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Butterflies and Moths

 Cattleheart Butterfly by TheSleepyRabbit Matching Colours by alienscot1
Butterflies by Sunima
I Want to Hold You High by AdARDurden The perfect balance by Jamie-MacArthur 
Leuconoe by BEllebasi Paper Kite and a Diadem by tarheel4life Butterflies Go Free by Nikonoclaste
Lycaena thersamon by Tata-Sunny Branded Imperial 130310 by inckurei Butterfly by miirex
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Commission - Always by catandcrown Commission - Always :iconcatandcrown:catandcrown 420 24 Photoshop Action 2 by saturn-rings Photoshop Action 2 :iconsaturn-rings:saturn-rings 1,327 140 Ashlin II by surabhiguptaphotoart Ashlin II :iconsurabhiguptaphotoart:surabhiguptaphotoart 325 30
Exceptional Photography Feature Part XVII

Hello and welcome to my Exceptional Photography Feature Part XVIII
I hope you enjoy this feature, find a ton to favorite, comment on and maybe even a few new artists to watch!


(155 Photograph Feature)

undine by lesyakikh
Photographe Lille Studio by Meophotographie
Autumn view by alledesign
I Say Jump, You Say 'How High? by thrumyeye
Flower Invasions by o0oRaijinShuo0o
eggHDR1169 by The-Egg
eggHDR1109 by The-Egg
Ready for take off? Ready for landing? by Kriloner
They're back! by Kriloner
Discover Me Like Emptiness - Wallpaper by NicolasAlexanderOtto
Splash Time! by VelvetRedBullet
pink leaves by vularia
The Cottage by Nelleke
October by Nelleke
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Vintage paper TEXTURE PACK by Knald Vintage paper TEXTURE PACK :iconknald:Knald 3,623 453 Old Paper Texture by caminopalmero Old Paper Texture :iconcaminopalmero:caminopalmero 1,139 218 EASY anime hair tutorial by ryky EASY anime hair tutorial :iconryky:ryky 3,722 50 Nami's Photoshop Pattern Tutorial by Namiiru Nami's Photoshop Pattern Tutorial :iconnamiiru:Namiiru 831 113
people feature II

SugarSkull by MariaDeinert
Star by meago
Untitled by eulalievarenne
Sprinkles of Stars by yuumei
sails in the sea by vampire-zombie
Grb by eLfanka
lantern by Pretty-As-A-Picture
Counterparts by Rinaca-Cosplay
stay ... by SEREN-D-IPITY
pink vibes by Hiba-tanArabian eyes by HMsa
Solitude by charleshildreth
Just for a second by Lionique
Sweet scent of summer by bwaworga
Harley by ai-eye
Self Portrait [1] by AmyThunderbolt
into the forgotten by M3LL0N-3M
2110 by lauramejer
Catrina I by AndreaGijon
Oil Painting by gabbyd70
Aurora by yaile
paint by cheska-ches
Against the Wall by SkyppySDK
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top thirty from October




Blackdrown by VelvetRedBullet Overhead by jbrum
Drops On Spider Web by isischneider Feelings by John-Peter 088 by weelx
SugarSkull by MariaDeinert Evangelion :: Soryu Asuka Langley, LCL Sea by pingtimeout Nidalee - League of Legends cosplay III. by EnjiNight
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE by macyanne The other listening room... by Coigach
The Fold by WTek79
nymphe by Catherine-Di Esmat Arayesh by hamid-rastghalam Wild Things by CrowsReign
spitsin's foto by SpitsinAlexander Calmness by Bajgraf Yuno Gasai cosplay by Kawaielli
Twistys sister..ready for Halloween by Harpyimages Taake ( Hoest ) by miha9000
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Macro Spotlight Vol. 184
Spotlight Vol. 184
The Spotlight
Light Splash
by VioletVeronika
by petrwolf
by endprocess83
by alkhor
by AdrianaFilip
by melvynyeo
by photographybyfallon
Hide and Seek with Mr. B
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Faun - Stock by MariaAmanda Faun - Stock :iconmariaamanda:MariaAmanda 3,508 170
Baby Feature
It is baby bird season, so here is a feature showcasing those cute little fuzz balls. Enjoy!

Don't you dare touching mah babies! by LunaMach Baby Eastern Screech Owl by EyesofAmaris Great Horned Owl Chick by c-Hampton Baby Eagle Owl by lost-nomad07 Eurasian Eagle Owls (Bubo bubo) Fledglings by MariaDeinert
Falcon broiler by Orzel Baby Peregrine Falcon by lost-nomad07 Peregrine Falcon Growth Chart by Anceylee-Star Baby Peregrine by RichardMacDonald Peregrine Falcon: The Early Days by Strayhowl
Vulture Chick, View 2 by cermaith Griffon Vulture Chick by Mouselemur Little Vulture by DeeOtter Baby Vulture by steamrailwilly Black Vulture Chick Art Doll Details by DancingVulture
BALD EAGLE FATHER'S DAY CARD by Psithyrus Golden eagle child by Triumfa Eagle Mother and Child by hero339
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Autumn Light Action by Leafbreeze7 Autumn Light Action :iconleafbreeze7:Leafbreeze7 155 6
In my Collection Folders you can find References, Donator's Art and other inspiring Art from other dA-members. Enjoy!


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Transparency in (Macro) Groups - Please read/share

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 26, 2013, 2:33 PM

Hey everbody, this is something with really bugs me a lot (haha, pun intended) Grr. 

I started to do macro-stuff about a year ago, a habit that is most usual for a photofreaking biologist like me. And I think I eventually improved a bit. But there are some problems I came across with when it gets to publish your work. Groups on DeviantArt are for sharing and experiencing, to get recognition and mostly feedback to improve oneself, right? Yeah. Improvement.

So what do I do?

Bullet; Green First, I take my ass out and photograph. I take a (in my opinion) worthy shot and I do postproduction  
   with Lightroom, Photoshop, Paint, everything that is useful to improve the quality of my picture.
   I then search for some Groups where my work can possibly be featured 
Bullet; Green Yes, I read those rules of yours, I'm a good and thoughtful member, peace. I love deviantART!

Bullet; Green I submit to the right folders, I enjoy sharing my art with others when it gets accepted

So far so good, right? Everbody does this. But I think, everybody who does at least more than just snapshot photography might have noticed that there are certain kinds of...well, "Elite Groups".
I cannot find another word for this. It's the way their Group Galleries look like. So elite, so fancy (thanks to the extraordinary photographers working there, chapeau!) that you have the feeling "maybe I should not submit there, maybe my work is not good enough"

Well, maybe it isn't. I can live ith that. But here is the thing, and I most recently stumbled across this problem in Macro Photography Groups:

Bullet; Red If you only want some fancy badass photography in your gallery then HAVE THE GUTS TO SAY IT.

Most Macro Photography Groups have this standart: 
"Macro and Close up is every picture that has a magnification 1:2, 1:1; 2:1, X:1." 

Okay, so I have a picture here I took with my EF 100mm Macro Lens: 

The Damselfly and the Wind by MariaDeinert

This picture is viewable in full resolution, it is 1:1 and it was even cropped for better effects. The focus is not off, the details are quite sharp, so I'd say it is a pretty normal macro shot and nice to look at. But is has not this "fancy flair" around it like for instance:

156 by Bulinko  Photo by: Bulinko (great job btw!)

But since I want critics (and yeah, everbody wants attention) I try to submit in one of those Macro Groups. And now my picture is declined. Hmm, okay. But according to YOUR RULES I didn't do anything wrong, did I? My normal reaction is I ASK WHY. And then? I get an answer in the Style of:


Okay. I have had read the rules, I could not find anything wrong. I ask again, mentioning that fact and ask the Group-stuff member to point out which rule he/she meant. And then the answer is:


What discussion? I asked you something, I wanted information. My picture was declined, fine, I accept that but at least I want to know why and an explicit answer.

BECAUSE, when you give everything but an explicit answer which rule I may or may not have broken I have the feeling that you ONLY DECLINED my picture BECAUSE it DOES NOT FIT in your fancy ass gallery.

Fine by me. Totally fine. But you could also mention that in your rules. 

MAKE YOUR GODDAMN GROUP MORE TRANSPARENT! You would save us all a lot of depression, discussion (haha) and anger on both sides.

This is something that is important for other "Elite Groups" too.

And by the way: A Macro Picture which seems to be nice but is only viewable with 400-600px and is spammed with photoshopfilters, sharpener, and actions what does that say about the quality of the real picture? This will lead to submissions cropped to infinity, who are looking good in small but like crap in full resolution. Is this really more professional?

Transparency in Macro-Groups (read journal plz) by MariaDeinert

This is anything but professional.

Please, +fav, comment and share this article. It may not help much, but I hope a little.



Mating Damselflies by MariaDeinert Come closer... by MariaDeinert Pisaura mirabilis close up by BrianBarnhart Jumping Spider (Pseudeuophrys lanigera) by BrianBarnhart


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