Vote for your favourite Macro photo!

Another inspiring bunch of entries for this month’s macro themed Mostly Lisa Photo Contest! I really enjoyed looking through all your shots and I’m so happy that you’ve been getting out and shooting.

Here are the finalists:

“Simple is Best” by Tim.

Deep Within
“Deep Within” by Hari Rajan.

Day 17: Bleeding Together
“Bleeding Together” by Scott Meinzer.

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“Bokeh” by Jummmpie.

Digging In
“Digging In” by Aleks Ivic.

“Wow” by Conor Ogle.

“Marbles” by Aimee Greeblemonkey.

Green Tree Python - Indinapolis Zoo
“Green Tree Python” by Ruffiansabout.

I will be announcing the next contest topic shortly! In the meantime,  head to the Mostly Lisa Photography group on flickr to check out all the great entries. If you have a suggestion for the next contest, I’d love to hear from you!

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    February 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Holy Cow!!! Thay are all so amazing, but I’m going to go with “Digging In” by Aleks Ivic.

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    February 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    “Simple Is Best” rawks my friggin’ socks off. Holy crap, and to think I was thinking of entering. My skillz = level 1. There skillz = level 8.

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    Brady Valentino
    February 9, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Definitely the Green Tree Python.

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    February 9, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    Yeah, now it’s the Python… now it’s the baby… wait a minute, can I change my vote?!!

    Just kidding. Really, they’re all amazing.

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    February 9, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Omg. I spelt “their” wrong. I fail at le english. Change nao? kthxxxxxx.

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    Conor Ogle
    February 9, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Wow. What an honour to be included. Didn’t realise I’d come close. This shot was challenging as the baby wasn’t staying still and with a 105mm VR micro 2.8 wide open, the DoF was razor thin, so this was a one-off shot that I still think I was lucky to get.
    Thanks for all your votes and thanks to Lisa for including me.

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    February 9, 2009 at 6:06 PM

    They are all so good, I don’t know which one to vote for!

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    Fred Hill
    February 10, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    I just want all of the photographers to know they ALL of these shots are amazing. Great job!

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    February 10, 2009 at 1:22 AM

    Being a new Dad (he is already 6 weeks old!) I had to go for ‘Wow’. What a great photo. I wish I could capture a photo of my son in such good quality – dream on Mark!

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    February 10, 2009 at 2:37 AM

    Green tree python: it is the only one that does not inspire the feeling ‘meh, seen that before’.

    With the snake I love the look that the snake shares with us, bringing me into the picture. The others make me feel like a passive observer. Even the ‘Wow’ shot has been made into a lifeless artifact with the washed-out colours. Technically great but no passion. a favourite photographer.

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    February 10, 2009 at 3:29 AM

    I’ve gone for the Green Python because it reminds me of a photo I took of one of those very same snakes at Toronto Zoo in 2005.

    That photo, inferior as it is, can be found here

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    February 10, 2009 at 7:16 AM

    I love “Wow’ the porcelin skin of a new baby, I appreciate what previous comment said. However I see that blank look of the child trying to absorb smething new, the senses are so overwhelmed, any second the reaction will come as the senses process the experience. The wonder of it all… Beautiful!

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    Aimee Greeblemonkey
    February 10, 2009 at 8:20 AM

    Thank you so much for including me!

    Everyone’s photos are amazing!

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    Aleks Ivic
    February 10, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Thanks Lisa and all for even being nominated :)

    A good idea for the next photo contest are ‘light trails’.

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    Travis Dunn
    February 10, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    some really really nice shots here, this was the first contest I entered, lots of fun guys

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    February 10, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Most of the photos are great. but i fell “wow” is cheating just a bit. the fact that the subject is a baby gives it the upper hand… i’m not saying the photo is not good. Heck, it won my vote. i’m just saying it’s the easiest one to connect to.

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    February 10, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Can’t believe so many are going with the cute factor and not the quality factor…..

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    February 10, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Snake shot was very good, but snakes….actually didn’t enjoy looking at the pic, creepy, crawly….very nice pic!

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    Conor Ogle
    February 11, 2009 at 3:05 AM

    If people think the Wow/Baby photo is cheating, I’m happy to withdraw from the competition.
    I only included the image to show there is a different side to macro photography.
    Most macro images are of still life – even the green tree python image was a 30 second exposure. I wanted to show that macro techniques can be used on moving targets. I do recognise that the baby portrait is quite an unorthodox image taken with a macro lens, but I’m proud of it and really appreciate the votes.
    Thank you all.

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    Mostly Lisa
    February 11, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    @Conor Ogle: Please don’t take those comments seriously. I love your shot and it adds so much to this competition.

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    February 11, 2009 at 6:25 AM

    @Conor Ogle,
    As I understand it: Is the photo macro? Yes it is.
    So anyone that says you are cheating is being daft.

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    Pavlow Vinelli
    February 11, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    Owwow Ruffiansabout you are growing on my mind ‘Green Tree Python’ is wonderful taken photo i have ever seen.

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    Aimee Greeblemonkey
    February 11, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    I agree, I love the baby photo. I *often* do people macro photos. I like to get right up in their face and really catch the expression. And I love the baby’s expression here!

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    Michael D
    February 12, 2009 at 2:00 AM

    @Conor Ogle:

    Don’t sweat it. I personally still think “macro” means greater than 1:1 and submitted my entry based on that criteria, but I appreciate that you had a different interpretation. For me its what makes photography much more interesting and frankly challenges me to change my viewpoint and see things from a different perspective.

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    February 12, 2009 at 6:25 AM

    I was caught between ‘Bokeh’ and ‘simple is best’, but i found ‘Bokeh’ absolutely captivating.

    Others are great too, i especially liked ‘Bleeding together’ amongst the rest.

    greetings Lisa :)


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    February 12, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    @Conor ogle – Don’t take that comment very seriously, i think the person just meant it as an expression, not accusatory. He does say that he voted for you.
    I personally don’t understand the technicalities of photography, so I will just say that your photo is really stunning. And i must admit that knowing how still babies are, it is amazing that you could produce a brilliant shot like that.

    It is just that i somehow liked the blue in ‘Bokeh’.

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    February 13, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Bleed together

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    February 13, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Micro photo is awesome, i spend more time on micro photography and been left by my team each time we have a group photo shoot.

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    Conor Ogle
    February 21, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    Hmmm…. still looking good. Is this an open-ended contest or is there a finishing date in mind?
    What’s the next challenge going to be?

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    February 24, 2009 at 5:11 AM

    Thx for your votes!
    (I was offline for two weeks,
    struck down by a very bad flu…puh)

    And @Lisa:
    You are waiting for suggestions for a new contest?!
    How about WILD LIFE?

    Best wishes

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