from elleti/Luca (9,757) Send mail to this user on May 9, 2007 7:30:53 PM CDT (3)

Dear Mark,
I dedicate my five hundredth critique to the most viewed pict on photoSIG. I write without having read noone of the preceding critiques.. too much work!!
It seems taken with a microscope whose lens is placed among the anthennas.
Stunning pict!!
Thanks for sharing.
Luca

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from dduygu/Duygu (20) Send mail to this user on April 23, 2007 2:07:15 PM CDT (2)

hi mark, ı love macro works and ı am so impressed. good work. ı prefer not to be so close to it. :))

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from gonzaga/Andreas (559) Send mail to this user on March 20, 2007 3:08:41 AM CDT (3)

Wow ... that's what a macro shot should look like ... crisp and perfectly positioned at the same time. You must have been damn close to that wasp.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from vineyard/Yaniv (1,233) Send mail to this user on March 2, 2007 4:15:02 AM CST (1)

Hi Mark, WOW! this is amazing. The clarity of details is great, the colors and all other parameters are fine. I would prefer different composition though. Thank for sharing, Yaniv.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from sakestormrage/Simon (19) Send mail to this user on February 27, 2007 5:36:07 PM CST (1)

Wow I love all the hairs on its head and the black mark on its face makes it look very happy. Brilliunt work Simon.

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From intelbro/Tim (106) Send mail to this user on February 27, 2007 5:43:33 PM CST

Maybe you cold tell us something about the focus,cropping or colour in this photo - or the quality. Regards, Tim.

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on February 27, 2007 7:56:06 PM CST

All of the info you request is provided if you read through my replies to previous folks comments. Happy shooting, Mark

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From intelbro/Tim (106) Send mail to this user on March 2, 2007 11:15:45 PM CST

Sorry if you misunderstood me, i was replying to Simons critique. Regards, Tim.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from yungreef/Mustafa (32) Send mail to this user on February 6, 2007 3:01:15 PM CST (3)

The high contrast between the black and the yellow make this picture. Nice macro look at what a bee does in his spare time.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from buckeyefoto/Johnny (1,399) Send mail to this user on January 12, 2007 3:35:30 PM CST

Totally sharp...totally beautiful. Every photographers' hope is to shoot a photo like this.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from sjfoto/Steen (19) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on January 5, 2007 1:28:46 PM CST

very good!

,-) Steen www.sjfoto.dk

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Non-conforming thumb-up    from illiyoun/ILLIYOUN (21) Send mail to this user on December 30, 2006 6:48:49 PM CST

Congratulations excelent macro very good Thanks for sharing

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from beammc/Mary (5,111) Send mail to this user on November 25, 2006 11:32:38 PM CST (2)

Who would have thought up-close a hornet would be such a gorgeous creature. This is beautiful. It is beautifully composed and focused. What a fine lens you have. And, what fine skills.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from atort/Anthony M. (1,034) Send mail to this user on November 24, 2006 9:32:10 PM CST (3)

Wow....F@##($G incredible!!! Really amazing shot and color...super vibrant and full of life. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing and capturing the magic. Anthony

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from vlio/Vagelis (193) Send mail to this user on November 23, 2006 12:09:45 PM CST (4)

Congratulations, excellent macro. Extra extra sharp. All the details you wont to see from a bee's head in very good detail. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ronnyblaze1/Ronald (31) Send mail to this user on November 7, 2006 9:08:43 PM CST (3)

Best macro you should get an oscar. awesome detail i have never seen all that on a hornet before.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from shawnd/Shawn (14) Send mail to this user on November 7, 2006 6:30:39 PM CST

and the award for the best marco goes to....... Hornet eating a pear!!!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from azphotoguy/Chad (8,469) Send mail to this user on October 25, 2006 3:26:38 AM CDT

Wow, this is one of the best Macro's I have ever seen. I think it would be easier to win the lottery than to shoot this. Good job. Impressive. Thanks

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from maxphotos/Mark (254) Send mail to this user on September 14, 2006 5:47:30 PM CDT (2)

WOW!, no other expresion can explain this macro, well balanced colours, good lighting, Crisp sharpness, fine detail. Have you tried some other croppings? There's something in the positioning, which is not ringing. Don t get me wrong about the critique.

Perfect shot

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from blitalia22/Aaron (22) Send mail to this user on September 6, 2006 4:40:14 AM CDT (3)

I'm wondering to myself where his other leg is...but more importantly, this is the best macro I have ever seen. Nice work!!!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from turksal/Salih (43) Send mail to this user on September 4, 2006 5:34:26 AM CDT

excelent makro, very good, colour, time is so good

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from brettrobsonphotograp/Brett (128) Send mail to this user on August 21, 2006 11:34:46 PM CDT

Excellent work, I gather you have no fear of these insects, I wouldnt be wanting to get that close then again with my latest macro you would think differently. THree Thumbs from me

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from pixelperfect/Bryan (242) Send mail to this user on August 19, 2006 11:56:07 PM CDT (2)

Absolutely phenomenal! One of the best macro shots I have seen... ever. I want to get into macro stuff and this gives me the inspiration to do such. Fantastic work.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from chris25/Chris (1,980) Send mail to this user on August 1, 2006 4:57:48 AM CDT

That is 1 great photo...yes i agree with the composite photo and great composition and DOF...good work

Thanks
Chris

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from pcu/Preston (236) Send mail to this user on July 16, 2006 4:07:08 PM CDT

Very impressive photo!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from bughy/Oasa (89) Send mail to this user on February 21, 2006 5:18:44 PM CST

great clarity for this extremly close pic

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from dreamstokeep1/Glen (2,044) Send mail to this user on January 24, 2006 3:37:19 PM CST (5)

This is about a nice as bug macro can get - beautiful clarity, colors and composition. Well done in all areas.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from iannytip/Ian (163) Send mail to this user on December 3, 2005 4:28:08 AM CST (4)

I have a bee also. When we got him, I thought, wow, what a good opportunity to take some bee's pictures. Oh, well! It is easier to take close-ups in nature than make a sound photo of a bee at home. Here we see exceptionally good capture, both technically and emotionally. Picture tells a story. Bee has his/her nails out from paws showing real handling of a camera. I would give 5TU.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from reflektionen/Lars (300) Send mail to this user on November 24, 2005 8:31:57 AM CST

Great shot and fantastic color. For everyone who wants to try the same sort of photo... they love cold cuts of turkey (found that out while having a late breakfast on my balcoy). Regards, Lars

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from pasos/Guglielmo (374) Send mail to this user on October 1, 2005 6:37:56 PM CDT (5)

this is a really impressive shoot and it becomes unbelievable if I take in acount the equipment you used. Anyway if I can give you a personal suggestion, probably the light is too high in the middle-upper area of the photo. A double light beside the lens could give better results.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from kere/Kere (245) Send mail to this user on September 29, 2005 10:56:28 PM CDT (5)

Wow, This is an amazing shot. I love it. The color is great, perfectly blurred background. LOVE it!!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mikestephens/Mike (49,861) Send mail to this user on September 29, 2005 10:32:17 PM CDT (6)

One of the BEST Macro shots I've seen here on PSIG. Simply a remarkable picture in almost every aspect. The DOF is great IMO. Where's his left "leg"?! Again, EXCELLENT!

CONGRATULATIONS!

mike s~~~

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from scizzle/Scizzle (114) Send mail to this user on September 29, 2005 10:00:15 PM CDT (4)

Incredible, The way you were able to get up close to that hornet is amazing. great color, I think that the clearness of his head which fades into a blurryness is great. wouldn't change a thing.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from bhoward/b (277) Send mail to this user on September 25, 2005 5:34:56 PM CDT (1)

This is great! You captured the bee with great focus and depth of field. This photo makes me wish I took it.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from abbigap/Abbi (368) Send mail to this user on September 4, 2005 3:55:57 PM CDT (5)

This image is amazing! The depth of field is right on. Great color and compositon. You caught so much detail, it's awesome to see something so small in such a larger perception. Thanks!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from daemonworks/René (408) Send mail to this user on August 26, 2005 12:41:03 AM CDT (4)

Truely one of, if not the single, best macro insect shot I've ever seen. Stunning color, great subject, astounding clarity. It's just... sweet.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from mrtvanaalst/Martijn (0) Send mail to this user on August 24, 2005 10:48:33 AM CDT

Really great!!!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from andrew11/Andy (177) Send mail to this user on May 2, 2005 8:05:11 AM CDT

Truly amazing. Well done.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from cameronbenjamin/Cameron (188) Send mail to this user on April 13, 2005 10:12:03 AM CDT (5)

WOW!! I love this picture. How did you get so far up without getting stung...hahahah!! good job

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mariannep/Marianne (1,290) Send mail to this user on April 9, 2005 9:34:21 AM CDT (9)

What can I say Mark - this shot is truly spectacular. I've seen some pretty goot macro shots recently but this is by far the best. Congratulations on this shot.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from mystic/Jozef (0) Send mail to this user on April 6, 2005 5:25:53 AM CDT

Nice capture, and nice composition! Well done !

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from etucker/Emily (142) Send mail to this user on January 30, 2005 6:47:28 PM CST (11)

Absolutely love this image! You really captured all of the texture and its the closest closest/clearest image i've ever seen of an insect. I also really like the shallow depth of field and how its really brings out the head. Fantastic job!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from someoneelse/Zoltan (110) Send mail to this user on January 23, 2005 4:46:43 PM CST

Colossal! Lots of little particles. What a sharp and beatiful image! Nice colours. Some'

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from oledk/Ole (5,326) Send mail to this user on January 10, 2005 5:05:58 PM CST (7)

All that needs to be said has been said. However, I would also like to offer my praise. Wonderful shot. BR Ole

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from alanliang/Liang (60) Send mail to this user on December 27, 2004 11:23:46 PM CST (11)

What a awesome shot! I think the DOF can decrease a little bit small, so the head of the hornet can be seen more. The photo is very impressive and very good to me, regard. :)

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from fish1babe/April (170) Send mail to this user on December 16, 2004 5:04:34 PM CST (11)

wow this is great . I can not believe it let you get so close. I think it might be better only if you had it more centered but it is an awsome shot. Great job

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from christianschaefer/Christian (246) Send mail to this user on December 16, 2004 9:07:23 AM CST

OH what a shot nice colors I don't know if you had could till up your cam just a little bit and center it;-) but it's a great pic, no doubts.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from nickhardcastle/Nick (12) Send mail to this user on November 9, 2004 9:34:12 AM CST (12)

This is a stunning shot. I am intrigued by the dark spot over the right eye. I might have been tempted to retouch it. Depth of field is excellent and I particularly like the composition. I like the background too, which compliments the colours of the hornet well - a studio shot perhaps?

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on November 9, 2004 3:25:27 PM CST

Thanx for the kind comments. This was not a studio shot. I took in at ground level (thanx to that flip out lcd) under a pear tree in my backyard. I was a bit nervous as there was a lot of fruit on the grounds and the bees, hornets, and wasps were swarming all around me. The image is, however, a composite of two frames taken in succession in an effort to increase DOF.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from greatboy/Farhad (0) Send mail to this user on November 2, 2004 12:07:28 PM CST

very very good . ..

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from rwick06/Gloeckler (256) Send mail to this user on September 20, 2004 12:51:27 AM CDT (14)

it is great art, mark! clearness is irreproachable, one has the impression especially on the level of the antennas to see the animal in 3d, the color is splendid and the depth of field is very well carried out with the blur which accompanies it behind plane. cheer!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from saviola/Yusuf (0) Send mail to this user on September 14, 2004 10:01:46 AM CDT

gerçekten kaliteli bir foto olmuº

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from ramamani/Monalisa (773) Send mail to this user on September 10, 2004 5:20:56 AM CDT

Brilliant capture; but you could have centered the subject. Best Regards

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from kellie123/Kellie (393) Send mail to this user on July 22, 2004 9:16:06 AM CDT (10)

this image you took is so cool. i love how you closed in on the insect and got all the detail of it.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from deiwise/Will (323) Send mail to this user on July 17, 2004 12:14:01 PM CDT

Unbearably brilliant. Artistic, technically perfect and an inspiration to others. TOP shot.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from tode/Christian (133) Send mail to this user on July 9, 2004 9:31:43 AM CDT (9)

Nice photo. There is really nothing to say to help you improve this picture. Very good work. Thanks for sharing

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from piotrzw/Piotr (0) Send mail to this user on July 2, 2004 3:20:06 AM CDT

very impressive photo ... the model, composition, colours, DOF ... in my opinion - all in tune ... very good macro ...

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from webweaver/Bill (30) Send mail to this user on May 29, 2004 1:24:14 AM CDT (9)

This photograph is perfect! The composition is great, the colors in the photo are amazing and the subject is interesting. Keep up the great work! I have a G3 and only wish to get as good a photo.Webweaver.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from dudette/Jocelyn (1,438) Send mail to this user on May 23, 2004 6:21:57 AM CDT (9)

Fantastic detail and precision here in this photo. And like the rest of your portfolio, I can tell you take great time to set up the shot and processing it. I'd definitely give it the 3TU's but I'm at my limit. Everything in this image is so crisp and sharp, very refreshing. Thanks for sharing.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from endii/Dfg (0) Send mail to this user on May 22, 2004 5:40:51 PM CDT

Fantastic picture. Congratulations.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from anchel/Anchel (179) Send mail to this user on May 17, 2004 5:46:00 AM CDT (12)

I never knew they looked like that, untill now that is. This is well done, congratulations! I wish I could get myself a camera to zoom that close.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from stylgraphix/StylGraphiX (4,955) Send mail to this user on May 6, 2004 9:57:38 AM CDT (12)

I could nothing else say that this is a great shot. A lot of detail and a good sharpness.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from catamaris/Catherine (3,396) Send mail to this user on April 13, 2004 7:56:18 AM CDT

Im blown away. First thing I'm going to do is read your article, then I'm out to get some decent shots! I've checked out your folio, and this is just another example of the excellent work you produce. You are an inspiration!

I love the yellow on the bottom of the image as well as on the insect, and the antenna (spelling?!?!) is perfectly positioned going off to the left... sharpness is incredible! xXxXx

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from bigcaesar/Cesare (24) Send mail to this user on April 12, 2004 1:24:01 PM CDT

Simply fantastic...

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from penso3/Jorge (12) Send mail to this user on April 10, 2004 1:51:15 AM CDT (12)

Looks nice and crisp but I would have loved to see the whole antenae in the shot otherwise great shot

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from terras/Won Hyoung (0) Send mail to this user on April 9, 2004 2:22:06 AM CDT

beautiful shot

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from darelas/Darius (6) Send mail to this user on April 8, 2004 2:34:02 AM CDT

Such a contrast between yellow and black!! Amazing photo!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from fairfield/Barbara (490) Send mail to this user on April 2, 2004 11:06:59 PM CST (10)

Macro lens and more go into making this an amazing shot, thank the hornet, thanks Mike.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from shark928/Jan (91) Send mail to this user on March 15, 2004 8:22:28 AM CST

as usual the best in insect macros. and what a technique.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from stargazer67/Larry (751) Send mail to this user on February 18, 2004 3:06:13 AM CST

Yes I agree with another critique - usually close up or insects creep me out - but this is art. Nature is amazing. Your work is too!!!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from inky/Lori (402) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on February 13, 2004 5:08:26 AM CST (18)

Normally, I don't even like to glance at macro shots of insects because they creep me out so badly.. But THIS is STUNNING! And it is a composite?? Double WOW! Not only did I glance, but I studied, squinted, and stared. The DOF, the color, the PS work. Simply amazing. Wish I could give you more than 3TU!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mdlchandler/Mark (163) Send mail to this user on February 11, 2004 10:07:42 AM CST (15)

Personally, I prefer the cropping and composition as they are. I am stunned by your PS work, and it is a terrific image. Congratulations.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mxb/MaxBot (1,522) Send mail to this user on February 10, 2004 7:21:37 AM CST (15)

I think that your photo it's an original and great macro. I admire your technique. It is one of the best pictures that I have seen. It has be better with the antennae in their entirety. Congratulations

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from dumdei/Maya (12) Send mail to this user on February 5, 2004 6:58:05 AM CST (12)

This is really excellent work you did! Great colors and a very friendly looking animal, not angry of being disturbed while eating!! It seems to be so concentrated and the black lines look to me as if it is smiling. Amazing also the sharpness and contrasts in that pic. Congratulations!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from pafoto/Pedro (1,331) Send mail to this user on January 19, 2004 12:40:32 PM CST (14)

how unhelpful this may be, the fact is that there is nothing wrong to state about this photo. The color is excellent, the DOF is absolutely perfect. The way you made this composed by two photos to get the desired effect underlines the amazing photo. Perfection really is a word that should be used abundantly with this photo!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from catman2004spec/Bob (1,456) Send mail to this user on January 18, 2004 5:39:09 AM CST (17)

The color definition on this is unreal. Amazing depth and clarity. The textures are incredible, able to pick out the honeycomb pattern on the eyes and the antennae are so close they look as if they're the ends of whips. Excellent job Mark.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mytmouse/Patrick (355) Send mail to this user on December 28, 2003 6:58:59 AM CST (14)

Stunningly beautiful and masterfully pieced together. The DOF is highly defined, congratulations on your work. I am a particular fan of macro shots. Keep up the good work.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from cjbetz/Christopher (1,554) Send mail to this user on December 18, 2003 6:50:48 PM CST

This shot has amazing clarity and color. The texture is amazing. Excellent composition and presentation.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from n8yeluko/Nathan (603) Send mail to this user on December 18, 2003 3:06:12 AM CST (15)

I see you reversed your lens! I've done this myself, with some results I felt impressed with, prior to viewing this photo! Excellent work, on a tremendously vivid subject. On can only wonder if you used Velvia film? Good photo & great job on not getting stung! I have NO tips for a shot like this. Three Thumbs Up!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mike721/Mike (656) Send mail to this user on December 9, 2003 10:36:27 AM CST (11)

Phenominal macro with perfect sharpness and awesome depth of field..I am going to read about the compositing techique as soon as I post this. Great work. A flaw would be the composition, I would like to see the antennae in their entirety in the picture.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from rheaven/Rene (3) Send mail to this user on December 7, 2003 4:56:29 PM CST

BriljanT!!!!!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from sascha224/Sascha (180) Send mail to this user on December 1, 2003 10:47:38 AM CST

Very great Foto!! Sascha

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from raztazor/Andrew (687) Send mail to this user on November 30, 2003 1:44:52 PM CST (13)

Congratulations on a fantastic photograph. The eyes of the insect are in focus and present incredible detail. The saturation of the colurs are perfect. What makes this even more incredible is that this photo was taken with a Canon G3 and not a high end Digital SLR with the most expensive lens money can buy. The DOF is excellent highlighting the subject.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from nenad2003/Nenad (446) Send mail to this user on November 29, 2003 3:57:12 PM CST

Very inspirational. I hope to make photos like this one day. It was a great idea to take one out of focus photo and an in-focus photo and composite them. Educational.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ernstzunehmend/Andreas (1,667) Send mail to this user on November 23, 2003 4:38:14 PM CST (17)

Let me start with this: a benefaction to experience a picture like this superseding all the "full frontal flesh"-pictures recently top ranking the "most viewed"-lists! And this is not the only one, but what made me wonder even more was a letter to the editor I read a few days ago in a foto magazine (if I remember right, it was a nature-foto-magazine, "Africa Geographic" or something), where the author of the letter was complaining of too few invertebrates being the cover animal of the magazine. The editor had answered this letter and explaining, that starring these little animals on the cover always had resulted in desastrous sales figures. Regarding the picture itself: feeler are cropped! It´s a composition (by the way: how and what has [it] been composed here exactly? I would like very much to know!) and yet it´s simply perfect. All the yellow hues add to a piece of very great art! Wunderbar!

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on November 23, 2003 4:48:04 PM CST

Thanx for the kind comments. I talk about the technique of compositing images for increased DOF (which was used here) in this article.

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From ernstzunehmend/Andreas (1,667) Send mail to this user on November 23, 2003 5:58:57 PM CST

I am the one who has to thank your for this surprisingly fast reply! I appreciate that very much because I wouldn´t have expected it on this almost "old" picture (having been submitted quite a few weeks ago).

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on November 23, 2003 6:08:21 PM CST

I enjoy the various forums. It is how I have learned my craft. I spend a lot of time online and happened to be critiquing some photos on another site when I received your reply.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from rmanke/Ron (85) Send mail to this user on November 11, 2003 1:55:50 AM CST (15)

Very inspirational. I hope to make photos like this one day. It was a great idea to take one out of focus photo and an in-focus photo and composite them. Educational.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from cage/Pedro (0) Send mail to this user on October 30, 2003 11:22:14 AM CST

Foto fantastica, meus parabens!! Quero comprar equipamentos para fotografar assim.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from sbushman/Shane (115) Send mail to this user on October 24, 2003 12:54:16 AM CDT (17)

I love it. This shows what can be done with a consumer level digicam. With so much crap coming from novice dslr users it's nice to see someone producing ART with a G3. Well done, and I can't wait to see the rest of your submissions.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from phdezra/Ezra (98) Send mail to this user on October 23, 2003 11:03:03 PM CDT

Stunningly good!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from tdpro/Td (212) Send mail to this user on October 13, 2003 4:45:13 AM CDT (18)

This is definitly the bbbbbbbbest Animal Pic i'v seen here, it is realy Amazing. I would have been happy to see it not Croped, but it is so beutifull, that it conpensates on it !

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from boogie/Bogdan (16,959) Send mail to this user on October 9, 2003 10:30:10 AM CDT (15)

what can i say here...is one of the best animal macro shot i've ever seen on this site...the crop...the colors...the DOF...everything is perfect!!!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from paularosetti/Paula (588) Send mail to this user on October 8, 2003 8:11:39 AM CDT (17)

I just wanted to congratulate you on an absolutely outstanding image and the fact that it is the most viewed image that does not involve naked females!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from csadlak/Christopher (2,397) Send mail to this user on October 2, 2003 9:35:47 AM CDT (16)

This macro is amazing. The crispness of detail stands out against the blurry background. The yellow and black contrast helps as well. Excellent effort.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from randolph/Randolph (903) Send mail to this user on September 11, 2003 3:19:38 AM CDT (20)

I think this composition is particularly good. Like a bee portrait so to speak. I have always admired your work. Top quality macro. Feel like running out to the shops and getting the same equipment as you. I think the small size of the G3 really is an asset in keeping your hands still. I can never take a shot like this with my camera. cheers.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mcmike/Michael (717) Send mail to this user on September 6, 2003 5:28:03 PM CDT (17)

An incredible portrait and a great composite. It is always a learning experience looking at your work. Thanks for sharing. Mike

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from mirkop71/Mirko (144) Send mail to this user on September 6, 2003 4:52:03 PM CDT

Just a word: fantastic!

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Thumb-up    from alive56wir/Jared (137) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on September 6, 2003 4:10:28 PM CDT (15)

oh my goodness!! where do you live??? bee is really big there!! i likes picture though.. the colors are bright. they make me happy.. but bees don't. bee sting my chin other day.. it hurt for 28 minutes. my chin got big and red.. i think bee this big would kill me.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from kitkit/Kit (3,964) Send mail to this user on September 5, 2003 1:24:43 AM CDT (16)

Hello, Mark, I am happy to see you in Photosig. This macro zoom is great. Posture of bee eating a pear is cute. Brightness and sharpness of pic is good. All details can be seen clearly. Thanks for sharing ^_^

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from subha/Subha (1,748) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 2:42:42 PM CDT

mark.. could you explain what is composite of two images. Did you super impose two images. It is good to have fruit trees around. I had fig trees invaded by Japanese beetles, and had got a couple of good shots. However due to sunlight, there was shadow cast on his eyes. This is a beautiful shot, specially the best time to catch these guys are when they are feeding, that way they don't move around. Alternatively i assume you would cut or prune the branch where the fruit is, and bring it or put it in a bright lighting area. I did that with the japanese beetle case. Otherwise there is very inadequate lighting when trying to shoot the insect on the tree itself. Remarkable work here.. Remember Mark.. 1/5th of the world's animal/plant species are Beetles, which means there are about 300,000 species of Beetles on this planet. Do you happen to have any Japanese beetle shots..

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from smult/Tormod (130) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 1:58:08 PM CDT

Just one word says it all : WOW!! Great shot, great DOF and an incredible closeup!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from pinback/Andrew (4,868) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 9:10:36 AM CDT (14)

Excellent shot! I like the composition especially, with the offset wasp's head and the antenna leading off to the left. Really can't see anything to criticise here. Very well done.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from damores/Daniel (199) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 8:39:35 AM CDT

Very good work, with Dov, colors, composition for me ok. Congratulations

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from dotlinux/Luca (333) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 6:02:46 AM CDT (16)

Ok la foto é fantastica sotto tutti gli aspetti, ma ora c'è qualche anima pia che mi spiega dettagliatamente come farne una "simile"? Credo farebbe comodo a molti. In particolare come si incrementa il DOF con 2 immagini? Credo di possedere il giusto equipaggiamento ma non ho le conoscenze adeguate. Mi scuso per la richiesta all'interno di una critica (anche perchè c'è poco da criticare)! Ciao

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from toonp/toon (46) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 5:19:44 AM CDT

That's what you call close-up !

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from senn/Damir (14,458) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 4:59:47 AM CDT (26)

Hi Mark. Excelent picture you have here. Sharpnes and details are briliant. Nothing to change on the picture. I can not see the points of composition of these two layers, great PS work. I pictured the wasp so many times and I spent few hours trying to get such point of view. Please say how many hours did you wait. How did you get the wasp to stand so still to take few pictures with different focus points with same position. I had so many problems, my wasps were circeling around one part of the fish and cutting small parts, but that circeling was inpossible to take. Inposible to have such wiev. Also, the wasp puted her head deap in to the fish she was eating, so my pictures were great but without head. I think maybe greap (orange an lemon mix) whould be my next try. Damir

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 11:54:11 AM CDT

Thanx for the kind words. I have a several fruit trees in my yard. I could go out right now and the bugs are there - it is that time of year. I took several dozen shots to get this one (actually 2 because of the compositing), although there are others in the bunch that will probably be this good. THus, it took maybe 2-3 hours spread over as many days. However, this is my third year of doing this, so I know exactly what I wanted and needed to do (for example, see this similar shot which was snapped last year, but not developed till january). In other words, I have spend countless hours accumulating the experience needed for this shot. I agree about it being difficult to do though. In this case, I was having a problem with her sticking her head deep in the fruit. I was trying to wait for her to take a breather and lift her head, but she was't so cooperative. At least she had her attenna spread out over the head rather than flopped down in front of it.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from dasu/Sumit Kr. (2,274) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 4:27:57 AM CDT

Winner Mark!!!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from stingo/Andrey (1,145) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 4:22:38 AM CDT

That's just fantastic how you use your G3. I admire your works. Sharpness and focus are excellent.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from etienne/Etienne (920) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 4:05:11 AM CDT

impressed...

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from polnalex/Alexandre (8,229) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 3:50:17 AM CDT (14)

This one is just fantastic, Mark !! You did right about the composition of 2 images... Regards, Alex

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jebir/Jens (3,678) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 2:58:15 AM CDT (18)

Hi Mark,

"Artistically and technically flawless" as usual. I like the "graphical" appearance here with almost only black and yellow with some brown on both whasp and pear.
I like the soft light that generally appears in your pictures. How is your flash set up? Diffusor, bouncing, reduced power, multiple. etc.?

Regards, Jens.

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 10:32:35 AM CDT

Thanx Jens. I have the 420ex flash covered with a omnibounce diffuser and mounted on a butterfly bracket. I do use the in camera flash compensation control and exposure compensation control a lot.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from niaz/Niaz (2,372) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 2:49:08 AM CDT (20)

Hi Mark

WOW .hey Mark you've captured an amazing macro a superb shot ,it's realy flawless , DOF is great , Contrasts are perfect and it has wonderful colors , wow man what a 50mm pentax can do on a G3 , I've lost my mind , oh look at the frame black and yellow , it's perfect . it's one of the best macros I've ever seen. Congrats. I'm sorry photosig doesn't let me to give 3TU I don't know where this average rating comes from :(( I hate this Critique Standard Conformance Game , anyway your shot deserves 5TU .

Regards
Niaz

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from highland99/Kevin (2,820) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2003 2:22:35 AM CDT (17)

Absolutely marvelous image! One of the best macros that I have seen posted on this web site in quite a while. Beautiful colors, beautiful sharpness, good contrasts as well. Just outstanding work overall. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work!

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from psycho55/Matt (1,740) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:20:07 PM CDT

Amazing capture and great colors

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from araby/Jung Man (50) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 8:45:42 PM CDT (16)

It is a very good expressions of the tiny world. I tried to take a picture like you, but failed to. Your picture encourage me to take a picture like this

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jeros1/Jason (1,244) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 8:37:48 PM CDT (15)

Mark, I think this shot is absolutely perfect. It shows great skill with a camera and with Photoshop. Even if the shot was not this good I would give you 3TU for having the balls to get this close to the hornet!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jonnyswank/Jonny (1,850) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 7:52:01 PM CDT (17)

this is quite possibly your best image in your portfolio. I don't think i would change anything, although i do agre with other posters that maybe the eyes could be more lit up. Someone mentioned that the shot was too yellow--but i wonder if the fruit had been a different colour, whether this would have improved or ruined the shot? Its too bad this DOF was accomplish with composite shots, only because it means that i definitely won't be able to achieve quality like this (i only use film, and am not competent with photoshop even if i had digital files of my shots...). Could you post the original head-focus shot, so that we could see how blurry the back would have been?

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 10:08:22 PM CDT

Thanx for the kind words. I agree about the eyes. As for not being able to achieve quality like this with film, I am not so sure. THe "original head-focus shot" is essentially what you see. I added the antenna from a second shot taken a split second later (literally numbered consecutively in the camera). The limited DOF will not allow me to get both the antenna and eyes in focus at this magnification, so I took a shot with the eyes in focus and one with the antenna in focus and then added the good antenna to the main shot.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from ebi/Ebrahim (684) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 5:17:06 PM CDT

just fine

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from duartefranco/Duarte (143) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 4:47:01 PM CDT (12)

What can I say on a so great photo..... Well, i'm a beguiner. I have an old uncle that tell me lots of things about photos because he allways like it. Some day maybe I will do something so great like this one. I Will try. Thecn. speaking, I think if you use less f you will have a more big profundity of focus, and you will take more details of the incrid. thinks that are on all macro photo. Cogratulations, and thanks for your sharing,with all of us, our interesting and great work!!! DF

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from janus/Janus (646) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 3:27:32 PM CDT (15)

Incredible detail and colour.
The colour scheme, yellow and black, is just stunning. The yellow background, and the yellow pear it's eating adds very much to the picture.
However, the eyes, which are play a major role in the picture, do lack something. They are just too dark. They could do with a bit more reflection.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from photoai/Andrej (2,647) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 3:20:23 PM CDT

GREAT!

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AWESOME !!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from chuckp/Chuck (1,645) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 2:23:55 PM CDT (15)

Mark, you've shown us some incrsdible macro shots over the years, this has to be amongst your best. The technique of combining two shots worked out flawlessly. The colors are superb and it is presented very nicely.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from atamanka/Atamanka (4,183) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 2:18:26 PM CDT (13)

Mark, your macro photos this perfect photos. Spectacular capture, very nice shot and DOF. Goog lighting, colors. Nice details. Congrats main. Regards Atamanka

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from fcruz/Frank (9,280) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 2:10:55 PM CDT

Incredible macro work! Regards.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from pierpas/Pier (199) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 1:46:56 PM CDT (14)

Very good, you're the perfect macro maker! I've seen yours other photo all of them exceptional. regs Bye

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from machhin/Matt (1,914) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 1:44:17 PM CDT (14)

stunning photo! just like most of your shots they are near perfection. Some things to consider on this one are the right (from the insects point of views) antenna is cut off .. it would have been nice to keep the end in the picture as the other is cut and the insect is off cetnered (which looks good).

There seems to be too much yellow ... insect, food, background ... all yellow ... there may be even a yellow cast ... not sure though ....

lastly there is some noise, or looks like not enough colors for the gradients in the background.

Dont get me wrong .... these are small observations in a great photo!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from karic/k (3,861) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 1:17:44 PM CDT (14)

Mark, I like this photo very much. The subject is very sharp and detail. The DOF is great. Do you have using Marco flash to take this photo? Would you please to tell me how to connect Pentax 50mm to Canon G3? I just look all your photo and all are great! Hoping see you new photo soon~~~ ^^

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 3:20:44 PM CDT

Thanx for your kind comments. Yes, I used an external flash for this shot. My article on macrophotography gives more details.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from iso3200/Chris (512) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 12:28:46 PM CDT (14)

Oh dear oh dear. It's that Plonsky bloke again with a perfect example of how macros should be done. There aren't many people on Photosig who can produce work of this kind to this standard. You lead. We'll follow.

Oh yeah, and for the record, I love the off centre composition. Best Regards - iso

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from memo/Mehmet (37,230) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 12:17:38 PM CDT (19)

HELLO Mark,

superb macro work. great technical effort. colors are wonderful. sharpness and dof are flawless. and the frame fits very well to this photo. hard work! congrats!

<|MehmeT|>

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from bittoriano/Jose Ramon (18,602) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:29:55 AM CDT (13)

Your macro shots are very good Mark. The close you get is very nice. Excellent details and perfect lighting. The color is excellent to. Regards

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from marsiceoasis/Pengtao (4,034) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:23:55 AM CDT (14)

Beautiful macro shot! I like the colors and the details. Combinning two makes DOF look good. Off-center composition is clever too. Very nice!
Greetings from Pengtao!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jfg/Jean-François (615) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:18:23 AM CDT (14)

superb! Very beautiful macro image, that made a long time that one had more seen one photograph of this great quality.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from tjarley100/Charles (196) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:16:54 AM CDT (17)

OH what a shot nice colors I don't know if you had could till up your cam just a little bit and center it;-) but it's a great pic, no doubts.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from skotak/Radim (2,788) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:18:20 AM CDT

yes! That works. I should try myself more exposures to increase DOF. Can you say little bit how you do it technicaly? You have special tripod mount? How do you deal with movement of insect? Do you get closer with 1.4 lens than 1.8 reversed? thanks

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:50:52 AM CDT

I have an article on technique. These images were handheld. As for movement, the bug is reasonably stationary while eating and I take a lot of shots. The only difference between the 1.4 and 1.8 is how much light gets in. You cannot get any closer with one than the other, but you are more likely to get vignetting (blackened corners or worse still, a black circle around the image) with the 1.8 than the 1.4.

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Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up Non-conforming thumb-up    from martijnsteinrucken/Martijn (841) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:11:39 AM CDT

A great image! Could you tell us a bit more about the exact setup you used to get this picture?

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From mplonsky/Mark (21,054) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:47:13 AM CDT

Thanx for your comment. I have an article on technique.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mteren/Moshe (611) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:09:19 AM CDT (16) Early critique

Oh MY!!! so that's what they look like close up? i agree with previous poster, would like to see it centered, but it's 3TU for the wonderful colors and sharp macro.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from mdlupke/Mark (2,023) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:08:10 AM CDT (17) Early critique

One of your best yet (and that is a statement that carries some weight)! There may be some who cry "foul" when using two images through photoshop, but I think that it works brilliantly well. Excellent colors and great composition!

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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from epierre/Emmanuel (9,030) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:04:55 AM CDT (20) Early critique

3 TU for the result, but I would have liked to see the end of the left anthena ... must be very difficult I agree, but the nice idea to have the head on the right mean something on the left...

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From easton/Eyst (2,700) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 11:44:12 AM CDT

Holy CoW!!!!!

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From rafiosso/Rafal (1,090) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 3:06:41 PM CDT

Really breathtaking! How did You manage the hornet to pose steady ?!!! I like the colours, the cropping, depth of view, everything.

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From mario/Mario (2,310) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 5:48:17 PM CDT

Absolutely fantastic!

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From araby/Jung Man (50) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 8:42:53 PM CDT

It is a very good expressions of the tiny world. I tried to take a picture like you, but failed to. Your picture encourage me to take a picture like this.

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From tacio/Tacio (1,343) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2003 9:26:51 PM CDT

Great shot, I have some great macro shots too, take a look at

(just a 4:1 insect!) :-) - not croped!

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From efenili/Eduardo (96) Send mail to this user on October 13, 2003 1:34:56 PM CDT

Awesome shot. You managed to get more views than all the nudes, thats impressive in itself:) Anyways I love macro shots and you have captured a beautiful one here, these still shots of nature are always great!

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From ddragon2/Petri (370) Send mail to this user on November 14, 2003 3:23:35 AM CST

Its easy to know, if you have uploaded new photo: just look the main page and upper row ;) Exellent shot as allways.

I just hate that we have winter time here in Finland and theres not so many living things to photography. Maybe I should start to raise flies to get some material for the shots.... Keep inspired!

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From merlyn9/Michael (17,712) Send mail to this user on February 20, 2004 7:52:07 AM CST

I love this shot!
You have a real nak for this... especially considering the subject. Be glad he was happy with the Pear!

My question is however... Exactly how have you created that frame? (PS, I'm sure, just curious about the mechanics involved?

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From marius79/Nanda (106) Send mail to this user on November 7, 2006 9:33:29 PM CST

amazing and so beautiful

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From hurrican/Wen (1) Send mail to this user on August 10, 2008 10:05:17 PM CDT

Nice macro focus, amazing clour -- www.brand-paypal.com

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