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Challenge: Triptych II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Location: Camas, WA
Date: Apr 28, 2007
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2007

What may look like an easy shoot took about 90 minutes and 6-8 ladybugs. I was shooting fairly early in the morning and the darn guys wouldn't fly. Figuring they weren't warm enough I pulled out my halogen lamps and lit the grass with them; for heat not light. That helped, but it was very tough getting the third panel right. The ladybug had to take off in just the right direction. It was maddening.

The idea came to me while thinking of things that would look good on a tall, thin composition. That way I could utilize the full 720x720 canvas instead of losing 2/3rds of it due to trying to put 3 traditional compositions next to each other. Hopefully the voters respond to that.

POST: I'm pretty happy for Enzo since he doesn't have a blue yet. I think it's funny that I consider myself a landscape photog and yet two of my top three photos are of ladybugs.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 244
Avg (all users): 7.5283
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 7.4400
Avg (non-participants): 7.6071
Views since voting: 13836
Views during voting: 490
Votes: 212
Comments: 84
Favorites: 51 (view)


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07/12/2007 09:47:29 PM
AMAZING! I have tried to capture these guys a few times! VERY DIFFICULT indeed! Do you ALWAYS use a tripod with your macro? I have been lectured TO DEATH about using a tripod! I want to hand hold, LOL! Could be why most of my shots are a blurry mess!
LOVE this!
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07/04/2007 02:00:38 PM
Can't believe I haven't commented on this yet. I stumbled upon it a while ago and loved it, and find myself revisiting it now. Kudos to the vigilance and determination with which you approached this project, that last frame is really amazing. I love how the focus remains on the grass and the ladybug has escaped the narrow focus into a blur.
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06/29/2007 06:19:37 PM
How did you get the dead ladybug to stay in the air with its wings out like that? ;-)

Message edited by author 2007-06-29 18:20:12.
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05/13/2007 12:55:07 PM
Well done, Doc. I especially like that last frame. Congrats on your ribbon!
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05/12/2007 06:01:02 PM
Gorgeous trio!! Fantastic work as always! Congratulations on the Ribbon!!
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05/09/2007 08:32:08 AM
Your patience paid off. Very well captured. Congratulations!
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05/09/2007 08:10:40 AM
Wonderful concept and execution Doc! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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05/09/2007 06:08:50 AM
My god...I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this. I love the concept.

My condolences to you and your family, tgplummer. :(
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05/08/2007 11:18:27 PM
REALLY GREAT x 3!

CONGRATS & Good 4 YOU on the RED-matches your subject :)
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05/08/2007 08:54:45 AM
Fantastic shot and idea,one of the most beautiful photos and concept.Well done
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05/07/2007 06:58:04 PM
Super! Glad to see you hit the front page. It feels like a series of stills which can be flipped really fast to make the action happen.
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05/07/2007 06:40:06 PM
very nice, well deserved ribbon
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05/07/2007 05:21:16 PM
We lost a granddaughter whose nickname had become "Ladybug." As many shots as I've taken of ladybugs, this one got the essence of losing her. Gorgeous.
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05/07/2007 05:16:42 PM
Doc, a truly well-executed triptych, awesome work from you as usual.
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05/07/2007 03:01:43 PM
AWESOME!!! It is VERY much worth all of your time and effort to capture. This is lovely.
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05/07/2007 02:16:33 PM
Very good series...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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05/07/2007 12:15:52 PM
Congrats Doc!
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05/07/2007 12:10:08 PM
Hey Jason!
Great composition and sequence.
A film within a picture.
Focus and colour perfect. A deserved 1rst place shot.
Are you warming the engines?
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05/07/2007 11:03:57 AM
Worth the effort. Congrats for this excellent composition. Well deserved ribbon.
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05/07/2007 10:58:48 AM
wtg Doc! The way this works as a series... excellent. Thanks for sharing the shoot info. I can understand maddening, working with tiny things and getting the shot framed right ain't easy. Great job.
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05/07/2007 10:36:05 AM
Love this shot! Congrats!
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05/07/2007 10:31:47 AM
You have at least graduated from murdering the creatures. For me it is the colour of the background that makes this image. The focus is superior on the "takes flight" right-hand image. Well done.
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05/07/2007 10:25:48 AM
Congratulations! This is an amazing shot - very worth the effort and dedication.
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05/07/2007 10:21:00 AM
superneat shot dude,well worth your effort!
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05/07/2007 09:23:57 AM
Beautiful! Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/07/2007 08:49:50 AM
this is sooo cool! congrats!
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05/07/2007 07:00:55 AM
congrats, i luv lady bugs! :)
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05/07/2007 06:47:24 AM
ribbon well deserved!

great job!
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05/07/2007 06:00:39 AM
Congrats ona great set of images and the red. Terrrific job, Jack
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05/07/2007 03:38:05 AM
i consider you a ladybug photog
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05/07/2007 02:47:09 AM
Congrats on the red, Jason! Glad you kept the ladybug alive :)
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05/07/2007 02:09:58 AM
A good story for the challenge, congratulations on the Red.
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05/07/2007 01:54:32 AM
Congrats, Jason! Excellent job! Now change your username to DrLadybug. :P
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05/07/2007 01:25:48 AM
Congrats...now stop playing with minute things...and start aimin at landscapes again.
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05/07/2007 01:20:19 AM
Very good triptych Doc. Well done and congrats :-)
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05/07/2007 01:14:14 AM
Excellent colours, use of space and story. Very good all round. I won't say this would be my pick for number one because Enzo may see it ;~)
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05/07/2007 12:58:28 AM
Very Cool! Great job!
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05/07/2007 12:46:33 AM
Congratulations! Ladies do look better in red...especially Lady Bugs! Well done!
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05/07/2007 12:42:24 AM
Brilliantly conceived, shot, and composited, Jason. Well done!
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05/07/2007 12:36:02 AM
Beautiful. Big congrats on the Red.
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05/07/2007 12:35:58 AM
Awesome work, I liked this one a lot. Congratulations to you!
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05/07/2007 12:27:49 AM
well deserved, congrats!
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05/07/2007 12:22:12 AM
A good example of what a triptych should aspire to be...
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05/07/2007 12:20:15 AM
A ladybug flying away from the clutches of Jason? No way!
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05/07/2007 12:19:51 AM
LOVE THE PROGRESSION OF THE THREE PHOTOS, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THE "RED".....
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05/07/2007 12:13:58 AM
Thanks for a great competition...to finish ahead of such a fantastic and admired photographer is a great confidence boost for me. I didn't think I could do it as this image is so strong...congrats and thanks so much for being a great sport
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05/07/2007 12:11:14 AM
I trust that no ladybugs were harmed in the making of this shot. hahahahahaha
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05/07/2007 12:09:54 AM
Grats Jason, well deserved
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05/07/2007 12:01:43 AM
congrats! i also love this :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/06/2007 11:33:09 AM
Great series. I like the progression through the shots.
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05/06/2007 12:55:51 AM
I like it!
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05/05/2007 01:31:02 PM
nicely arranged series with great detail. color of center image is a little off. still a top pick
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05/04/2007 08:25:58 PM
i love the fullness of the image, nice large photos, nice dof, the only critique is the bug out of focus in the last frame.. would be nice to have him caught in flight with sharp detail. overall a very nice image.
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05/04/2007 02:14:01 PM
Excellent! What a wonderful progression!
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05/04/2007 10:53:42 AM
Great sequence. really nice timing. Focus and colours spot on.
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05/04/2007 08:43:24 AM
My top pick. Great capture!
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05/04/2007 12:29:35 AM
The colors and sharpness don't match up across the series. I realize you moved around to capture the sequence but it seems they should match up more. I think its a nice bit of work.
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05/03/2007 12:48:07 PM
wonderful capture! a very nice and simple image but with great detail and great timing!!!
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05/03/2007 08:25:26 AM
Great shot. You did a super job at getting this.
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05/02/2007 09:05:34 PM
Very cool! An excellent storyline - I love the third pane DOF. 8!

P.S. I think what would really make this one pop is some careful editing to make the upper half of the plant look sharper and remove a touch of the blue cast.
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05/02/2007 09:06:33 AM
great timing and shots
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05/02/2007 05:43:43 AM
Pity the lady bug wasn't focused in the last shot. Lovely colours. It would have been good if you could have had the plant in the last shot with the same colour and texture as in the first two.
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05/01/2007 08:01:53 PM
Love this one - Simple but effective in every way. 10
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05/01/2007 06:51:52 PM
What a great sequence, and very well done - nice non-distracting background and subject is super-sharp (not counting the motion blur in the 3rd panel, which is understandable). I think the "story" is superior, but I guess others will also likely point out to you that the images don't "match" - seems like the plant is either a different plant each time or shot from a different position. This isn't so much of a detraction for me, the story is what sells me on it, but maybe next time with a "progress" triptych like this, be more mindful about how well the subject matches position-wise and lighting-wise. Boy, this is a long comment - sorry! 9
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05/01/2007 05:14:43 PM
wow, thats awesome!!! nicely done!
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05/01/2007 03:07:28 PM
Incredible capture and patient timing! 10
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04/30/2007 09:28:31 PM
Expert capture and what a presentation.
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04/30/2007 07:19:27 PM
Wow, that is just crazy you caught that. What great shots, really well done...terrific boarders.
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04/30/2007 05:44:44 PM
Excellent idea.
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04/30/2007 05:18:36 PM
magical... in my opinion, out of what I have seen, this could be a ribbon.. I love it, adding to favourites. first 10 of the challenge for me.. would love to know whose it is.. a big fat 10 all the way.. well done & thanks for sharing!
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04/30/2007 04:54:25 PM
One of my favourites of the challenge. My only bugbear (pun intended) is that the lighting on the plant changes so much between shots.
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04/30/2007 04:39:41 PM
Great sequence! Change in DOF/focus/angle is a little distracting (grass tip is suddenly sharp in the right panel and angle looks different) but overall this is still terrific.
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04/30/2007 03:57:34 PM
very niceeee !!!
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04/30/2007 02:11:54 PM
Time-lapse trip...excellent idea. The fly away shot is absolutely the deal clincher with the DOF. Excellent!
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04/30/2007 01:50:06 PM
Very nice progression from frame to frame! *8*
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04/30/2007 01:45:20 PM
interesting images with an history.
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04/30/2007 01:31:12 PM
Wonderful sequence. 10.
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04/30/2007 10:20:56 AM
Outstanding, really tells a story and technically great!
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04/30/2007 07:45:30 AM
Awesome top ten for sure!
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04/30/2007 04:18:03 AM
This is simply wonderful, tells a wonderful simple story, love the minamalism and the bokeh and the right hand frame is just perfect
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04/30/2007 01:39:49 AM
awesome...great capture...love the tones in the bg...well done 9
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04/30/2007 12:57:09 AM
WOW! this is too cool....10 and a fav
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04/30/2007 12:26:51 AM
perfection... i want to steal your camera/lens!!!!
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04/30/2007 12:24:40 AM
Very nice timing.
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