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Challenge: Obscure (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Sep 9, 2015
Aperture: 32.0
ISO: 640
Shutter: 3.2
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2015

Isn't his camouflage... AMAZING?!

I love the way the world works.

But... I'm thinking that he's not at all obscure... now that I keep staring at him. *sigh*

*sigh again*

I can never predict what DPC voters will do.

I had two other images submitted... that I like better than this... but I suspect that they'd score even lower than this one.

I think it's that the mantis isn't perfectly clear in this image. (He/She is quite sharp and clear in the unreduced image.)

What's a girl to do??

*sigh yet one more time*

Anyway... the story is that this guy (girl??) was on our little fence. Just sittin' there.

So... I plucked some fern leaves off of the fern next to it... he/she crawled onto them, and I took them all inside and... shot them.

He/she was not inclined to perfectly align him/herself, though.

So... it was about an hour of shooting... until this happened.

And... I knew it when it happened.

That's rare.



Place: 4 out of 48
Avg (all users): 6.5357
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.0417
Avg (non-participants): 6.9063
Views since voting: 1092
Views during voting: 140
Votes: 56
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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09/18/2015 04:21:42 PM
Great shot (again) Lydia! I'm not sure if I prefer your photos or your write ups - always fun to read your Photographer's Comments
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09/18/2015 11:57:46 AM
In addition to being an exceptional photographer, I am beginning to think you are some kind of Critter Whisperer -- able to call in all manner of creepy crawly or amphibious creature at will to be your photographic minion. Congrats on the ribbon and your special talent with the small beasts.
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09/18/2015 10:16:47 AM
Well done, love it. Congratulations on your HM.
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09/18/2015 08:43:48 AM
Congrats Lydia; such interesting critters to photography and you did good.
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09/18/2015 08:35:08 AM
This got a a high score from me, wish I could find bugs like that. Congrats
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09/18/2015 08:29:33 AM
congrats on the HM, amazing camouflage for sure
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09/18/2015 07:55:44 AM
Congratulations on the HM.
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09/18/2015 12:17:54 AM
Beautifully done, Lydia. And nice placement too!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/17/2015 01:54:29 PM
Perfect for the challenge. I like the simplicity of color, it made this image stand out to me.
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09/16/2015 05:33:34 PM
Terrifically in-your-face, yet still a surprise. Wonderful study. The tones and variety of greens in the ferns and mantis are lovely and satisfying. The black background capably sets it all off. Fine image.
One of three personal favorites in the challenge.
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09/16/2015 02:41:17 AM
Yes! 7
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09/12/2015 09:31:10 AM
Very nice Give 8
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09/11/2015 11:22:14 AM
I love this.... very inherent to the title of the challenge and also shooted well
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