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6 Spot Burnet
6 Spot Burnet

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Challenge: Macro V (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Badbury Rings, Dorset
Date: Jul 3, 2005
Aperture: f5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2005

Last minute entry for this - I went to Badbury hoping for a nice sunset but by the time I got there it had clouded over, so I wandered round looking at the orchids (best year ever for them) and 'spotted' this chap - a 6 spot burnet moth perched on a pyramidal orchid. Light was fading fast, so even at 800 ISO I couldn't get the DOF I would have liked, but thought I'd give it a go anyway.

Place: 116 out of 374
Avg (all users): 5.7178
Avg (commenters): 5.9167
Avg (participants): 5.6951
Avg (non-participants): 5.7662
Views since voting: 805
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 241
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/10/2005 01:38:56 AM
the background is too dull..if you intentionally made it b/w, I don't think it works here.. also you could have cropped it tighter
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07/09/2005 11:18:58 PM
wow! made me gasp out loud! wonderful composition - love how the gray insect matches the gray background - love the X of his legs and antenae - love your choice of focal plane - love it- love it.
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07/09/2005 12:41:22 PM
love the colors
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07/08/2005 06:53:44 AM
Nice colors. Interesting looking insect. Subject is well placed in the frame.
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07/07/2005 06:36:00 AM
Beautiful colors and texture. Interesting perspective in a sea of simular shots.
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07/07/2005 02:20:22 AM
Very nicely done.
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07/05/2005 11:10:23 PM
Wonderful moth. IMO, the only problem I see is too much open space to right. I think rule of thirds isn't needed in this one.
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07/05/2005 04:22:00 PM
Very nice DOF
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07/05/2005 05:50:34 AM
8 - Very nice. Simplicity. Good capture and 'character'. For me, closer would have been better, else a tighter crop. Nice color.
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07/04/2005 09:47:23 PM
I like the simplicity.
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07/04/2005 07:04:06 PM
The images that always suffer due to lack of comments are the ones that are right in the middle ground. Everyone comments on the awesome shots. Some comment on the bad shots. But the middle ones, very few people say anything. So here I am to explain why I voted a 5:

This image is actually pretty good. I like the sharpness in the bug. Lack of sharpness is usually my first criteria for voting a macro down (below 5). So what does this lack...? I think it's the flat on angle of the picture. If you got in front of the bug it would add some 3D visual aspects to it. Instead, the only clue to 3D is that the bug is sharp (again, this is good), but the flower on which it stands is blurry. A more angled shot would snag some of the flower and bring it into focus, while allowing the bug to blur just a bit from front to back.

So it's neither a bad shot, nor one that stands out from the crowd... and that's why I ended up giving it a 5. Hope this helps.
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07/04/2005 04:20:29 PM
incredible insect.
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07/04/2005 11:44:28 AM

Message edited by author 2005-07-11 21:04:53.
07/04/2005 01:17:24 AM
Very nice! 10
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