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Challenge: Camouflage III (Standard Editing)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
Date: Jul 18, 2021
Aperture: 36.0
ISO: 6400
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Jul 18, 2021

Two Ambush Bug nymphs in a Swamp Milkweed plant. I've been watching them for several days now, and saw one catch a housefly once, which has to have been 5x the size of the Ambush Bug. Amazing little predators.

PP - converted from RAW, cropped, cloned out a stem, Topaz DeNoise AI, vignette, Nik Viveza to darken bugs slightly, resized, Topaz Sharpen AI

Place: 13 out of 17
Avg (all users): 5.3871
Avg (participants): 5.5714
Avg (non-participants): 5.3333
Views since voting: 50
Views during voting: 76
Votes: 31
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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07/26/2021 04:18:30 AM
I did not see the out-of-focus second one, the one on the flower. I only saw the one below on the leaf. With a closer crop you would have avoided the focus issue and still have a good image.

Message edited by author 2021-07-26 04:19:52.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2021 11:01:21 PM
The missed focus knocked a couple of points off this one.
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07/20/2021 06:59:21 PM
Wow. Great camouflage. I wish you had zoomed in on the critter on the bottom leaf and sharpened more.
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07/19/2021 08:58:55 AM
Wow, never seen such an animal before and I understand why .... took me a few moments to see it here while knowing it should be somewhere.
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