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A Little Yellow
A Little Yellow

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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A300
Location: Back Yard
Date: Sep 1, 2005
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: automatic
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2005

My first entry to this site. I took this in my back yard just before dusk.

Place: 300 out of 432
Avg (all users): 4.7153
Avg (commenters): 4.1111
Avg (participants): 4.4768
Avg (non-participants): 4.9653
Views since voting: 576
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 295
Comments: 11
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09/20/2005 08:41:27 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!! ;-)
First off, I want to say that this is a great capture!! The colors are such a pleasant suprise!
As for the technical aspects:

Lighting: Your comments may say it is "overexposed" or "blown". What they mean is there is too much harsh light (perhaps a flash)reflecting off of the plant. This results in the very light, almost white spots. Here is a link to the highlights and shadows tutorial, which I reference for help tutorial.

Placement: It is always good to have a off center subject, it is pleasing to the eye. I like the movement, how it leads your eye across the pink stalk to the yellow bug.

Background: The leaf and grey spot are a bit distracting. Perhaps a different angle would have helped.

Subject/fit topic: The subject is just beautiful, and fits the challenge perfectly.

Overall, you did a great job with a rare capture of one of nature's unusual color combinations. Great eye and keep it up!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 04:53:44 PM
I would have gotten close if I could and macro'd the bug, but kepy a little bit of the branch. Lots of flash present.
09/12/2005 08:54:54 PM
Lighting on the subject is a bit harsh. I would have cropped it tighter.
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09/08/2005 08:58:49 PM
I don't like the dark background, I want to see the colors of it; but its muted.
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09/08/2005 08:56:27 PM
For me, I would have cropped more from the right hand side so that the main focus of your photo isn't so centered. The highlights from the flash are a bit bright, but good eye on catching that little guy on the branch.
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09/08/2005 07:40:49 PM
What IS that plant? :-) Love the bug. PIcture is a little over exposed.
09/08/2005 05:13:19 PM
overexposed, light is burning details out of bug and flower
need sharper focus on bug
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/07/2005 10:22:10 PM
This looks more like a blossm than a branch. I really like the shocking pink and the insect.
09/07/2005 07:19:02 PM
background is a bit distracting. maybe blurring would have been good for that?
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09/07/2005 01:06:30 PM
This is amazing because earlier this week I took shots of the exact same kind of yellow bug on another poke berry bush. (They must really like them!) This shot, however needs a little work IMHO. The blown highlights (probably from flash) and drab background are real distractions. The composition could be shifted to one side a bit more too, to make it more interesting. Just my opinions, but I'll give you props for making my day (with essentially an identical shot of my own - not entered in challenge).
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09/07/2005 12:15:09 PM
Very Cool

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