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Dandelion Jungle

Dandelion Jungle
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 macro
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Best wildlife shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-15 16:57
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Velvet Texture ... WORKSHOP ...

Bright red, velvet mite scurrys through the jungle of a Dandelion, often seen on garden paths and walls during the summer they are only 3-5mm long.

Though lovely to the eye, red velvet mites are disliked by the palate: their color may warn predators to the mites' unpleasant taste. Put them on an anthill and no ant would touch them.

The presence of red velvet mites is extremely important to the environment. These mites are part of a community of soil arthropods that is critical in terms of rates of decomposition in woodlands and in maintaining the structure of the entire ecosystem.

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Wonderful piece of art! WOW.

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  • trevp Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 28] (262)
  • [2006-05-15 17:04]
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Hi Stephen,
lovely shot, the lighting is great with sharp detail.
How do you rate the Sigma 17-70mm macro lens?
Intresting info and the frame sets this pic off very well.
Trev :-)

Hello Stephen,
Wonderful illumination, details and composition; I love this photo, one of my favorites.


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  • gari Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 11] (149)
  • [2006-05-15 19:13]

Hola Stephen.Has hecho un buen trabajo.Calidad de luces,contraste y detalles. Felicidades por ello.Hasta pronto.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-15 21:15]


Félicitations pour l'originalité et pour la particuliarité de l'éclairage. Belle composition artistique.

Merci Stephem.


very good shot Stephen,
the pov is fantastic and the dof is nice, the light is very good and there are nice details in the shot, good job.
gr. jaap

Hi Steve,
Excellent shot. I like the graduation from deep shadow to bright yellow I see. The red mite is clearly seen and detailed. Very nice framing and color, perfect title..
Very well done!

Hi Stephen,
The gradient of deep shadow to strong light is excellent here. Very sharp detail in the center of the shot, with a perfect gradual falloff in the DOF to the edges. Excellent work!

Hi Stephen,
This is fantastic. I really like the way you managed the light here the effect is really beautiful. Sharpness and DOF are spot on. Good note as well
TFS - Shir

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