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Staring You Down III by dalantech Staring You Down III by dalantech
Another early morning image. Since the damselfly was at the end of its perch I had to grab the plant behind it instead of in front, so the color you see in the background is my fingers.

Tech specs: Canon 40D (F10, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MPE-65mm macro lens (@5x) + a diffused MT-24EX macro twin flash (-2/3 FEC).
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What strikes me first about this shot is the immediacy. As the title suggests, this damselfly is staring the viewer down into submission- this cleverly breaks down the fourth wall and creates the illusion of a damselfly actually staring in an intimidating way at the viewer of the photograph. This brings much realism and gravtity to the image.

Another thing that grasped my attention was the use of colour. the dark green eyes are of course very striking and engaging, but the cleverness of the artist comes by using his finger to bring some contrast between the yellow and pink in the backround.

As in all shots by this prolific artist, this phorograph contains the metilculous attention to detail that I have come to expect. This photograph is a scientific study in entemology. This makes this image educational as well as entertaining. This artists has every base covered in this excellent image.
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Bliss89 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:clap: excellent shot!
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rn123456 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
wow
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:iconironmanbr:
ironmanbr Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Another amazing capture John!! I think it's very hard to make a great composition like that in 5x!!!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks my friend :)

Not much room to play at 5x -the frame is only about 4mm wide.
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:iconironmanbr:
ironmanbr Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
You are very welcome!!
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:iconoriontrail:
oriontrail Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009   Photographer
So sharp! WOW! This MPE-65 is amazing stuff!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconkahladelahay:
KahlaDelahay Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
He looks like one of those 90's boom boxes with the big speakers on either end! Beautiful work.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconttl-photoworks:
TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Photographer
Featured here - [link]

Have a fantastic week! :excited:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconttl-photoworks:
TTL-Photoworks Featured By Owner May 25, 2009   Photographer
My pleasure! ;)
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:iconfrogenleaf:
FrogenLeaf Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Great symmetry and micro shot (as always)
Love the blur colors of background!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconthrumyeye:
thrumyeye Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
Whihoo.....quite a gorgeous closeup! The symmetry is very attractive and I think your hand make a beautiful bg... :+fav:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Zuzullo Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
At this scale, composition is a hard task that is forgotten most of the times in Macro photography.

This one is astonishing! :)
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconewuiord:
ewuiord Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
dalantech for president!!!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Will you be my vice president? :)
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:iconewuiord:
ewuiord Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
i would love it,but politic isn´t my cup of coffee...hehehe,its crazy:)
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:iconflying-cat-kid:
flying-cat-kid Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
:omg: ... ... ... wow
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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flying-cat-kid Featured By Owner May 22, 2009
your wlcome!:D
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:iconmartinbrunati:
martinbrunati Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
WoW!!! I don't need to say more!!!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconailime:
ailime Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
mouchy-mouchy kissy-kissy :eyes: :giggle:

astonishing shot !!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconbeihuining:
BeiHuiNing Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
every thing is absoultly amazing!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconbeihuining:
BeiHuiNing Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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:iconeagleeyez:
EagleEyeZ Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
If looks could kill... :P

Good shot.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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mattdafix Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
o man !!! great shot!!
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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superguppy1987 Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
How do you get those shots? Don't the bees and dragonflies try run run/fly away while shooting photos?
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's early in the morning and the critter is still trying to dry out and get its metabolism going. As long as I move slowly it's not too difficult to get the critter acclimated to my presence. Not long after I took this shot the damselfly did decide that it had enough and took off :)
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superguppy1987 Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Okay, now I understand how it works. Because around noon those tiny flying creatures are amazingly fast. ^^

Great shot, by the way.
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
...and that's why I don't take photos of them at high magnification in the heat of the day ;)

Thanks for the props -I had fun taking that one :)
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:icontractern:
tractern Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Your finger makes for a great backround! :D

Another incredible shot- nice work! :applause:
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:icondalantech:
dalantech Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Canon
Model
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/250 second
Aperture
F/10.0
Focal Length
65 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
May 21, 2009, 4:58:48 AM

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