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Challenge: Accidental Letters (Basic Editing III*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: G-D of Luxembourg, Bascharage, my bedroom
Date: Apr 5, 2005
Aperture: F/2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/50 sec.
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2005

My mother has brought me that scorpion from Tunesia (because I'm born in November). It's been hanging on my wall since then, framed and behind glass, but then there were bugs in it so I had to red rid of the frame. The 'y' shape struck me out of nothing while I was reflecting what on earth would be a good letter for this challenge. I don't expect there to be many scorpions, even though there will be many 'y's. After all, there was not a single scorpion in the Zodiac challenge.

After glueing the scorpion about 4 times (I dropped it, broke off a leg etc) I tried this leaf as a background. It's from a plant from the entrance to our house. I put it on one of those boxes where you can put film dias on to look at them with neutral light. The veins came out pretty well. Then I tried different settings to get the best lighting on the scorpion. I finally decided for this silhouette version, where the light shines through some parts, taking the emphasis off the legs, which distract a bit from the 'y' shape.

Post Processing:
Colour balance (-18/0/60 on midtones), Levels (darken hotspots a bit), Brightness/Contrast (0/+5), add thin black border, resize to 541x640, USM (0,65/100/1), save with 26% compression (that last part hurt).

Wow, those details are a JPEG killer. I had to compress this twice as much as usually.
I had fun with the scorpion, although I must admit that I barely dared to touch it in the beginning and even kept in a box. Kinda silly.
I hope the glue is not too visible, and that nobody notices the missing foot.

Place: 5 out of 270
Avg (all users): 6.8567
Avg (commenters): 7.9130
Avg (participants): 6.7385
Avg (non-participants): 6.9471
Views since voting: 3515
Views during voting: 464
Votes: 300
Comments: 35
Favorites: 9 (view)

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09/04/2005 11:09:09 AM
This is awesome. As much as I detest scorpions, their shape is very alluring and the silhouette against the solid green of the leaf is just wonderful. GREAT JOB
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05/10/2005 11:46:48 PM
NIce if you didn't tell me that it was a dead scorpian i would have guessed it was alive when you captured it
SWEeet picture man
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04/27/2005 11:46:05 AM
04/14/2005 10:40:11 AM
Thanks for all your kind comments. I've never ranked that high. Nonetheless I must amdit I opted for a 7 :)
Here's my source of inspiration:
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Message edited by author 2005-04-14 10:40:45.
04/13/2005 06:50:44 PM
Detail in the leaf is unbelievable - amazing for that. "y" was, as you say, confused by the legs etc. However, outside the challenge, a great shot (and a good one even within!). congrats.
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04/13/2005 11:45:06 AM
Congrats on your 5th place shot.
04/13/2005 01:14:48 AM
Congrats on your top 5 finish Gilles.
Your story behind the scenes is a hoot - thanks for sharing it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2005 11:27:04 PM
Nice shot. couldnot tell the Y
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04/12/2005 11:13:07 PM
04/12/2005 10:15:34 PM
A superb capture to accent the "Y"
04/12/2005 12:48:31 PM
wow. scary, yet really good. nice 'y' too.
04/10/2005 08:36:06 PM
kind of like a Y and a J
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04/10/2005 12:25:30 PM
I like this shot, very good idea and outcome
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04/09/2005 05:12:05 PM
Fabulous detail. Beautifully done.
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04/08/2005 04:47:25 PM
it really gave me the creaps and earned you 9 points :-)
04/07/2005 11:44:13 PM
Very effective contrast of the black on green, and love how sharp the veins are. Very unique composition.
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04/07/2005 07:55:56 PM
love the detail on the leaf
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04/07/2005 06:12:51 PM
this picture is amazing. good job.
04/07/2005 03:29:43 PM
It's more of a J than a Y, but a good pic none the less
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04/07/2005 01:04:42 PM
I like this shot a lot, esp the colour and the pattern in the blade which makes an excellent background.
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04/07/2005 01:00:47 PM
And a J and a T. Nice shot.
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04/07/2005 09:37:01 AM
i see the winner, better You will not get. bumping up.
04/07/2005 02:05:53 AM
Very nice capture, just keep it away from me!!! 8
04/06/2005 10:42:37 PM
think maybe more of capital J, even tho y is good also 8
04/06/2005 08:52:58 PM
Quite striking. Hope you didn't have to get very close.
04/06/2005 07:59:41 PM
The "J" in the tail is more pronounced.
I like the through-light effect.
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04/06/2005 04:55:31 PM
A Ribbon. Without a doubt. Just beautiful (in a sort of deadly and dangerous way) 10
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04/06/2005 03:59:57 PM
I hope he was dead... LOL 9
04/06/2005 03:33:27 PM
Wow pretty impressive....The colours are stunning,it's almost perfect 9
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04/06/2005 03:33:11 PM
Very interesting and original image, with amazing detail and a beautiful saturated green. One of my favourites.
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04/06/2005 11:43:10 AM
I love this one. Original, creative, great angle for the shot. Love the color and texture of the leaf, and I LOVE the idea of using a scorpion as the letter. Great job.
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04/06/2005 10:42:09 AM
04/06/2005 07:58:13 AM
Brilliant....... 10
04/06/2005 07:46:41 AM
J is a better title IMO, but nice scorpion shadow.
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04/06/2005 04:36:32 AM
Ah wow, gotta be in the top 5 for sure!! The detail in the leaves is great, and a close inspection of the scorpion shows bones (?) in the legs etc!! great image!
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