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Scudderia Furcata - In Your Face
Scudderia Furcata - In Your Face

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Challenge: October Free Study (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Location: Chapman University, outside of Roosevelt Hall
Date: Oct 25, 2004
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/96
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2004

There are some awesome grasshoppers in that area... My original entry for this challenge was of a similar grasshopper in the same area, but I keep going back every day to check and see if it is there...well today there were 5...2 large, 2 small, and 1 medium. ^_^ So I snapped shots and got this. Love it!

Editing: Slight crop, Curves, Saturation, More curves, Despeckle, More saturation, Some burning of the body to remove a hot spot, then dodged area to keep it from getting too dark, Resize, USM.

The original crop, it was hard to decide between this one and the original: //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=117081

Place: 120 out of 487
Avg (all users): 5.9300
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 5.8524
Avg (non-participants): 6.4242
Views since voting: 1413
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 243
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)

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07/10/2005 05:14:24 AM
I prefer the original crop, although needs some USM - IMO it would have done better (but what do I know :-)

Great capture, stunning colours too - seems like your subject liked their photo being taken :-)

The only thing I could downscore this for is that the focal point seems to be just off the head, and the fangs look a little out of focus (maybe they were moving?) but if this general area had been in focus i think this would have been an easy 9 for me, and perhaps a 10 for the original crop ;-)
11/08/2004 09:08:55 AM
Wow! Such a beautiful image. I love the color combination. The sharpness is outstanding. I would have expected this to score in the top 10!
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11/08/2004 07:51:43 AM
Just under a 6 is a nice rating, but I'm surprised this photo didn't end up even higher. I really had it picked for top 20 at least. The colors are outstanding and you did a great job with the macro.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2004 12:19:56 PM
good use of bold opposing colors, they work perfectly.
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11/06/2004 11:05:45 PM
Great background! lifts it above the macro bug crowd.
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11/06/2004 11:37:28 AM
Not just a very well done macro, but also a superb balance/contrast of colors - 8
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11/05/2004 05:06:39 PM
Very nice Jacko! It looks like its got a mean grin on its face, can't wait to see the equipment and setup.
11/05/2004 11:55:19 AM
It's a great macro shot, but I had to look twice before I knew what I was looking at.
Maybe a bit bigger crop would have worked better for my understanding
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11/04/2004 11:32:26 AM
Well done macro.
11/03/2004 07:19:47 PM
NASTY...but great shot! Love all the colors!8
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11/02/2004 04:38:55 AM
nice colour and a mean looking bug... is it you i wonder (the bug specialist)
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11/01/2004 07:46:57 PM
Not the most attractive bug, but the colors really make this photo!
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11/01/2004 07:13:28 PM
Love the colors in this pic. Great job!
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11/01/2004 04:12:48 PM
This is so incredibly well done. The amazing range of vibrant colors is very visually appealing. The fact that you were able to get him looking right at you and focused speaks volumes about your skill, but that you also had time and attention to adjust the aperature for such a close DOF is just astounding to me. Meanwhile your subject holds on tightly to the petal, the proof of his plundering present in the pollen on his antennae. Terrific work. 10, just-married
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11/01/2004 03:21:41 AM
Great colours in this. Lovely shot.
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