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Challenge: A Bug's Life: Insects, Bugs, Beetle II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenge Photos
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro MF
Location: My Back Yard
Date: Jul 11, 2011
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2011

After sunset, I put on heavy pants, a hat, a loose (but short-sleeved) shirt, and went back to the tree line. I rustled the bushes, and was immediately set upon by a swarm of these little devils. I swatted them until I got this one to light on the back of a finger. I had pre-shot to determine the best position for the lights on the macro flash, a Canon MT24-EX. I hit her with the flash... she ignored me. So I fired a few more shots. This shot is just as she's "tanked up" and has nearly pulled out. A second later she was gone with her prize. I shot exactly four shots for this challenge.

Post-Challenge:
Wow, what a ride! I'm really amazed that this image scored the way it did, given that it was intended to invoke revulsion (and the comments tell me it hit the target)!

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 197
Avg (all users): 6.9441
Avg (commenters): 8.3182
Avg (participants): 6.9888
Avg (non-participants): 6.9000
Views since voting: 1798
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 179
Comments: 33
Favorites: 4 (view)


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09/03/2011 08:47:34 PM
Great shot Fritz. I've recently purchased some gear and I'm going to give this a shot. I wonder if my mosquito will be of the same variety?
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09/01/2011 09:56:46 PM
Truly EWWW fabulous!
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07/20/2011 09:25:58 PM
very well done ... this image is much better than mine and should have placed higher ... welcome back to competition
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07/20/2011 04:38:10 PM
One of my favorites from this challenge. Look at that full tank. wow. Don't be so surprised you deserve the score. I thought it would score a bit better ;) Great shot and behind the scenes info makes this even better.
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07/20/2011 03:14:09 PM
Amazing!
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07/20/2011 09:15:58 AM
very cool, especially the timing of getting her with a full belly of your own blood.
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07/20/2011 09:01:11 AM
Incredible sacrifice for such a great shot. The effort is certainly appreciated!
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07/20/2011 08:37:24 AM
Amazing
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07/20/2011 12:37:19 AM
Congrats! What a crazy photo to get. Probably the closest shot you'll ever have of your own blood. :) I'm simply amazed at how sharp this is on the back of your hand, which is hard enough to keep still without a bug sucking the life out of you. Was the camera on a tripod?
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2011 08:29:30 PM
This is just freaky. I hope this is just a regular mosquito!
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07/18/2011 08:30:59 PM
She wasn't going anywhere until she was full! Nice shot.
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07/18/2011 06:03:24 PM
I was thinking of doing this shot as well (I'm sure yours turned out better than mine would have been). I put this in my top 3.
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07/18/2011 08:37:20 AM
should be in a medical journal - astonishing
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07/17/2011 02:00:57 AM
My skin has been crawling this entire competion so far because of this kinda stuff! Love the detail. You're willing to go much further than I to get these kinda shots obviously... My reaction to these only ends in one way and it has nothing to do with a camera.
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07/16/2011 08:39:45 PM
ewwww factor: 10!
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07/15/2011 02:27:50 AM
WOW! That's an awesome macro! Disgusting, but awesome image! Extra point for the victim if it's the photographer!
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07/14/2011 11:09:01 PM
Ouch, but really cool. Love it.
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07/14/2011 07:37:51 PM
thirsty little b*tch. great capture 8
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07/14/2011 05:43:42 PM
wow, this is called dedication.. great capture!
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07/14/2011 02:39:19 PM
Gotta be a contender for the ribbons, wonderful shot!
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07/14/2011 12:45:57 PM
I bet you are getting a ton of comments, really well done macro, but oh so gross!
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07/14/2011 12:44:15 PM
I hope it doesn't have West Nile. Nice macro
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07/13/2011 11:40:09 PM
Wow, amazing shot, you captured this attacking real skin, and it's full of blood, gross, but awesome pic. Front page.
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07/13/2011 11:16:23 PM
Great catch! Way to sacrifice yourself for the shot! 8
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07/13/2011 03:31:11 PM
Wow!
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07/13/2011 12:54:03 PM
Very brave of you .. or your model. Eww for the full, red belly! Great detail, though.
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07/13/2011 12:45:41 PM
Oh man this is crazy!!! I would not let a fly suck my blood for a photo, no matter how good the photo is! LOL Excellent macro.
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07/13/2011 12:10:59 PM
Wow. Creepy and disgusting. Nice shot though, so close and focused
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07/13/2011 11:30:47 AM
Gruesome.
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07/13/2011 11:28:12 AM
Wow! No really, wow!
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07/13/2011 07:21:41 AM
Ohmyheavens! Is that a mosquito?? Wow! Fabulous!
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07/13/2011 12:50:03 AM
good stuff
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07/13/2011 12:48:24 AM
wow
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