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Not-so-still Life Photograph by Glen Dettmer, Winter Park, Florida
Construction worker Glen Dettmer first spotted this snail and grasshopper in the weeds near his Fort Lauderdale job site. Then he photographed them on a desk in his hotel room before releasing them. "The company gave me the camera for work," admits Dettmer, 44. "It's supposed to be for shooting before-and-after pictures of construction." But South Florida's plentiful wildlife has shifted his focus. "I've shot millipedes, turtles, fish, and iguanas so far," he says. "I don't think I've used it for work yet."
Photo Critique By Susan Welchman, Photo Editor
This is a beautiful photograph made in a hotel. The lyrical quality of the leaves that the insects are perched on, and the subtlety of the colors make it look like a painting. The framing is beautiful. There's not too much detail in the bugs, but just enough. The matching of the green in the background to the leaves, the curly fronds, and the stems; hands down, this is one of the prettiest shots we've received.