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Congratulations +David Hoffman your photo has been selected for the +HQSP Promotion Page!
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True Bug Nymph:

After the Saturday debacle in the bayou retention basins, I headed to a drain off pond at a nearby office complex. I like the place as it’s close enough to the bayou that I can always head there if the action is slow, far enough away that it isn’t subject to high water in the bayou, and it’s off the beaten trail so one can shoot in relative peace and quiet. I found a group of True Bug Nymphs, in various stages of development (I believe they call it instars), that had taken up camp on a patch of dandelions. A quick way to tell the development is to look at the wings. When fully developed the bug is an adult. When it has nubs, short V-shaped appendage on the back in the photo, it is an immature bug still in a development stage.

In the past I have noticed, like many insects, you can approach them with a diffused flash rig but they usually don’t stick around long once the flash gets a poppin’. Good time for the tripod rig and have another whirl at natural light. To isolate the subject and flower I had to position the camera so that the sun was coming from the upper left side of the frame. It was a tight squeeze with little room to the right (lest I disturb the rest of the patch) for setting up a reflector to fill the front of the scene. A while back I picked up a used ST-E3-RT at the local shop for a song. I figured I’d use it for my water drop photography but I couldn’t resolve minute timing differences between a pair of wirelessly fired 600EX-RT’s, so into my field pack it went. For a regular diffused flash soft box setup, it’s not needed. An ETTL cord works just fine. For situations like this, off camera remote fill flash, it’s a very nice piece of kit to have as your flash isn’t tethered to the camera. I mounted the flash with a small diffuser on a mini tripod and placed it between the legs of the main tripod, aiming upwards for fill. Worked like a charm and the low output from the flash didn’t bother the bug.   

Image specs: 5-D3, Sigma 150mm w/72mm tubes @ ~ 2:1  f/13, SS 1/5, ISO 100, Available light with diffused 600EX-RT for fill, square crop in post. 
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My pleasure +William Banik ! Fantastic macro ! Wish you a great start into the new week ! :-)
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Libelloides-coccajus / Libellen-Schmetterlingshaft
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Papillon
Pinarellu - Corse

#BTPMacroPro – +BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
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Ziesel (Spermophilus, früher auch Citellus)


#hqspanimals  +HQSP Animals    shared by +Nicol Eh  +Andy Smith
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Luber Grasshopper nymph

Sunday, no feathers.
Here is the nymph of the Luber Grasshopper which comes out in great numbers in the spring in Arm-Lox NWR.
Canon EOS 7D, EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, EM-140 DG Sigma Ring flash, f/11, 1/250, ISO 200.
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My pleasure +Jake Paredes ! Fantastic macro ! Wish you a great new week ! :-)
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Feeding Honeybee

Technique: This flower is growing out of a pot that's sitting on top of a tree stump. I injected artificial nectar into the flower so the girl would have a reason to let me get close, and then I just braced myself on the tree stump. The light in this shot is the product of the flash, the way I diffuse it, and the angle of the light. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary in post.

Tech Specs: Canon 80D (F11, 1/250, ISO 100) + a Canon MP-E 65mm macro lens (over 1x) + a diffused MT-24EX (both flash heads on the Canon flash mount, E-TTL metering). This is a single, uncropped, frame taken hand held.
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Infinitely Stranger -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of men could invent."
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A closeup of a fritillary butterfly as she perches on a squash plant leaf in my garden one evening... Butterflies are one of the beautiful things on Earth, but close up it's hard to deny that they look downright alien. :)

For +On the Wings of Butterflies! / #OnTheWingsOfButterflies  curated by +Cicely Robin Laing and +Sharon Jeannette, and ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten  +Robert Kubacki and +Andi Fritzsch, and #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +William Banik,  & +Kailash Khedekar , +Ruth Benjamin...
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Level two of the HQSP pyramid for promoting photography and beauty on Google Plus.
Introduction

The HQSP Promotion Page is level two of the HQSP pyramid. On this page we share the best photos that are shared with the HQSP theme pages.

The theme pages are:

(You can click on the page name to go to the page itself)

The theme pages are:
#hqspanimals | +HQSP Animals 
#hqsparchitecture | +HQSP Architecture
#hqspphotoart | +HQSP Photo Art
#hqspbirds | +HQSP Birds  
#hqspflowers | +HQSP Flowers
#hqsphdr | +HQSP HDR  
#hqsplandscape | +HQSP Landscape
#hqspmacro | +HQSP Macro 
#hqspmonochrome | +HQSP Monochrome
#hqspmotion | +HQSP Motion
#hqspmusic | +HQSP Music 
#hqspnight | +HQSP Night
#hqspportraits | +HQSP Portraits
#hqspurbanstreetphotos | +HQSP Urban & Street Photos   

The community: HQSP Community

Owner: Anja Wessels


How to share
You cannot share directly with the HQSP Promotion page. The photos shared at this page are chosen by the managers of the theme pages. You share with a theme, we do the rest.


HOW DOES THE HQSP SYSTEM WORK?

There are two ways to participate in the HQSP system.

1. By sharing in the HQSP Community

2. By sharing with the hash tag of a HQSP theme page

In this way you end up at the base of the HQSP pyramid. 


THE PYRAMID

The pyramid has 5 levels:

✔ The base is formed by you, the photographer. You post your photo either by posting your photo with a hash tag of a theme page, or by posting a photo in the HQSP Community. You can also reshare a post you posted public in the community.

✔ Level two are the theme pages. Your photo is shared on the theme page if it is good enough and fits the theme. The theme pages have a group of managers who curate and pick the photos.

✔ Level three is HQSP Promotions. The managers of the theme pages select the best photos shared on the theme pages and take them up to level three.

✔ Level four is HQSP Gold. The HQSP Gold team pics the best form HQSP Promotion on a daily basis. The photographers who make it this far are really good and are shared in the monthly Winners Circle.

✔ Level five is HQSP Weekly Winner. Every week there are three winners. The HQSP team nominates 20 photos from HQSP Gold for the vote. The public decides on this website who has shared the best photo of the week. The winners are displayed on the website, in the HQSP Community and on several HQSP pages.

 

HOW DO YOU BECOME A WINNER?

You can become a winner if you keep the next points in mind when you take a photo:

✔ Is the subject interesting? Almost anything can become interesting by choosing the right perspective, composition and framing.

✔ Playing with DOF, exposure and light/shadow is elementary.

✔ Is it program shooting or manual settings?

✔ Is the photo sharp where it is meant to be sharp?

✔ Is the overall image appealing?

✔ Is the (after) processing right? Contrast, color (accuracy and saturation), and brightness.

✔ Is my logo or copyright sign not too dominant

✔ Is my photo my not in violation of the HQSP rules  


HQSP RULES

✔ We cannot share your posts if you do not circle us.  This is very important. 

✔ Please do not tag our names or page names in your image. A tagged image will be ignored.

✔ Please do not share albums, share only single images, albums will be ignored.

✔ Please keep your watermarks reasonably sized and positioned.

✔ Please do not share Gif’s, for example the result of Auto Awesome by Google. So no moving photos.

✔ Please do not share photos with text in any form other than logos and copyright a signs. We do not support messages in foreign languages without knowing what we share, that is why we don’t share any messages at all.

✔ Above all, share your own work with us, have fun and interact with us.

✔ Share only your best shots with our pages, only one post per day and theme!  

✔ HQSP can only share photos shared by a person, a photographer. It can be via page, but the name of the photographer should be in the name of the page. We don't share photos posted by accounts that are: a company, a website, a club, etc.

Note! HQSP reserves the right to choose which photos are shared.


RULES FOR HQSP VOTE:

✔ A photographer cannot vote for their own photo

✔ A photographer cannot vote with other accounts/pages he or she owns/curates

✔ A photographer should not call others to vote for his photo alone. Inviting people to vote in general, is OK.