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Challenge: Camouflage (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: In the garden
Date: Nov 9, 2005
Aperture: f29
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 10, 2005

I was shooting this praying mantis for more than an hour.. lo and behold, a jumping spider entered the scene. I got about 5 shots of these and then the mantis pounced on its unsuspecting prey. Now, that's camouflage!

I also got that on my camera. Hooha! Got lucky again.

Tho it seems the photo is upside down, it's not. This is an orchid flower and the orientation is facing down.

Did so little editing here.Used a bit of curves and cropping. Applied neat image to remove noise produced by 800iso.

post voting:
Thanks for all the votes. I have to be luckier next time for that very elusive ribbon. LOL

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 169
Avg (all users): 6.7600
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 6.5833
Avg (non-participants): 6.8158
Views since voting: 3255
Views during voting: 447
Votes: 300
Comments: 25
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/23/2005 01:08:43 AM
Congratulations on your top ten finish. Very nice work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/22/2005 03:54:45 PM
Wow nice capture. I'm impressed.
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11/22/2005 01:42:42 PM
These guys are amazing! Bumping up on interesting capture.
11/22/2005 08:36:08 AM
Excellent. I'm tempted to download it and rotate it to see the effect of being right side up.
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11/20/2005 05:12:12 PM
Not only is this a good camouflage image but it's also a beautiful photo.
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11/19/2005 06:10:16 PM
Great shot! What a find! Great lighting, DOF, focus and color! Outstanding! <10>
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11/19/2005 04:36:30 PM
Awesome shot! was this lunch time?
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11/19/2005 11:10:32 AM
I like the way this picture was taken although I assume this was rotated to make it look more interesting. what catches me is the eye of the praying mantis as it looks menacingly at its prey (i think the mantis is praying for its meal). great shot!!!!
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11/18/2005 04:19:56 PM
Spider and mantdis in one shot, wonderfuls...
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11/18/2005 03:09:15 PM
Cool and greeny.
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11/18/2005 10:21:27 AM
good capture
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11/17/2005 09:16:55 PM
8 - Very good, and two for one meet of the Challenge. Criticism; very difficult given the composition and inclusion of the two 'characters', but maybe a slightly different cropping. Would like to say different angle, but I am sure this was an opportune capture as is. Definition is good on both but would like to have seen perhaps a touch more as well as more vivid (especially in the green) colors, again though, difficult with the resulting contrast issues I imagine, as well as retaining definition in both 'characters' at once, in a macro.
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11/17/2005 08:09:34 PM
well done, love the interplay between two of natures best hunters, the spider does not stand much of a chance if the encounter went on to conflict, but love the photo - to me if you lose any points, maybe the fact that the photo APPEARS to be upside down (know it is not), should not, but that may be a terrible reason to deduct points ( have seen others that actually turned theirs 180 degrees), just a thought
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11/17/2005 01:47:32 PM
great capture, the upside down look is a bit disorientating, but belivable, hawever i think it might have been more pleasing if it was inverted to a " right way up" image. Never the less it ought to be right at the top, great illustration of the challenge subject.
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11/17/2005 01:40:19 PM
Great shot, nice colour, I love your subjects!
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11/17/2005 05:24:31 AM
Wow - great picture. So well done & suits the challenge perfectly.
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11/17/2005 12:36:47 AM
Two for the price of one. Lovely capture.
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11/16/2005 07:36:08 PM
Great photo, but disorienting.
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11/16/2005 07:26:50 PM
Very nice, 2 camouflaged insects!
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11/16/2005 05:57:02 PM
perfect! Technically flawless, and so complex, with BOTH insects hiding. How on earth did you luck out and come across this? or set it up? This is going to be a high scorer, I think
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11/16/2005 01:09:16 PM
I believe spidey was lunch. Great capture and composition -9-
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11/16/2005 01:46:50 AM
Great focus cropping and DOF! I flipped it all the way over and i seems better that way. ?
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11/16/2005 12:48:46 AM
Wow, nice shot!
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11/16/2005 12:44:51 AM
cool
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11/16/2005 12:26:38 AM
Oh, very nice detail, color and overall composition. This is wonderful an both insects almost blend in. Very nice. A 9
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