Glad you asked and explained this. I saw this photo in thw inning challenges, and came here to ask the same question.
Roland Karlsson: Nice, but I would not call it creative. It is a very common trick.
Oh well :-(
Exceptional. Simply exceptional.
Loved the colours and patterns in this photo.
I too found the tilted horizon disconcerting. I would have edited out the con trails, too. Lovely spot.
Great lateral (or upside down) thinking :-)
I think that the reference to a thread by you breaks the spirit, if not the letter, of the no identifying watermarks etc rule. You could withdraw it and repost without this reference. Do it quick or you risk the challenge being full by then (and somebody sneaking in before you manage to repost).Interesting photo.
Congratulations! Amazing beasts :-)Kate
This isn't a wasp, it's a fly (and probably not a parasitic one, at that): it only has one pair of wings, and has halteres (diagnostic for flies). You can see the haltere on the near side: it's the little drumstick-like protuberance a bit further back and lower than the wing.
Lovely subtle colours :-)
Great shot, but would have had even more impact if you'd cropped it tighter (10-15% all round).
Thanks Lucie :-)
Stevie Boy Blue: Merops, I did place a genuine rodent pic in this challenge but decided to withdraw it on the first day of voting pretty much for the reasons outlined in your post below. Furthermore I'd also question whether some entries were actually taken in a 'Zoo'.
Maybe, just maybe, the host has been unable to 'police' their challenge as originally intended (PC or connection problems or, perish the thought, ill-health perhaps?), and it will be a shame if a meerkat, rabbit, otter, mongoose or other non-appropriate species gains more votes than any images that fully comply with the Rodent title.
Time, of course, will reveal an outcome. ;-)
I hadn't considered the possibility that the host had been unable to curate their challenge as they wanted - in which case many apologies to them.
However, the host only joined DPReview 5 months ago, and I think it's worth pointing out to them that not doing a little weeding will rapidly lead to a jungle that encourages entrants to ignore the rules, and puts off some of the better entrants and some voters. (I don't vote on challenges like this when it is not clear what the host's intention was, and a substantial proportion of entries appear to fall outside the theme.)
For me the title on the photo (and to a lesser extent the copyright notice) really spoil the image. Moreover, they would be very easy to clone out on this photo, so are no protection for you.
A few days ago I complained about all the non-rodent entries using the complain button. Yesterday, as nothing had happened I pm'd the host saying it would at least be courteous to put a comment here explaining why the non-rodent entries had not been DQ'd.
I am just wondering what the 2nd place entrant will feel if the 1st place entry is not a rodent. Or what those who refrained from entering a non-rodent would feel?
If members of the order Carnivora such as meerkats, otters, weasels etc are acceptable, are other members of the order Canrnivora such as lions, tigers, etc also eligible for this challenge?
PS I have not entered any photos in this challenge.
merops: The following are not rodents (members of the Order Rodentia):- otters, weasels (family Mustelidae, Order Carnivora)- meerkats, mongooses (family Herpestidae, Order Carnivora)- possums (marsupials, Order Driprodontia)- rabbits, hares (Order Lagomorpha)
No problem. It was an honest mistake - as, I am sure are the majority (if not all) of the other non-rodent entries.
My concern is that the non-rodent entries have not been disqualified, despite my complaints.
Meerkats aren't rodents. They belong to the order Carnivora, not Rodentia
I'm not sure what these are. If they're hyraxes, they are not rodents. They belong to the Order Hyracoidea, not Rodentia
These look like htraxes to me. Hyraxes aren't rodents. They belong to the order Hyracoidea, not Rodentia, and their nearest relatives are probably elephants, manatees and dugongs.
This looks rather otter-like to me. (Otters aren't rodents)