Challenge: Free Study XIV (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Oct 21, 2006
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2006
|This is what I SHOULD have entered for Bokeh III. I plead insanity. :-/
We found this big praying mantis right in the middle of a soccer field immediately after the game. Amazing that he wasn't trampled. As blind luck would have it, I had my extension tube with me (I rarely carry it), and I spent the next hour on my stomach on the cold, wet field taking photos. Afterwards, I placed the mantis on a bush outside the field... and he very nearly became lunch for an even BIGGER one that happened to be on the bush!
Processing Combined two differently-processed versions of the same RAW file for greater dynamic range, Channel Mixer for color, USM, Noise Ninja on the background, assorted dodge & burn, and levels adjustments, cloned out a couple tips of grass behind the mantis, smoothed some parts of the background lightly with the blur tool, and spot saturation adjustments.
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