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Vipermike
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He moved a few inches while I was futzing with my camera settings and it took me five minutes to find him again. A regular Houdini.







Jun 15, 2011 at 04:21 AM
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Well, if he wasn't, how could he survive? A very unique pic of one of nature's great illusionists.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Jun 15, 2011 at 07:46 AM
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Very cool find Mike. Excellent entry.


Jun 15, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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Without his antennae he would be very difficult to find. I like his pose it reminds me a little of the "Thinker".


Jun 15, 2011 at 04:04 PM
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Nice find...it's crazy how well it blends in with the surroundings!


Jun 15, 2011 at 05:59 PM
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What is 'he'?

You always come up with the most completely creative ideas. You are quite the inspiration.



Jun 15, 2011 at 06:36 PM
 

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Love the lighting, DoF and tones in this, a really interesting take on the theme. My only niggle is... is it actually too good? (Yep I am nuts )

i.e. because it is such a good capture of the little fellow you lose some of the sense of his ability to blend in because he is so easy to pick out in the photo?

Anyway, good to see you entering again Mike.



Jun 15, 2011 at 06:50 PM
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Nice shot Mike,

Norm



Jun 16, 2011 at 02:03 AM
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Very cool shot Mike!


Jun 16, 2011 at 03:19 AM
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Hey guys thank you for the nice posts.

Z, this is a praying mantis. What I love about them is their ability to change color to match there surroundings. This is actually where the idea for this WA came from, that and they are just now starting to come around this time of year.

Craig, I agree totally with you. Stopping down would have made for a much stronger case for what I was trying to portray for his hiding skills but I opted for less DoF as I felt it made a better photograph. I konw you agree and again you are right!

Thanks again guys!



Jun 16, 2011 at 03:40 AM
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Yep, we are in agreement

It can be a tricky balance between relating with the theme/content and with delivering a great photo. (edit: re-reading that it looks like I am saying I take great photos... I just mean that is always the desired end-result whether or not we achieve it, which I think this photo does)

As you say, a greater DoF would have made it more obvious but at the risk of a much more 'snapshotty' image. I think you made the right choice and if it was simple it wouldn't be half as much fun



Jun 16, 2011 at 01:52 PM





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