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Challenge: Macro V (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: West Jordan, UT
Date: Jun 30, 2005
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 2, 2005

This is actually just a macro shot of a small cactus plant I found sitting atop our piano.

I had taken one shot with the Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro and then tried another shot with the same lens and the Canon 50mm 1.8 reversed in front of it. The 2nd shot looked a LOT like this one UN-cropped! But I prefered the sharpness of the 100mm macro without the 1.8. So I simply cropped in tight for the same basic image.

PP is minimal. Used NI to get rid of a small amount of noise in the shadows. Sharpened. Increased saturation. Reduced size, added border, final sharpen and save for size.

Place: 87 out of 374
Avg (all users): 5.9409
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 5.8924
Avg (non-participants): 6.0380
Views since voting: 1123
Views during voting: 309
Votes: 237
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/08/2007 03:53:07 PM
well i'm amazed at this result .. a brilliant macro ... did you use a tripod for this shot? ...
for most of my macro's a tripod is not an option because my subjects are moving all the time .. i photograph nature in nature .. i dont set it up at home ..
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07/11/2005 04:30:00 PM
Very cool! I scored this one high but had no idea what it was. Great shot.
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07/11/2005 12:25:44 AM
Here are a couple of croppings from a little further away which let you see that the macro is an extreme close-up of a little round cactus plant about the size of a golf ball.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/10/2005 11:08:25 PM
very clear, great color. Quite creepy looking.
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07/10/2005 05:31:07 PM
Unreal - I'll be very curious to know what this is when the challenge is over - cactus? Composed so that you see the parts of the image and accept them for what they are without having to know what the whole is. Sharp in the right places and nicely composed. 8
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07/10/2005 01:36:25 AM
hmm. quite curious. is it some kind of crystal formation?
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07/08/2005 12:40:25 PM
great composition to fill the frame
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07/08/2005 08:18:14 AM
Great perspective. Excellent feeling of depth. Creative subject matter. Well done
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07/07/2005 12:27:03 AM
Not quite sure what this is but it is a great macro shot.
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07/05/2005 01:12:32 PM
Interesting shot
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07/04/2005 10:34:50 PM
7 - Good. No idea what it is, a sea urchin? Good detail and perspective though. Perhaps one of the darkened 'tips' into focus and, it would be better, if you could do so without losing the 'shavings' of white. Not sure. To me it is such a nasty looking 'thing' that the 'needles' need highlighting.
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07/04/2005 04:25:39 PM
What the @#$! is th---- oh, it's a cactus! Very neat perspective. Great job, and very very unworldly.
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07/04/2005 02:10:54 PM
I'm dying to know what this is, although I think it's an extreme close-up of the stamens and pistals (sp?) of a flower. Very cool shot with great clarity!
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07/04/2005 01:45:57 PM
Wow! Really cool subject!!! Pretty neat :-) Love the colors and the lighting and the composition just wowed me :-)
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07/04/2005 11:52:35 AM
That is amazing! The contrast of those colors is so striking! And of course, the detail is incredible. Excellent shot.
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07/04/2005 11:36:41 AM
If the background were a richer green, it might have more pop , but that's just me. The detailing is good. The spikes in the foreground are a tad distracting but it's hard to rearrange mother nature.
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