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Singing Needles
Singing Needles

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Challenge: Threes (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: Bike trail near my home
Date: May 30, 2004
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2004

Nikon 28-70 2.8D ED-IF AF-S

Focal Length = 22mm

Hand held - Front curtain open

Place: 83 out of 205
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06/12/2004 05:14:32 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

The message
A great "natural history" shot of some insects in their habitat. All three are facing upward, giving the impression they are all climbing up the tree. I don't know whether that is true or not, but it makes a good story!

Creative choices
The shadowless lighting works well here; the reflection in the one wing shows its shiny texture. The composition works; I especially like the diagonal branch leading from the bottom bug to the top one. There isn't much negative space in front of the top bug, which conventional "rules" would suggest, but that doesn't bother me; it encourages the feeling that they are moving and actually makes the image more dynamic.

Technical aspects
Focus is great, although too soft for the subject matter; some sharpening would help bring out the interesting venation in the wings. Exposure is just right. Color seems a little green, but that's probably just my color blindness.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2004 10:38:12 PM
Very rich colors and excellent detail...I think it would look better a wee bit brighter.
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06/05/2004 08:21:31 AM
Those are some red eyes...neat shot!
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06/04/2004 06:10:08 AM
Seems slightly soft, which could be easily fixed by USM. The composition is good and meets the challenge obviously :P
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05/31/2004 01:18:57 AM
The invasion is on! Awesome... was just reading about these little critters taking over the mid-states. I was surrounded by them one time in Costa Rica - felt like thousands - and it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. Great capture - 10
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05/31/2004 01:01:03 AM
Boarder actually takes away from this vibrant photo. 7.
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