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Challenge: Free Study XI (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Studio, Vancouver, WA
Date: Apr 29, 2006
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 0.4
Galleries: Studio, Floral
Date Uploaded: Apr 29, 2006

I've always wanted to do this shot after seeing something similar 2 years ago. Now that I look back to the shot that gave me inspiration, I like this one better. ;)

No ladybugs were hurt in the making of this shot...except the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower.

Lighting is a window with a simple blue paper background. Post production involves:

Conversion from RAW
Some cloning of petal and bug imperfections.
Multiply layer to darken the center of the flower
Hue/Sat to lighten the petals and make them more yellow
Levels to bring out the red/orange of the bugs
brightness/contrast
Neat Image to remove noise from the blue (still not perfect)
Resize, border, USM

POST: Wow! Thanks guys! I'm happy to have met another 2006 goal of my first 7.5+ image...

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 211
Avg (all users): 7.6122
Avg (commenters): 8.4286
Avg (participants): 7.4630
Avg (non-participants): 7.7955
Views since voting: 23367
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 196
Comments: 129
Favorites: 83 (view)


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06/08/2012 09:57:24 AM
Beautiful
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07/31/2007 01:38:41 PM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

No ladybugs were hurt in the making of this shot...except the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower.


HAHAHA...I coulden't stop lauging.
Great image by the way.
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07/30/2007 05:51:20 AM
How does one kill ladybugs without squishing them? Sneak poison into their morning cup of coffee?
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02/15/2007 03:01:16 PM
The ladybugs looks fake...or dead - now if one of them were in fly, that would be another thing. As such, the picture looks too posed.
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10/11/2006 10:10:09 PM
I don't think I could purposly kill an insect to take a picture of it. I just doesn't seem right. I know they're just bugs and we kill ants and roaches every day, I think we must draw the line at killing for the sake of a photo.

I remember something when I was a little kid...maybe about 8 years old. I caught one of those big grasshoppers with the red wings. I kept him in a glass aquarium for a few days and sprayed water on him and put fresh grass and flowers in each day.

One day I took him out and put him in a can so I could walk around the neighborhood with him. Some teenagers saw me and asked what I had. I showed them. They had fire crackers and they asked if they could blow him up. I meekly gave them the can...they dropped firecrackers in and killed him.

Later that day my mom asked, "where is your grasshopper?" Not thinking I did anything wrong, I said, "I let some kids blow him up".

My mom gave me a good talking to about animals and why/when we should kill or not kill them. I was punished for a week.

I ended up going to college and earned a BS in Biology. I took many many classes on animals, insects and animal behavior.

Life is not there for us to kill for our pleasure.

In my portfolio you can see a shot of a honeybee I took one night. He was in some kind of stress. He had something on his face he was trying to clean off. He was going to die. I didn't move him but I went and got my cam and took several decent shots of this guy. I used extension tubes, and several different flash settings. Since he was not moving much, I was able to set some white paper in back of him for reflection.

Although the shots came out only "ok", his "sickly" state allowed me to refine my skills. So his death actually contributed to the science of photography as well as the art of photography. All this without the killing of the animal by the scientist/artist.

I left the bee there for nature to take it's course. With many geckos and lizards around, I'm sure it wasn't long before he was out of his misery and dinner for the stronger.

My mom, armed with only an 8th grade education taught me something I carry to this day, 35 years later and nearly ten years after her death.

Now, your photo is nice and I see many different comments. While I don't dare condem you for the killing, I'd rather see photos in the future of true life.

Good job on your ribbons this year. You are a very good photographer.
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10/03/2006 08:49:52 PM
Pretty
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09/15/2006 03:50:57 AM
Very beautiful picture:)
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07/30/2006 02:40:20 PM
good clear shot ...a "still life" in the true sense of the phrase
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07/11/2006 08:52:26 PM
"No ladybugs were hurt in the making of this shot...except the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower. "

hahaha!!!
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06/28/2006 12:35:37 AM
Did you really kill them? My bleeding heart just has to know if you're joking or not...
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05/28/2006 12:27:10 AM
Oh, yes! great shot with this great lens!!
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05/14/2006 07:24:50 AM
Brilliant shot.
Im learning slowly.... would love to see the original of this doc????
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05/14/2006 01:31:24 AM
Congratulations on your Blue. Outside of the great beauty of your image it also proves the disturbing truth that what photography conveys is merely an illusion. Even if the event and image are true, the final conversion is also an illusion. Personally I feel that you are too talented and creative to incorporate extinction, however, your candor deserves credit and so I will enjoy the image in the pretense of the illusion.
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05/13/2006 07:18:24 PM
Follow whom?

The killed one?

Jokes apart...great shot !
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05/13/2006 01:42:26 AM
I am late on my rounds this week. Congrats on a very finely-detailed, perfectly presented, utterly soothing composition.
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05/12/2006 05:05:15 PM
Very nice photo and great score. I would have liked to see spots on all the ladybirds but that`s just being picky. I think it`s ok to kill for food or photos but not for fun, apart from snails, i love that crunchy sound :)
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05/12/2006 12:46:17 AM
How could you???? Hehehhehehehee! No worries Doc. Everyone is allowed their own opinion. Like I said, congrats on the Blue! And Raeann was right! I called it ;)
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05/12/2006 12:03:42 AM
Its a fabulous shot. I respect everyones opinion, but they are ummm, just bugs. But, if they want to want to save all the bugs thats cool.

7.6 thats awesome. It just stands out, and with the colors just screams look at me.

Congrats !
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05/11/2006 10:42:48 PM
this is so much fun. i love the bright colors and the little ladies ;)
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05/11/2006 09:25:23 PM
I think it is inappropriate to kill living creatures for the sole purpose of make a photograph, I think there should be a rule where if you kill a creature to make your photo, that you should be banned for life.
05/11/2006 02:39:15 PM
Well deserved blue, Congratulations!
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05/11/2006 05:45:05 AM
BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations!
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05/10/2006 02:29:44 PM
VERY NICE! Congrats on your blue ribbon..
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05/10/2006 02:19:23 PM
very very beautiful!
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05/10/2006 05:21:45 AM
Originally posted by rex:

I want to see them complain about the chickens being killed everyday for food. Why does no one complain about that.

How many ladybugs have you eaten lately?

Either way, this image is nothing short of genocide and a crime against humanity... errrr... bugmanity.
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05/10/2006 04:53:22 AM
i hope you joking about killing the bugs!

congrats on your ribbon!
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05/10/2006 04:46:00 AM
Great colours and love the trail of bugs getting bigger. Like the crisp fine detail in the flower. You're getting a few ribbons these days, well done and congratulations.
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05/09/2006 08:25:06 PM
Doc I can't tell you how impressed I am with your work lately. Seems the creativity in you is boundless.
Speaking of inspiration... you've made me rethink my next entry. No poodles were harmed... xept of course the four I stapled to the ceiling. Bless you Doc, for everything... :)
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05/09/2006 07:55:16 PM
I just wanted to leave a comment for you.

Don't worry about the so called animal lovers. You did what it took to get a great image and a big congrats to you. I want to see them complain about the chickens being killed everyday for food. Why does no one complain about that. Either way a good steak is great and cows have to be killed for that.

Anyway not to stray to far congrats on a great image and a well deserved blue.
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05/09/2006 12:47:34 PM
This is absolutely a gorgeous picture!!! This so deserves it's #1!!! Congratulations! I love it!
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05/09/2006 09:51:48 AM
I saw the same picture done on another site.... In that version the ladybugs had more spots and none at all were harmed.. I like the way you used a Blue Background to enhance the work.
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05/08/2006 09:01:20 PM
Great Job! Really an amazing image, soo deserving of the blue! yah did a great job on this one, way 2 go!
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05/08/2006 07:55:11 PM
Glued Ladybugs, how could you do such a thing. I would never do anything like that. (Just Kidding!!) Congrats on a great image.
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05/08/2006 07:51:42 PM
Except the four?
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05/08/2006 07:22:13 PM
Hmm. and all at the expense of ''the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower".
So let me get this straight...you win a blue ribbon by using dead bugs (that you killed) and are quite insensitive about it, I might add, and you create an unrealistic image and add a nice title to it...is that how it's done?
As this photo has that ''WOW'' factor, I don't think any of us will ever see this replicated in real life. I have real mixed feelings about this one.

Message edited by author 2006-05-08 19:59:34.
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05/08/2006 06:50:58 PM
ata boy doc!!!!!!great shot
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05/08/2006 02:53:50 PM
Congratulations Doc :)
I was trying to believe though that those where little plastic bugs ;)
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05/08/2006 01:18:24 PM
I think your comment about the ladybugs is insensitive and cruel.
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05/08/2006 11:56:36 AM
Congrats on your blue, great shot!
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05/08/2006 10:53:58 AM
great job, doc
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05/08/2006 10:50:25 AM
What a great setup. Congrats on a very well done shot.
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05/08/2006 09:35:05 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. This was the only image I gave a 10 to in this challenge - it definitely deserved it.
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05/08/2006 09:21:04 AM
Hey Doc,

You did much better than I thought this shot would do. Glad you got the ribbon. I guess this nit-picking biologist was too in-the-box. Van
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05/08/2006 07:15:41 AM
Oustanding! Congrats for the blue.
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05/08/2006 07:02:38 AM
Great capture there! I love it. Hahah.... u drown em in superglue before mounting em ;)
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05/08/2006 06:58:01 AM
I really like this as the colors are so strong & compliment each other.....
I also love ladybirds.
I also love this image and now adding it to "my favorites".....

Message edited by author 2006-05-08 06:59:06.
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05/08/2006 06:38:42 AM
Good work Doc, ya beat me fair and square!
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05/08/2006 05:01:17 AM
too good. I also like the way it is cropped... and the direction of the insects... so sad that they were dead by the time you shot them :)
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05/08/2006 04:59:57 AM
Woohoo! Congrats on a new personal best score! Awesome shot, guess mag 7 did pretty well in the member challenges this week :)
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05/08/2006 03:48:26 AM
Congratulations!
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05/08/2006 03:37:09 AM
Nice work Jason, congrats.
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05/08/2006 02:36:40 AM
The photograph made me smile. This:

No ladybugs were hurt in the making of this shot...except the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower.

made me laugh.

Congrats on the blue ... and to Rikki of course :-)

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05/08/2006 02:32:40 AM
It's a beauty, Doc! congratulations
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05/08/2006 02:29:20 AM
Wow. Stunning shot. Congratulation on the blue.
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05/08/2006 02:16:21 AM
Awesome Jason! That's a stunning image! Congrats again!
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05/08/2006 01:40:20 AM
YES; two blues for our team! Magnificent work, guys!
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05/08/2006 01:29:46 AM
Congratulations! There is a wonderful clarity and colour in this. Another well deserved ribbon
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05/08/2006 01:20:56 AM
Wow! Killer score there doc. Congrats.
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05/08/2006 01:05:04 AM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

No ladybugs were hurt in the making of this shot...except the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower.


Hilarious! Great shot. Congrats on yet another ribbon.
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05/08/2006 12:48:48 AM
Nicely done! Well worthy of the Blue.

Glad you didn't "self-DQ"
:>)
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05/08/2006 12:42:56 AM
photographer and murderer
i dig it
great shot
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05/08/2006 12:40:35 AM
Congrats on the Blue!
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05/08/2006 12:36:23 AM
Wow! Wonderful shot! Congrats!!
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05/08/2006 12:35:07 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!! Now to catch up with your comments... ;-)
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05/08/2006 12:31:20 AM
Congrats Doc! WTG!!! Terrific shot.
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05/08/2006 12:30:34 AM
Originally posted by DrAchoo:

No ladybugs were hurt in the making of this shot...except the four you see which were killed and mounted onto the flower.

Oh, that's good stuff. LOL.
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05/08/2006 12:29:42 AM
Way to kick booty!
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05/08/2006 12:29:34 AM
I'm never going to hear the end of this! Like I said big guy, congrats on your Blue! Woohoo!
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05/08/2006 12:28:22 AM
An incredible shot Jason. Congrats.
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05/08/2006 12:25:00 AM
Great photo Jason. Congrats on your blue and a 7.5+ score. Oregon DPC rock on!
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05/08/2006 12:24:01 AM
Originally posted by Rikki:

Congrats on your Blue. This is definitely a DPC friendly image.


Lots of cowbell. :P
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05/08/2006 12:22:21 AM
nice, congrats.
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05/08/2006 12:21:12 AM
Rikki called it!! Woo Hoooooo

Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2006 05:37:28 PM
Way fun capture!! Well executed. Good colors.
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05/07/2006 05:26:18 PM
Amazing colors! My guess is that this one will ribbon!
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05/07/2006 02:10:40 PM
Congrats on your Blue. This is definitely a DPC friendly image.
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05/07/2006 11:11:13 AM
graphically the strongest image of the challenge. Sharp, clean, colorful. Should place well. 9 Bump to 10. The probable winner. And deservedly so.
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05/07/2006 09:07:40 AM
Very nice macro capture and nice addition of the lady bugs. Your focus is crystal clear here and the composition is good, too. I'd like to see a deeper blue on the background for this one, as it would really serve to make the yellow in the flower pop. I think a small curves adjustment would have served to do just that.
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05/07/2006 08:27:08 AM
very obedient models ;-) nice shot!
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05/06/2006 04:49:16 PM
Great lighting and color!
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05/06/2006 07:59:09 AM
Don't know how you managed to line up (and keep them there) the ladybugs - nor do I care. It's a fantastic image!

Nice color, well focused, attention to composition details...great job. Good luck in the challenge.
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05/06/2006 03:28:41 AM
It's a great shot, excellent in fact, and I'm scoring it high. I know this may sound like a party pooper comment...but I think the photo would be stronger with just the single, big ladybug on her own.
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05/05/2006 08:17:23 PM
This is so good it has to be posed. How'd you train them to do that?
Nice. Bumping (second time).
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05/05/2006 07:46:23 PM
Bit implausible pasting of the bugs...
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05/05/2006 05:23:59 PM
Wonderful shot, it is well composed and I like the colours.
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05/05/2006 11:10:22 AM
Excellent.
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05/05/2006 08:08:49 AM
"WOW" factor here.....I love it.....I am sure this is a winning shot....."10"
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05/05/2006 03:07:16 AM
Very impressive. 7
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05/05/2006 02:10:39 AM
Very nice, would have fitted in Rythm too. Came back and pushed it up to 9.
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05/05/2006 12:39:40 AM
This is a fantastic shot but I;m quite certain you know this. Sure to ribbon for a myriad of reasons. Here are some of mine: superb composition and deep dof, accurate & telling title (a rarity IMHO here at dpc)and nice contrast of colours. Everything really pops out at you without one object over shadowing the others. Sure to ribbon. Good luck! 10
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05/04/2006 10:53:45 PM
Like the layout, I bet you stuck thoughs little guys to the flower.
Vivid color and nicely focused. Well saturated the the blue back ground or is it the sky hard to tell but nice.
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05/04/2006 03:44:20 PM
Not being a member, I can't vote on this shot, but if I could, it would be a definite 10. Fantastic composition, great colour, well spotted with the ladybirds!! Really well done!
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05/04/2006 09:20:03 AM
would be better without the fake bugs to me. Nice sunflower though
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05/04/2006 01:21:10 AM
One of my favorite in the comp with a great composition and bright colors, this is really interesting.
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05/03/2006 11:54:56 PM
This makes me smile...
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05/03/2006 05:00:58 PM
great composition. are the bugs real? doesnt' look like it. 9.
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05/03/2006 03:39:49 PM
Beautiful! There isn't anything I don't love about it. A 10 in my eyes. :)
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05/02/2006 11:24:16 PM
Delightful image - a joy to see.
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05/02/2006 08:36:21 PM
cool concept, but the 3 colors clash a little for me. really great sharpness on all of the flower.
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05/02/2006 07:33:37 PM
Those bugs look rather as if they are mini hovercraft. A pretty concept photo.
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05/02/2006 06:08:23 PM
A nice twist on a old theme.
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05/02/2006 06:07:48 PM
A really cute image! love the primary colors, nice detail in the petals, the bugs look a little fake but cute concept!
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05/02/2006 05:17:35 PM
Great photo. I can't imagine getting those things to cooperate with you. Great job.
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05/02/2006 04:45:10 PM
This is great...leaves me wondering if those are real ladybugs or something set up by the photographer. Doesn't really matter though because I love the shot. Great color saturation and contrast/complementary colors of the blue sky, yellow flower and red ladybugs.
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05/02/2006 12:58:07 PM
i love this
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05/02/2006 12:43:35 PM
Lovely!!! I love lady bugs and sunflowers.
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05/02/2006 11:51:21 AM
NIce set up, stunning photo, great composition.
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05/02/2006 09:40:38 AM
Very nice, you really took the floral to another level with this fun and creative photo. Well done!
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05/02/2006 02:45:31 AM
Cheater...this is too perfect...10
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05/02/2006 01:55:24 AM
Detailed with brilliant colors... nice work!
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05/01/2006 09:29:37 PM
great find and capture. well done. the colors are great. rarity to find the lady bugs like that.
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05/01/2006 07:08:09 PM
Excellent job here - colors really pop.
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05/01/2006 05:59:50 PM
Cute! Assuming fake bugs, but still cute! Nice colour, interesting composition too.
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05/01/2006 02:58:31 PM
Very crisp bright image. Are those ladybugs real? They somehow look fake. Anyway, nice shot.
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05/01/2006 12:50:49 PM
Was this a studio shot or natural and unscripted? I really like it regardless. Great color, great composition, and great focus. a favorite for me!
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05/01/2006 12:13:22 PM
This is so cute and unique. I bet it will be a top 10 if not top 3 finisher. Beautiful!
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05/01/2006 08:13:38 AM
Great picture.
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05/01/2006 07:36:33 AM
Clean and simple. Nice.
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05/01/2006 07:27:39 AM
Wow - greeat details. The complimentary nature of the colors is striking. The perfect positioning of the insects makes me think the bugs are dead ... The set-up and lighting is great -- just seems a tad faked considering the position of the "sky". 7
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05/01/2006 07:02:24 AM
Stunning!
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05/01/2006 06:40:11 AM
Wow, classic DPC image; bright colours, strong composition and a nice little twist. I have to say I like it, well done. 8
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05/01/2006 05:45:25 AM
Beautiful, everthing about it screams 'ribbon' I have my fingers crossed!
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05/01/2006 02:38:34 AM
No doubt this was set up in a studio. It works very well for me. Love the bright colors. And the lighting is perfect.
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05/01/2006 12:43:33 AM
Gorgeous.. really vivid color. :)
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05/01/2006 12:41:14 AM
excellent
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05/01/2006 12:34:40 AM
Whoa !! Very very nice !
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05/01/2006 12:25:06 AM
Where's their legs?
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05/01/2006 12:25:05 AM
Nice lighting, great colours, good composition ... technically this is very good. If this had one real ladybug, this would be perfect. (If the bugs are real, than forgive my error.) JMO.
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05/01/2006 12:12:01 AM
How cute. Interesting take on free study. The blue background adds a nice touch, being the compliment to yellow. I think I'd do some burn along the center and a bit outward to showcase the varaicnes of the flower a smidge more.
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