Kimo- Thank you for all of this information. I understand some but not all of it. I recognized right away the first time I saw one of your photos that you were not an average camera user. I have a professional Photographer in the family that has tried to teach me some things. I also have worked with a graphic arts team that did in house marketing Photos for the largest salad dressing company in the US. So I have seen been around it enough to recognize professional photos. And yours were undoubtedly professional. That said, hanging around with professionals does not make me one. LOL
And I do not have a macro lens or good lighting at all. I have an old Nikon D200 that I really enjoy and a D3300 that I use regularly. The photo was taken with the D3300.
What I do not understand is that My photo info shows 6000 x 4000. is that the same as 1200 x 800? I was not really comparing my photo to your photos at all. I was comparing my original photo as it appears on my computer to the same photo after posted on the website. I am not sure why the photo is degraded on the website. I would think 6000 x 4000 would be big enough to expand. I don't know..