Patience - yes. Keen eye - maybe. Equipment - not at all. Good macro lense (not necessarily expensive, mine is worth about 200$) and a stable tripod is all you need. Anyway, thanks for your appreciation
I learned long ago that the number of views on dA can be a very misleading measure of one's work quality. I have already seen very poor pictures with a lot of views and faves. Some of them can even be seen as DDs Not that I regard this one to be something exceptional. I'm well aware of its technical shortcomings, but still I'm satisfied with the result of my efforts (see my answer to the GrotesqueDarling13 comment below). Better camera and lens would be necessary to obtain a professional-quality shot.
That is so very true. Perfect example of this is the "most popular" front page. MOST of the work on there is horrible, but they have tons of faves and views. I read that it also depends what category you happen to submit to. Plus there's a loop hole on how to get onto the front page, you put your photo in the wrong category. So, so stupid and unfair to the artists, like yourself who have work that deserves to be viewed more
This IS a professional shot The quality of this work is stunning. All photos have their shortcomings that we, the artist, usually only see rather then the viewers. Because to me, this capture is simply flawless.
Many thanks for your appreciation . In fact, this shot was very difficult to take. Wind was constantly moving the plant, and autofocus could not be used with my lens. Switching to manual solved the problem, but still quite a few shots had to be made. And only one of them was acceptable. But I was really satisfied with the result