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Spinning Her Web
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Ann


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: San Diego (Balboa Park)
Date: Sep 2, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 3, 2007

Shot almost straight into the sun at dawn Sunday, in the cactus garden in Balboa Park. It was a hot, humid morning, and I couldn't see what I was doing because everything kept steaming up. My "assistant" wandered around spotting likely spider webs, and I followed her around, spritzing the webs with water and shooting.

I think this is a common garden spider. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Post processing...I don't remember exactly what I did, but I think this would have worked in a minimal editing challenge...

* rotate 180 degrees
* slight NeatImage to reduce the overall file size.
* resize
* sharpen
* save for web

Post challenge...OMG!!! I won!!!! Thanks for the votes and the excellent comments, everyone. It's nice to win with something that's basically straight out of the camera.


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 364
Avg (all users): 7.0471
Avg (commenters): 8.7619
Avg (participants): 6.9241
Avg (non-participants): 7.1538
Views since voting: 14749
Views during voting: 348
Votes: 170
Comments: 69
Favorites: 33 (view)


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03/19/2008 03:14:18 PM
Amazing! Good job!
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02/08/2008 03:32:37 PM
absolutely stunning .. a brilliant image .. the light is awesome .. :)
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01/21/2008 12:23:22 PM
very very nice shooting.thank u.
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10/04/2007 10:17:38 AM
Congratulation Ann on your first blue ribbon, excellent picture!!
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09/18/2007 02:55:19 PM
Congrats on the blue! Very well deserved - in fact, I think you should have received a higher 7 score for this beautiful image. Wonderful job.
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09/16/2007 08:10:33 PM
Congratulation Ann ! Very nice artistic approach to the nature photography. Great light, color and composition. Good job!
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09/16/2007 02:17:43 PM
Congrats on the well deserved blue. Brilliant choice of subject to showcase bokeh.
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09/15/2007 09:54:54 PM
Great leading lines make for a well-deserved ribbon. Congratulations.
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09/15/2007 01:20:42 AM
Great job nailing the DOF and bokeh on this one, Ann. Congratulations on capturing your first ribbon, I expect you will get many more.
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09/14/2007 04:06:17 PM
I didnt get to vote in this challenge but I would have scored this way high. I also have gotten away from faving images after challenge because I prefer to just do it in challenge while voting. But I am favin ghere and now. Excellent image. Congrats onthe blue.
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09/14/2007 08:45:46 AM
Very beautiful image with great light...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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09/13/2007 02:18:49 PM
congrats to my neighbor! wonderful light and composition
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09/13/2007 10:26:26 AM
How beautiful! What talent and wonderful opportunity to make a spider web look so magical! Congratulations on top honors for this beautiful photo!

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09/13/2007 04:48:46 AM
Amazing shot in every way. Congrats on the blue.
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09/13/2007 04:20:19 AM
I knew it. ;-) very, very good picture. congrats on your ribbon, well deserved. ;-)
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09/12/2007 07:32:21 PM
This is a wonderful image, and so deserving of the blue ribbon. I love the warm colors and you managed to get the focus of that shallow DOF just right. In addition, you somehow managed to make a spider look un-creepy! :D

Congratulations on a great photo and your first ribbon!
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09/12/2007 05:25:01 PM
Great shot. I never thought a spider would do as well. Keep up the great work. Van
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09/12/2007 11:15:43 AM
Congratulations!! Well deserved ribbon!
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09/12/2007 11:13:34 AM
STUNNING!!!!! Congrats on a well deserved win!
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09/12/2007 11:02:24 AM
Absolutely beautiful! Well done and well deserved. CONGRATS!
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09/12/2007 09:52:45 AM
WOW WOW WOW - CONGRATULATIONS, GIRL, I TOLD YOU SO, THIS IS A FANTASTIC PHOTO
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09/12/2007 09:43:39 AM
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Message edited by author 2007-09-12 13:34:21.
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09/12/2007 09:43:06 AM
I must join the choir of praise... this is a stand-out shot all around, CONGRATS!
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09/12/2007 09:27:44 AM
Nicely done. Congrats!!!
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09/12/2007 07:21:32 AM
Very nice shot, great bokeh (obviously) Congrats!
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09/12/2007 07:08:00 AM
beautiful! congrats!
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09/12/2007 06:48:38 AM
Congrats Ann. Great picture and a blue ribbon too. Well deserved.
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09/12/2007 05:44:14 AM
Congrats on a great shot and your blue, well deserved!

Jack
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09/12/2007 05:43:27 AM
Congrats on the Blue! I am so happy this won - this entry really seemed to separate itself from a really strong field of entries.
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09/12/2007 05:36:05 AM
Wonderful shot! Congrats on your well deserved blue Ann!
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09/12/2007 05:33:38 AM
Congs for the ribbon. It is a fantabulastic shot.

I just noticed that this is your first ribbon, this must be special. If you were here I would given you a treat. Or may be if we ever met.

Congs again.

Message edited by author 2007-09-12 05:49:40.
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09/12/2007 05:30:59 AM
Woohoo Ann. Very happy for you. Congrats on your first Blue with this great pic. You met the challenge very well. Great work.
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09/12/2007 05:12:37 AM
great picture,well done
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09/12/2007 04:56:38 AM
Congrats on the personal best and the ribbon. I also believe this is the first spider photo to win a ribbon so triple congrats!

Message edited by author 2007-09-12 04:58:10.
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09/12/2007 04:23:43 AM
OK, its a really nice idea, and looks good, but seems a tad oversharpened and even a tad out of focus on the spider? that has been saved slightly with the oversharpening though.
On the plus side the use of foreground AND background bokeh is truely stunning and the colours are beautiful and compliment the whole image wonderfully.

Still, the voters loved it and granted it is very creative, which I guess we should be encouraging on DPC.. well done on the blue.

On, one last thing, you are SOOOOOO close to breaking the 6 barrier for your overall average score over all challenges.. Being in the "6" club is a great achievement, I am sure you will get there with your next challenge..

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09/12/2007 03:42:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. This is a superb shot. And yes, it's a European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) you've got there. I'm so jealous of the nice dof you got on the web and the perfect lighting. (Check my profile for my attempt at the same species, similar angle), you really nailed the background as well.
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09/12/2007 02:05:28 AM
Originally posted by annpatt:

I think this is a common garden spider. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

um... no. This is the famous "Blue Ribbon Spider" :D Congrats and what an outstanding shot! Superb!
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09/12/2007 01:44:17 AM
After my own heart this one - lovely!
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09/12/2007 12:58:56 AM
Great shot and congrats on your first and a well deserved blue. So, would this be called a radial bokeh?
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09/12/2007 12:49:42 AM
LOL!! CONGRATS on your BR!

crikey! hope you can remember those editing steps now for validation! :) yikes!
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09/12/2007 12:43:14 AM
congrats on ur blue!! its an awesome shot!!
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09/12/2007 12:39:28 AM
My goodness, this is excellent! Love the colour too. Great work, Ann. Big congratulations on your blue ribbon and PB.
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09/12/2007 12:29:06 AM
Many, many hearfelt congratulations on your first ribbon here, and a blue, with this beautiful image!
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09/12/2007 12:20:02 AM
Congrats ;) an excellent photo, and second congrats for the first ribbon.. Keep up the good work :)
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09/12/2007 12:11:05 AM
Awsome Shot! Congrats on the blue!
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09/12/2007 12:08:42 AM
woo! over 6.0 average vote received and a blue all in one week!
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09/12/2007 12:08:20 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best! Ah spritz 'em with water ... THAT'S the secret. I can never seem to get the camera to see the webs.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2007 10:40:11 PM
I hate spiders!! That said, the lighting and perspective and (yuck) detail are quite nice.
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09/11/2007 09:35:03 AM
beautiful one!i love the colors 8 ;)
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09/11/2007 08:46:32 AM
The angle on the web is very cool, and wonderful light in this photo. Excellent!
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09/09/2007 11:36:21 PM
Really beautiful.
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09/09/2007 03:39:49 PM
Great composition and clarity.
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09/09/2007 12:34:22 PM
Wonderful choice of subject and point of view. 9.
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09/07/2007 02:39:40 PM
nice work - very good capture
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09/07/2007 08:59:00 AM
I love the sunlight on the web creating beautiful bokeh.
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09/07/2007 12:34:55 AM
Beautiful capture of a spider. Lovely image...nice job.
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09/06/2007 06:35:18 PM
I love the perspective you chose and how it allows for the bokeh to gradually change. Both directions too!
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09/06/2007 12:39:49 PM
Really like this one. Nice bokeh & geometry!
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09/06/2007 03:02:59 AM
This is wonderful shot! Really nice bokeh! I enjoy especially the net and it's fantastic "shadow-bokeh-stripes"( sorry! My English is really bad!)! - Whish it in the Top 5! Good luck!
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09/06/2007 12:15:35 AM
really, really cool, and its got those shiny circles i have heard so much about
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09/05/2007 11:44:25 PM
great capture and composition..9
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09/05/2007 08:57:20 PM
I don't know how you did this...10
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09/05/2007 07:32:28 PM
great use of light, love it
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09/05/2007 06:12:30 PM
I think it's the most perfect spider-shot I've ever seen. 10 points. great light too.
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09/05/2007 02:48:50 PM
stunning - 10
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09/05/2007 10:38:42 AM
That is a awsome photo, truely putting it all together to get that one great job.
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09/05/2007 09:22:03 AM
gorgeous image of a garden necklace
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09/05/2007 07:16:17 AM
has to be a contender for a ribbon...Awesome light, focus, dof, bokeh...9
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09/05/2007 01:59:32 AM
Comment:
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background very good,
Technical: Focus, Exposure: good,
Appeal:has the real wow factor of true bokeh
Total Averaged Rating 10.
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