RESULTS: Dgrin Mini-Challenge #279 - Spineless Wonders
Thanks everyone, for such a lovely set of images. All of the images in every set were very nice, and it is hard to single out one image from each person's set, let alone one image from the group! It has been a delight to scan through them, and read the stories and background on some.
@JAG - I particularly like the framing on the bumblebee, with a nice, soft background. It is unusual to see the head in such sharp focus, because bumblebees buzz-pollinate, which means their head is usually vibrating faster than most cameras can freeze.
@cavalier - the first image of the praying mantis in your set was especially lovely. The soft green-blue of the insect contrasts nicely with the yellow and red of the daylily flower.
@sarasphotos - The image of the harvestman spider on the rose is really quite remarkable. The two colour blocks (dark green and rose) with the harvestman posed on the boundary is really attractive.
@lkbart - the image of the anemones and clownfish is remarkable. It is a busy scene, but all the actors stand out nicely, and the back-story on the deflation is neat.
@grandmaR - Again, nice images, but I was expecially intrigued by the conch fisherman, which tells a story. Yours was the only image that put invertebrates in juxtaposition with humans. It is a nice reminder.
@slpollett - I have a soft spot for monarch butterflies, and your image #2 is a great. The leading edge of the wing forms a nice leading life from the lower right corner, the grey background is uncluttered, and the flower balances the butterfly nicely.
@bfluegie - I smiled when I saw the ochre sea star, and still smile every time I look at the image. It looks like the sea star is stepping across a gap. It is also a nicely composed image that put the sea star in context with its native habitat. The lighting is really nice.
@pegelli - your first image, whizzing around the bend, is especially nice. The caterpillar makes a nice curve around the frame and the eyespots are a focal point that makes you look at the image several times.
@Gatto - The image of the jumping spider peeking out from a hole (image #2) is really neat, but the sharpness and detail in the third image, of a fly posed on a twig, is really remarkable for its sharpness, and the black background.
@wiredcur - a very nice image of a garden slug. Great colour and lighting, and you managed to get the eye stalks nicely in focus.
@redleash - I like the way the bee in #2, Hungry, is posed on a background that is a soft pastel of the flower colour in the foreground. The image is nicely split into two blocks, with the subject on the border between the blocks.
@sapphire73 - thanks for closing out the mini. Even if not an entry, it is a very eye-catching image with sharp detail and popping colour in the subject.
This is really difficult, since there are so many truly great images in this mini.
Honorable mentions to
@Gatto, for image 3. A remarkable capture with great sharpness and detail, especially in the eyes. The image is nicely composed, with the line of the twig leading you up, into the image.
@slpollett - Image 2, of the monarch, is just breathtaking. The wing shape divides the image into triangles that provide leading lines. The lighting is terrific, and, for me, the orange colour of the flower sets off the butterfly perfectly.
And the winner is
Sara (@sarasphotos) for the image of the harvestman spider on the rose. The art is great, with the frame split into two major colour blocks and the harvestman nicely occupies the ground between the background dark green and the foreground rose. These are large, fast-moving creatures, so the capture is also notable for the sharpness and the depth of field. The technical skill to make this capture is commendable.