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MaryO


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Challenge: Foreground Bokeh II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: Jun 14, 2012
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jun 14, 2012

And spritz it for prettier bokeh ;-)

Not an original idea but I'm really happy with this image. Took a ton of shots of this spider and its familial relatives in my garden. This shot just worked the best for me in terms of bokeh and a sort of magical feel. For a spider web . I'm surprised none of the spiders lost patience and went after me for soaking them repeatedly on a sunny day!

Turned myself mostly upside down for this one (the spider hangs upside down in the web and I wanted her other side ... plus the web looked more interesting from that angle). Used diffused flash to make the water sparkle better.

PP - rotated, cropped, white balance, levels, increased saturation and contrast, resized, sharpened, hand-sharpened some of the spider, added border.

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THANKS FOR THE PRETTY BLUE RIBBON :-) My very first one!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 126
Avg (all users): 7.5238
Avg (commenters): 8.7692
Avg (participants): 7.4800
Avg (non-participants): 7.5526
Views since voting: 3764
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 126
Comments: 47
Favorites: 8 (view)


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08/16/2012 03:26:58 PM
Great shot!! I always love it when a photo I gave a high score to wins! Happy to have helped you get the recognition you deserved.
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06/28/2012 09:55:22 AM
Congrats mary - well deserved !
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06/27/2012 10:37:32 PM
Congratulations! It is an amazing photo!
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06/27/2012 06:59:06 PM
Congratulations, Mary, on your first blue and new PB. I love the image, it's just beautiful (one of my top picks).
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06/27/2012 03:36:50 PM
congrats on the blue and new PB - lovely shot.
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06/27/2012 01:56:12 PM
Congratulations.
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06/27/2012 11:39:41 AM
Congrats on spinning this blue ribbon into your universe! Well done!
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06/27/2012 11:39:18 AM
Congratulations.
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06/27/2012 11:21:49 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon and a new personal best. Quite a wonderful photo and very well deserving. Well done.
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06/27/2012 11:21:37 AM
very nice image, thanks for sharing the technique.
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06/27/2012 10:45:46 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Great shot.
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06/27/2012 10:37:38 AM
Love the angle, perspective, bokeh. Congrats Mary!
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06/27/2012 10:18:02 AM
congrats on your blue, what a wonderful idea for this challenge and perfectly executed
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06/27/2012 10:10:19 AM
Good for you Mary!!! Wonderful picture...very creepy...can you tell I hate spiders???
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06/27/2012 10:08:27 AM
Great pic -- congratulations Mary on your first BLUE! It was an interesting coincidence to see this at rollover because I had just found one of these near my shed and was taking pictures yesterday. I had one or two years ago and I knew what type it was, but I forget now. Have to look it up again or find my old pics!
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06/27/2012 08:22:44 AM
WOW LOOK AT OUR MY DEAR AND THAT SCORE A PB AND YOUR FIRST BLUE SO OVERDUE WELL DONE XOX
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06/27/2012 08:10:44 AM
Congrats on the blue Mary! Very deserving; one of my top picks.
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06/27/2012 07:57:13 AM
Woot! Woot! Congratulations on your first blue Mary!
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06/27/2012 07:43:34 AM
Congrats, Mary! This is the one you told me about. Very Cool!
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06/27/2012 07:02:07 AM
Congrats on you win Mary, very well done. :)
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06/27/2012 06:23:09 AM
Yay! A ribbon! And look, it's even blue! Congrats!
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06/27/2012 06:05:03 AM
congrats on the well deserved BLUE
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06/27/2012 05:10:18 AM
Stunning!
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06/27/2012 03:15:33 AM
Congrats on your first blue :)

It's a great shot.
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06/27/2012 02:20:48 AM
Wonderful image, great angle. Huge congrats on your well deserved first ribbon and new PB, Mary.
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06/27/2012 01:30:45 AM
Wooohoooo! Congrats on your first blue and new personal best!
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06/27/2012 01:16:21 AM
Congratulations on your blue! Great image!
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06/27/2012 12:47:54 AM
Congrats on your first blue ribbon. Gorgeous picture, even if it IS a spider....
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06/27/2012 12:30:56 AM
You worked with your model very well, it seems! Congratulations on your very pretty blue ribbon, Mary! Well deserved!
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06/27/2012 12:26:03 AM
I picked first and second place too, though I might have given the other the edge. Congratulations on your your first Blue.
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06/27/2012 12:23:16 AM
Delightful. Well done, 21_F.gif MaryO
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06/27/2012 12:07:14 AM
How cool is this - my two 10's got first and second place :) I just loved that the bokeh actually contributed to the beauty and effect of the shot in these two. This does indeed sparkle, Mary, and the angle (both of the shot from underneath and of the spider and web in the frame) is very effective. Congratulations.
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06/27/2012 12:03:51 AM
FABULOUS, Mary! Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2012 11:57:53 PM
gorgeous bokeh... on another planet, I'm thinking.
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06/26/2012 09:49:35 PM
very good recreation of previous foreground bokeh entries
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06/26/2012 07:14:31 PM
One of the best spider and web shots I have seen, lovely composition.
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06/26/2012 06:49:10 PM
The best of the spider bokeh. Great job. (voted earlier)
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06/25/2012 06:00:00 PM
Wonderful focus and choice of perspective.
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06/24/2012 07:04:50 PM
Beautifully done! Should ribbon.
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06/24/2012 12:17:06 AM
Your title really is perfect! I am not much of a fan of foreground bokeh, but this, I like a lot. :)
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06/23/2012 04:20:33 AM
Oh yes, terrific picture well matched and beautifully composed.
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06/21/2012 05:19:05 PM
Wow, great. So far my favorite
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06/21/2012 11:54:35 AM
Top 3
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06/20/2012 01:22:11 PM
Excellent composition, clarity of subject, and beautiful bokeh!
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06/20/2012 12:58:33 PM
Wonderful light and bokeh. Beautiful image!
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06/20/2012 01:10:34 AM
I think this has Foreground Bokeh Part 1's blue ribbon beat, but the competition is stiff this time around! Great shot.
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06/20/2012 12:46:50 AM
Whoa. well done!


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