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Challenge: Something New II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE Z1
Location: Umeň Sweden
Date: May 8, 2004
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2004

Got the idea when I found a colony all too near our house. Definitely something I had never tried before. And they where everywere, so how hard can it be, right?

Even if they where everywhere, it turns out they are very quick little creatures, without any desire for posing. Even at 1/320 (which was as fast as lightning conditions allowed) it was very few images where I actually managed to freeze their movement. A new experience I assure you.

The desat thing is also a first for me, and it definitely made the picture more interesting, since the ant and the background color blended together in the original picture.

Cropped, Contrast, Sharpened, Desaturated

Place: 25 out of 187
Avg (all users): 6.4108
Avg (commenters): 7.6429
Avg (participants): 6.4248
Avg (non-participants): 6.3889
Views since voting: 1639
Votes: 185
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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05/31/2004 12:07:06 PM
I gave this one of my highest votes for this challenge (a 7) in spite of the selective desaturation which I've made it publically known I'm not a fan of. ;-) In this case, it really does work to emphasize the little ant who might have disappeared in the wood (although I'm curious to see a version without this technique).
One of the things I like about this is that is a macro that places the insect in an interesting context. The photo tells a story. Really nice.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2004 04:52:28 PM
Great macro, I like the off-centering of the ant. The desaturation works well here. A black border wouldn't hurt.

Good luck...
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05/15/2004 10:56:48 PM
Very nice Macro. I like the desaturation on the log or tree stump. Nice job!
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05/14/2004 02:13:27 PM
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05/12/2004 08:43:42 PM
Nice colors.
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05/12/2004 08:24:18 PM
great detail and i really like the selective desaturation. great composition.
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05/12/2004 05:44:53 PM
Nice desaturation as it really directs focus to the ant. Nice sharp focus and textures. I might have cropped the right side a bit tighter to eliminate the lower right corner. 7
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05/12/2004 02:16:02 PM
The colors on the ant really emphasize it as the subject when contrasted against the monochromatic wood. The sharpness, details, and point of view are amazing,- this is a really outstanding image!
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05/12/2004 05:54:36 AM
I really like this photo ....though think I would have liked it even better if the bottom of the pic had been less fuzzy.
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05/11/2004 03:49:27 PM
Very nice, love the texture of the surface and the colour treatment you have done to the image.
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05/11/2004 03:20:31 PM
Good composition and the use of selective desat really adds to the image.
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05/10/2004 11:41:09 PM
Exceptionally well done capture of an ant. Good use of DOF and the ROT. Nice job.
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05/10/2004 10:24:25 PM
good job
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05/10/2004 01:12:19 PM
Nice, the colors......good work. Like this one. Good light, focus.
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05/10/2004 01:44:37 AM
Nice POV. good DOF. Interseting subject.
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