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Pure Fuzz
Pure Fuzz

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Challenge: Pure... (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus Stylus 770 SW
Location: My backyard.
Date: Jun 9, 2007
ISO: 1600
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2007

This is a big moth I found in my yard. I put it on the brick stack and kept taking pictures at ISO 100. Of course, the critter was flapping its wings like mad, and there was still blur at ISO 800, so I turned it up all the way. This probably would've done good with my desaturated sepia technique for covering up noise, but I just like the colors on the moth alot. I know the noise is there. I tried to counteract the low votes by titling the image "Pure Fuzz". I'm sure this will be the lowest score I ever get.

Have you all gone mad? This image is terrible..
But thanks for not electing me president of the brown for this challenge, anyways..

Place: 270 out of 394
Avg (all users): 5.0148
Avg (commenters): 4.4286
Avg (participants): 5.1159
Avg (non-participants): 4.9091
Views since voting: 976
Views during voting: 215
Votes: 135
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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05/22/2008 08:13:54 AM
If you were curious, this is a Cecropia Moth. If you think the adult is crazy looking, you should look up some photos of the larva!
06/24/2007 05:18:00 AM
I think the main reason you got nailed is that this image doesn't meet the challenge, it doesn't say pure to me. People also tend to like their macros to be razor sharp. Instead of driving up the ISO you could try opening the aperture all the way (if possible, I'm not familiar with your camera). ISO 1600 seems a bit overkill if you were shooting in good sunlight (again I don't know the conditions this was taken in), I'm thinking the camera decided to close the aperture rather than increase the shutter speed. You could maybe try to use 'sports mode', that might favour higher shutter speeds. The burnt highlights in the background are also not helping this image, next time try a higher angle to get the sky out of the frame. Overall a good macro capture.
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06/21/2007 11:53:46 AM
Hi Joe! Good details on here, but could be a bit sharper. Beautiful insect!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2007 01:59:40 PM
pure macro?
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06/19/2007 01:03:30 PM
Needs a little more contrast, but a nice capture!
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06/19/2007 09:37:37 AM
harsh sunlight and noisy background hurt this image ... composition is good
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06/17/2007 08:23:32 PM
The image is too soft
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06/15/2007 09:26:14 PM
Wow this is a great macro, and then some. Would like to know how you did this one.
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06/15/2007 05:19:31 PM
I think many people in this challenge are entering an image with any theme whatsoever and adding the word 'pure' to the front. Pure should convey completeness, being undiluted, innocence, etc. This isn't a pure example of anything.

Technically poor too.
06/15/2007 01:32:58 PM
Interesting shot, but focus seems a touch soft
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06/14/2007 10:05:11 AM
Pretty good Marco at least the subject. I just don't care for the lighted background I think you could darken that in ps to make this a better image.
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06/14/2007 01:04:03 AM
Great macro, doesn't say Pure to me though. Not even Pure Fuzz, because it it was pure fuzz, it would just be a fuzzball.
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