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Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw
3rd PlaceNature, Red in Tooth and Claw
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Challenge: Macro VI (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Location: Camas, WA
Date: Oct 8, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 8, 2007

This is Emily (so named by Laine). One of my receptionists found her in front of the office this week. Sometimes life just smiles at you. What are the odds of finding a mantis during macro week? (I've only ever seen about five of them, although perhaps they are more common here in SW Washington compared to Seattle.)

I took her home and put her in a 10-gallon aquarium and she has been happily living there chowing on grasshoppers we find in the yard. When I first put her in, I found two grasshoppers, threw them in, and went out to look for more. In three minutes I came back and she had already caught one.

The neat thing about mantises is they really don't fly much and they don't move so fast. I could take her outside for a photoshoot and not worry much about her flying away.

The red is a leaf and the blue is actually my dad's blue sweatshirt while he was holding a hold reflector.

I've got some hopes for this one, but we'll see. I'd be happy with a Top 10.

POST: Nice. I wasn't confident at all in my score. I thought 4th or 5th was more like it. Good to see freakin get his first ribbon too. Well deserved.

I am currently on vacation in California and I did let Emily go the day before we left. She earned it after her wonderful photo shoots. Hopefully she keeps away from the mean birds around here.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 248
Avg (all users): 7.2171
Avg (commenters): 8.8750
Avg (participants): 7.2716
Avg (non-participants): 7.1549
Views since voting: 17592
Views during voting: 363
Votes: 152
Comments: 46
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12/06/2007 06:23:47 PM
Amother awesome MACRO.....................
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10/28/2007 05:57:55 PM
Fantastic macro, great colours. Congratulations!
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10/28/2007 10:03:20 AM
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw, "sorry" to see you lose the top spot for the lens but congrats on the ribbon dude, now go out there and take 10 shot´s with the lens that score a 7.8+ or I´ll taunt you endlessy on the subject :)
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10/27/2007 07:01:58 PM
Jason, congratulations!
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10/27/2007 12:42:26 AM
Wow! Great image and amazing colours! Congrats on a ribbon!
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10/25/2007 03:46:12 PM
Wow! I have been away in the USA Jason, so I never got to vote, but you are right...sometimes life does smile at you. I see you are in Californina, so was I. I was in SanDiego and Newport Beach (also Portland OR). Pity we didn't get to bump into each other :-)

Great image, love the background colour, congrats on another ribbon
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10/24/2007 08:19:23 PM
Congratulations!!
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10/24/2007 02:15:56 AM
You are fantastic. I have followed your shots for the past year and you are consistently great.
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10/23/2007 08:42:32 AM
hard to guess what it is in the first moment but great photo and the background really rox , congratz !
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10/23/2007 07:28:16 AM
First thing I thought of when I saw the pic was the fantastic BG of the sky behind the red-orange poppy. Heh. I was fooled and I'm OK with that!

helluva shot doc!
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10/22/2007 07:42:11 PM
Cool shot Doc! Congratulations on the ribbon :)

The color of the mantis is great but I think the background color and contrast compete too much with the scene. A little distracting it is.

Message edited by author 2007-10-22 19:42:40.
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10/22/2007 01:20:36 PM
Amazing Shot Doc! Grats on the yellow!
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10/22/2007 10:39:12 AM
Congrats, Jason!!! (Ummmm...don't expect a poem out of me on this shot...YIKES!!)
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10/22/2007 09:27:57 AM
Nice work! Better than 4th, right?
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10/22/2007 08:10:33 AM
Don't you have enough ribbons already, doc? Congratulations on another. Great macro.
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10/22/2007 08:07:04 AM
its getting easier and easier to tell your photos by the extreme perfection of the saturation and rich colors you bring out in PP. well done
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10/22/2007 07:37:25 AM
congratulations a fantastic photograph.
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10/22/2007 07:35:47 AM
Sweet! congrats on the yellow!
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10/22/2007 07:14:19 AM
What an amazing photo. Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/22/2007 02:58:00 AM
Congrats, Jason! But why are you knitting that yellow pattern on your profile page? :-P
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10/22/2007 01:42:48 AM
Awesome. I am pleased she worked out for you. I hope she enjoyed the flies.
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10/22/2007 12:24:20 AM
You are on fire. Congrats on the yellow ribbon.
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10/22/2007 12:18:54 AM
Well, stunning photo. Congratulations.
What are the odds of finding a mantis during macro week? I found two on the same hedge, and didn't have to try the ol' dragonfly shoot. ;-)

Message edited by author 2007-10-22 00:20:00.
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10/22/2007 12:08:10 AM
Well, no great surprise here, Jason - you are the macro master. This was a really interesting take on the challenge, so congrats again!
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10/22/2007 12:06:44 AM
Congrats! I had a feeling we were neck and neck. Fantastic shot!
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10/22/2007 12:04:25 AM
i love the BITE the head off the grasshopper pose:) looks so natural and bad***
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10/22/2007 12:04:17 AM
Congrats!!
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10/22/2007 12:02:48 AM
WTG Jason!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/21/2007 11:59:27 PM
Incredible timing and fantastic clarity and detail. Congrats!
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10/20/2007 02:03:26 PM
Love the color! Awesome capture!
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10/20/2007 01:17:44 PM
Yikes! If this is real, it's a good catch. The background colours work really well here. I wish the top antenna were not cut off. ~8
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10/20/2007 09:59:31 AM
wow, what a catch!
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10/20/2007 01:15:31 AM
nice!!!
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10/17/2007 10:03:31 PM
Another amazing macro shot. I have already "called" 2 others to make the front page....so I guess yours makes up the third I expect to see there.

Great colour, background, focus... a standout. 10
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10/17/2007 08:47:07 PM
Great capture! This should ribbon. Action, clarity, color, up close and personal. What more could you ask?
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10/17/2007 05:45:27 AM
Really nice sharp focus.
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10/16/2007 09:00:11 PM
Wow! awesome capture, 10.
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10/16/2007 10:51:30 AM
Stunning colors, Great focus and bokeh.
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10/16/2007 12:54:59 AM
great background color - 10
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10/16/2007 12:25:38 AM
the kiss of death?? wondeful capture!!
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10/15/2007 06:00:41 PM
Great capture!
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10/15/2007 02:12:00 PM
What an awesome shot! How patient were you in getting this shot. Nice crisp colors and detail.
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10/15/2007 08:08:33 AM
one of the nicest insect macro of the challenge. Nice sharpnes, details and colors. Plus an action scene!
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10/15/2007 03:25:57 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon :)
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10/15/2007 01:04:47 AM
Yuk, But great shot, great colors and great catch (He He He)
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10/15/2007 12:40:07 AM
I'm not voting, but I just find this photo absolutely remarkable. Wow! Good Luck!
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