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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: My porch.
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Aperture: F 5.6
ISO: ISO 125
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2005

Praying Mantis insect.

Converted to black and white using Photoshop Elements 3. Desaturation, curves and levels, noise reduction, USM, resize, save for the web.

Statistics
Place: 213 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.2082
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.5426
Views since voting: 650
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 245
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 03:43:30 PM
Beautiful! Crisp and contrasty as can be. The detail is fantastic.
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09/11/2005 01:11:43 AM
For me, this photo is very, very similar in grayscale values, but nice macro shot.
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09/10/2005 01:51:31 AM
Nice black and white shot.
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09/09/2005 12:54:12 AM
Very cool picture. Can't really go wrong with a praying mantis in general. I'm not seeing a whole lot of high contrast however and I think the subject, knowing that it is usually a gorgeous vivid green, is not being displayed to its best advantage in a black/white tone. The lighting is good, fairly even for the most part, composition works to show off the body very well. The focus is a bit sketchy, I wish the whole insect was in sharp focus instead of the middle part of its body. I definitely think the high contrast is missing here though as the whole image seems to be a wash of grey for the most part. I gave a 5.
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09/07/2005 08:22:34 PM
I like the shot...not sure how well it meets the challenge personally.
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09/07/2005 06:22:13 PM
well done... not quite contrasty enough
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09/07/2005 09:11:25 AM
nice macro!
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09/07/2005 08:12:51 AM
nice macro, i really like it
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09/07/2005 03:13:13 AM
A bit to gray overall, lessening the contrast. The color of this creature is wonderful, wish you´d just leave it in it´s original color..
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09/06/2005 11:56:25 AM
Great macro!
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09/05/2005 11:08:49 PM
The histogram and my eye read this shot as high key not high contrast, but man I love it. Mantises are my favorite insect. I can only give you a 5 though.
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09/05/2005 05:36:16 PM
Fun. But high contrast?
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09/05/2005 12:49:45 AM
Nice macro but not the best use of contrast in my opinion. Could be even more dramatic if you had boosted the contrast, as indicated in the challenge.
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09/05/2005 12:18:48 AM
This is an amazing picture of a praying mantis, but there isn't enough contrast IMO. Good luck to you.
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