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Preying Mantis
Preying Mantis

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Challenge: Macro IV (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Olympus C-720UZ
Location: Kitchen table
Date: Aug 1, 2004
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80"
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2004

Found this little guy (about an inch long) on my mother's garden swing. She did not want him around, and I was thrilled to have a posing model for a challenge I thought I was going to skip.


rotate 122 degrees CCW
duplicate layer
selection mask (background)
despeckle (x5)
median (50 pixels)
flatten layer (70% normal blend)
levels layer (auto, 90% gamma)
flatten layer (100% normal blend)
duplicate layer
USM (200,0.3,0)
flatten layer (70% normal blend)


DateTime : 2004:08:01 17:52:25
ExposureTime : 1/80Sec
FNumber : F2.8
ISOSpeedRatings : 100
MeteringMode : Spot
FocalLength : 6.40(mm)
Macro Mode : On

Place: 48 out of 248
Avg (all users): 5.9355
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.7823
Avg (non-participants): 6.2419
Views since voting: 2394
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 186
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2004 12:40:20 PM
Nice shot! I tried to take a few pics of mantis myself. They're cool, they stay still (most of the time)
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08/04/2004 11:56:04 PM
love the shot! GReat color and d/f
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/04/2004 03:08:47 PM
Nice job on yet another bug. Your choice of background is especially strong. Contrast with head and eyes is powerful. Good focus and DOF. Among the best bug shots.
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08/02/2004 04:54:32 PM
Great pose on the Praying Mantis.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2004 04:06:34 PM
Those guys rock. Hopefully I'll have a chance to photograph one some day. Is it a pet? Jacko. 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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