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Bat Bait
Bat Bait

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Challenge: Bizarre Nature (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 400
Location: Bascharage, G-D of Luxembourg
Date: Oct 28, 2004
Aperture: F/2,8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/25 sec.
Galleries: Humorous, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2004

I left my bedroom window open and when I came back my Dionaea flytrap had caught this bat!
No, honestly, it's just a confetti-bat I put into the trap.
Editing: camera noise removal, sharpen, curves, brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, black border.

Place: 52 out of 225
Avg (all users): 5.7690
Avg (commenters): 6.8095
Avg (participants): 5.1313
Avg (non-participants): 6.0784
Views since voting: 2382
Views during voting: 458
Votes: 303
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/21/2004 09:19:33 PM
Cool! Great idea. Well done
11/13/2004 07:21:22 PM
Very funny explanation and a striking shot that I remember instantly. Good idea, well executed.
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11/10/2004 12:26:32 PM
Thanks for all your comments. This was my very first submission and I'm proud of my place. Although I must admit I hoped for a Top 50...
Your comments are very helpful to me. I know now what to worry about when I'm going to take my next shots.
I knew about those white teeth but I could not change it. The light had to be very close because otherwise the silhouette of the bat (actually a Halloween confetti) would not have come out as well.
About the colors: Many said they didn't like them. I first tried a blue background, but in the end I decided for the biggest possible contrast. The colours were not ment to be soothing, but to cry out loud. ('Murder, murder' ;)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/09/2004 08:59:22 PM
The background is way too bright
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11/09/2004 10:41:24 AM
what is that in there?
11/08/2004 06:06:46 PM
One of the best I've seen so far. Giving you and 8. Almost gave you a 9 but the "teeth" are quite blown out. Love the green against the red bg. Great idea with the bat. Good luck!
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11/07/2004 09:38:48 AM
Great closeup and good use of contrasting colors.
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11/07/2004 05:57:56 AM
I love the boldness of this, and the 'bat' inside the pod is an excellent addition.
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11/06/2004 05:00:57 PM
This made me smile. Thanks.
11/06/2004 04:28:31 PM
Nice backlight. Did you plant this bat inside?
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11/06/2004 04:23:19 PM
The burned out highlights don't quite work for me but everything else is just great. Love that bat shape inside.
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11/06/2004 10:35:41 AM
I like this picture a lot and think it's very creative in terms of color, subject, lighting... But I don't think it's completely natural, so I'm bumping it down a little.
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11/06/2004 01:40:26 AM
Well this is a goodie! Perhaps a halloween caption would have been just as appropriate. Slightly overblown highlights. I'm assuming you had control over the lighting so I wonder if moving the lighting further away would have helped give a better balance, but then you might not have had such a good impression of the bat.
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11/06/2004 12:02:54 AM
Cool. I'm not generally a fan of such intense colors, but it works very well in this shot. 8
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11/05/2004 12:48:10 PM
Looks like a ribbon winner to me. Beautiful, well done
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11/04/2004 08:22:54 AM
Like the color contrast. The spikes of the plant may be a tch too bright? And the bat shadow is just too cool.
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11/03/2004 10:53:46 PM
Nice find! I can't bring myself to likethe colors, though,
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11/03/2004 09:09:23 PM
Hey! That's a good idea! My only nit is the very blown out whites and left border of the plant. But the backlit bat looks great!
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11/03/2004 07:30:02 PM
Hmmmmmm The fly trap is certainly bizarre. I'm not so sure about the bat (cut-out?) in the fly trap. It kind of detracts from the idea of nature. Nice colors and focus. I'll give some more thought to the score. :)
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11/03/2004 05:15:45 PM
I see someone has a green thumb and has homegrown their own natural bat seedling. Great creation, background enhances the green, a little over exposed in the upper left area. Thanks.
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11/03/2004 12:59:15 PM
hmmm .... interesting ....
11/03/2004 12:29:51 PM
Awesome shot if it is unmanipulated. I had gone over about 30 shots and all of them average or poor and then this comes along so it´s hard not to give it a 10. I love the colours and the whole idea.
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11/03/2004 11:33:21 AM
nice concept, would have fit the challenge better if it was actually eating a fly instead of a goofy set-up
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11/03/2004 10:41:31 AM
Wow! Fabulous! Great detail and sharpness. I love the choice of background and how the green and red complement each other. Also, the backlighting is perfect.
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11/03/2004 04:53:26 AM
This one tickles my fancy... the colours are stunning and work well as a splashy, eyecatching shot!!
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11/03/2004 01:27:07 AM
intrusting but it looks very staged
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