ConanFuji: Congratulations James. Nailed the snail alright....
:) :) :) thanks, and thanks for a nice challenge.Regards,James.
The Mick: Great photo, James! Nice to see your work back here at dpr. Congratulations to you on the winner! ...and the 3rd place, too. ;o)Cheers,Mick
Hi Mick,Thanks very much.Regards,James.
Wildbegonia: Congratulations. This is a grand image, few among us had ever seen before. It deserved to win.
Thank you for the compliment.Regards,James.
The Mick: Very sharp image! Nicely done. Best of luck in the challenge.Mick
Thanks for your good wishes.
RuthC: Congratulations, Jameshax, on winning this challenge, with your very interesting capture of the tiny stink bugs, and their abandoned egg shells. (How DID they fit inside those shells?) I really like the clarity and detail you've achieved in your capture, and the way the bugs are surrounding their old homes. Ruth :-)
Hi Ruth, Thanks very much for your comments and for the challenge. I think they must have molted at least once since they hatched.
Ed at Ridersite: Congrats on the win. Very deserving! That scene is quite a find.
Thank you. Yes, I was lucky to find them on the bush, Cape Honeysuckle, I think.
The Mick: Definitely my favorite of the bunch... 5 stars without hesistation! Congratulations James!!!
Thanks, Mick. I appreciate your comments.
ysal: Fantastic shot!!! Congratulations. I wonder what causes this behavior, protection?
Thanks for your comment. I wondered about that too. Perhaps somebody would like to comment on the behavior?
chrisby: Congratulations on this outstanding capture, not only from the technical point of view. Cannot say it better than Ruth. - Did you apply focus stacking? Chris
Thanks. This one is not stacked because the critters are far too energetic making it difficult to get a decent series of shots suitable for stacking. See my entry 17th place for a stacked example. These nymphs appeared to be static but some parts did move slowly and caused strange effects.
Hi cmantx, This pic immediately caught my eye when the page loaded. Well done. Similar ones in your gallery are equally impressive.James.
Thanks to RuthC, The Mick, pen araneae, Iain280407 and blue skies for your kind comments, especially that you all said what you liked, which is helpful and constructive.James.
Side lighting brings out the texture on the surface of the wing. Nice composition too. Well done.
Yes, interesting shot and a remarkable achievement. Congratulations on your win.
scott wernek: Great job!Must have been a lot of trial and error before finally getting that shot.
Wildbegonia: Congratulations, well done, this inspires me to grab my 'hand me down' Pentax K-200D.Did you use flash here?
Thank you. Yes, have a go. Put a manual-focus lens on and try catch-in-focus. It is great fun. I did use flash. The sky is a bit too dark to my liking but that confirms that the bee was exposed more by the flash and less by the sun. The flash was used at about 1/2 power so the duration is a good deal less than 1/1000 second. Too much sun and too little flash will blur the bee (see my gallery Bee slow sync., just posted). The other bee shot (Pollen Search) was taken at high speed sync. The flash was Pentax AF360 on the hot shoe.Regards,James.
JOSEANGE: really nice shot ... and it´s a Pentax
Thanks for your comment.
ysal: Great shot, beautiful colors and detail!
ysal: Great shot, should have placed higher.
Thanks, ysal, I appreciate your opinion.
I've tried this a hundred times without success, now I know it is possible. Well done.