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  #84 Backyard Wildlife
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On Final Approach       ©2010 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       2nd place, 158 points
1/2000s, f8, ISO 200, 35mm, Shutter Priority, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Sharpen, denoise, rotate, layer (to enhance definition among other things), crop.       Extra Info: ...just a wasp...
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Jul 24, 2010
    Thanks for the comments on my entries the lens used was a Canon 100-400 4.5 - 5.6 L IS Lens, not the best for close up work! Congratulations on your 2nd place finish.

Jul 23, 2010
    Congratulations Jade! Very good result. Compared to the others I'm maybe too critical... nit-picking and over-analysing. LOL!
You know, in German I would say, it is real but not true. No idea if this translation makes sense to you. It's beautiful artwork, done in software - but not a photograph.
Most of all I thought that the wildlife was dead!
Nevertheless still a great picture, in my top 5 and a worthy rank here.

Jul 20, 2010
    Thanks Jade. Very informative. I now understand that phrase. I guess I can go back to bed now - my aim of learning something new every day is done :-)

Jade O.
Jul 20, 2010
    Not my definition but here is my understanding of 100% crop when commonly used with digital images. An image at 100% resolution does not fit on your screen, it is much bigger. If you crop any part of the image that you can see when the image is displayed at 100% resolution on your monitor, you have a 100% crop (a 100% crop is really a crop of an image presented at 100% resolution without resizing after you cropped it.)

Technically, a 100% crop means the image shown on your screen is pixel for pixel the same as the original image, no resizing just removal of pixels around cropped area. The idea is that if you showed the image at 100% size/resolution on your monitor, the 100% cropped section would be what is visible and what shows on the monitor with the rest of the image "extending past the edges." If you take what you can see at 100% resolution and crop it, then you have a 100% crop. Generally, if you take a crop of an image shown at 100% resolution on your screen, whether the full screen or a part of it, and present the cropped image without resizing it, then you have a 100% crop.

A 100% crop means is that the image is cropped, but not resized (or sharpened or adjusted in contrast etc. which PP work will change the amount of pixels in the image.) That is to say, a true 100% cropped section still has the same number of pixels as that section had when PART of the original image.

Technically speaking, this never really works for jpeg, as the cropped section will be recompressed when you save the cropped section again in jpeg format, and so it won't actually be identical to that same section in the original. To get around this, the crop should really be saved in a lossless format or use a tool like you can find at http://sylvana.net/jpegcrop/.

When you resize an image to fit your screen, you downsample and lose pixels (and usually definition.) When you sharpen or adjust contrast, you lose more pixels but give the appearance of creating greater definition. But when you resize again to 100% you notice the loss of pixels.

Hope that makes sense.
Edited on Jul 20, 2010

Jul 20, 2010
    Oh come Jade - That was by no means your worst ROFLOL.
I'm puzzled by your 100% crop comments. I thought 100% was everything. e.g. a 90% crop would leave 10% of the original??

Jade O.
Jul 20, 2010
    Mepo Hmm... is that unreserved or undeserved ???? ;-)
(the only crime I'll admit to here is my Open entry in Challenge #61!!!)

Jul 20, 2010
    Jade - Thanks for coming clean with the outakes. Very impressive process and educational too. Love the extra layer to mask the shutter speed. Have you ever thought of taking up crime as a hobby?

It was the crumpled wings that gave it away for me. I have no idea how you could counter that as you can't pump moisture into them as the wasp does.

So now we find the blue in your image. It's how I feel after voting for it! Just kidding - especially as I knew death was in the air. Unreserved congratulations on your creation and your finish.

Jul 20, 2010

Jade O.
Jul 19, 2010
    Thank you all for your votes and comments! I'm feeling a little guilty already about posting my outtakes!!! Of course, I got mrsawyers kiss of death vote!!!LOL!!! Enjoy all your comments. I'm really am just an amateur entirely self-schooled, too, andrew.cooper, so I promise to keep breaking rules and trying new things if you do too!

Jul 19, 2010
    Congrats Jade! As I warned, my #1 usually doesn't win. But #2 amongst these great entries isn't bad at all.

Jul 19, 2010
    Jade, you offer very honest and critical advice and after seeing this shot it is flattering that you even have a look at my pictures, much less feel compelled to comment on them. As I said before I am very much an amateur with zero schooling, just a kid like curiousity for capturing a cool shot... what ever it may be.
One again.... wonderful shot!

Jul 19, 2010
    A beautiful piece of work! My #1 choice over here. Congratulations Jade.

Jul 19, 2010
    I have a feeling I'm going to find out that I've been really gullible - but even so, this is a fantastic shot, and deserves its high placement.

Jul 19, 2010
    Congratulations Jade. I guess you caught my post before I edited it:-) At least I got it right in the end. And after this challenge we all know how you feel about ends. :-DDD

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Jade O.
Jul 19, 2010
    Mepo Ahem, well, maybe only one other member who may understand this but I haven't been to the Canary Islands!!! I wondered why some would question physiology - have you ever actually noticed exactly how a wasp lands??? Anyway, more info in outtakes to follow. (And I've got to stop leaving such obviously clues as to my identity in these entries!!)

andrew.cooper71 No doubt it is the reaction I like, but others came back to look, I suspect, for a whole different reason.

Jul 19, 2010
    Loved this shot from the start but I may have mis-identified the creator. Not a speck of blue but I suspect it is Jade's anyway. Please take that as a compliment if I'm wrong. Colour, composition, detail, etc - all right on the nose imo. I have my suspicions about the physiological statistics of the wasp as his flaps and landing gear look wrong. Great shot anyway.

Jul 19, 2010
    Brilliant shot!! I'm far from an expert, however I think you captured it perfectly. I keep coming back for another look and that is the reaction you want.

Jade O.
Jul 18, 2010
    Lo, Amazing in many ways, but the timing really was the least difficult part of this shot.

LaRee, the lighting IS unnatural, but the rest of the image is all "natural"; but you and Franz are onto something. More info to follow in outtakes.

Franz No living creature was killed for this shot! The lighting, of course, tells you something but if you have ever seen Kevin Coppalotti's bird shots, you will know the trick to reflecting light from below - it makes for a more dramatic image. Using a slave flash works that way, too!

One example of many can be found here: http://razorsharp.smugmug.com/popular/18/61151589_6TP9Q#61151589_6TP9Q

As for legs, well, when wasps land they do actually extend their legs! And stinger extended in flight, is that unnatural?

But I promise to tell all in the outtakes as to how this image was taken.

Jul 18, 2010
    An amazing shot in so many ways - vibrant colour, split second timing. Way up in my favourites.

Jul 18, 2010
    I'm not quite sure what, but something doesn't look real with his image. It is also very dark on my monitor.

Jul 18, 2010
    Your picture causes me headaches. Don't get this wrong... it is really beautiful. Looking through the thumbnails and at first closer look I thought "this is by far the best 'Anything in Flight'-Shot I've ever seen!".
But on second view I noticed the strange legs and antennae position. The spike is out and the wings are rolled - hmm... Then I noticed the light on the wasp is coming from the wrong direction - ouch! That wasp is dead?! Layered into the picture...
My skepticism cost your otherwise amazing picture my top votes. I hope you excuse me if I was wrong!

Jade O.
Jul 17, 2010
    forkcandles Thanks!

Amberbug You know, I did take out the white but to me, it felt too much like the shot got all closed in so I went back to the original background.

mrsawyer I'm flattered by your prediction but don't think this one will take the prize this time. How the shot was made will be one for outtakes but here I will say not being in direct sunlight helped a lot. How close was I? As close as I could get! (roughly 2 inches/5 cm - and you can guess why that stinger is out LOL!)

Adirondack Gal Somehow I feel you've made the nicest compliment - thank-you. I always try to remember the words of a dpreview member tchuyane (a great macro insect photog) who said, "First make it technically perfect. If your shot is out of focus, nothing can save it."

Jul 17, 2010
    wonderfull and in my tt

Jul 16, 2010
    Great mid air shot, too bad you didn't take out some of the white spots on right side, in my top 5.

Jul 16, 2010
    WOW! How did you create such a beautiful shot? How far from the subject were you? Congrats on being #1 (my prediction).

Adirondack Gal
Jul 16, 2010
    This is an awesome capture. WOW! I had to get my epi-pen to even look at it! LOL! Your focus was dead on, and I'm sure that wasn't easy!
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