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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: Montour Preserve
Date: Sep 8, 2006
Aperture: F22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2006

Yippee! My first red. Thanks everyone for the great comments and votes.

To answer one question, the hopper is alive. Taken in natural light early in the morning while it was still cool outside and the hoppers aren't moving much. Close to a 100% crop.

PP-reduce noise, sharpen layer, curves layer, spot edit leaf in background, spot edit left edge, low key glow layer, flatten, crop, resize.

Maybe now I will get picked for a WPL team.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 615
Avg (all users): 7.2124
Avg (commenters): 8.2069
Avg (participants): 7.2500
Avg (non-participants): 7.0732
Views since voting: 9408
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 193
Comments: 62
Favorites: 25 (view)


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03/18/2007 07:05:06 PM
WOW...
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01/02/2007 11:43:04 PM
This is an awesome shot, looks like it is ready to hop through my computer screen. Very professional picture. fav.
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10/12/2006 01:03:40 AM
Alright, I'm not a fan of macros, and I'm sick of shots of bugs, so when I tell you that this one was so good I had to put it in my favorites, you *know* you have a winner here.

Very well done.
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10/11/2006 10:36:43 PM
What an amazing shot. I keep coming back to it.
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10/11/2006 09:54:49 AM
Excellent shot, pin sharp with great colours. Congrats on your well deserved red ribbon!
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10/10/2006 04:23:22 PM
Great image, congrats on your ribbon!
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10/10/2006 03:40:29 AM
Fantastic shot! Loved the detail
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10/08/2006 11:48:21 PM
A wonderful image
Nice detail Congrats on your ribbon
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10/08/2006 05:26:24 PM
Superb.
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10/08/2006 05:03:54 PM
A most arresting macro capture and great composition. Congratulations on your RED.
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10/08/2006 02:36:40 PM
Wow! that is some image, well done and congrats on the ribbon Eric.
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10/08/2006 12:45:27 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this perfectly executed and very stunning image!
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10/08/2006 11:28:18 AM
Fabo shot!! What detail...I was gone and couldn't vote, but this would have been a 10 in my book! Congrats on your ribbon! (You can see the hairs on his back!!!)
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10/08/2006 10:49:13 AM
This is so good it's scary. Way to go Sypdr!
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10/08/2006 10:33:33 AM
This is such an excellent shot!! Congrats on the red ribbon!
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10/08/2006 10:28:01 AM
You have beautifully captured this hopper's existence. Wow - what a fanstastic image - very well deserving of your ribbon. I can't see anything about this image that is less than perfect. Congratulations.
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10/08/2006 09:41:12 AM
Congratulations on this Impressive macro and your Ribbon!
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10/08/2006 07:57:45 AM
Beautiful macro shot! So crisp, beautiful composition!
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10/08/2006 04:55:17 AM
Congratulations on the red. This is a stunning macro shot. Everything fits perfectly, even the tiny water drop.
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10/08/2006 02:57:51 AM
Great macro and a willing model by the looks of it...well done on the ribbon
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10/08/2006 02:17:25 AM
That clarity is sooo great. Love the shot. Bugs are so fascinating. Congrats on the red!
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10/08/2006 02:16:17 AM
Just great! That's a National Geo shot if I ever saw one. How did you light it at F/22? Well done!
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10/08/2006 12:35:17 AM
Good to see this do well :-) Exceptionally nice work!
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10/08/2006 12:28:14 AM
One of the best macro bug shots I've ever seen. Technical perfection and that water drop helps too. :-) Congrats.
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10/08/2006 12:22:58 AM
That is an astonishing photo - I am totally blown away by the clarity - well done and CONGRATULATIONS!
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10/08/2006 12:20:27 AM
Congrats on your personal best and first red! It's a fantastic macro.
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10/08/2006 12:08:00 AM
congrats on 2nd!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2006 08:57:45 PM
So clean & well composed. Back to bump to an 8.
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10/07/2006 03:05:32 PM
This is a beauty that should score well. Sharp macro grasshoppers usually do around here. The sharpness is impeccible, as is the color. Good luck.
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10/07/2006 07:39:55 AM
holy macro !
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10/06/2006 03:57:47 PM
Gorgeous insect photo. Nice tones, clarity and composition.
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10/06/2006 02:03:16 PM
Fine macro!
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10/06/2006 12:15:36 PM
Starting to get a lot of grasshopper shots in the competition, but this one is very good.
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10/05/2006 12:46:05 PM
perfect, a 10!!!!
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10/05/2006 10:21:49 AM
Wow - great shot!! Excellent!!
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10/05/2006 04:19:16 AM
Top drawer macro. 10
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10/04/2006 08:52:57 PM
Very good macro. I wonder if it is a sibling of the guy who is on the front page right now (the winner of the Rain challenge)? :]
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10/04/2006 06:01:17 PM
Nicely done!
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10/04/2006 01:46:50 PM
Very crisp macro! Your DoF is superb, not too shallow. Great colors. 9
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10/04/2006 11:48:26 AM
One of the best macro shots in this challenge. Lovely green on green range of colors. Excellent detail - bumping up.
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10/04/2006 08:02:44 AM
Nice Macro, Great Job
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10/03/2006 07:50:31 PM
Fantastic image!
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10/03/2006 11:15:52 AM
Killer nice macro. The leaf sprouting from the hopper's head is a bit of a liability, but overall very nice :-)
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10/03/2006 09:29:04 AM
excellent sharpness and crop
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10/02/2006 11:11:20 PM
Excellent focus. Nice light. Great job.
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10/02/2006 09:02:06 AM
Wow great detail and DOF.
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10/01/2006 11:37:19 PM
amazing colours, clarity and focus well done .. 9
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10/01/2006 08:58:58 PM
this is very good
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10/01/2006 06:13:12 PM
perfect DOF, wonderful tones, tack sharp...all around very nicely done
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10/01/2006 06:01:31 PM
Lots of good detail on the hopper. Very well done.
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10/01/2006 03:28:16 PM
Nice macro - good colours and texture.
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10/01/2006 03:22:45 PM
Very nice
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10/01/2006 02:59:41 PM
Very crisp detail in this macro. Well done!
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10/01/2006 12:25:24 PM
Armored. Great color and focus.
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10/01/2006 11:36:49 AM
oh one of those camo grasshoppers. I just saw a print of one of these at my camera club. The focus is a bit off, I believe his eye should be in critical focus. Love the colors, and the lighting. Good job overall. The question is... Dead or alive?
10/01/2006 10:43:18 AM
Best shot I've seen yet! Excellent crispness, perfect framing....take a rare 10 from me!
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10/01/2006 09:53:16 AM
very nice shot. good depth of field and good contrast
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10/01/2006 09:14:36 AM
Nice DOF with your macro. Lighting is very good too. 8.
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10/01/2006 09:05:07 AM
Really nice color and the clarity is just incredible...very nicely done.
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10/01/2006 03:19:39 AM
great close up, and love the detail of the hopper......
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10/01/2006 12:18:31 AM
Wow! What clarity. This is stunning.
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10/01/2006 12:09:31 AM
Excellent close up. I love all of the shades of green. Super detail.
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