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Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenge Outcasts
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: At my home.
Date: Apr 8, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2007

I was fortunate that an flowering orchid was out, at the same time this Praying Mantis came to visit.
This image has been in my workfolder ever since April, thinking I would save it for the best of 2006.

Processed in the "Raw" format, where I rotated the image by 5.1%.

I then processed it in Adobe Photoshop.
Adjustments: Shadow & Highlights.
Filter: Sharpened: Smart Sharpened & Noise Reduced.
Cloned some small spots away.
Burned the background, and some parts of the flower. petals, and also some of the Praying Mantis.
Dodged small parts on the flower.
Adjustments: Hue & Saturation, Color Balance + Curves.
Adjustments: Brightness & Contrast.
Filter: Unsharp Mask.
Added border.
Re-size, and saved for web.

Enjoy, and I hope you like it.

A special thank you to my dear friends, and neighnours, Margeret and Bruce McGregor, for seeing this Praying Mantis, and bring it to me, on this flowering orchid.

We had a wonderful time, as she watched me taking many photos with this Praying Mantis, always looking straight at me, in every single photo.




Statistics
Place: 488 out of 712
Avg (all users): 5.4606
Avg (commenters): 5.5789
Avg (participants): 5.3256
Avg (non-participants): 5.8706
Views since voting: 789
Views during voting: 474
Votes: 343
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/26/2007 06:20:57 AM
if you held back from entering one of your trademark shots for fear of recognition backlash, you shouldn't have. if you really feel this is your best work of last year, that's fine, as long as you don't mind others feeling differently...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 08:13:36 PM
Cool shot! Love the poppy colors, and this creatures rules! Good luck 6
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01/25/2007 10:18:48 AM
Love the colors and contrasts. It's almost like she's wearing a Mexican dress and going out to dance!
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01/25/2007 12:00:21 AM
sorry, this just doesn't work for me.
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01/24/2007 05:04:49 AM
Lovely colours. Really packs a punch in terms of visual impact. Looks a bit oversharpened, but maybe that's just my imagination, or as a result of the strong tonal contrast in the image.
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01/22/2007 10:53:26 PM
exciting composition and vivid color. 7
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01/22/2007 12:40:33 PM
glorious technicolour - perhaps a little too much here! grain is apparent as a consequence. Focus needs to be a little tighter - needs to be perfect for these kinds of shots.
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01/21/2007 09:01:38 PM
Very harsh.
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01/21/2007 05:51:02 AM
Amazing capture enda DOF
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01/17/2007 07:55:44 AM
Great macro and vibrant colors!!!
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01/16/2007 09:40:14 PM
Having a bit of a hard time with the colors being so bright and contrasty.
Almost looks like a black light poster of sorts.
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01/16/2007 07:03:43 PM
Looks like another HDR - very vibrant colors for the plant and the grasshopper.
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01/16/2007 05:13:53 AM
This looks a little over saturated and not quite in sharp focus on the face. Good composition and contrast.
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01/15/2007 08:18:24 AM
scary ... nice colors, maybe oversaturated a bit
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01/15/2007 02:20:45 AM
Great strong colors! Can't really tell if any parts are in focus though. May be due to grain.
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01/14/2007 06:30:04 PM
Ouch, that much over-saturation hurts the eyes!
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01/13/2007 02:13:09 PM
too saturated
01/13/2007 05:52:35 AM
Good macro shot,nice contrast of colors, Top Shelf.
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01/13/2007 03:09:21 AM
Over saturated IMO, nice anyway
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01/12/2007 10:16:52 PM
Great color.
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01/12/2007 06:14:24 PM
The 'neon' color is unique, but I am undecided about the net effect. Composition is great!
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01/12/2007 12:21:37 PM
Cool looking creature and flower. Looks oversharpened and oversaturated though. Flower seems to be in focus rather than the bug, more DOF might have helped.
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