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Challenge: A Bug's Life: Insects, Bugs, Beetle II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Jul 8, 2011
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2011

Well, one thing I learned doing this, is that autofocus in useless with an extension tube on my 70-300 zoom. Interestingly, the optimum focal length always seemed to be somewhere around 100mm or so. This was shot at 92mm. I guess that's why specialty macro lenses tend to be in the 80-100mm range.

Post-challenge notes:
Performed way better than anticipated, but for me, it still can't live up to the performance of my shoehorn fly from the previous Bug's Life challenge.
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Place: 13 out of 197
Avg (all users): 6.9023
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7831
Avg (non-participants): 7.0110
Views since voting: 1842
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 174
Comments: 10
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07/21/2011 12:41:32 PM
NICE image (this one passed me by). Funny to have something in your high scoring front page that didn't even feature in the top 10, eh? (I have my profile best of set to 7).
How'd you get it to not jump away?
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07/20/2011 02:32:40 AM
Pretty awesome score you ended up with. In any other challenge our two "hoppers" would be getting ribbons.
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07/20/2011 01:05:52 AM
Not sure how this slid so far, I had this slotted for a ribbon. I love the way you made him look like the original "Hopper".
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2011 07:46:20 AM
Beautiful grasshopper. The background bokeh is fantastic and mysterious.
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07/16/2011 09:55:08 AM
07/14/2011 02:48:26 PM
What a Spiffy looking grasshopper ;)

Really like the bokeh in the background here, I think the major flaw here is that piece of whatever it is that's between the grasshopper and the stem... I also think this could have been a good candidate for some selective coloring... :) Still, a good shot, with very nice focus.
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07/13/2011 11:52:10 PM
Reminds me of Darth Vader, 8.
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07/13/2011 09:39:04 PM
If you can call a portrait of a grasshopper "dignified", this would be such a portrait.
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07/13/2011 03:31:52 PM
I love his texture and colors. Nice rich tones.
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07/13/2011 12:46:26 PM
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