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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: 1883
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 179
Comments: 34
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/26/2021 05:08:45 PM
WOW .. that's one awesome pic .. and i'm assuming the red in his body is your blood .. (i just asked google the difference between male and female mosquitos and it told me that the males have feathery antenna and the females have plain antennas .. i like to stock up on my insect knowledge .. )

i've always thought that what makes an excellent photographer is someone who can step out of their comfort zone and do things that others may not ..
spose that makes you an excellent photographer .. !! .. :)
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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