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Flying Frogs:  Fact or Fiction?
Flying Frogs: Fact or Fiction?
Lydia


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Challenge: Mythical Creatures (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Jul 14, 2010
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2010

Live frog. Dead butterfly. Both shot (sitting on the back end of a shiny, black flashlight case... but separately) during the challenge period, of course. I found the butterfly body months ago and saved it for a 'just in case' situation.

Sorry. They really are mythical/fiction. *smile*

The frog was only about an inch and a half long. Cute li'l thing!


Thanks for your votes and comments. I REALLY like doing stuff like this. And I love Top Ten! LOL!

Regarding the reflections, they are all real from the frog shot (saturation increased), except the left wing reflection. That's the wing itself flipped, rotated, and cloned at lesser opacity to allow the original reflections to still remain (like the blue at his fingers and the white under his body).

Regarding the "wings need to be farther back"... yeah, I knew it when I did it, but I'd already let the frog go... and the left edge of the entry is the left edge of the frog shot. So, I had to make do. If I'd have made it realistic... how God would have done it, the wings would have been so clipped, the 'pretty parts' wouldn't have shown. So, I cheated.

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Statistics
Place: 10 out of 83
Avg (all users): 6.5341
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.2857
Avg (non-participants): 6.5907
Views since voting: 3809
Views during voting: 647
Votes: 264
Comments: 32
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/31/2010 04:15:59 PM
This was my second fave!!
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07/28/2010 11:27:37 PM
Congrats on making the top 10 Lydia!!!]
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07/28/2010 03:38:37 PM
Congrats on the top 10 Lydia... this shot was in my top three favourites - beautiful colours, great reflections!
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07/28/2010 12:50:47 PM
9 from me! Lydia, all of your frog photos are magical!
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07/28/2010 11:58:34 AM
Congrats Lydia. You should do a tutorial on reflections.
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07/28/2010 12:17:41 AM
Congrats on the top ten Lydia!!!
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07/28/2010 12:16:41 AM
Heh! What was it I was saying about having amphibians laying around? But you go one better and have a gorgeous dead butterfly as well! What an interesting creation. I've heard "when pigs fly", but now I suppose there's the saying "when tiny frogs fly" to take into consideration. Congrats on top ten in a very challenging challenge!
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07/28/2010 12:09:02 AM
Another top 10! Congratulations!
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07/28/2010 12:08:46 AM
Complete with reflection. Perfect!
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07/28/2010 12:02:36 AM
Top 10 - congrats! It's a cutie!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/27/2010 09:41:59 PM
Nice one; just bumped this up.
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07/27/2010 03:12:36 PM
even the reflection matches!
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07/26/2010 11:40:27 PM
very cool! and very original!
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07/26/2010 11:32:06 PM
Nice comp job. Wings look natural. Score bump on 2nd view.
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07/26/2010 01:36:15 AM
Wonderful image.
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07/25/2010 07:15:47 AM
Awesome blending of two images here - I love the light projecting through the wings onto the ground, although it seems to be a bit clipped at bottom. Overall great work. 7
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07/24/2010 01:10:10 AM
one of my highest votes. I love everything about it. Creative, gorgeous colors, excellent pping.. I voted earlier and gave it an 8 and I am back to bump it to a 9
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07/23/2010 07:26:29 PM
wonderfully done
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07/22/2010 10:50:17 PM
Love this!
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07/22/2010 02:03:13 PM
Which pond?
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07/22/2010 12:18:47 PM
lovely entry, set up and composition
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07/22/2010 10:28:32 AM
Ah the elusive amFLYbian a distant cousin to his amphibian brothers. Only seen when mating season arrives they emerge from the cocoon shallows with their large flashy, colorful wings and hop/fly to attract a female mate whose wings are much smaller and a dull brown. O.K. you got my imagination flying with this one:-) While it is not a known mythical beast it is creative....and who knows, maybe I am wrong in that the Greeks created plenty of crazy and offbeat creatures to populate their myths. Focus and colors are great. Blending on the butterfly wing could have been better - there is a slight halo on the left wing (selecting the edge and feathering to avoid hard edge and then the clone tool would have taken care of that). The reflection of the butterfly wing is too solid (?) and not glassy (look at the reflection of the throat of the frog to see what I mean). I do think the composition would be stronger and more appealing if you pulled back and showed us the full wings and back legs rather than clipping them as done here. I believe the next thing I have to say will be meet with a "And Oh MY Do you have to be so picky it is a created creature for crying out loud!" But I CAN'T help but think scientifically here (hmmm the irony of the thought) - the placement of the wings is too high and doesn't offer balance that a mid-body placement would to help this poor creature stay aloft without tipping over.
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07/22/2010 10:01:08 AM
I LOVE THIS! 9
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07/21/2010 10:04:00 PM
What a great challenge. Great work.
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07/21/2010 08:04:29 PM
I'd've thought the wings should have been further down its back 'round the point of the centre of gravity. But that's the only criticism I can think of. It works very nicely and make me chuckle.
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07/21/2010 02:45:59 PM
i like!!
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07/21/2010 02:42:28 PM
What a cutie pie. Fact!
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07/21/2010 12:55:39 PM
Nicely done. The images are well blended. I really like the reflected wing too.
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07/21/2010 10:28:10 AM
Never heard of this myth... But nice edit
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07/21/2010 01:43:36 AM
Fantastic work!
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07/21/2010 12:25:31 AM
nicely done
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07/21/2010 12:20:44 AM
beautiful editing, this looks very legit- 10
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