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Guardian at the Gate
Guardian at the Gate
TonyT


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: My front yard
Date: Jul 13, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320 sec.
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2007

This is my most favorite photograph that I have taken to date. I still can't believe that I captured it. The strange part is, that the colors and contrast and levels are almost straight from the camera. (I had it set to "more vivid") I only used a little bit of brightness/contrast and some healing brush to remove some unsightly flaws on the petals of the flowers and a small white spot on the spider that was distracting.

I took me quite a few shots to get one I was happy with, and I wanted to come back and take more, but the spider moved into the center of the flower and was looking away.

Statistics
Place: 169 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.2305
Avg (commenters): 7.1724
Avg (participants): 6.1008
Avg (non-participants): 6.6067
Views since voting: 1184
Views during voting: 469
Votes: 347
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/06/2008 01:27:34 PM
I love this little fellow!!!
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02/02/2007 09:05:46 PM
WOW! YOU DID GET ROBBED! THIS IS.... A M A Z I N G!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 10:20:02 AM
I love these little guys. Wonderful composition and colors with a neat title. Very nice.
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01/25/2007 01:49:31 AM
Up close and personal and a great close up here.....
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01/24/2007 11:51:59 PM
how about that! very nicely observed!!
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01/24/2007 10:16:22 PM
Wonderful! Love the bug! Good luck in this mega challenge! Bump.
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01/24/2007 09:33:15 PM
Great find excellently captured. 8
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01/24/2007 08:18:39 AM
Oh my gosh! Didn't notice the 'bug' staring at me at first!
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01/24/2007 12:10:01 AM
That has to be the most handsome spider I've ever seen - from the "eyelashes" to the "smile" it is a great capture - oh, and the flower looks nice, too, of course... ;-)

Good luck in this VERY tough challenge! << 8 >>
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01/23/2007 03:02:13 PM
That is cool. Creeepy, but cool. Nice colors and contrasts between them.
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01/20/2007 11:47:52 PM
This is an amazing shot. That spider is posing perfectly for you!
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01/19/2007 06:59:34 PM
Glad I'm bigger than that creature. Very nice image.
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01/19/2007 11:23:43 AM
wow. fun shot. 8...no, 9
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01/18/2007 07:20:44 PM
NIce flower, and capture of the bug. really detailed.
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01/18/2007 02:08:15 PM
Woah, cool. I missed the little guy in my initial look, but your title brought me back to him. Nice shot.
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01/18/2007 05:22:53 AM
ooh, creepy guardian. i know i wont wanna smell this flower! :)
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01/17/2007 02:40:24 PM
Oh - hello there!
:))
Cute shot and excellent timing on this.
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01/17/2007 02:06:01 PM
Aw man, what a face! Great shot.
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01/17/2007 12:30:18 PM
nice colors and detail in the flower.
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01/14/2007 02:53:52 PM
wow look at the little guy, he looks just like the bits of the flower. 8
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01/14/2007 11:57:29 AM
very nice
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01/14/2007 06:38:16 AM
vibrant colour and a great image...like fire!
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01/13/2007 01:44:58 AM
Wow, nice shot...
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01/12/2007 10:09:36 PM
Well hello! didn't expect to see this fellow when I saw the thumbnail. Love how he matches the colors in the stamens.
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01/12/2007 09:06:29 PM
He's looking right at ya...great macro, love the reds and the wee spider.
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01/12/2007 04:05:16 PM
Great macro and somewhat comical. It sure is a big world out there and he is definitely the king of his realm. Nice shot and good luck!
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01/12/2007 02:49:51 PM
Haha! This is soo COOL! even tough I hate spiders ! :P 9
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01/12/2007 01:16:54 PM
Best: Guardian indeed. A scary little guy. love the story told
Worst: Something about the contrast makes it hard for the eyes to relax and enjoy.
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01/12/2007 01:10:23 PM
Makes my skin crawl! Great shot though! 8
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01/12/2007 09:17:25 AM
cool shot I almost missed the little guy 8
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01/12/2007 09:00:59 AM
LOL, 4eyes monster is staring @ me !!
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01/12/2007 08:20:55 AM
Great macro and tones
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