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Desperate need for a study specimen.
Desperate need for a study specimen.

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Challenge: School Days: Biology (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2007
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 for Minolta
Location: Virginia
Date: Feb 11, 2007
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Feb 11, 2007

RawShooter essentials 2006
- exposure +.25
- shadow contrast +58
- highlight contrast -86
- saturation +15
- sharpen +25
- noise suppression +50
- color noise suppression +50
- convert to TIFF

Paint Shop Pro X
- resize
- USM (.50,100,10) +luminance
- brightness & contrast : clarify +1
- brightness & contrast : b/c (0,11)
- borders
- save as jpg

For the fish lovers out there - no fish were harmed in the creation of this photo! :D Actually, I think they enjoyed the live food (minus the hook of course).

Started off thinking I'd do this with a mini-marshmallow. Ummm...they don't sink. :P Didn't want to clutter the shot with a lead weight. Tried hiding a weight under the marshmallow but it didn't look right. Almost gave up, or used an empty hook - then I remembered I still had a container of worms in the fridge (upstairs in my office - NOT the house fridge). They were nearly frozen (have to keep the beer cold you know), but amazingly still alive. I've had them in there for months! :D

BTW, the "string" is intentional. I have plenty of fishing line in various colors and weights, but thought this would add a touch of a childish theme to the shot. You know, something a kid might use.

After I finished getting some shots I realized that I could have gotten a little faster shutter speed moving the ISO up from ISO 100. Hmmm...oh well, too lazy to set it all up again, besides my wife was due back any minute and I still had the package of fish hooks and worm container on the kitchen counter. Didn't think that would go over too well. He-he.

Hope this shot goes over "OK". Probably going to get some comments saying "it's blurry". :)

Place: 64 out of 131
Avg (all users): 5.7873
Avg (commenters): 5.5714
Avg (participants): 5.3333
Avg (non-participants): 5.8846
Views since voting: 730
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 221
Comments: 14
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2007 06:03:17 PM
I like the idea, the lighting, and the composition, but not the out of focus worm, nor the blurry fish.
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02/20/2007 12:37:06 PM
I think that there could have been less background in the photo, but the worm is very focused!
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02/20/2007 12:07:05 PM
i feel sorry for this worm on the hook how would you feel if it was you????
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02/20/2007 11:52:59 AM
that's interesting
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02/17/2007 05:07:35 PM
I feel the worm should be more in focus, otherwise great colours
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02/17/2007 04:49:46 PM
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02/17/2007 03:29:45 PM
I wish your primary subject, the worm, was in focus. I think your idea is nice, but the execution leaves me wanting...
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02/17/2007 11:25:06 AM
They have nets for fish tanks, if you want an easier way... :)
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02/16/2007 05:15:17 AM
I like the colours and the way the wurm curls up.
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02/15/2007 01:20:18 PM
I love the movement and the background is amazing!
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02/15/2007 11:24:24 AM
not bad. kind of fun. actually wish there was just the two fish in the background and not the one coming in from the left at the top. would also have liked to see a little more of the chest at the bottom. - 6
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02/14/2007 05:52:37 PM
This is a great idea I like how at the top of the worm he looks like he was moving...this is awesome
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02/14/2007 09:28:14 AM
a stick of dynamite would work better. D+
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02/14/2007 09:02:36 AM
Funny idea and cool colors. Too bad the worm isnt all sharp.
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