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Challenge: Macro III (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Wildlife Park Cotswolds UK
Date: Dec 18, 2003
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 18, 2003

Well what can I say - if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Here go with a bug/animal shot ;)

Probably would do poorly if it wasn't for being able to dodge and burn or spot edit. A lot of post processing to make this neater. Cloned out some distracting BG, adjust levels/sharpness/hue/channels and a bit of a crop.

Reason being: I didn't use a macro lens, it was taken in a very hot room which kept steaming my lens up, and through thick glass that reflected everthing back into the camera!

So all in all a very hard shot, wanted him looking at me for eye contact, but he just sat there - little bugger.

Hopefuly this is macro enough for the DPC voters, as I don't have much choice of lens at the mo!

I feel it's perhaps one of my strongest entries to date, so how it fares will be of interest.

Cheers & enjoy.

Place: 5 out of 165
Avg (all users): 6.7429
Avg (commenters): 7.8095
Avg (participants): 6.5204
Avg (non-participants): 7.2619
Views since voting: 2718
Votes: 140
Comments: 24
Favorites: 5 (view)

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01/02/2004 05:20:22 PM
[Critique Club]

Funny enough, I saw this one yesterday, though haven't commented until now ;)

First and foremost, the most striking thing about this image is the use of light. The texture and sense of intimacy is wonderful. The black background helps tremendously to focus on the frog - irrespective of whether it's cooperating or not. The nearer (though not completely sharp) tree branch acts as a good lead-in as well.

On the technical side, the frog's head isn't quite sharp as a result of the shallow DOF. Choosing a focus point closer to the head would have worked a little better. It's also a shame that the lower branch isn't quite sharp - not because 'sharpness is everything' but because it's a little distracting. Since you were able to post-process this one, I'd suggest darkening that area a little so that it no longer draws so much attention.

Overall, great light, nice composition, and a nice portrait of a disinterested subject.
01/02/2004 01:29:44 AM
i think it's unbelievable that someone gave you a 1 for this shot. Congrats on the G&T ribbon. You've been doing well lately.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/28/2003 04:52:47 AM
very cool. love the lighting, the angle & the composition. 9
12/28/2003 01:52:48 AM
I love this pic, the lighting is awesome, and the frog looks like a green Jabba the Hutt!
12/27/2003 09:55:59 PM
Now this dude's got character, and great lighting, I do wish we could see his face a bit more, good use of DOF. Well done.
12/27/2003 09:06:24 PM
lighting is good..maybe just a bit harsh. Focus is great.
12/27/2003 08:33:38 PM
Crisp focus, good lightig and lovely texture make this very satisfying to behold. the frog could have been facing the camera more though, but it's well composed. Nice one - and I love Whites Treefrogs!
12/27/2003 08:09:28 PM

Message edited by author 2005-04-09 00:07:37.
12/27/2003 12:55:55 PM
This guy is hysterical. Looks right out of a childrens book or movie. Excellent lighting, focus and composition
12/27/2003 12:13:48 PM
what an ex pression! Very good capture and interesting light, textures and composition
12/27/2003 11:26:34 AM
Ribbit to you too. Great shot - is this a live frog? I would not be surprised to find out it is a replica, but I'm not sure. Not that it would affect the rating.
12/24/2003 06:09:41 AM
Looks like a shot for a reptile magazine. Nice lighting and terrific composition. Nicely done.
12/23/2003 11:13:19 PM
Wow, I have never seen this kind of frog, Kind of looks like Jabba the Hut! Nice lighting effect
12/23/2003 06:22:18 PM
Awesome detail on the frog! Good use of depth of field. (I would like to have seen a bit more of the front of the amphibian). Nicely done!
12/23/2003 01:52:03 PM
Wow...neat. He looks like an old man.
12/23/2003 11:08:33 AM
It's Jabba the Frog! Great picture, I love the lighting from above and the colors are great!
12/23/2003 10:11:08 AM
Technical: fits the challenge. Exposure composition focus lighting all good, the lighting is especially interesting.

Personal: I wish he was facing the camera. Otherwise, nice job.

My vote: 7
12/22/2003 08:32:33 PM
great lighting and exposure
12/22/2003 06:27:50 PM
great lighting as well as a nice contrast in colors.
12/22/2003 04:34:05 PM
What a funny picture! I love the smug expression of the frog that you were able to capture. Lighting is good, colors are beautiful. DOF is excellent. The composition really works.
12/22/2003 12:26:57 PM
this is nice!
12/22/2003 09:13:39 AM
Cute - but what am I looking at diagonal on right? Speculation detracts from the shot IMHO.
12/22/2003 08:54:17 AM
Oooh... this is creepy but cool.
12/22/2003 12:18:10 AM
that is one cool looking frog :)

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