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  #176 Matching Colors
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Hey human, why are you upside down?       ©2016 ysal
Panasonic DMC-GX7       3rd place, 137 points
1/100s, f6.3, ISO 500, 120mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, flash
Post-Processing: Cropped; brought out brightness of the insect and darkened the background; increased saturation; adjusted midtone; denoised and sharpened; resized.       Extra Info: I found this small praying mantis on a rose bush. While I tried to get a good composition, she hid behind the leaves, then peered out at me upside down.
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Sep 13, 2016
    ysal, my solicitor said that what was said was not an accusation, it wasn't even an allegation, it was merely a suspicion and I couldn't make a case of it, ha ha. Anyway, no harm done, and well done to you in this challenge.

Jade O.
Sep 12, 2016
    BTW congrats on double top 5!

Sep 12, 2016
    Thank you soooooo much!!!! As some of you mentioned, this is not really a coincidence but a natural occurrence of camouflage. But this was the best I could do for the challenge and I liked the shot.

Jade - I already applied quite a bit of PP to "unflatten" this image, but I probably could have gone more.

A.N.Other - I also hate chopping off the antenna, but she had such long ones that including both in the frame really threw off the composition.

Thanks again everyone!

Sep 12, 2016
    Congrats on your double top.

Sep 12, 2016
    Great shot Ysal. These gals are hard to spot.

Jade O.
Sep 12, 2016
    If I have some time, I might play a bit in PP with this...but for now, congrats! Cute title + unique presentation + good technical skills = top 5 ranking!

Sep 12, 2016
    Congrats on a great finish

Sep 12, 2016
    Wow! An impressive 3rd and 1st place finish. Great job.

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Sep 12, 2016
    Nice find! Well-composed, though a little disorienting. Good bokeh.

Sep 12, 2016
    Love this one.

Sep 12, 2016
    Cute bug! I wish his antennae wasn't cropped off at the end. GL.

Sep 11, 2016
    I like the unusual aspect of this photo - it provides a lot of interest. The colours are beautifully matched, and the soft background really finishes it off nicely. In my TT.

Old Finn
Sep 11, 2016
    There are matching colors both in greens and reds. You succeeded well with the composition.. In my favorites.

Sep 11, 2016
    Good photo and well caught.

Sep 10, 2016
    Lovely photo with really good colour matches - not just the greens but the bits of red/brown as well. (I guess that's what camouflage is all about.) High in my faves.

Sep 10, 2016
    great find and patience
love the colours

Sep 10, 2016
    Thanks Jade, the original was much, much flatter and I applied quite a bit of PP just as you described to get to this point. I guess I should have done more, it looked OK on my monitor.

Jade O.
Sep 10, 2016
    Wonderful title by the way...

Jade O.
Sep 10, 2016
    This has all the compositional elements, the great background bokeh, the great framing, the exotic subject, the natural yet surprising element of the upside down pose, and the wonderfully expressive head, so why don't I like it so much. Because the lighting is flat flat flat. A little work to darken the background so the subject pops more and maybe, just maybe a tad more contrast, and you'd be on the cover of National 'Geographic. As is, I am just not sure where to rank this one. In summary, Great shot, needs PP.

Sep 9, 2016
    Thanks Robert, I tried rotating it in several ways and I ended up liking the original position the bug was in.

Sep 9, 2016
    I meant clock-wise

Sep 9, 2016
    Nicely done. Did you consider rotating 45 degrees counter-clockwise?

Sep 9, 2016
    Judging by the way she's looking at you, it's a good job she's not carnivorous. Nice clear shot with both in-focus and out-of-focus greenery.

Sep 9, 2016
    Thanks aoc, yes I agree this is more of camouflage than matching colors, but I couldn't find anything better to enter....

As for turning it upside down, I decided to keep it this way since this is how I found her and I thought it gave the image different "twist".

Sep 9, 2016
    Good capture of the mantis, with nice matching reds and greens. However, I expect that its colors are more the result of deliberate natural camouflage than of coincidence. (BTW, did you consider turning the picture upside-down?)
Edited on Sep 9, 2016

Sep 9, 2016
    A very fortuitous matching of leaf and insect in two colours
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