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Possession [2/2]

She is enthusiastic, and has the right general idea about the task at hand, but her messy appearance suggests she still needs a little practice before this transaction becomes win/win...

Possession [2/2]

She is enthusiastic, and has the right general idea about the task at hand, but her messy appearance suggests she still needs a little practice before this transaction becomes win/win...

comments (26)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Aug 2010, 00:11
I have been staring at this for the last 15minutes. Mind boggling clarity. I doff my hat Ray!
Ray: Thanks, SAVO, but you are way too kind.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Aug 2010, 05:09
Well you know what they say - practise makes perfect!
Ray: ...said the Actress to the Bishop.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 05:46
LOL at Chris. Practice has certainly made YOU perfect, Ray!
Ray: Oh, no, Ginnie....much to learn and improve still!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 06:03
Absolute fabulous, a likey to me.
Ray: I am delighted that you feel this way, Astrid.
Excellent vibrant colour and clarity
Ray: Thanks, Nigel..I was really pleased with the colours.
  • Pierre
  • Belgium
  • 18 Aug 2010, 06:53
Beau travail, belles couleurs et la netteté là où il faut.
Ray: Remerciements, Monsieur Pierre. J'apprécie vos commentaires encourageants.
I reckon she is doing OK...looks like a full load on board
Ray: Yes...I think she is getting the hang of it, but still manages to get pollen all over herself.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Aug 2010, 07:57
O.M.G great result mate
Ray: Thanks, Zed. Its ok.
It`s enough to make you give up on macro photography - you set the standard so high! Now I won`t give up, of course, but if I ever produce an image like this, I would smile for a week. lol! Superb, Ray! (:o)
Ray: I am like you, Rosalyn...still trying to improve on macro work. Its a fascinating field, and too much fun to stop!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Aug 2010, 09:28
Another stunning image!
Ray: I am delighted that you like it, Scarlet.
Wow this is a real stunner Ray. You've got its mandibles
really really focused.

I'm on holiday and can't remember if mandibles is the correct term but you know what I mean ... those dangly bits no no no NOT those dangly bits ;-)

Ray: I am a bit like you, Richard...when I take a holiday, what's left of my brain hibernates. [grin]

I think mandibles are what insects eat with...these are feelers or antennae or some fancy name that I am incapable of typing...
She needs to go home and unpack her bags.
Ray: She is certainly carrying a load, Mary.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 18 Aug 2010, 10:50
Great colours Love Chris comment
Ray: That Chris...what a wag...makes me wonder if he is really an Aussie....heh!
Isn't nature wonderful. And with your macros we can see just how wonderful.
Ray: Photography...especially macro...has given me a whole new appreciation of Nature, Sheila, and doubles the pleasure of the hobby.
I recieved five wasp stings when I accidently disturbed a nest while lighting a bonfire. I eneded up[ with three in my trousers!
Ray: Ouch, Ouch...OUCH, OUCH, OUCH!

Get a big, heavy camera, Chad, then you can beat 'em to death with it if they look at you in a menacing way!
And she only has eyes for you!
Ray: Indeed! It looks that way.

Surprisingly, She tolerated me placing the end of the lenshood just centimetres from her. She is a tiny bee.
Cruel looking critter!! Fantastic macro job!
Ray: Interesting comment, Marion.

I have never regarded bees, hornets and wasps as anything but stunningly gorgeous animals. And...I am dangerously allergic to bee stings, probably following an attack on me when I was about 12 that left me with nearly 200 stings to remove.
Beautiful macro!!
Ray: Thanks, Frank. It is a beautiful subject, and that is half the challenge covered.
Fantastic macro Ray, you do these shots so brilliantly smile
Ray: Still have much to learn, Linda, but I am working on it. Thanks for your enthusiastic encouragement.
A real cracker Ray..Its a winner.
Ray: Thanks, Ron. I am pleased you think so.
It's amazing just how much pollen clings to them.
Ray: Yes, and I guess that is what makes them such effective sex workers, Brian...pollenating all those herbs.
Oooh you make me so envious!!! Just can't get this close, I want a book of your macros!
Ray: Ha Ha.
A commercial opportunity?

Getting as close as possible has its risks, Holly. I scare off quite a few subjects.
Marvelous macro. I also got a macro lens.Still practicing with it till I get this kind of shots smile
Ray: Start showing us what you are getting with your macro, helps to speed up the learning process.

I think I am at the stage where something like 40% of my images are macros.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Aug 2010, 23:30
Sharp in yer old age, matey. Caught her sucking the flower's thing.
Ray: My left eye is still good, Louis, so it is the one spending a lot of time wedged into the viewfinder cup. I rarely use auto-focus any more when I have the macro lens on the camera. It seems there is still a few usable components on me. [grin]
wow, sensational!
Ray: Managed to get in close to this little critter without scaring her.
Amazing eyes !! And funny comment !

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