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Challenge: Puzzle Macro II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Pentax K20D
Lens: Pentax FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro AF
Date: Nov 18, 2008
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 18, 2008

Wow - didn't expect to ribbon with the score this was getting - thanks!

This is a piece of lichen that I picked up while doing a photo shoot out in Lake Tahoe earlier this year. I actually brought home quite a bit of it & have it growing with different plants around the house. I was intrigued by how absolutely neon green it is as well as its texture. Lighting was a single Pentax AF540FGZ with a Gary Fong 'Whale Tail' with a blue insert.

Didn't think it would ever bring me a ribbon, I was just hoping for 6+... :) I had a lot of alternative entries for this challenge that I personally liked better and almost didn't go with this one. I only went with it because I thought it had the best combo of color, texture & puzzling-ness and I didn't have a lot of time left to edit before the challenge deadline. Generally speaking, what I think is spectacular here at DPC doesn't do nearly as well as I expected in the end.

Anyway, this one was taken with my 100mm Macro by itself, but I tried something new while creating images for this challenge: using my Vivitar macro focusing 2x converter combined with the FA100mm /2.8 - really produced some spectacular results (see below) - can't wait to use that combo (double macro!) on some bugs...

Here is one alternate I had seriously considered using that combo:

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...and another:

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 262
Avg (all users): 6.9770
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.9620
Avg (non-participants): 6.9895
Views since voting: 6720
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 174
Comments: 44
Favorites: 10 (view)


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12/02/2008 10:34:49 AM
I love the brightness of the green and the way it stands out against the blue background. Congrats on the second place finish!
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11/28/2008 08:59:40 AM
You really didn't expect a ribbon? I really liked the green and the blue background!
The focus on the lower part distracts me a little bit, but it's a great shot! Gave you a 10 on this one!
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11/28/2008 12:34:04 AM
Amazingly beautiful. Love the focus and lighting. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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11/27/2008 10:41:41 PM
Very cool shot. Fantastic colours with great contrast. Fabulous image. Congrats!
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11/26/2008 04:58:39 PM
Really nice plant.... photo is great. Well done.
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11/26/2008 03:05:17 PM
Excellent, knew this would do well. Looks to me like alien plant life. Congratulations!

Oh stink, just realised my 2008 dpc goal is now down the torlit ;P
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11/26/2008 11:20:39 AM
Absolutely beautiful and surreal at the same time. You definitely deserved a ribbon for this.
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11/26/2008 10:31:54 AM
WTG! Looks like dendritic copper :)
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11/26/2008 02:29:33 AM
Gorgeous colours and texture!!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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11/26/2008 01:49:37 AM
Good work...wild and vivid. I like it. Congrats.
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11/26/2008 01:25:12 AM
Must say.... a well deserved position. Great colors and sharpness. Interesting technique.
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11/26/2008 12:31:08 AM
Wow! Is that taken with a reverse mounted lens? Great shot.
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11/26/2008 12:16:42 AM
gorgeous photo. love the colors. congrats on the red!
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11/26/2008 12:06:28 AM
WOW shawn .. the colours are amazing .. its a fantastic puzzle macro .. congratulations on the red .. :)
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11/26/2008 12:04:25 AM
Shawn, where have you been hiding? this is frickin awesome, fav'd
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11/26/2008 12:03:38 AM
OK, so what the heck is this?!?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/25/2008 10:21:56 PM
nice 3D effect, no idea
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11/24/2008 04:21:20 PM
What a great title! I love love love the contrast and colors here.
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11/23/2008 07:10:36 PM
nice pattern and color - I think I once tried this in a Chinese restaurant
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11/22/2008 11:57:03 AM
great colours! what is it, lichens?
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11/22/2008 01:28:42 AM
A stumper, so meets the challenge. I love the depth of this image ... very very well done! Colors enhance it. DOF enhances it. Practically perfect and among best of show.
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11/21/2008 08:57:40 PM
Lichen covered twigs?
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11/21/2008 01:08:10 PM
I really like this, for several reasons. Dunno what they are, I guess, but I do like it.
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11/20/2008 10:43:25 PM
Nice colors. No idea what it is.
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11/20/2008 04:22:54 PM
this is another one I feel will be on the front page. The colors just grab you. Figure is is some type of moss. Awesome job.
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11/20/2008 11:03:36 AM
Very cool.
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11/20/2008 10:43:21 AM
No idea, but I love the 3D feel to it
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11/20/2008 09:11:50 AM
Gorgeous!
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11/20/2008 02:30:11 AM
Definitely top 10, should get a ribbon by my vote!
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11/19/2008 08:23:24 PM
Wonderful mix of colours. I like the lighting, great composition as well.
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11/19/2008 07:48:23 PM
Very cool! Also very 3D; excellent job on the lighting and DOF.
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11/19/2008 06:54:36 PM
Great shot. Simple but very effective. The DOF and colour work well together. Gets a good mark from me despite having no idea what it is!!
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11/19/2008 05:47:16 PM
wow. claymation/nightmarish.
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11/19/2008 04:22:45 PM
A branch on a mirror?
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11/19/2008 02:51:06 PM
Lichen with a heavy dose of saturation and nice lighting.
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11/19/2008 01:44:56 PM
I'll guess a freshwater aquarium plant that has dried up?
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11/19/2008 10:34:39 AM
don't know what it is. but I love this green against the bllue background. Well composed and title works very well.
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11/19/2008 08:20:10 AM
Oooooooh, cool. Some sort of sponge? Maybe a pot scrubber. Maybe even moss that grows on trees. Whatever it is it looks great.
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11/19/2008 06:52:41 AM
Great use of a "sponge?" But I always thought of my synapses as more of a pinky color, but anyway, great sharpness, detail, and DOF. 8
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11/19/2008 04:17:37 AM
my guess: green moss reptile bedding material
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11/19/2008 03:45:20 AM
Wow !!! was my first reaction ! 10 from me !
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11/19/2008 02:39:41 AM
No vote, just guessing...

not sure. oh, and congrats on your ribbon ;-)
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11/19/2008 02:03:33 AM
Wow what a great shot this is. A top ten for sure. Beautiful colours and contrast.

My guess? DNA material? No idea. :)
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11/19/2008 01:00:04 AM
Moss? Just beautiful! Love the cool colors!
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