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Photo of the Day

Today I had an idea for a different kind of photo shoot. Every year Purdue holds a Bug Bowl on campus. Last year I was looking for ideas for my photo 365 project, and somehow I did not know about this. I said then that I would take some pictures this year if given the chance. I parked in one of the Purdue garages and made my way to the Purdue Memorial Mall. Every year the Purdue Entomology Department hosts a Bug Bowl that allows people to get up close and personal with the insects. I don’t think that they can get any closer than the cricket spitting contest that is held. Contestants take a living cricket and put it in their mouth. They then spit it as far as they can. I was told that the crickets are frozen, but as long as some of the spitters kept them in their mouths they couldn’t have been very frozen when they were finally spit out. As a side note the longest attempts seemed to come from those who kept them in longer. Maybe there is something to that. The longest attempt that I saw today was over 29 feet. That is amazing to me. I would say that the person was practicing at home, but I hope not.

I tried a couple of angles to get a good shot of this, but nothing really seemed to jump out at me. It was only as I was leaving that I saw that being farther away from the action seemed to work the best. I walked down a bit from the spitting line, and captured this shot. I am glad that I decided to do it because I picked up some very good images in a short period of time here. You can only watch so much spitting though so I went home before the competition was complete.

Technical Data

When the shot was imported I used my Baseball (Day) preset to get it close. The only other edit was a very small crop. I shot a little loose today because of the variance of each spitter. I knew that some cropping would be necessary later on. I was very happy with this shot, and that is why you see it above. If you want to see more of my pictures from today you can check them out on my Facebook page here.

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Photo of the Day

Today was another long day at work. When I got home I had to install a garage door opener so my time to shoot was very short. Luckily in the front yard we have an interesting tree. We noticed the sap coming out of it, and then noticed the exoskeleton of a cicada on it. Upon further inspection a few more were found all over the tree. I knew that I had my picture of the day, but getting it could be an issue. The light was fading so this would not be the optimal conditions that I would ask for. I grabbed my 18-135mm lens, and went outside. I had to get decently far away from my subject because of the lens. For this shot a macro lens would come in handy, but how often would I use it? For now I will just keep shooting this way and cropping.

Technical Data

Speaking of cropping that was the first thing that I did to this image. I probably took about a third of this image off to get what I think I would have shot if I would have had my choice. This process was once again performed in Lightroom. I have really come to enjoy this program. I have yet to realize all that it can do, but I like what I have learned. I messed around with a few of the basic settings here, but nothing too drastic. Overall I like this picture.