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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Favorite Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: house
Date: Sep 23, 2006
Aperture: 9.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Macro, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2006

File #8974

My 50th challenge... This pic was quite serindipitous. I've never had a dragon fly sit still long enough to take its picture.

BG was a white house in full sun. Processed twice in RAW to lighten BG, then careful masking on top layer to reveal correctly exposed DF.
Curves adj layer
Constrast/Sat adj layer
Flatten and Resize
Duplicate layer and USM on top layer
Layer mask on top layer to hide USM effects on antenna and tail
Flatten
Clone 1 highlite in eye plus a few hot spots on the legs and tail
Stroke 2pix
Add white border
Save as jpg.

NOt the strongest FS entry in what will be a large field, but its a little different than any of my previous entries(my first bug!), pretty strong technically, interesting situation for a common subject, i like it, and ...destined for a 5.8!

Oh, and it was shot with a Canon 70-200 'L' lens that I am 'testing'. I may have caught the bug!

Statistics
Place: 79 out of 615
Avg (all users): 6.2488
Avg (commenters): 7.3125
Avg (participants): 6.1558
Avg (non-participants): 6.5532
Views since voting: 1327
Views during voting: 329
Votes: 201
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0


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03/05/2007 02:31:21 AM
Awesome...COOL SHOT!!!
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12/28/2006 09:00:57 PM
Great angle. Love the minimalist feel too. Very well done. Diggin' the colors too.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 06:32:27 PM
Title could also be: Do I know you from somewhere? :-)
Great capture!
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10/05/2006 10:54:55 PM
now, thats a neat photo.
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10/05/2006 12:46:47 PM
10...what more can i add...
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10/05/2006 01:01:49 AM
wonderful colors here...the white background works well
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10/03/2006 10:52:22 PM
Cool shot. I like the white background. It looks like you might have desaturated some of the insect's leg, though.
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10/03/2006 08:39:46 PM
I think she needs to shave her legs. nice detail and composition
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10/03/2006 08:13:39 PM
Nice Shot Nice Macro.
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10/03/2006 12:49:21 PM
Awesome Photo, very clean and simple. I love it.
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10/02/2006 09:06:15 PM
Nice color and focus on the insect - good composition - could do without the border, or with a black border instead.
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10/02/2006 12:29:21 AM
Nice focus. Great comp. A little over-blown on the whites and contrast, especially along the abdomen.
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10/01/2006 11:12:08 PM
Nicely composed graphic image.
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10/01/2006 04:03:57 PM
This shot is almost like a comic strip in appearance.
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10/01/2006 11:03:51 AM
Nice composition. A little stark with the white background. I like the way the dragons feet align with the anti-singing thread on the antenna.
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10/01/2006 09:38:17 AM
woow. good colour contrast and compoistion. maybe a little oversaturated, but good stuff nevertheless.
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10/01/2006 06:02:35 AM
Love this composition...
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10/01/2006 12:20:08 AM
Terrific use of negative space. The focus and details - spot on. Terrific color. WOW
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