Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place. I even like the drain pipe. ;)
Very nice Nuthatch capture. Especially at 1/125. They can move quick at a 1/10th of seconds notice.
Are caterpillars considered nymphs, and acceptable to enter?
Congratulations, that's a great capture.
Great Detail, James. Myself, and maybe others might want to know how you setup, and took the shot.
The Mick: What a beauty! Very nice shot!Mick
Thanks Mick, I'm lucky in that the Monarch Migration comes through Texas.
Great capture one of my favorites in the challenge. I doubt the 2 people voting .5 have ever tried or are capable of getting a shot like this one.
Well deserved 1st. Beautiful colors and bokeh.
Nice capture, beautiful colors.
Great capture. Nice focus on those massive "Jaws".
Nice capture your description of the shot is very accurate.I think it's great that you are getting such images with your old Minolta.
RuthC: What a fabulous capture, cmantx! A well-deserved top place in the challenge. It has everything: colour, movement, action, contrast between the bright subject and the dark background, and those wonderful shiny black spots on the red, red wings of the ladybird. This is definitely a "Wish I'd taken that" photo! Ruth :-)
Much appreciated Ruth, using the flash without much ambient light created the background and helped with the detail. Not everyone likes that effect, but I do most of the time.
The Mick: Great shot cmantx! I agree with Ruth, here. Of all the beetle photos I've taken, I still don't have one that is very presentable just before take off like that. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.Take care,Mick
Thanks Mick, Using a flash at 1/16 or 1/32 power is why I believe I was able to freeze the ladybug fairly well.
cjf2: Beautiful image. This would have won many a challenge but lots of strong competition in this challenge.
Thanks, and I agree very happy for a placement in this challenge.
Congratulations Percy, Very cool capture with the eggs and a very colorful beetle.
There are several moth shots entered. Are you allowing moths on flowers. I can see that as a logical followup to this challenge.
naftade: I like them and I don't care how they were made. It's ridiculuous to complain about hurt insects while sleeping just fine in spite of every days news.
Naftade I take exception to this comment. I've found that people that care about what happens to creatures also care very deeply about the many atrocities that occur in the human world.
clicstudio: I Can't Believe this argument is still going on.Posing animals or humans or still life to entice shock or drama has been done for ever. Some Photojournalists abuse that and win Pulitzer prices over images of death, sorrow and pain. People still buy that stuff. So what is wrong with a few posed insects and frogs to create actual art?
It's because they are living beings that some believe are not here for our entertainment. They serve a purpose in nature,and I have empathy for the challenges they face to survive. It's a challenge to get great captures without manipulating them in a unnatural manner. I really appreciate photographers that do that. These shots don't interest me one bit.
APenza: Second place, but still a winner in my eyes.
Thanks Al, and let me say I've enjoyed your many diverse images that I've seen in the Challenges.
Great Shot Percy. You really are getting nice DOF with the reverse lens.