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Bed Bugs!
Bed Bugs!

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Challenge: Insects II (Minimal Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Bedroom
Date: Apr 12, 2007
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10 seconds
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Apr 12, 2007

I know this is a bit Out Of the Box for this challenge but it seemed like fun and I wanted to give it a go. The idea is to convey that feeling you had when you were a child that there were monsters under (and in this case IN) the bed! Sometimes you need to have a bit of fun on DPC and not worry about your score. I suspect that if ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/17203.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/17203.gif', '/') + 1) . ' scalvert had done this it would score a 6.8 as he executes these sort of ideas very well. I'll be happy with a high 5 for my efforts.

The 'Bed Bug' was cut out and placed in front of a bedside lamp that it laying on the bed behind Terri, my ever helpful wife. I painted Terri's face with a flashlight for around 1 second to light her and the cuddly toy up. The walls in the bedroom are red.

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Post Challenge:
Well, it seems that my sense of humour and the voters isn't really the same :(

Place: 162 out of 180
Avg (all users): 4.4894
Avg (commenters): 5.4000
Avg (participants): 4.1625
Avg (non-participants): 4.7315
Views since voting: 796
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 188
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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04/25/2007 05:59:37 PM
I wish I had seen this during voting. You'd have gotten one more ten.
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04/25/2007 05:40:19 PM
Heh. I think this is hilarious! :)
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04/24/2007 10:30:02 PM
by karmat

Hahahahahahahah. I believe this is an outstandingly (if that is a word) take on the challenge. I didn't vote in this one, but this shot makes me wish I had. :)

I think there are a couple of things you could have done, technically, that would have made this better.

Compositionally, I like the juxtaposition of the bug on the wall and the woman under the covers. That is nice. (And her expression is perfect). However, if feels like there is too much "space" above her head, and it makes the shot feel a bit unbalanced. If it would have been possible to "aim" the camera a bit to the right, it may have helped that feeling just a touch.

Technically, the focus and exposure, etc. are very good. I do find the "shiny-ness" of the little animal a bit distracting. Maybe if you had one that was a bit more "matte" it wouldn't have reflected light quite so badly.

Can't really comment on post-processing, now can I? :)

An overall excellent shot, and while I don't know the rest of the field that well, I can honestly say, I think you were robbed on this one. I guess, probably, because you didn't have a real live bug in it. :(

That's dpc!

If I need to further clarify or explain, please feel free to pm me.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/18/2007 08:41:56 AM
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04/18/2007 02:24:19 AM
Original! Great idea and image.
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04/17/2007 09:54:35 PM
funny! 7
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04/17/2007 06:21:27 AM
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04/17/2007 02:22:49 AM
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04/16/2007 01:42:01 PM
LOL!! Cute!
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