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General Grievous - Star Wars III
General Grievous - Star Wars III

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Centered Composition IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Sigma 180mm f/3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM for Nikon
Location: South Africa
Date: Nov 15, 2009
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2009

My son saw the pic and said "That's General Grievous Dad!"
I had to Google to see whom he meant...there's a resemblance, 4 arms, 2 legs, wiered eyes etc...kids! All that's missing are the light sabres.

This is a spittle bug. Family Cercopidae. They are gross, especially when they are in Nymph stage all cavorting under a mass of foam. This one is about 2.54cm (1") in length. No flash, just ambient light, 123 shots and lots of patience with some heavy glass. I have a mentor (thank you, you know who you are), hope I did you proud... :)
Output from Nikon Transfer, rotate, Hue/Sat, Curves, Crop and centered his radiator grille in the middle of the frame, USM, Border, SFW

Place: 127 out of 199
Avg (all users): 5.1627
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 5.2162
Avg (non-participants): 5.1333
Views since voting: 727
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 209
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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11/27/2009 02:27:25 AM
I know why he didn't do better Aunty Roz...he's not inspiring enough (or shiny) :) You would think he's cute lol.
I am very pleased with the DOF I got from far behind the eyes to far in front of them. Practiced from 123 shots with varying settings. He was a bit docile...
I'm learning...and this wasn't a ribbon attempt, far from it.
Just getting to grips with my new DSLR and new glass...and the comments were great, helps me on the next attempt. I am very happy with the fact that I now know where the Sigma's sweet spot is f/8 to f/11, and weakness (diffraction) beyond f/16. It is a magnificent lens for non-macro as well.

Thx everyone for your comments!

Message edited by author 2009-11-27 08:15:17.
11/26/2009 09:53:20 PM
sorry this little guy didnt do better harvey ..
often its hit and miss trying to work out wot those voters like ..
i think he's very cute .. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2009 10:32:58 AM
ugly bugger....excellent focus
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11/22/2009 10:59:56 AM
This image works well for centered composition ..good luck
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11/19/2009 04:22:05 PM
This is a nice macro shot. Good bokeh but the subject on this occasion is not very interesting.
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11/19/2009 11:42:34 AM
"have you ever encountered a macro lens before?"... hee hee
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11/19/2009 08:48:56 AM
laffin laffin laffin....excellent title
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