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Challenge: Backlighting II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D PC
Location: Studio
Date: Jan 10, 2006
Aperture: F11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 6 Seconds
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2006

A lady bug on blackend wheat

Place: 3 out of 324
Avg (all users): 6.7380
Avg (commenters): 7.6800
Avg (participants): 6.4957
Avg (non-participants): 6.8827
Views since voting: 8244
Views during voting: 479
Votes: 313
Comments: 41
Favorites: 10 (view)

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01/24/2006 07:08:24 PM
Congratulations! This looks simple in thumbnail but there is so much detail when enlarged. Excellent composition. I like the dominant black.
01/24/2006 07:22:56 AM
Breathtaking! MMM
01/21/2006 10:35:48 PM
Nice lines and direction. Nice lighting and color. congrats!
01/20/2006 09:13:50 PM
Wow! I really like this shot, congrats hokie!!
01/20/2006 03:07:48 AM
The grass is lovely the bug a bonus
Congrats on your ribbon
01/18/2006 04:53:04 PM
Nice one !! Congrats on the yeller
01/18/2006 11:21:03 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon - really well done!
01/18/2006 10:12:46 AM
Wow, congrats! Very nice capture.
01/18/2006 09:31:18 AM
Thanks for the votes and comments everybody! There were so many good photos in this challenge I was very surprised my "Bug on a Wheat Stalk" did as well. Thanks again :-)
01/18/2006 08:21:08 AM
Beautifully done. Congrats.
01/18/2006 05:20:05 AM
Congrats! Very nice! :)
01/18/2006 02:29:55 AM
This is just beautiful. Simplicity is great!
01/18/2006 12:21:35 AM
Hey Scott: Congratulations on your YELLOW with this lovely gem!
01/18/2006 12:17:13 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win - I was worried about this picture :)
01/18/2006 12:12:41 AM
Great shot, Scott! Love the detail and really great lighting! Many congrats on your ribbon. Great to be on the page with you!
01/18/2006 12:12:30 AM
Very cool shot. Good tones and composition. Congratulations!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 11:34:42 PM
pretty, almost like metal
01/17/2006 11:33:30 PM
Beautiful tones and well-composed. 9
01/17/2006 11:31:34 PM
Lovely. Bumping up.
01/17/2006 08:45:19 PM
Wow .. how did you get that little guy to cooperate? Wonder if the light from another angle would help highlight the rest of the lady bug. Seems like one end is awefully bright, would be nice to show off those lovely spots.
01/17/2006 05:25:42 PM
Nice moment. Great capture. The light works perfectly, and your title ties it together.
01/17/2006 01:26:15 AM
01/16/2006 08:44:25 AM
01/14/2006 08:53:48 PM
great detail - love the lighting - 9
01/14/2006 03:39:57 PM
Beautiful picture, Love the detail here, all the lines are excellent. Nice use of space.
01/13/2006 11:04:59 PM
Creation Glory again! What a treasure! The varying hues of yellow caused by increasing density & decreasing translucency make for an interesting study! Great Photo! The ladybug adds a nice touch.
01/13/2006 10:30:32 PM
I just knew this thumbnail was going to be good before I opened it, magic image, magic shot, magic idea.....
01/13/2006 10:28:45 PM
very well done - like it
01/13/2006 07:10:44 PM
Nice! Great macro!
01/13/2006 05:44:06 PM
Very nice - good lighting, nice colors, fun subject. Strong diagonal composition is an ironic companion to the delicate ladybug - creates some nice tension. Light a little blown out on the bug, and focus seems a bit soft. Very enjoyable!
01/13/2006 05:26:05 PM
I like the sweep of the grain across the image.
01/13/2006 02:23:03 PM
Great photo !
01/13/2006 03:31:20 AM
I love this shot. I just wish there was a little more backlight behind the bug (top right) to give a little highlight to seperate it from it's background. Well done with the concept, composition and rest of the lighting though!!
01/12/2006 09:31:27 PM
Great shot and the lighting adds to the impact it has.
01/12/2006 05:55:56 PM
beautiful <9>
01/12/2006 01:45:22 AM
This is a lovely composition. I love the lighting, and the darkness of the background. Since you really seem to know what you're doing I don't feel super critical offering some extra comments :) -> the seeds and filaments are so compelling, beautifully lit and in focus that I'm slightly confused about what the subject is - the ladybug or the plant. The title suggests the former, but the reflection on the back-end of that shiny carapace is so bright, and the darker parts (head, top of carapace near head) disappear into the background - my eye just kept drifting back to the seeds, and for that reason the ladybug is not as compelling as the rest of the image. That may seem really nitpicky, but I wouldn't have given such specific, criticism if I didn't think the image was so strong to begin with.
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01/12/2006 12:34:00 AM
If that ladybug stood out more, I'd have given you a higher score, an 8.
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01/11/2006 11:00:29 AM
Beautifully done
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01/11/2006 07:18:05 AM
I think this will be at top one
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01/11/2006 06:44:25 AM
that ladybug looks dead! nice shot though
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01/11/2006 01:46:50 AM
Beautiful shot. Composition and focus look great.
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