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2nd PlaceLittle One
wsteyn


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Challenge: Delicate (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Date: Oct 25, 2005
Aperture: F16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2005

Early morning, picking off some dead leaves from my Iceberg rosebush, I noticed this little baby Mantis on one of the flowers and rushed to get my camera...

Thanks for all the great comments! I still can't believe I've got a ribbon, it seems like an early christmas! OK, back to the trenches...

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 279
Avg (all users): 7.2851
Avg (commenters): 8.8276
Avg (participants): 7.1573
Avg (non-participants): 7.3563
Views since voting: 11726
Views during voting: 402
Votes: 249
Comments: 62
Favorites: 40 (view)


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01/13/2010 02:01:28 PM
Such a wondorous capture!

Message edited by author 2010-01-13 14:01:46.
09/11/2006 10:41:05 PM
Here I was just going to respond to a backlog of e-mail when I saw this on your profile page and just had to comment. What a truly fabulous find and fortutious capture! Love how you can see all the wonderful details of the tiny mantis. Because of the composition one can also get an appreciation of size. The color of the rose (white being symbolically linked with being etheral, innocence, purity, and delicate), the soft folds of the flower and the small insect carefully balanced upon the petal are ALL elements that speak of a delicate nature. Well done composition and capture.
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04/08/2006 01:37:48 PM
Absolutly superbe.... I love it....

Simpa
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02/28/2006 01:51:37 PM
this is just marvelous! good job
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01/25/2006 10:29:59 AM
This is fantastic! I love it.
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11/27/2005 06:57:33 AM
truely great capture! talent like yours can never be hidden.
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11/27/2005 04:59:20 AM
So delicate! Congratulations.
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11/08/2005 01:14:47 AM
This is too awesome for words. Congratulations! :)
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11/04/2005 11:20:02 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon, and a great catch!
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11/03/2005 11:21:39 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon!!!
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11/03/2005 12:00:15 AM
Impressive showing! Congrats on your red!
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11/02/2005 05:48:01 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. Focus and lighting very good and excellent use of the rule of thirds. Warning: Bad pun alert!... Normally, insects 'bug' me but not in this image.
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11/02/2005 04:50:46 PM
This was my favorite, a beautiful shot, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/02/2005 09:52:44 AM
This is the cutest bug shot I have ever seen. Beautiful too! Congrats, well deserved..high five!
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11/02/2005 07:32:23 AM
i'm thrilled for you for the red -- what a wonderful capture! congratulations!
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11/02/2005 06:45:01 AM
Your timimg was perfect---what an incredible capture--reminds me of the computer animated movies, "Ants", "Bugs", etc. Many congrats!! This is gonna be one of my "favorites" collection.

Message edited by author 2005-11-02 09:38:15.
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11/02/2005 05:30:28 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!!
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11/02/2005 04:11:33 AM
Well deserved! Veels geluk on yr ribbon!
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11/02/2005 02:04:18 AM
Wonderful and captivating little fella! Congrats on your ribbon!
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11/02/2005 12:49:07 AM
This is wonderful - the juxtaposition of the creepy insect to the cliche beauty of a rose is fantastic. Well done.
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11/02/2005 12:46:38 AM
Wow, that's one perfect composition. Great shot, and congratulations.
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11/02/2005 12:28:15 AM
I have never seen anything lovelier than this. Congratulations on your RED.
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11/02/2005 12:23:52 AM
Very nice. I see the shutter was 1/15. Did you use a tripod for this?
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11/02/2005 12:12:39 AM
woohoo werner! great photo, well deserved, you rawk!
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11/02/2005 12:12:16 AM
and a ribbon! skote petoors! well done my buddy!
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11/02/2005 12:09:41 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon!! This is such a gorgeous shot! I love it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 08:37:06 PM
Majestic.
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11/01/2005 06:17:33 PM
what a poser !how'd you get him to do that ?...bribery?
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11/01/2005 03:17:44 PM
excellent.
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11/01/2005 11:09:41 AM
incredible
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11/01/2005 10:27:34 AM
What a shot. Love the colors, and the ugly bug with the beautiful rose. Hope it does well for you.
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10/31/2005 04:45:02 PM
Beautiful DOF. Very interesting critter. It probably looked good with a greater DOF too. I can barely make out the water drops on the rose.
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10/31/2005 04:42:46 PM
Great capture. The flower itself would have been a nice "delicate" entry, but the juxtaposition of the young praying mantis on the soft peddles really made the shot. Great find!
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10/31/2005 11:37:35 AM
Fine closeup with great lighting, composition, and focus.
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10/30/2005 07:16:36 PM
beautiful, wonderful work! well done!
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10/30/2005 05:55:13 PM
This is sooooo cute!!! I Love the simplicity of this photo. The praying mantis' eye really catches me.
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10/30/2005 05:20:36 PM
Wow. What a capture! I love it - a praying mantis! Excellent. 10.
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10/30/2005 01:08:56 PM
Amazing job getting the little one and the center of the flower both in focus.
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10/29/2005 08:14:33 PM
Very cool!
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10/29/2005 04:09:42 PM
What an incredible shot to show the fragile beauty of something I would normally cringe at. This must be an amazing shot to make me see beauty in a bug!! 9
Going back over scores and changing you to a 10
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10/29/2005 02:36:16 PM
Love it. Great shot, amazing little guy. Awsome lighting glow.
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10/28/2005 11:59:15 AM
Awesome picture. Amazing focus.
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10/28/2005 08:29:29 AM
I don't care for insects, but this is a cool shot. 10
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10/27/2005 03:16:50 PM
Love it!!! 10
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10/26/2005 11:59:51 PM
Absolutely stunning, down the expression on his eyes. The most wonderful depth of field. The rose's colour just adds to the "delicacy". I love it.
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10/26/2005 11:30:23 PM
Wow! This is such a cool shot. Great Job.
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10/26/2005 08:26:18 PM
awesome.!
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10/26/2005 05:37:52 PM
this one's nice, im sure you must be doing pretty god on the scoring, sure a top3
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10/26/2005 03:50:30 PM
What a great picture. Lovely rose and such an interesting little insect. Wonderful color and detail. Bumping up.
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10/26/2005 03:41:10 PM
Wow, incredible bug shot! Good one.
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10/26/2005 03:07:46 PM
the best one yet!!! I love this you did a superb job! 10 from me!!
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10/26/2005 11:15:25 AM
If you brought the more of the whites out in this image it would be much better. I'm still giving it a 9 though.
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10/26/2005 08:51:45 AM
magnificent shot! 10
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10/26/2005 08:36:11 AM
great for the challenge!
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10/26/2005 07:38:09 AM
Wow! Very nice
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10/26/2005 05:21:03 AM
Great catch! Well done.
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10/26/2005 03:40:49 AM
Very nice!!
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10/26/2005 02:03:50 AM
Excellent job.
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10/26/2005 01:40:48 AM
Where did you find this creature? ;-)
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10/26/2005 01:32:20 AM
This is really a beautifully done photo!!! Great catch here... I love the nice soft focus on the flower, and how in focus the little bug is... I can't imagine this was easy to catch. I can't say enough about how much I love this image... I hope that you get a ribbon!! seriously. Good luck -10-
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10/26/2005 01:21:11 AM
Wow, 9
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10/26/2005 12:35:59 AM
Wow fabulous macro! And the subtle tones of the rose really accentuates this shot. 10
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