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~water magnifier~

portrait of a red veined darter, which is full of dew thanks for viewing and rating


Shayne Middleton , November 29, 2007; 05:54 A.M.


Amazing, flawless image. The array of colours is great. Well done. :)

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Alessandro Remotti , November 29, 2007; 06:30 A.M.

7/7 Comments

Actually, I don't like nature shots, but I can recognize a wonderful image!

A. Remotti, Turin, Italy

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Marta Eva LLamera , November 30, 2007; 03:38 A.M.

Really IMPRESSIVE image. Congratulations. Best Wishes. (sorry have no more seven)

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Budhaditya Deb , November 30, 2007; 01:46 P.M.


This is one special macro of a bug with dew! Its the way the dew drops brings out /magnify the eyes which I dont think have ever seen before. then I checked your profile and you seem to be a master of it.

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Ali Rezaeian , December 01, 2007; 04:09 P.M.



Amazing macro martin . Was this lens in reverse position ?

Thanks ...

Ali ...

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Martin Amm , December 02, 2007; 06:04 A.M.

@ ali

no in normal position. but i heard that the enlarging lenses have a better quality if you use them in a reverse position. the problem is that i didn?t find a proper object for this

Emmanuel Boitier , December 02, 2007; 12:52 P.M.

Excellent shot! The details are really stunning. Congratulations. Emmanuel

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JF Ochoa , December 02, 2007; 01:34 P.M.

Impressive! I think this is the best macro I?ve ever seen. Congrats!

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jm v , December 04, 2007; 04:45 P.M.


no words to describe this shot!!! see above, possibly one of the best shot I have ever seen!!

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Marcin Klysewicz , December 04, 2007; 06:04 P.M.

magic - colours, composition, DOF, sharpness - all perfect for me. amazing.

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Rafik Kamel , December 25, 2007; 02:03 A.M.

Very nice details and effect, my regards, RK!

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David B , January 04, 2008; 04:26 P.M.


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Sauciuc Gabriela , February 07, 2008; 06:22 P.M.

7/7 Excellent!

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Brian Watson , February 07, 2008; 09:46 P.M.


I'm amazed that you got this very beautiful shot with a 50mm lens. How close were you to the subject?

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Martin Amm , February 08, 2008; 02:35 P.M.


to all. the distance were only a few centimeters

Scott Johnson , February 08, 2008; 11:27 P.M.


What an amazing shot! The selective magnification provided by the water droplets is fascinating. I stared at this photo for an hour tonight!

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Bryan Quattlebaum , February 12, 2008; 01:39 A.M.


I would love to know as many details as possible concerning how you obtained this shot. This embodies everything that makes macro photography so compelling...

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Martin Amm , February 12, 2008; 01:49 P.M.


thanks for your comment. i searched, before sunrise, near a small pond for some dragonflies. until i found one it last sometimes more than 1 hour. the photo technical details are: i used a tripod, a nikon d200 and a bellow together with an enlarger lens (like rodagon or componon lenses). the shutter speed was, as i can remember, 1,5 sec. at an aperture of 13. i used the function mirror-up of my camera, to reduce vibrations caused by the mirror and shutter. i hope i answerd most of your question, if not please ask ;)

lavin park , February 12, 2008; 10:21 P.M.


like ju

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Stephan Brauchli , February 14, 2008; 08:26 A.M.


I guess the dragonfly is still too cold to fly away. What time of year is this? Either way an impressive image and definitely worth the time searching for a dragonfly.

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Martin Amm , February 14, 2008; 08:35 A.M.


i took this shot at the end of september. the big advantage at this time of the year is that the night are getting colder. so you have a great light situation, fog and many dew as the result.

Andrzej Radka , February 20, 2008; 06:02 A.M.


Very cool!!!!

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Heather Van Rykn , February 23, 2008; 01:50 P.M.

Viewing this photo is a life changing experience. Thank you so much for sharing it. So say it's incredible doesn't do it justice.

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Chris Court , March 11, 2008; 07:24 P.M.

I'm speechless. I believe this is the best photo I've ever seen. Simply perfect.

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Ellis Vener , March 18, 2008; 10:20 A.M.


I really hope and pray that you have registered your copyrights on this photo.

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Jana Vanourkova , April 10, 2008; 02:14 P.M.

incredible ! cheers Jana

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Julie Lynch , April 11, 2008; 03:44 P.M.

Amazing. I got up close and personal with a few dragon flies this summer, but I didn't get any breathtaking shots like this.

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christopher george , May 03, 2008; 10:44 A.M.

all beaded up

I love macro shots and this is one of the coolest ever!! The images inside the eyes are out of this world!! Amazing shot.

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Oliver Begovic , May 03, 2008; 04:29 P.M.

Don`t say it...

A blaster shot!!! For a macro lover like I am, this is a real eye digest!!! Sure, 7/7, no less...

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Fergus Kane , May 21, 2008; 04:05 P.M.

superb again, well worth getting up early for.

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GD Whalen , June 04, 2008; 08:13 P.M.

This is crazy good. Very impressed.

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Torben Palm , June 06, 2008; 03:55 A.M.

Simply Superb

This is simply a fantastic photo in every way. Thank's for sharing :-)

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Wojtek Dziedzic , June 06, 2008; 04:58 A.M.


This is outstanding shot! Regards :)

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Brenkku Delany , June 06, 2008; 06:12 A.M.

Brilliant ! I presume you've sent some of your best work to National Geographic ??

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Carolyn D ( Santa Fe) , June 06, 2008; 09:45 A.M.

you are the Master...Outstanding!! and a inspiration. Bravo!!

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Anushila Shaw , June 06, 2008; 11:15 A.M.

You make me want to like bugs :) This is probably the top Macro image I've ever seen here!

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Wilson Tsoi , June 06, 2008; 11:23 A.M.

Tremendous macro with eye-popping result. The fine details of its eye in droplets are amazing. This is top notch both technically and aesthetically.

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R R , June 06, 2008; 12:12 P.M.

WOW, absoulutely amazing photo!

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John Liow , June 06, 2008; 12:26 P.M.

Absolutely stunning! Sharpness, composition, colours, smooth background....it's all there!

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Lesley Smitheringale , June 09, 2008; 12:57 A.M.

Can't believe what I'm seeing ...

This is the best macro photograph I have ever seen!!! You have outstanding talent. Congratulations, Lesley

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Martin Amm , June 11, 2008; 05:51 A.M.

@ all

thank you very very much for all your nice comments and your rating.

Mark Gamba , June 16, 2008; 10:23 P.M.

Really outstanding

It is incredible how much detail you were able to capture. That is one of the best macro shots I've ever seen. May I ask what you use for your post process sharpening? This image is so perfectly sharp that I have a hard time believing it was just "unsharp mask" in Photoshop. Yes, 7/7 - no doubt. Very difficult shooting in the field with a bellows and you got a perfect image.

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Martin Amm , June 17, 2008; 01:43 A.M.


hello mark, thanks for your comment and ratng. i use the smart sharpen function of photoshop. i minimize the size of an image in several steps. before every size adjustment i sharp the image until i reach the web size (72dpi)

Nancy Barrett , July 11, 2008; 01:31 P.M.

WOW!! Really stunning image. I can see I have a long way to go when it comes to depth of field and sharpness. Thanks for providing all the tech details as well as the environmental info--late September, before dawn....

Cheers, Nancy

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Anshika Varma , July 11, 2008; 02:53 P.M.

love the amount of detail that you have been able to capture in this! i also like the angle that you have selected cuz it lends a slightly abstract perspective to the pic.....the dew is just amazing!

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HAKAN KARAGUL , July 22, 2008; 03:28 A.M.


it is perfect images i have ask the one questions what is the bead bead thing to seem

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Martin Amm , July 22, 2008; 03:55 A.M.


the beads are just waterdrops, caused by thte morning dew. thanks for your rating

Christopher Schlaf , September 22, 2008; 12:52 P.M.

One of the coolest macro shots Ive ever seen.Eveything about this is amazing.10/10 How in the world can someone give this a 4/3???

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bernhard josefski , January 01, 2009; 04:06 P.M.


This is the most amazing photo i have ever seen. Incredible. Picture Pete

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Willie Baker , January 06, 2009; 09:58 P.M.

Amazing, incredible, dazzling, wunderbar.

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Henrique Souto , March 07, 2009; 07:27 P.M.


Amazing macro shot.Perfect.

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Andrew Campbell , April 27, 2009; 12:44 A.M.

Absolute gem of an image. Amazing clarity.

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Ian Ruffle , May 12, 2009; 12:19 P.M.


I've never seen anything like this before. Just incredible. Ian.

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Neo Freedom , May 13, 2009; 08:29 A.M.

Beautyful, really magic, an happy moment of life... are it taking his bath, or it just come out of it :)

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Joelle Pulido , May 13, 2009; 12:06 P.M.


Absolutely amazing!

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Peter Hausner Hansen , May 14, 2009; 06:04 A.M.

Super shot

Wow ... This is world class

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amitava sengupta , May 14, 2009; 07:42 A.M.

is this not 'photo of the YEAR', too?REGARDS!

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amitava sengupta , May 14, 2009; 07:48 A.M.

AND ALTHOUGH THIS IMAGE GOT A COUPLE OF 4/4, OR 5/4, HAH? are they crazy or blindly jealous?

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Adrian Dudziak , May 15, 2009; 03:58 A.M.


Amazing detail, amazing colour, all around, amazing picture!

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Zach Williams , May 22, 2009; 02:22 A.M.

WOW! Truly a unique photo! nice capture!

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Susana Cabrera , May 22, 2009; 02:40 P.M.

Amazing and spectacular !!!!

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Dennis Fox , May 22, 2009; 10:16 P.M.

Dennis Fox

Wow this shot is not an easy shot to do first of all. Perfect focus exposure is almost perfect, Subject matter is good, comp is good and very colorful. Overall outstanding Photograph.

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Preston Stewart , May 22, 2009; 11:53 P.M.

One of the most interesting photographs I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing.

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Monique Simons , May 29, 2009; 04:09 A.M.


I think one of the best macro artists I have ever seen, really love your work and this photo is just breathtaking! I'm a macro-addict, but my photo's are far from what you are showing us here! I would love to get my hands on an enlarger lens, but have no idea what kind of bellow I would need? Could you please let me know what bellow you use? I'm working most of the time with the Nikon D300. Thanks in advance and keep up this fabulous work!

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Ashish Kirtania , June 18, 2009; 06:55 P.M.

Absolutely stunning!!!

One of the best macro images I've ever seen. Wonderful colors!!

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Jacob Hanson , July 14, 2009; 04:02 P.M.

Great pic

This is a great pic, I actually am renting a macro lens right now and I am finding out exactly how difficult it is to capture a picture of a bug! with the macro lens I have you have to zoom in sooo close that the bug flies away before i can take the pic. I'm thinking about either waking up super early to get them when they are wet and cant move, or get a net to catch them first. Dragonflies are impossible to take pictures of otherwise. any advice?

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Per Hanfsamen , July 16, 2009; 04:02 P.M.


Oh my God, this Photo is just way too awesome. greets Samen

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Jill Halpin , August 02, 2009; 11:57 A.M.


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hanfsamen preisvergleich , August 29, 2009; 09:10 A.M.


hanfsamen bestellen anregungen

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Solent News , October 01, 2009; 02:07 P.M.

Fantastic shot!

This is a really eye-catching image. I really cannot fault it, and as a picture editor I would if I could! It has that magic 'work of art' feel to it. Many congratulations. I've emailed you as well, so hope you received that.

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Marc Sirinsky , October 01, 2009; 04:09 P.M.

Catalog use?

Hi there:

I'm a Picture Researcher for the marketing department at The Teaching Company in Chantilly, Virginia (USA). We're an electronic publishing company, working in the educational space. Our courses are typically produced on DVD or audio CD, and target life-long learners (mostly post-graduates.)

I'm interested in the above image for a catalog cover, and wanted to see if it might be available for licensing? Please get back to me as soon as possible, so I know if this image can be presented as an option to our team.

Thanks much.

Marc Sirinsky Picture Researcher I The Teaching Company 4840 Westfields Blvd. Suite 500 Chantilly, VA 20151 D.L.: 703-502-5730 Fax: 703-502-7307 sirinskym@teachco.com

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Ming Zhong , November 05, 2009; 10:11 P.M.

You're amazing!

my work

I am a Chinese photographer who skilled in nature. It's great to see your amazing photos from this webside,and if you can give me some advises or comments,it will be highly appreciated.

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Steve Waddell , November 08, 2009; 08:21 A.M.


This is one of the most amazing photos I've ever seen. Yes, I rated it a 7/7 (10/10 if I could have!), but what's more important is how the photo moved me.

After seeing it, and having an interest in macro photography of both flowers and insects, I was moved to purchase a true macro lens to see if I could create anything close to this. I'm new to DSLRs, and I just bought a Nikon D90, and for the macro lens, I bought a Tamron 90mm (had to stay a little more affordable than the Nikon lenses).

What an amazing photo, it truly belongs in the top of its class. You know you've provided something truly inspiring when someone who views it is moved to action.

Well done!

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Nitin Joshi , April 16, 2010; 11:46 A.M.


Everything about this shot is perfect...deserves 7/7.

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Christie O , January 23, 2011; 06:33 P.M.


This type of simply amazing macro image is what I aspire to. My question: Did you enhance this in any way with Photoshop or other program? If so could you please share what steps you took?  Thank you.

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Martin Amm , January 24, 2011; 05:26 A.M.


I did some contrast, saturation and whitebalance correction, puls sharpening. that´s all

patrick coombes , December 11, 2011; 10:48 P.M.


What an amazing shot! I just cant imagine the sum of patience needed to take such a shot. Congrat

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Ondrej Tichy , July 09, 2012; 09:03 A.M.


Stunning macro photo. My congrats.

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Egils Green , July 09, 2012; 12:25 P.M.

Wow! Fantastic colors!

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Richard VanWart , August 02, 2012; 06:28 P.M.


Since I grabbed this for my "favorites", I thought I should at least thank you for this amazing and exquisite image. Kudos on your fine work!

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kruno cordas , August 07, 2012; 06:18 P.M.

the most unbelievable photo


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M. H. Roy , August 07, 2012; 06:23 P.M.

Too Exquisite...

Your work is far too exquisite to be without copyright/watermark protection...

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