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The Wasp
The Wasp
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: home
Date: Oct 21, 2004
Aperture: 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 20, 2004

Caught this guy flying around my dining room!? After a few minutes in the freezer, he was slow enough for me to photo. He survived the experience and I let hin go out side.
The flower is a Bachler Button from my wifes garden.

Shot in RAW format using 105mm Nikon Micro lens and an SB 600 flash.

Post processing-Crop,resize,Lab color gaussion blur,NI,saturate,burn.

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 487
Avg (all users): 6.6955
Avg (commenters): 8.2273
Avg (participants): 6.6238
Avg (non-participants): 7.1515
Views since voting: 3879
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 243
Comments: 26
Favorites: 7 (view)


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08/09/2005 07:12:33 PM
very very nice, excellent color combo
ha, i just noticed thats exactly what kaush wrote
12/08/2004 01:35:37 AM
Really nice colour combination.
Great pic!
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11/14/2004 06:05:59 PM
Hello! I see that you haven't received any after-challenge comments, so here's one from the Critique Club.

Initial Thoughts

To be honest, my initial thought was, "I've seen this before". However, this shot, while popular (insect macros always are, especially wasps/bees), has a wonderfully original use of complementary colors in the purple and yellow, which one doesn't see so often. Another initial thought after, "I've seen this before." was, "but still, wow." :)

Composition / Content

I really like the composition in this shot. You've got the wasp itself centered instead of it's face, and this creates a nice strong triangular look between the wasp's head, and the branching of the flower. Having the wasp look directly into the camera is a little chilling, especially for those of us with phobias :) The content, while not unique, is still put forth extremely well.

Background

I can't find anything wrong with the background. It's nicely OOF, the color is good and complements the image well, and it isn't cluttered. Good job.

Camera Work - Technical

Focus is crisp, DOF is great, and the exposure is practically dead on. Your camera work is really nice.

Digital Processing

This photograph *looks* a little over smoothed. The antennae and the eyes just have a kind of "plastic" look. The color work you did is really nice, giving it a beautiful saturation, and you said you did a little burning, but it wasn't entirely noticeable to me at first, which is a sign of a good burn job.

Fits The Challenge

Being a Free Study makes this part easy on me, how can it not fit the challenge? :)

My Opinion on the Photo

An absolutely wonderful photograph, that got high marks from me in the challenge (9). As I said, I was put off a touch by the plastic look of the wasps eyes and antennae, but everything else was beautiful. This is a work to be proud of. *edit* Oh, and one last thing. I think that you may have suffered in voting a little bit, because of content. As I also said, people tend to see a lot of insect macros, and it probably played a part in voting.

Message edited by author 2004-11-14 18:07:20.
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11/08/2004 12:31:34 AM
Well... it didn't place nearly as high as I expected. But I see I wasn't alone! Congratulations anyway ... 23rd out of 488 is still right smack up there near the top!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 11:20:07 PM
Unbelievably great color and detail!! I'm peeing my parts, it's so beautiful. I love the elegant and powerful colors.
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11/07/2004 05:18:16 PM
great colors and nice dof. maybe a slight crop off the bottom, to get rid of the purple on the bottom right corner would help
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11/07/2004 07:41:56 AM
This is an amazing closeup with excellent clarity and rich color. Absolutely wonderful job.
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11/06/2004 12:37:31 PM
great colors great macro..i dont know how you people get so close to these things...10
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11/06/2004 12:13:18 AM
Good color and saturation. Perfect depth of focus.
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11/05/2004 05:20:57 PM
Great lighting, looks like an spotlight on the little bugger at night. Great colors, nice blurred background.
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11/05/2004 12:00:55 AM
Wow... Let me say it again: WOW! I'm flagging this one for the blue. I'll be back later to see if I was right. :-)
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11/04/2004 11:37:18 PM
Great use of color and saturation.
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11/04/2004 09:02:09 PM
Perhaps the most artistic bee/wasp shot I've ever seen. Nicely done!
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11/04/2004 04:42:00 PM
Great Macro, Real nice
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11/04/2004 11:50:53 AM
Very nice macro.
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11/04/2004 11:08:37 AM
Beautiful...
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11/04/2004 05:29:36 AM
Nice colors here!!! That makes it in a way diffrent from the others original bugs shots. I like it
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11/04/2004 02:12:18 AM
great macro.
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11/03/2004 11:21:05 AM
Dramatic colors as well as the subject matter make this easily a 10. Well done.
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11/03/2004 08:39:08 AM
Excellent macro!!! The colors are good in this photo... the purple and yellow really offset each other, although it seems the colors are maybe just a bit muted... like it was overcast or dusk.
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11/03/2004 06:25:20 AM
Yeah, great bug shot.
Nice colors.
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11/02/2004 11:23:11 PM
Very well taken and beautiful color. Kinda strange angle. 8.
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11/02/2004 11:02:31 PM
Ok Jacko, how did you get the perfect bug on the perfect flower with the perfect background? 10
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11/02/2004 09:54:22 PM
Very cool, nice shot....
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11/02/2004 06:53:36 PM
GREAT..........................
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11/02/2004 06:17:16 PM
Very intense colors. Great shot!
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