Please, which is the best.

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Valeriu 64
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Please, which is the best.
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Dear friends please, which is the best, only one, for a photo contest, entitled insects.

Thank you, very much

Best regrads, Valeriu

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JeremieB Regular Member • Posts: 304
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That's so difficult

I would really hesitate between the #2 and the last (the moth).

The #1 is impressive but there's something a bit weird in the background, between the purple and green zones.

The last is maybe not completely original but it's very difficult and you succeeded very well, what is rare is to see so much details about the moth, it's eyes and "body hair" and tail, it's really a great photo. It's near perfect according to me.

But I like in #2 that we can see more of the environnement (water), the insect is part of it, but it's not buzy either. Maybe the only way to make the photo better would be if wings were perfectly in focus, and maybe clearer reflection of the dragonfly on the water. Still the wondeful colors and details have me go back to this photo. Also, it's not a photo that looks similar to any photo I have seen already (for dragonfly most of the time you see them on a stem, or in flight).

So I would say the moth for technique and #2 for artistic

Good luck !

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JeremieB Regular Member • Posts: 304
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JeremieB wrote:

That's so difficult

I would really hesitate between the #2 and the last (the moth).

The #1 is impressive but there's something a bit weird in the background, between the purple and green zones.

The last is maybe not completely original but it's very difficult and you succeeded very well, what is rare is to see so much details about the moth, it's eyes and "body hair" and tail, it's really a great photo. It's near perfect according to me.

But I like in #2 that we can see more of the environnement (water), the insect is part of it, but it's not buzy either. Maybe the only way to make the photo better would be if wings were perfectly in focus, and maybe clearer reflection of the dragonfly on the water. Still the wondeful colors and details have me go back to this photo. Also, it's not a photo that looks similar to any photo I have seen already (for dragonfly most of the time you see them on a stem, or in flight).

So I would say the moth for technique and #2 for artistic

Good luck !

... but you'd better follow advice from people who already participated to this kind of contest, which is not my case !

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Valeriu 64
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JeremieB wrote:

That's so difficult

I would really hesitate between the #2 and the last (the moth).

The #1 is impressive but there's something a bit weird in the background, between the purple and green zones.

The last is maybe not completely original but it's very difficult and you succeeded very well, what is rare is to see so much details about the moth, it's eyes and "body hair" and tail, it's really a great photo. It's near perfect according to me.

But I like in #2 that we can see more of the environnement (water), the insect is part of it, but it's not buzy either. Maybe the only way to make the photo better would be if wings were perfectly in focus, and maybe clearer reflection of the dragonfly on the water. Still the wondeful colors and details have me go back to this photo. Also, it's not a photo that looks similar to any photo I have seen already (for dragonfly most of the time you see them on a stem, or in flight).

So I would say the moth for technique and #2 for artistic

Good luck !

Jeremie, however, there must be only one left. 

Thank you!

Best regards, Valeriu

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Rod Herdman Veteran Member • Posts: 3,273
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Well, they're all pretty good to be honest. #4 I like.

But you may as well choose one at random as you can't second guess the judges . . .

Good luck !

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Valeriu 64
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Re: Please, which is the best.

Rod Herdman wrote:

Well, they're all pretty good to be honest. #4 I like.

But you may as well choose one at random as you can't second guess the judges . . .

Good luck !

Thank you, Rod!

A painter friend, he was the only one who chose the same photo as you.

He says he likes the black background and the light falling on the dragonfly.

Best regards, Valeriu

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Wahid Khan 1961 Forum Member • Posts: 68
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All are excellent, but if I had to pick one it would be the last one. Is it a 'Hummingbird Moth'?

Fantastic work.

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AlainCo Regular Member • Posts: 210
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Valérie,

Difficult choice among 5 great pictures. My preference would go to #4, because of the dark background, and because it is (or so I guess) the most challenging one, technically speaking.

Cheers (and good luck)

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MrB1 Regular Member • Posts: 347
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Scientists have gained a highly detailed understanding of the structure of matter, but no-one will ever understand the mind of the official judge(s). Their choices might or might not agree with the majority view, making any photography competition not much more than a lottery.

My selection would be the last image which is a good composition of insect action. However, if it were mine, I would try some selective subtle sharpening and/or clarity of both the insect and the flower, and also apply context-aware fill to clone out the bright patch in the top-right corner.

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JCMarafona New Member • Posts: 9
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All excellent! But my preference goes to #2 cause it’s a very uncommon catch of this beautiful insect and the vertical frame choice makes it more appealing.

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My choice is #2, though all are excellent.

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I like last three and I don't consider first two bad but I would pick last one.

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henryk1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,060
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I'd pick the last one, because it shows the moth actually doing something—i.e., taking a sip from the flower. If I were a judge I'd look for action in a photo.

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#2, 4 or 5

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TBLF Senior Member • Posts: 1,062
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I would go with #1, with the provision that you re-do it from scratch. It has the most technical potential, but when you were playing with the sliders, you introduced a color separation at the top of the photo where the purples meet the other colors. Mask that area off and choose to feather the selection edges for like 20 pixels before you play with the sliders next time and it shouldn't give that effect. You'll have to experiment.

Everyone has a soft spot for the last photo, just because Hummers are so cool and it has great action and is a great moment in time, but without the eyes being sharp, it's not the winner for me. You could "save" the photo with selective eye sharpening using a brush tool, but you would have to be really careful not to introduce artifacts. Bottom line is, a naturally good photo will always have more potential that one that is forced... hence why I chose the bee in number one.

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Image 2...

Just looks more lifelike to my eyes...Great shot.

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LightBug Senior Member • Posts: 2,587
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I like the last one with the moth drinking nectar, that is a very cool moment captured.

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Last

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KentG Veteran Member • Posts: 4,699
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Well all have good points. I like the hummingbird moth one except for the fact you should have slowed the shutter down to blur the wings like the propeller on piston driven warbirds at an airshow. When you stop all the movement it eliminates the life part of it. Dragonfly emerging from pond is very nice.

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