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timfythetoo


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Challenge: Burst of Color II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro for Canon
Location: my back porch
Date: Jun 24, 2007
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2007

We seemed to have had a mantis nest somewhere under our porch as I have been finding these tiny little baby manti around. This guy here is not much longer than the diameter of a quarter. I picked up the flowers in case I wanted to shoot one for burst of color. This was taken outside on my back porch with trees as the background. The mantis was pretty helpful with his pose as he let me put him basically where I wanted and the stayed put. I shot numerous pics of him with a variety of lenses - this one using my Sigma 70-300 in macro mode which gave me the real shallow DOF and turned my treed background into basically nothing.. Not as sharp as I would have liked. Advanced edit would have been nice.

PP - RAW conversion, numerous selective color adjustments which helped the colors pop (the center of the flower shoudl have been yellow but I wanted the mantis more green so I had to choose which was more important, and the background blended to black nice) NI a couple of times, USM several times, various levels and saturation adjustments, save for web, USM and border.

I haver this shot up at Fotofight and Eyefetch, both scoring around a 7.2 or so. Which usually means that this will score a high 5 here. But 27 votes in I am sitting on a 7.04. Lets see how it ends.

Post ChallengeWhooh Hooh! Didnt expect this to score the best of all three sites. I took 2nd place at fotofight with a 7.1 and 6th place at eyefetch with a 7.0. Thank you for all the votes and comments. If you are interested in readxing a stroy of my mantis go here - Long Story about Me and Manti

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 286
Avg (all users): 7.2604
Avg (commenters): 8.2800
Avg (participants): 7.1250
Avg (non-participants): 7.3281
Views since voting: 11644
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 192
Comments: 71
Favorites: 24 (view)


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07/09/2007 07:15:10 PM
Congrats Tim. Glad the little guy cooperated!
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07/07/2007 06:38:59 PM
Congrats, Tim! It's a great shot. :)
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07/06/2007 06:44:26 PM
Congrats!
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07/05/2007 10:05:39 PM
Love this photo, and the border really goes nice with this. Congrats on the ribbon, and that little mantis is adorible.
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07/05/2007 12:34:07 PM
Way to go on the blue!! Excellent capture! Saw my first little guy like this the other day in our garden. Great subjects.
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07/05/2007 07:34:26 AM
What an excellent capture! Congrats on your well deserved blue ribbon!
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07/05/2007 05:34:21 AM
I even like the cheesy border on this one. WTG man.

I'd be shocked if this didn't make the Kodak billboard. Send it in.
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07/04/2007 07:34:37 PM
What a darling of an entree! Congratulations on your Blue. Indeed a memorable image.
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07/04/2007 06:49:36 PM
Beautiful capture so well suited to this challenge!! Congratulations on the blue!
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07/04/2007 05:49:49 PM
So thats why you were so interested in my score ;-)

Congrats on the blue, well deserved
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07/04/2007 05:21:23 PM
Fantastic shot- congrats on your blue !!!
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07/04/2007 03:48:55 PM
WTG Tim!!! Congrats on winning the blue with this superb shot!! They are fascinating creatures the way they watch you!
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07/04/2007 02:49:47 PM
I guess I don't need to be repetitive of my comment made during the challenge...so I'll just congratulate you on winning the blue ribbon!

...and how come mom is not a "...too?"
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07/04/2007 12:56:58 PM
Congrats on 1st! Fantastic shot, love the color and sharpness! Well Done!!
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07/04/2007 11:46:08 AM
WTG TIM!!! Fantastic shot bursting with beautiful color. Congrats on the blue! GO Untouchables!!!
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07/04/2007 10:17:25 AM
OMG !! I was just thinking that I hadn't seen you on this page in a while! Congrats I'm so EXCITED for you!!!!
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07/04/2007 09:32:39 AM
Whoa -- way to go Mr. T!!
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07/04/2007 09:29:25 AM
Originally posted by sukilynner:

That's my boy! As your mom, Tim, I have always enjoyed the new 'pets' you brought into the house - the snakes, the tarantulas, the newts, the turtles, the hamsters (all named Hester), the mice to feed the snakes, the anoles, the crickets to feed whomever. All the animals, and you, continue to create so many smiles. You warm my heart. Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon!

Thanks mom! ;)
07/04/2007 09:20:52 AM
That's my boy! As your mom, Tim, I have always enjoyed the new 'pets' you brought into the house - the snakes, the tarantulas, the newts, the turtles, the hamsters (all named Hester), the mice to feed the snakes, the anoles, the crickets to feed whomever. All the animals, and you, continue to create so many smiles. You warm my heart. Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon!
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07/04/2007 08:56:48 AM
Congrats
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07/04/2007 05:15:19 AM
Fantasitc photograph. Well done on another ribbon!
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07/04/2007 03:53:00 AM
Well whatdya know! This little guy did very well for you! Let's hope he wasn't the one that the spider got. Congratulations!!
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07/04/2007 03:43:28 AM
yea, nice photo ... the crying mantis :-)
congratulations !
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07/04/2007 02:49:26 AM
Special little critters, beautiful shot!
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07/04/2007 02:44:26 AM
Tim!!!! I thought you went into hiding! WOW..stunning image...delicate and beautiful
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07/04/2007 02:41:42 AM
nice one, Timfy, congrats on your blue!
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07/04/2007 01:52:38 AM
Congrats on your Blue Ribbon
Nice work
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07/04/2007 01:41:42 AM
another PINK ;) congrats!
i liked the praying mantis on the flower.
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07/04/2007 01:24:02 AM
Beautiful color combo. The drop on him is cool--I think he's crying ;) Congratulations Tim!
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07/04/2007 01:16:20 AM
soo pretty, the border! you got away with murder. :)
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07/04/2007 01:13:51 AM
Nice work, Tim. Not every day a purple border wins a blue :-)
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07/04/2007 01:06:51 AM
Good for you, Tim! Big congrats on your BluE
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07/04/2007 01:00:51 AM
What a lovely capture. Congrats on the blue.
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07/04/2007 12:37:12 AM
congrats on the ribbon! great color and contrast here. well done!
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07/04/2007 12:29:07 AM
Awesome!! Congrats!!
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07/04/2007 12:29:07 AM
Congrats on the blue!! very nice capture!!!
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07/04/2007 12:26:30 AM
WOW! Congrats!
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07/04/2007 12:20:25 AM
Ohmygoodness! What a fabulous photo, Tim! Congratulations on a Blue Ribbon! This is certainly deserving of the top spot!

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07/04/2007 12:19:50 AM
CUTE! congrats on your ribbon, the focus here is wonderful and the colors are just spot on!
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07/04/2007 12:17:32 AM
Nice Tim! Go Big Blue! :-D
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07/04/2007 12:11:25 AM
Congratulations! This is awesome!!!
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07/04/2007 12:09:33 AM
YES!! Alright Tim! Nice job as always! UNTOUCHABLES RULE!!!
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07/04/2007 12:06:02 AM
YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

You go man...oh and UNTOUCHABLES RULE!!
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07/04/2007 12:03:15 AM
Congrats! So you just win blues and nothing else eh?
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07/04/2007 12:02:51 AM
Congratulations, Tim. That's certainly a striking photo.
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07/04/2007 12:02:23 AM
thats amazing.....adding to faves and congrats on the blue!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2007 08:14:54 PM
Great catch, this is beautiful
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07/02/2007 11:58:12 PM
Pretty
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07/02/2007 09:31:42 PM
Stunning image. Awesome. Classic capture. 10
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07/01/2007 10:49:49 AM
The only border that works I've seen so far in this challenge. Very nice shot, though maybe a touch more dof could have improved it. Great composition.
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06/30/2007 02:13:25 PM
good lighting, great composition. Way to capture the green framed in a burst of pink.
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06/30/2007 08:11:59 AM
cool. a pet. hmm.
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06/29/2007 09:48:36 PM
one of my favorites...i love this!
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06/29/2007 08:24:23 PM
very vibrant!
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06/29/2007 11:00:37 AM
Very striking macro photograph! Even though he is so clear and crisp, the little guy almost disappears as he gets swallowed by the sea of pink.
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06/29/2007 10:18:37 AM
best i've seen so far-9
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06/29/2007 09:25:20 AM
Love it! I'm a HUGE mantis fan and you've done a superb job of capturing this wonderful creature. Into my favorites it goes; and yes- a 10 all the way:)
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06/28/2007 10:59:05 PM
Very cool picture, nice job. Good luck ;)
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06/28/2007 08:45:39 PM
Perfect composition, great capture. I just wish there was a little deeper depth of field to get more of the mantis in focus.
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06/28/2007 03:49:04 AM
Wonderful model!
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06/28/2007 01:32:27 AM
excellent shot, maybe could have gone a little closer
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06/28/2007 12:22:40 AM
how awesome are you & this photograph... I love this soooooooooo much.. The pink color against the green is perfect & I love your choice of border.. 10
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06/27/2007 11:53:40 PM
Excellent image. That mantis really pops off the pink flower and the black background is perfect. Nice touch with the thin pink boarder. I think this could easily ribbon.
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06/27/2007 08:58:18 PM
really great! nice choice on the frame, fuscia as opposed to the green.
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06/27/2007 06:50:06 PM
amazing.. i love the contrast with the green and pink- 7
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06/27/2007 06:49:04 PM
nice capture, love the dof
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06/27/2007 03:37:10 PM
Great color..I wish your bug was just a little sharper
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06/27/2007 06:09:11 AM
Very good macro.Excellent DOF.Limited but beautiful colors
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06/27/2007 02:29:37 AM
Very Beautiful photo..one of my favorites in the challenge.
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06/27/2007 01:41:21 AM
I really like this (but not the fuschia border). Great DOF and color saturation.
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06/27/2007 12:11:24 AM
HOLY SHIT i love it! what lense did you use, PLEASE tell me...?
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