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I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud...
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud...

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Challenge: Macro IV (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Garden
Date: Jul 30, 2004
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2004

A leaf bug alone on totally the wrong kind of leaf for successful camouflage.

This was a very cute insect indeed.
: )

> Crop
> Hue/Sat to boost natural red of frond)
> Curves (colour correction)
> Minor dodge & burn

Place: 10 out of 248
Avg (all users): 6.5904
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3750
Avg (non-participants): 6.9706
Views since voting: 2671
Views during voting: 280
Votes: 188
Comments: 19
Favorites: 4 (view)

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08/12/2004 03:16:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club:

With regards to your photo “I wandered lonely as a cloud…”
Firstly the thing that jumps out at me on this is your use of angle or perspective. So many people take the “bug shot” at a 90 degree angle and the image appears flat…..just another bug shot.
On this one you got down, angled up at the sky and wow what an effect! Getting in close and changing up the usual angle from which we all look at things is the secret to making interesting photos. You give people an interesting “never before considered” angle from which to look at something. To support this, I watched several others present here as they looked at your photo. They studied it, there eyes moved across the image and they tilted their heads as they considered it. In other words, the image caught their attention….good job.
Technically, I find no problems at all. Your subject is in focus, exposure is good, no blown out highlights, dof is bang on…you nailed it.
Colour is great ….. the blue of the sky and green of the bug look wonderful together. The use of colour in this shot plays a strong part in grabbing the viewers attention.

Some may criticize you for so much sky area. My feelings are you compensated for this by getting that piece of cloud in there. The vastness of the sky above the bug as we look up at it, I feel, only further emphasizes the bug’s smallness in the world. I feel this is what you were going for.

As far as composition goes….good job. Like I say some may criticize you for the amount of blue space but my feeling is that it provides effect.
I viewed your alternative shot, “The Walk” on your profile. Different angle different effect all of a sudden. I would have had a tough time picking between the two.

Congratulations on your top ten finish Jon. Hope this is helpful and gives you insight as to what you did right on this composition because there is very little wrong with it.


Randy Drumm
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08/09/2004 09:35:05 AM
great great composition, and as always delivered with humour ;) ..
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08/09/2004 09:13:44 AM
Again, great shot. I am very surprised that this did not finish in the top three. I love the color balance and the feeling this image invokes; the insect does appear to be carefree and just strolling along.
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08/09/2004 01:32:35 AM
Congratulations, great capture! The title really completed this image and made it stand out for me when voting.
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08/09/2004 12:16:11 AM
Hey Imagineer: Congratulations on your 10th finish. A wonderful composition with a handsome model. Very good work !
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2004 05:17:46 PM
nice composition
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08/08/2004 05:05:45 PM
Great compostion and the colors are fantastic! I love the little cloud in the corner.
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08/07/2004 12:27:34 AM
Impresive, I love it
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08/06/2004 02:26:55 AM
The contrast of colors in this are great. The only complaint I have is that the center of attention in this composition seems to be the dark underbelly of the bug and that it is moving out of the frame.
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08/05/2004 07:03:49 PM
nice title. i also like how the cloud evens out the composition.
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08/05/2004 05:26:56 PM
wow .. nice colors ! 10
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08/05/2004 12:43:49 AM
That is one creepy lookin' bug. Nice shot.
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08/04/2004 11:51:25 PM
love the shot! GReat color and d/f but not much of a macro.7
08/04/2004 01:19:51 PM
nice composition! not just another bug picture!
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08/03/2004 07:09:03 PM
great cropping and composition
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08/02/2004 10:41:55 PM
Good capture of yet another bug. Doesn't stand out from the croud but a nearly perfect capture.
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08/02/2004 04:51:08 PM
Great compostition and colors - would have been great for the blue challenge as well!
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08/02/2004 02:14:03 PM
I love this one. It is so crystal clear. Composition makes it a very interesting picture too! Great job.
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