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The Dynamic Duo

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-08 (Expert Editing)
Collection: 6 + entries
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM for Canon
Date: Aug 27, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2007

These two hornworms (I think that's the type of caterpillar they are) ate all my parsley (bummer) but sure were fun to photograph. I placed them on a zinnia and they were extremely cooperative - they just hung out till I put them back in the parsley. Long DOF to keep zinnia and caterpillars in sharp focus while also creating some depth in the background.

Place: 28 out of 503
Avg (all users): 6.7566
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 6.6796
Avg (non-participants): 6.9184
Views since voting: 1548
Views during voting: 242
Votes: 152
Comments: 19
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/26/2008 06:37:32 PM
you get amazing color and composition from your photos -- this is a great example.
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09/11/2007 04:39:32 AM
hehehehe! cool! love this
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09/10/2007 06:03:51 PM
Wow!! See what mean about how your photography has STOOD OUT the past few months! This is truly AMAZING!!!!! Congratulations. What an incredible challenge to do so well in!

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09/08/2007 03:45:25 PM
Supurb shot. Supurb detail. Supurb.
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09/08/2007 01:17:12 PM
Nice going, Catherine -- good enough for a ribbon in some challenges. I like knowing that you set this up yourself, rather than just discovering it. You made those little models pay for the parsley. I curious how you accomplished the nice background bokeh with the long DOF. BTW, I like the variation in color between the two caterpillars.
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09/08/2007 12:03:05 PM
Great shot! :)
The background is a pleasing color and the DOF is perfect. It'd be fun to track them in their stages of life till they emerge as a full fledged butterfly. The process of when they turn into a chrysallis is amazing to watch and it can happen in just 15min. They do give you a warning , they start to attach themselves to a place they find sturdy. May hang there a few hours to a day before it starts to happen. I think it depends on the enivornment and how long they are left completely undisturbed.

The one on the right looks a lot like a Swallowtail caterpillar. Found one last year during the early fall season, the story's here //www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=416843

Message edited by author 2007-09-08 14:48:21.
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09/08/2007 07:20:54 AM
It must be tough when you have such delightful shots to choose from! Haven't checked yet, but hopefully you put the other one in your portfolio, too. They're cute little guys! The one thing I see in your work (and it's been there all along - you just keep getting better at it) is dedication to what you want to create and the knowledge of the tools you need to do it. The "for instance" here is the chosen aperture to achieve what you wanted.
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09/08/2007 07:07:55 AM
Fabulous Catherine. The composition and colors and sharpness of the Duo are spectacular.
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09/08/2007 12:25:14 AM
Great work Catherine! I really love this shot, and it did great!
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09/08/2007 12:18:22 AM
Another awesome nature shot? I'm *SOOOOOOOOO* surprised!!! NOT!!!
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09/08/2007 12:16:16 AM
Congrats, Catherine! And ha! I thought you entered the other one. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2007 09:16:09 PM
This is my flower eddy! NO IT'S MINE, I WAS HERE FIRST.
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09/06/2007 09:41:37 AM
Nice, simple composition. I like the transition of light to dark in the background.
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09/04/2007 08:25:17 PM
What can I say. Beautiful lighting, composition and colors. Great shot. Keep it up.
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09/04/2007 04:20:44 PM
Awesome bokeh and clarity, top work regarding image quality.
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09/04/2007 08:45:04 AM
Great color and composition. Just the right balance of subjects. Nicely done!
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09/03/2007 04:44:22 AM
wow, nice dof, the flower its self could be sharper
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09/02/2007 10:11:37 PM
Sorry they're eating everything but they really are very photogenic little guys. The flower at the top and the gradation of light here make this work, though I still like the other one, too.
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09/01/2007 08:13:54 AM
I love the colors in this photo and the great depth of field. I also really like the dynamic composition. Very nice.
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