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...And Even The Insects Salute The Troops!
...And Even The Insects Salute The Troops!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-H5
Lens: Sony VCL-M3358 58mm Close-up Lens
Location: Wawanosh Wetlands, Sarnia, Ontario
Date: Sep 14, 2006
Aperture: F5.0
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/320 sec
Date Uploaded: Sep 6, 2006

While hiking through a nature conservation area near where I live, I came across this grasshopper, and it just happened to "salute" as I took its picture. And who says insects aren't patriotic? :-D


- Crop
- Colour Balance
- Brightness and contrast adjustment
- Clarify
- Automatic Saturation Adjustment
- Resize to challenge dimensions
- Unsharp Mask
- Add border

Place: 191 out of 615
Avg (all users): 5.8525
Avg (commenters): 6.9091
Avg (participants): 5.8000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0233
Views since voting: 1293
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 183
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/11/2006 07:46:42 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

It's not very often I get assigned an image to critique that is very similar to a ribbon winner. So what is different between your image and the 2nd place image? First, I would have to say the lighting. Your image was obviously taken mid-day compared to the early morning light of the ribbon winner. You definitely had harsher lighting conditions to shoot under, which in turn made it tougher to capture the details of the grasshopper. Compositionally, I think your image is almost as good, as the angle of the other grasshopper provides a bit more depth to the photo. Background, I score this a tie, as neither background has and distractions of note.

What left is in the overall look of the grasshopper itself. Your image looks flatter than the second place image. Part of this can be attributed to the lighting but part is a result of the post processing. I see by your post processing comments that you used clarify, which is part of Paint Shop Pro. I would encourage you to revisit your post processing steps and play around with levels or curves. I think you will find that if you decrease the gamma in levels (the middle slider for input) and boost the contrast, the grasshopper will gain a lot more depth. The same can be done with just curves but is harder to explain in writing the curve shape that is required. If you have problems getting levels to do what you want, I would be more than happy to tweak it and send a screen shot of the levels settings. I really like this image and with a little more post processing it can become something special.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.


 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2006 12:23:03 AM
Your title was helpful in pointing out something I probably would have overlooked. 8
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10/05/2006 12:10:24 AM
wonderful detail and colors here...well done
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10/04/2006 09:12:06 PM
what a beautiful insect. Great clarity
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10/03/2006 09:56:32 PM
Very Nice Macro
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10/03/2006 04:24:56 PM
Good detail throughout this image.
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10/03/2006 12:50:29 PM
Nice Macro shot, very crisp and clear throughout. Nice DOF also.
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10/02/2006 12:12:07 PM
Nice and sharp.
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10/02/2006 07:21:43 AM
excellent sharp focus and a great title
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10/01/2006 07:35:01 PM
Is he saluting? or keeping the sun out of his eyes...
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10/01/2006 04:57:26 PM
in the main i find these type of photos a bit overdone,but this one i like.
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10/01/2006 04:24:18 PM
nice macro..gl 7
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10/01/2006 03:26:03 AM
Excellent textures, and so sharp as well...great macro, thats for sure.....
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