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Lydia


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Challenge: Shallow DOF V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Jul 19, 2010
Date Uploaded: Jul 19, 2010

Golly! She's a nasty-looking creature. And really quick!

If I breathed or she twitched, the branch moved and it was totally OOF.

This shallow DOF with creepy bugs is not for a the weak of heart. *sigh*

Anyway... I love this one ! I hope you do, too... but I know this gallery will be full of bugs and flowers. So be it. I still like her... even as creepy as she is.

100mm lens with an extension tube. I was so close and I just KNEW she was gonna jump on me.

Creepy.

Post: Wow! Thanks for the ribbon!

This was the most amazing thing, actually. I was taking photos of her and she'd eaten a couple and that was really cool. But, then I noticed two bee/gnat-like thingies mating on a flower nearby, so I started photographing them.

I saw when she saw them... so switched back to her. In a half of a nano-second she grabbed and ended up with BOTH! One in each 'hand'! It was AMAZINGLY cool!


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 231
Avg (all users): 6.9111
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 6.8737
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 4752
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 135
Comments: 44
Favorites: 7 (view)


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08/09/2010 02:18:55 AM
Wow! it's truly amazing! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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08/07/2010 10:50:10 PM
A praying mantis is a very graceful creature. Your image removes some of their grace, but at the same time makes them more real to me.

A beautiful shot and I like the additional one you added as well.
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08/04/2010 10:34:39 AM
Congrats Lydia :-)
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08/04/2010 09:54:44 AM
Awesome!!!! Someday I want to get a shot like that -- it's incredible!! Congrats!
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08/04/2010 08:39:59 AM
Way to go Lydia!
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08/03/2010 01:44:47 PM
Hey! Congrats on 2nd. I can't believe you took an oob shot! (no toads - lol!)
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08/03/2010 08:20:30 AM
Fantastic seeing and 'capture'.
:))
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08/02/2010 10:23:32 PM
Congratulations, Lydia. Fantastic image and perfect dof. I'm adding this to my favourites.
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08/02/2010 01:46:08 PM
Great job on the Macro Lydia! While it is a bit on the creepy side, I must admit I find her pretty cute..... if you can ignore her dinner. :-) Congratulations on the Ribbon!
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08/02/2010 12:00:47 PM
Huge Congrats Lydia !!! SUPER SHOT
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08/02/2010 11:51:58 AM
Congrats Lydia. I was really impressed with this one!!
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08/02/2010 11:30:33 AM
wow Lydia! Congratulations! (just looked at the front page for the first time after rollover). I love the catchlights in his eyes :). Way to go!
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08/02/2010 10:30:41 AM
Lydia, i thought your entry was amazing, but your outtake is even cooler! The mantis almost has an evil expression in that one!
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08/02/2010 10:17:57 AM
Congrats love it!! I gave you a 9!!!
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08/02/2010 09:53:26 AM
Congrats, Lydia - fantastic macro !
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08/02/2010 06:05:50 AM
Didn't have time to vote on all images in the challenge but this would have been a 10. Perfect DOF and this is simply top notch work. Big congrats! Did you give it the dead bug?
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08/02/2010 03:04:05 AM
OH Wow...Congratulations!!!! Wonderful!!
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08/02/2010 02:51:18 AM
Beautiful shot, Lydia - congrats on the ribbon!
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08/02/2010 01:23:19 AM
congrats lydia on a brilliant shot and the red ... i saw this in the challenge and it was my fav ..
the only bugs i reckon are creepy are cockroaches .. your praying mantis is luverly .. !!! ...
fantastic result for shallow dof .. :)
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08/02/2010 01:00:13 AM
You're right Lydia, this is creepy. But a great capture! Congrats on the red!
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08/02/2010 12:33:38 AM
Quite amazing. Love the soft green color. Really contrasts with the brutality of the shot!!
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08/02/2010 12:20:13 AM
Superb! Congrats.
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08/02/2010 12:19:49 AM
Lydia, this is a wonderful image, great colors and amazing clarity. Many congrats on the ribbon, my friend ((Hugs)).
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08/02/2010 12:19:45 AM
Brilliant timing! Congrats on the ribbon!
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08/02/2010 12:17:02 AM
Lydia - this is so YOU! It's so sharp it's almost scary and the colors are wonderful!
Congratulations!!
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08/02/2010 12:12:15 AM
Yikes!!! Great macro. And congratulations on a deserved finish:)
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08/02/2010 12:05:53 AM
Excellent image.. Congrats!!
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08/02/2010 12:04:34 AM
Great macro Lydia and congrats on a well deserved ribbon.
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08/02/2010 12:04:16 AM
what a scary shot. But it got you the red. Congrats!!!
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08/02/2010 12:04:03 AM
Congrats on the self-portrait and ribbon! Always crushing the competition!
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08/02/2010 12:01:56 AM
Holy cow, that's close! Eeek! And yes, I'd say 2nd is probably in the top ten. Congrats! And eeeeekkkk!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2010 08:45:00 PM
this is really good...love the colors
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07/31/2010 09:38:32 AM
Amazingly fine work !!! 10
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07/30/2010 02:05:36 AM
could win the blue ribbon
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07/29/2010 02:59:23 AM
very good!! i love manthis, is one of my preferred insects... 8
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07/29/2010 12:41:25 AM
OMG... scarey yet Awesome!
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07/28/2010 09:24:47 PM
LOL at your title ;-) Not exactly a pretty scene, but well captured.
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07/28/2010 01:46:02 PM
very nice shot!
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07/26/2010 09:48:56 PM
Funny title, amazing macro.
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07/26/2010 02:29:53 PM
Looks quite rozish, Good one though
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07/26/2010 02:28:29 PM
Nice 10 from me
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07/26/2010 12:16:19 PM
Great moment! I'll stop by the front page and visit again.
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07/26/2010 09:29:17 AM
Looks like a Summertime Meal to me!
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07/26/2010 02:31:06 AM
this would be a block buster in my eyes if only its antennae werent chopped off... that totally kills it for me... and the border isnt masively appealing to me either but wont significantly dock your score from me
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