thank you for the charitable compliment. i want to one day have a similar opportunity to capture a callibaetis so i can improve upon the image i have shared. the camera i was using was likely one of those canon powershots, the image was taken back in 2005. the image you see is cropped to create a better perception of symmetry; relative to the original. with a better camera i could have preserved much more resolution after the crop assuming i did not like the original. the lack of resolution is what bothers me the most about the image; most other details i am content with.
i will one day own a proper dslr to take advantage of some of my knowledge and skill sets. until then i will live vicariously through others images and my minds ability to capture the details.
until i get a proper camera here are two others that i happen to like.
the below fish was taken from the yuba river in northern california. at some point i may create a thread discussing this tail water fishery.
i enjoy the overall dark colors of this image; almost symbolic of this little creatures ability to alter consciousness.
based on most the images i have seen in this thread the following unsolicited advice is not needed because it appears to have already been adopted. take many images and play around with the variables your camera has; i.e. shutter speed, aperture, iso speed. the important part comes next when you filter out which images other people see; people can only pass judgement off what they experience. the idea is to control those experiences so they reflect, what you feel to be, your best work. i believe this is what creates the professional divide in photography; the screening process of their work. granted a profession may be able to acquire a similar image with less try's but with enough shots and variation an image may stand out that is worthy of your name.