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Photography Contest: It's a Mystery


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We've all gotten those shots that, had we not been behind the viewfinder, we would find it difficult to identify the subject.

In this contest, challenge your MechaBrethren to name that animal, vegetable, mineral or part thereof. For example, see the mysterious closeup of whatever that is over on the left. Oh, and feel free to give a hint in your title.

As with all photography contests, macro lenses and clever cropping is permitted, but no photoshops. You can make minor adjustments to your photo using an image editing program, such as altering the overall brightness, contrast, or tint. You may not alter a specific part of your photo, use any filters, or sharpen/blur anything, etc.
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»  ANIME Nov 9 2005 1:23 PM
So what's in the theme picture!!


» ELLE
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Saguaro 9 comments
Oh, look! A torture instrument from the middle ages!
Or a closeup of a flower...
Grabthar 11/14/05 - 08:12 AM
I'm going with a torture flower from the middle ages.
Gear Jammer 11/15/05 - 08:01 AM
Lovely! Perfectly to theme!
wakitu 11/16/05 - 11:18 PM
I'm going out on a limb with "cactus" -- final answer
B L 11/18/05 - 05:34 PM
I'm going to double post

» edited by poster on 11/19/05 - 10:58 AM
B L 11/18/05 - 05:39 PM
A marvelous shot!
Dali's Llama 11/21/05 - 07:50 AM
neat, wtf is it? ;P
oddlife 11/21/05 - 08:15 PM
is it a tinted sea egg?
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM
it's closeup of saguaro cactus. Bjorn Lucid gets a cookie :)
elle 11/24/05 - 01:54 AM

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» SATEK
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Clarinet Nun 6 comments
Helicopter in a hurricane?
B L 11/18/05 - 05:39 PM
Intestine Endoscopy?
Grabthar 11/19/05 - 03:53 PM
Inside a car, inside a tunnel, traveling at hmm, 55.6 miles per hour.
Gear Jammer 11/20/05 - 05:21 AM
Gear Jammer is the new Clarinet Nun champion!
satek 11/20/05 - 12:55 PM
GJ: That's what I was gonna say! (except the speed)
B L 11/20/05 - 02:31 PM
The correct answer is more like 60.8 - I remember slowing down to take the picture

http://satek.mechapixel.net/Car-in-tunnel.jpg

» edited by poster on 11/22/05 - 01:10 AM
satek 11/21/05 - 10:42 PM

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»  WAKITU Nov 19 2005 2:32 PM
anime_honeydew: So what's in the theme picture!!

Sitting on the end of a dock at a lake. The sun is just setting. Along comes a swarm (it may have been a horde) of those tiny gnat-like bugs that make the fish jump a foot out of the water and the bats fat and lazy.

Camera set on "auto," I held it out, pointing up, into the cloud of bugs and snapped, and the flash went off. Somehow they cast shadows of themselves on the atmosphere, against the last glimmers of the sunset. Took me a few minutes to figure out what the heck it was when I downloaded days later, and I was inspired to submit this theme. :)

(The next shot, without the flash, was very different yet just as wacky; they appeared almost self-illuminating.)


» WAKITU
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flaky crust 3 comments
Looks like a woodpecker's, been enjoying the tasty filling beneath the flaky crust.
Gear Jammer 11/20/05 - 05:23 AM
Nah, those are worm holes. Larva from locusts came out earlier.
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM
rock layers, or something from the cafeteria's unofficial recycling program.
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM

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» WAKITU
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myst1 4 comments
Aerial photo of a poorly manicured golf course.
Gear Jammer 11/20/05 - 05:27 AM
Aerial view showing a dusting of snow and some clear-cut areas. Likely evidence of visits from extraterrestrial life forms.

» edited by poster on 11/21/05 - 12:54 AM
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM
a tidal pool
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM
Oregon in December from an aeroplane. Bjorn wins!
wakitu 11/24/05 - 01:21 PM

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» WAKITU
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myst2ree 3 comments
Mold, a web or a moldy web.
Gear Jammer 11/20/05 - 05:27 AM
Macro of bug meets windshield (not really, just being gross)
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM
Solution: A coleus leaf, close-up
wakitu 11/24/05 - 01:21 PM

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» DINAHMOEHUM
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Alien Lectric Sunrise 2 comments
Lamp?
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM
40 watt
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM

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» DINAHMOEHUM
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Down by the River with a Rock 1 comment
Hey! Washing machine!! Woohoo!
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM

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» DINAHMOEHUM
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Is that C or F? 4 comments
That'll be a CPU. Guessing it is no longer serviceable.
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM
Oh, bad CPU!
Grabthar 11/20/05 - 02:56 PM
the shadowing makes it look much larger than it really is. Way to cast that shadow!
oddlife 11/21/05 - 08:15 PM
someone let the smoke out of the CPU...
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM

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» DINAHMOEHUM
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I'd rather been blown 4 comments
Hmmm... got rings...
wakitu 11/20/05 - 04:49 PM
Godzilla's toenail!
Grabthar 11/21/05 - 07:05 PM
engine piston. cool!
oddlife 11/21/05 - 08:15 PM
What happens if you put nitous in a ford pinto
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM

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» DINAHMOEHUM
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i go to 11 behind these gates 3 comments
Priest shooting me a WTF look through the confessional screen.
B L 11/20/05 - 02:43 PM
It's a speaker! Yessir!
Grabthar 11/20/05 - 02:56 PM
I'm with Grabby on this.
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM

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» GRABTHAR
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Not tasty 6 comments
Wheatgrass thingamajig drink... what the hell is it called?
B L 11/21/05 - 01:00 AM
Them's taters!
anime 11/21/05 - 07:03 AM
is that the yogurt crap you use on Indian food?
oddlife 11/21/05 - 08:15 PM
milk with herbs?
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM
The not so tasty truth is that this was a package of potato salad that was about to explode.
Grabthar 11/23/05 - 12:08 PM
ewwww! Good one!
wakitu 11/24/05 - 01:21 PM

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» GRABTHAR
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Mr. Grabthar's Roundabout 6 comments
Aqua scum 2000?
B L 11/21/05 - 01:00 AM
...A camera flash? This would make a great STP source pic, Grab (hint)...
Dali's Llama 11/21/05 - 07:49 AM
...A camera flash? This would make a great STP source pic, Grab (hint)...
Dali's Llama 11/21/05 - 07:50 AM
Inside of a dryer?
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM
Close, Brian. It's the inside of my washing machine.
Grabthar 11/23/05 - 12:08 PM
Shiny!
wakitu 11/24/05 - 01:21 PM

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» DIMBULB
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still, it took me a minute... 5 comments
Hmm, some liquid...or possibly semi-transparent solid, plus there's a thing of some sort there. Am I right?
B L 11/21/05 - 01:00 AM
:)
dimbulb 11/21/05 - 09:49 AM
Fart of Nessie.
Grabthar 11/21/05 - 07:05 PM
ted kennedy out for a Sunday drive
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM
my neice at the waterpark splash pool; she just turned the wheel to open the pipe abive. Snapped the pic in portrait and forgot so when i saw this i had to think about it for a while...
dimbulb 11/24/05 - 09:02 PM

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» WAKITU
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dark 4 comments
Wow, that looks freaky. A car?
Grabthar 11/20/05 - 04:54 PM
weird
oddlife 11/21/05 - 08:15 PM
nocturnal skateboard
Brian O'Blivion 11/23/05 - 05:23 AM
Projection on a 10'x10' big screen at night uder a full moon. (I thought perhaps aliens had invaded my camera when I found it.)
wakitu 11/24/05 - 01:21 PM

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