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stick insect

By blackbird
Here is my effort for the critique buddy macro challenge.
I have tried to do something a bit different to my usual stuff, even though the flowers outside were tempting me!
Then I found that my stick insects did not all die in the winter as I had thought, so I got some golden privet from the garden and set this up on a windowsill (dark green card behind) The stick insect bizarrely kept hiding from the lens but I was quite pleased with the composition on this one even though it's not the whole body.
Anyway all comments and critiques will be read with appreciation, and I'd be pleased with title suggestions too - mine is far too boring Smile
thanks merille

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals

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casson 12 3 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 7:44PM
His he upside down? nice image and comp

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HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
25 Jun 2009 8:31PM
Nice composition, like the color pallet.
crookymonsta Plus
10 837 10 England
25 Jun 2009 8:35PM
Having to get used to giving crits, so forgive me if I talk a load of rot.

I think the shot is well balanced and the lighting picks up the main subject very well, aided by the plain dark background. The part leaf at the bottom conceals that end of the insect, so the fact that the whole insect is not in shot really doesn't matter. Bearing in mind this was a set up shot I may have been inclined to have moved the top leaves back to get some depth, but a very minor point on an excellent image.
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 9:45PM
Thank you sandra
GazW 10 15 5 Wales
25 Jun 2009 9:53PM
I really like the simple colours and composition in this - the green and yellow against the black background work well. The leaves at the top left don't add anything for me and destroy the simplicity which I liked. I tried cloning them out and rotating it very slightly to the left which gave much more interesting lines in the diagonal but that was just personal choice.

I guess that comes down to what you're trying to do here - do you want to show the insect in some surroundings or as an abstract pattern - if the former then keep the top leaves in, if the latter then get rid of them.

Having said that - I really like it either way and would have been proud to have taken it.


PS like the presentation of the frame and black setting as well
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 10:08PM
Thank you Gaz
I like the sound of losing the top leaves and may give it a go.
Also wish I'd remembered to allow mods! Smile
Picture_Newport 9 659 19 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 8:43AM
I really like your framing and composition here. You have used just enough leaves to give a sense of he insects surroundings . The black background works superbly also.

The backlighting is very nice also, it really makes the leaves and insect stand out from the backdrop. The angle of the bottom left leaf helps to draw the viewers attention o the insect.

You have also managed to keeep good detail in the shaded areas of the images created by the backlighting... Did you use a reflector to bounce the light back?

Lovely colours too.

Not really anything to improve on in my view, perhaps a little crop to bring the right hand side of the frame behind the insect closer (this would create a taller / thinner image also, mimicking the insects shape and posture).

A relly nice image, well taken.

tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 8:58AM
Hi Merille
In contrast to Gaz, I personally like the top leaves, but that's because my alternative title would be "exploring the gap" as my first impression was of the long feeler(?) searching where to go next.
Excellent detail and I love the brightly lit leaves and the contrast against the background.
My only suggestion might be a bit random, but what about using a landscape format instead - rotate left and then maybe mirroring it too?
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 3:16PM
Thank you also to Paul and Tim
Yes I did use a reflector (my cheap and cheerful homemade one) Smile
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2009 4:12PM
Great light and colours. I'll leave the constructive criticism to the experts.
Les_G 10 148 4 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 12:54PM
I really like position of the stick insect, and the colours of the privet are a great balance. Lighting is excellent, both for the main subject and the background.

The composition is good for the insect and the bottom leaves.

I'm not so keen on the top leaves, they seem a bit neither here nor there, and the top one distracts slightly due to it's brightness.

It's still an image I would ahve been more than happy to have taken.

Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2009 8:08AM
The composition is perfect on this, I love the bright lime green against the black and the fact the stick insect is the exact same colour is just wonderful.

I can't find any negatives, I really like this one Smile
22 Sep 2009 5:27PM
wow u had to be pationt to get that that is soooooooooo amzoing
28 Sep 2009 6:07PM
i couldnt see it first

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