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la petite tortue

Baby Midland Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Location: North America
Range: Southern Quebec and southern Ontario to Tennessee, northwest Georgia, and extreme northeastern Alabama

At this time it's shell was no bigger than a U.S. quarter or about 2 cm lengthwise.
Madison, WI

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See also: [Wildlife]

Edits made in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Lightroom II.

:star: Contest Information :star:

:trophy: Winner :trophy:
This photograph is the 1st place winner of :iconda-photographers: club Macro Contest. :clap:

:See Entries: Deadline: May 30th, 2010

This photograph is an entrant in *MichelleRamey's Macro & Close-Up Contest.
:See Entries: | Deadline: November 11th, 2010

Canon EOS 7D
60mm Macro Lens
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Canon EOS 7D
Shutter Speed
1/13 second
Focal Length
60 mm
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Date Taken
May 14, 2010, 7:21:37 AM
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fr31g31st's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

I was just about to close the browsertab, my mouse was halfway through the close button, but this photo captured my attention. Especially the nice orange that contrasts with the light gray backgound absorbs my view.

My eyes now focus the little turtle and there are details over details, nice reflections, a very good depth of field. The human fingers nicely demonstrate how small this little thing really is. And it makes you think twice about if this small animal is really alive or just a little figure, because of it's perfectness.

This picture is an excellent example for depth of field usage and the rule of thirds. I love it.
jvrichardson's avatar
Thank you for your critique :heart:

He is indeed alive and well in this shot, he was also very squirmy and a little scared, but never scared enough to crawl back inside his shell.
Rhy-wen's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

This picture is undoubtedly fantastic. The simplicity of the piece make it very eye-catching, and it stands out from many animal photos.

The colours in this picture also caught my eye. The turtle, with it's bright orange, yellow and black body, really stands out against the background, drawing all focus there.

I also like that you've blurred everything but the front two fingers and the turtle. All focus is on the main feature, not the background, and it's an effect I really like.

I don't think there's much in the way of improvement on this piece, as it is such a nice shot of a fantastic animal by a fantastic photographer. <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt="=)" title="=) (Smile)"/>

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jvrichardson's avatar
Thank you so much for re-posting this, and for the critique!

I am so happy you enjoyed this photograph! :heart:
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ticklishnatasha's avatar
I take it this turtle is your pet...?
jvrichardson's avatar
Nope, we found four of them in a garden and took some pictures quick before relocating them into a nearby stream :)
lonesome-wolf-child's avatar
Omgosh I can't believe how tiny this turtle is. XD Its size just blew me away, leaving me in question as to whether it was a toy figure or the real deal. I completely agree with both ~fr31g31st and !Rhy-wen's critique. I usually don't say this, but... what they said. XD Haha They pretty much summed everything up to what I wanted to comment on this photo. Wonderful shot! :aww:
lonesome-wolf-child's avatar
I love this picture. I have a baby Eastern Painted Turtle :)
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NigNag's avatar
Most welcome
dwuff's avatar
being tiny is SRS BZNS!
SoulDevourinSuccubus's avatar
It's so freaking cute xD
pinballwitch's avatar
Such a crazy-amazing photo :D I know it has gotten a swell bit of publicity...but I couldn't resist featuring it! [link]
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