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A bugs life
A bugs life

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Challenge: Busy (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus D-450Z
Location: Behind my Shop
Date: Oct 26, 2005
Aperture: Penny Sized
ISO: Auto
Shutter: Click!
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 26, 2005


Place: 104 out of 190
Avg (all users): 5.0553
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 5.1143
Avg (non-participants): 5.0328
Views since voting: 796
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 253
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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11/14/2005 11:24:02 PM
I did not look at the other comments. First, man we had these bugs everywhere a month ago. When I took my image grain pic, there was a large bush/tree in the graveyard that literally had thousands of them flying around. Quite weird.

Ok, I did not look at the other comments, as usual. First off, it's the lighting; it's very flat. Looking at the histogram, it looks like you could have upped your whites a little. It also looks like there is a green cast to the picture. Not quite sure where that comes from as people usually have more issues with red or blue casts. I tried upping the contrast and that helped quite a bit.

The subject is tough too. I totally get the busy aspect of it, but it doesn't translate quite as well as we would hope. These bugs look more like they are looking for work rather than ants which always seem to be doing something. The three beams and concrete add to a "snapshot" quality. It looks like you found the situation, changed very little, and snapped a picture. That can work, but often it doesn't. The nail, for example, is distracting. A closer crop of the vertical third of the picture (mainly the center beam) might have been good. You would ditch the shadows in the corners and the picture would have a more purposeful background (just wood).

Try this. When I get a picture where the color is not important to the picture, I immediately think B&W. I looked quickly in PS and the blue channel as B&W is actually not bad. You lose some of the detail of the bugs, but the textures of the wood look a lot better than they do in color.

Message edited by author 2005-11-14 23:28:15.
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11/09/2005 01:14:30 AM
I liked it, but seems to not appeal to everyone, oh Well, scored better than my first. I still think I'd frame this and hang it!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/08/2005 02:38:24 PM
Reminds me of Utah. Box elder bugs everywhere!
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11/08/2005 11:44:08 AM
good for theme
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11/07/2005 10:26:47 AM
Very good .... but yuck. But those busy little bugs are what make this good!
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11/04/2005 12:49:55 PM
EEKS Good shot
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11/03/2005 12:23:57 PM
there are so much bug photos in this competition!
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11/03/2005 08:59:35 AM
Love the subject, fits the criteria so well. Would have liked the bugs a bit sharper.
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11/02/2005 08:58:43 PM
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11/02/2005 07:32:40 PM
ahhhhhhh...boxelder beetles...I used to have a ton ofthem around my previous house...they sure like that sunshine don't they?
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11/02/2005 10:56:57 AM
darken the contrast with levels or curves some and maybe add some saturation if the curves didn't bring out the colors of the bugs.
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11/02/2005 08:35:29 AM
Gives me the chills...
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