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Challenge: Secondary Colors II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Jul 20, 2014
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jul 20, 2014

I was planning to go to the zoo for a shot of golden lion tamarins or maybe green and purple poison dart frogs. Anything to avoid a flower. Unfortunately I couldn't spare the time and was resigned to skipping this challenge. Then on deadline day I let the dog out and noticed some iridescent long-legged flies on an azalea by the back porch. Aha!

I used a handheld, non-stabilized macro lens with an extension tube and a polarizer to enhance color, so I lost about 2.5 stops of light and it was extremely difficult to get a sharp photo. These skittish bugs weren't about to pose for a tripod, either. I had to push the ISO up to 3200 and still only managed a few keepers. DPC's 800px size limit worked to my advantage here since the smaller image helps mask a lack of detail.

Place: 2 out of 107
Avg (all users): 6.6974
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.5385
Avg (non-participants): 7.0417
Views since voting: 1475
Views during voting: 185
Votes: 76
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/29/2014 08:38:39 PM
good for you Shannon!!! Well done...these little buggers are hard to capture!!!
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07/29/2014 08:01:32 PM
Congratulations, Shannon! This is so well done!
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07/28/2014 01:35:29 PM
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07/28/2014 10:33:31 AM
Very nice - well done
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07/28/2014 09:22:37 AM
yup, there are advantages to the 800px limit :)

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07/28/2014 12:25:18 AM
I wish I had more accidents like this...

Congrats and Go Snap Dragon, go! ;)
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07/28/2014 12:21:22 AM
Wow! Congrats!
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07/28/2014 12:06:29 AM
Congrats on the red. Lovely shot, wow! colours.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/25/2014 09:39:42 AM
wow!!!! fabulous shot!
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07/24/2014 07:00:28 PM
Spectacular capture, details, colors and composition.
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07/23/2014 05:27:36 PM
This makes a creepy crawly look beautiful!!
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07/22/2014 07:16:28 AM
Meets the challenge perfectly and great title! In my top 3
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07/21/2014 12:38:06 PM
Top 3
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