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PlantHopper
PlantHopper

Green planthopper
Siphanta acuta Flatid planthopper

1/100s, f/3.3, ISO: 200, 83mm

Taken with my Opteka macro lens, handheld, midday, in the shadows

Using Helicon Filter: reduced background noise, minor crop, cloned out some imperfections and aberrations, touched up a little on the contrast, sharpened bug, added text and frame.
© Ariel Lepor
Fuji FinePix S5200...

 
 
 
mary e. sydlewski
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    Gorgous!


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12/9/2006 9:13:17 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks Mary!


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12/9/2006 9:20:52 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
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What an amazing macro, Ariel!


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12/9/2006 9:39:58 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Ariel, excellent color, detail, clarity, composition and lighting.


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12/9/2006 10:07:00 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks Margie and Janine!


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12/9/2006 10:23:15 PM

 
Tarun Bose
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Outstanding macro shot. Great colours and fantastic details. Well done Ariel.


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12/10/2006 3:55:00 AM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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....an amazing macro w/outstanding color,clarity and detail Ariel...Aimee


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12/10/2006 5:27:09 AM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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Excellent macro Ariel. Gret softness and color


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12/10/2006 7:37:18 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Tarun, thank you! Aimee, many thanks! And thanks, Cheryl!


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12/10/2006 12:43:37 PM

 
Janice Sullivan
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Nice Job! Hand held....WOW! I'm impressed :)

It's a wonderful shot!


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12/10/2006 6:30:14 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks, Janice. I tell ya, I took 100 shots of that bug and this is my favorite. :)


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12/10/2006 7:11:38 PM

 
Kenneth Mucke
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This is just a stunning image Ariel...The colors are georgous...the comp is perfect...excellent image


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12/10/2006 7:21:58 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you, Kenneth. ^_^


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12/10/2006 8:12:47 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Ariel, this is an outstanding close up with beautiful hues of green, great lighting and incredible clarity...all making for an awesme image!!!


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12/10/2006 8:14:44 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks!!


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12/10/2006 8:15:52 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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I did extra smoothing over the entire picture excluding the bug. Do you think it works with the leaf?


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12/12/2006 5:35:20 PM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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...congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Ariel...Aimee


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1/24/2007 2:59:35 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Ariel! Fantastic green composition!


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1/24/2007 4:15:34 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Ariel, congratulations on your finalist.


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1/24/2007 4:40:53 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks!


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1/24/2007 4:41:38 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Beautiful Ariel..congrats to you!


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1/24/2007 5:48:35 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Many congrats, Ariel!


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1/24/2007 6:22:55 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Congratulations Ariel on this beautiful finalist!!!


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1/24/2007 6:30:55 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you guys!!!


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1/24/2007 7:01:44 PM

 
Judyann Plante
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Congratulations Ariel!

Judyann ><>


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1/24/2007 7:02:59 PM

 
Dennis Flanagan
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Congratulations Ariel.


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1/24/2007 10:08:24 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks!


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1/24/2007 10:20:03 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round.


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1/25/2007 6:38:24 AM

 
Elizabeth J. Bernier
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Wonderful image and great job of making this interesting insect stand out when he blends so well!!!Congratulations on your finalist!


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1/25/2007 7:09:51 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Gorgeous macro, Ariel! Love the composition, lighting, detail. Congratulations on your finalist!


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1/25/2007 8:31:19 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you!!


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1/25/2007 10:18:15 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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And now, congratulations on your winner!! It's a great picture--and so is your other version.


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1/25/2007 5:28:10 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you, Nikki!


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1/25/2007 5:31:50 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations on the "gold" win, Ariel!


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1/25/2007 5:35:18 PM

 
Judyann Plante
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Congratulations on this well-deserved win, Ariel!!!

Judyann ><>


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1/25/2007 5:40:14 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks everybody! But I still like this edit better. ^


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1/25/2007 5:43:40 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your second place winner.


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1/25/2007 8:27:35 PM

 
Shawn M. Marymee
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Congratulations!!!!!! Good for you!!!!


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1/25/2007 8:51:26 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you!


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1/25/2007 9:08:52 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Big congrats on your win Ariel :O) Happy to see your favourite made it :O)


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1/25/2007 10:07:07 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks Sylvia!


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1/26/2007 9:12:24 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Ariel, congratulations on your Second Place Win.


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1/26/2007 9:18:05 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Big congratulations, Ariel!!!


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1/27/2007 8:03:43 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Janine and Sharon!


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1/27/2007 7:02:36 PM

 
Mick Burkey
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Very fun shot, Ariel. Congratulations on the win!


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1/30/2007 2:14:08 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Mick!


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1/30/2007 3:30:45 PM

 
Amalia Elena Veralli
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Beautiful Image. Congrats on your win!!!


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1/31/2007 2:18:18 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Amalia!


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1/31/2007 2:26:16 PM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Splendid win, Ariel! This is perfect. Congratulations!


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2/1/2007 10:36:58 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks, Terry!


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2/1/2007 10:39:47 AM

 
Cheryl E. Molennor
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A Belated congratulations to you Ariel


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2/1/2007 4:54:24 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Cheryl.


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2/1/2007 6:14:26 PM

 
Elizabeth J. Bernier
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Wonderful to see this beautiful image go gold for you Ariel!!!!Well deserved and a huge congrats!!!! :)


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2/9/2007 4:55:58 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks, Elizabeth!


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2/10/2007 7:01:25 PM

 
maria I. Warren
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very nice macro wow I love it


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2/25/2007 11:26:34 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Maria!


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2/25/2007 11:31:30 AM

 
Carol Teal
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Ariel, not sure how I missed this stunning winner! I love all that green!! Nice job and I offer a late congrats!!


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7/3/2007 11:06:54 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Carol!


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7/4/2007 10:49:53 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win Ariel, beautiful green on green capture!!


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10/10/2007 1:50:06 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thanks for the nice comment! :)


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10/10/2007 2:35:36 PM

 
Holly Hitchcock
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This is spectacular, Ariel. Amazing in every way!!! Belated congrats.


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1/14/2008 7:53:49 AM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you!


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1/14/2008 10:20:47 AM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Exquisite


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2/6/2008 2:25:14 PM

 
Ariel Lepor
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Thank you Roxanne.


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2/6/2008 3:01:41 PM

 
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