ConanFujiX: Congratulations Sandeep. Lovely Portraits. You sure know how to get the best out of that Nikon.
LOL ...Thanks a lot.
cjf2: Lovely colour of the ant and petal.
APenza: Good shot. Was my favorite.
Thanks a lot :-)
thanasaki: Nice shot and on the "decisive moment". Great lighting too! Congratulations for the deserved win.
Thank you very much :-)
Where is the beach?
Exceptionally well done. Congratulations !!!
MTF chart looks to be really promising. Lets hope the production samples delivers the same.
IMO this the winner...
ConanFuji: Did you kill it first?
OK. Here's how the snap was clicked. Honestly I never realised that the viewers might scrutinise my snap to such detail therefore I did not bother to mention all the details in the note. I had also used a Raynox DCR250 adapter with the macro lens. The lighting I had used two Nikon speedlights SB-R200. The subject was about 3 or 4 inches away from the DCR250. The subject was clicked in its natural environment and was alive (I never kill or hurt any creature). Here is another shot of the same subject. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandyjpatil/7240228420/in/set-72157627509279538
RaZZ3R Death: The DOF is to shallow to be F22, more like F8 but how far where you that you used a 150mm on a 1.5 crop plus 3 extensions tube, that would have given you enough magnification to see the fly's brain :P
tarakanchik: I think once you get to 1:1 or closer, the DOF gets so shallow that you pretty much have to shoot at f/16 - f/22 to get any detail. Nice shot.
valdok: Unbelievable! Can you please explain how exactly did you get this shot? Which extension rings (if any) you used?
JulMaass: wow the technical notes are almost as impressive as the actual image: F22, iso200,1/200?? how?extremely bright flash?
I was sure that this entry would make it at least in the first three, but I think the voters did not take a closer look at the photograph. Full marks from my side to this beautiful photograph :-)
Thanks SexyNEXy, honestly minimum post processing (brightness / contrast etc), just attached a DIY snout to SB-R200 flash, and illuminated the subject only.
Jan2009: It's too bad that this shot did not make it in the top 10, I really thought this was a great entry to child labor. Great capture nevertheless. I think most voters did not take such a good look on this image. I do admit that the ice candy man steals the attention.
To be honest even I was little disappointed by the result (human nature). Then I saw your comment and I was so happy that at least some one liked and appreciated my work no matter it stood 17th in the challenge. Thanks a lot.
RuthC: Which country does this represent?
Wow.. dream shot. Excellent. If I am not wrong then you got to be a fighter pilot.
J R R S: disurved.... nice shot