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Shy
ScottK


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Challenge: Insects (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: My Kitchen, Oceanside, CA
Date: Sep 4, 2003
Aperture: f/4.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/20 sec.
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2003

This bug showed up, as if on cue, the night I read about the Insects challenge. I had tried to get some ants and a fly earlier in the day, but they were boring. This guy was definitely a little more interesting - I still don't know what kind of bug it was, it was one of those that sort of looks like a walking leaf. He was a tiny guy, maybe half an inch long.

I took the pictures using a reversed 50mm lens to get the extreme closeup. I got some branches and flowers from a bush in the yard, put them in a plastic tub and let him walk around on them. Lighting was provided by a 250w halogen light. Got about 100 shots (getting focus right with the reversed lens is kind of hit and miss - the DOF is razor thin) of him, then released him outside. About a dozen came out good enough to be considered.

This shot had two things going for it: first, it was kind of interesting. It didn't show the whole bug, but it had a little personality to it. Second, it had the best focus on the face of all the other shots. With the thin DOF, most shots had at least part of the face soft - this one had (I thought) great detail in the eyes and the lines on the face.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 137
Avg (all users): 6.7027
Avg (commenters): 8.4118
Avg (participants): 6.4457
Avg (non-participants): 7.1250
Views since voting: 2477
Votes: 148
Comments: 29
Favorites: 12 (view)


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08/05/2005 02:59:32 PM
Great subject. You were robbed for your place.
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09/22/2003 02:42:51 AM
Hi Scott
Great Picture, and a lot of effort to create it.
I've seen these kind of bugs but don't know the name either.
Nice that you've released him after his photo-session ;-)
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09/21/2003 10:51:09 AM
I keep thinking this bug reminds me of something, now I remember... those green alien toys (still can't remember what they're called) in Toy story? :P good job!
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09/19/2003 03:22:01 AM
What a cracking shot - so much character! Nice one.
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09/16/2003 02:13:35 AM
Thank you all for the kind comments. If your interested in some other views of my "shy" bug, check out my portfolio, in the outtakes folder.
09/15/2003 10:41:18 PM
should have placed higher, its a 10
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09/15/2003 02:56:43 PM
Well done, Scott top ten on the A40 picture board :)
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09/15/2003 02:10:00 PM
Congrats on your place but I had voted a 10 for this shot. Just to let you know! Nice shot!
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09/15/2003 02:15:39 AM
I gave it a 10. This is a fantastic macro shot, and I can't believe it didn't take blue ribbon. Congratulations on a wonderful capture.
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09/15/2003 01:36:35 AM
Hi Scott. Well done with this shot. I thought this was the best shot of the challenge.
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09/15/2003 12:05:44 AM
A 6.7 for your 1st members challenge!! WOO!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2003 06:44:12 PM
Great colors. Weird bug, do you know what it is?
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09/14/2003 04:22:15 PM
incredible colors and detail
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09/14/2003 01:26:27 AM
Interesting photo....great color and texture!
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09/12/2003 05:22:29 PM
I love this. What is this creature? I love the fairydust look to the leaves/petals on this in contrast with the green of the bug. Beautiful textures.
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09/11/2003 12:45:00 PM
Beautiful colors. Well focused, good composition. My favorite so far. Nice work and good luck.
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09/11/2003 10:44:40 AM
EXCELLENT COLOUR -
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09/09/2003 11:59:56 AM
What I really like about your shot is the soft periwinkle color that surrounds your shy bug, tho i do wish we could see more of him, he looks like a unique critter.
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09/09/2003 04:22:25 AM
This shot merits the first place because of the absolute harmony of the colors combining to the perfect macro detail... Could be a painting !!!
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09/08/2003 10:40:22 PM
Don't know what it is, but I like the photo.
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09/08/2003 08:57:24 PM
This is a wonderful combination of blues and greens. The title gives the bug a quality of cuteness. The blurred green in the lower right corner is a little distracting.
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09/08/2003 08:27:35 PM
Excellent. The green and blusih colors go really well together. Good luck. Jacko.
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09/08/2003 08:19:14 PM
a little aphid of some sort? I love the triangular had and the grip on the stamen of the flower
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09/08/2003 06:20:12 PM
The title is PERFECT for this shot. Very well done. And I like the green border as well. 9
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09/08/2003 05:10:22 PM
Love the colors in this one
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09/08/2003 04:55:40 PM
Hmm. Could be the winner. Interesting subject, nice composition, good exposure and focus and lovely colours too. It even (with the title) tells a story. Very nice job - well done.

PS Lovely noise-free image - 10D?
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09/08/2003 02:30:30 PM
great shot, especially like the angle.
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09/08/2003 10:21:23 AM
You have a great macro lens! These are the coolest bugs. Great job! Love the colors, the angle, the eye...well done. Top runner in this challenge...
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09/08/2003 04:00:39 AM
beautiful colors, and nice focus!
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