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Old Jun 4, 2005, 9:39 PM   #1
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This is something we affectionately call a "spit beetle". I have no idea what the real name is. A very small bug creates a cocoon of "spit" to protect itself from predators. This shot was taken just after a bit of rain, so rainwater had collected at the bottom and was about to drip off.

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Old Jun 4, 2005, 9:46 PM   #2
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both interesting and repulsive at the same time... nice dof and composition... great job
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The picture is well composed and the dof is very nice too, but i miss the sun a bit. I can't say what the picture is missing, but i always ask myself: "do you want to have this picture on your wall at home?"

in this case it's almost a yes becuase i just can't keep my eyes off it but then i miss some light, and some degree og crop.

Keep up the good work.

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Old Jun 5, 2005, 11:58 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments.

I can't take my eyes off of it either. It's become my desktop picture. The photo was taken in a dark, forested area, so there was no direct light anywhere. I didn't think to use the flash, but I don't think it would have improved the photo. This is a slight crop from the original. If anyone can think of a way to improve this, I'd appreciate the input.

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I played a bit with the levels and saturation. I think I prefer the edit as it's a bit punchier, but it has lost just a little bit of the detail in the spit.
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peripatetic wrote:
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I played a bit with the levels and saturation. I think I prefer the edit as it's a bit punchier, but it has lost just a little bit of the detail in the spit.

Here is my version of it


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Thanks for the efforts.

I feel they have both lost something though. The "spit" bubbles are blown out and the colors aren't quite right. That may have to do with using a compressed image. The original is stunning.

Here's another crop with a slight color variation... I really like the deep, dark forest look...

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i prefer the first version as the colors are most natural and helps to empasize the subject and place it in the context of its natural environment
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