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Red-Veined Darter
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Red-Veined Darter
Red-Veined Darter

Trying for some birds and she showed up instead.
Did a little PS work on background for balance.
Entered "Details & Macro" and submitted again on 10/13/07.

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Charlene Taylor
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    Hi Steven,
This is an exceptionally beautiful shot! Great clarity and details.

9/2/2007 7:07:31 AM

 
Kathy Reeves
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Fantastic dragonfly image -great details!

9/2/2007 7:09:14 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Steven, this is a fantastic capture of this dragonfly with great colors and sharp details!! I also like the quiet background!

9/2/2007 7:12:58 AM

 
Laurie Daily
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Beautiful colors and details, Steven!

9/2/2007 5:15:13 PM

 
Sandra R. Alvey
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Wow Steven the details are just amazing! Great capture and effects!

Sandi

9/2/2007 10:35:59 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Awe, Steven...."She" is just beautiful! Wonderful close up with great clarity, details and colors and I too also love the subtle bg! 'Defines' her superbly!

9/4/2007 8:44:41 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Long shot or macro, you've been demonstrating your fantastic visual sense. This is no exception. You've done a wonderful work on this.

9/4/2007 11:31:54 PM

 
Steven E. Ray
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Thanks everyone! The original photo is not very good to be sure. Lots and lots of background work, levels are fussed over and image seriously cropped. Sometimes patient Photoshop work can bring the best out of the most average photo, then again, I have seen it go the other way too :)

9/5/2007 12:23:24 AM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Fanatastic macro with great PS work, too!
Well done, Steven!
--Lisa

9/5/2007 3:53:37 AM

 
Lorri Shank
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Very cool, Steven. A wonderfully detailed image!

9/6/2007 5:17:04 AM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Gorgeous macro, wonderful colors and details!!
Many congratulations for your excellent gallery, Steven!!!

9/6/2007 12:09:57 PM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Wonderful macro, Steven. Great detail and color!

9/6/2007 12:14:35 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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Magnificant Steven!

9/8/2007 7:59:41 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Not good enougt for the editor's first picks ??? LOL ! BP is a joke. all your pictures are gorgous.

9/11/2007 4:02:19 AM

 
Inge Linden
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Fantastic dragonfly image great color and detal.

10/27/2007 10:29:31 AM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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Another wonderful finalist!!!
Wooo hooo-- congrats!
:)

11/26/2007 3:51:36 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Congratulations Steven!! Another great Finalist!!

11/26/2007 4:42:33 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Wow! Awesome detail--congratulations again, Steven!

11/26/2007 5:23:16 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Fantastic macro! Another congrats Steven!

11/26/2007 5:41:05 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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This time B.P. was right!! Congratulations Steven!

11/26/2007 6:14:49 PM

 
Elizabeth A. Marker
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Wonderful image! Congrats Steve!!

11/26/2007 6:44:51 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your finalist.

11/26/2007 7:55:08 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WOW, I missed this one, beautiful capture Steven.
BIG Congrats AGAIN buddy! Best of luck in the next round!

11/26/2007 8:08:22 PM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Wahoo Steven! Another huge congratulations for a fabulous finalist :) Excellent work!

11/26/2007 8:15:42 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations again, Steven!

11/27/2007 1:47:22 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Congratulations on your finalists Steven!

11/27/2007 12:03:57 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Beautiful work, Steven! Congratulations!

11/27/2007 5:19:07 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Let me clarify--the first congrats was for Finalist... now a few hours later, congrats on your Winner!

11/27/2007 7:26:31 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Congratulations on your well-deserved WIN, Steven!! :D

11/27/2007 7:33:42 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Wow, seems like you never miss winning. Congratulations on this fabulous Second Place!!

11/27/2007 7:35:29 PM

 
Anna Diederich
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Congratulations!

11/27/2007 7:46:18 PM

 
Crystal L. Craig
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Wahooooo Steven! Congratulations on your win!!!

11/27/2007 7:51:15 PM

 
Philippe Vieux-Jeanton
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Yeeepee!! Big congrats Steven!!

11/27/2007 8:09:05 PM

 
Nancy (Peaches) Harker
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WHOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
WTG Buddy, BIG Congrats on your win!!!

11/27/2007 8:27:19 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Congratulations on your well-deserved win, Steven!

11/27/2007 8:59:08 PM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Fabulous shot, Steven!! Congratulations on your win!!

11/27/2007 9:12:47 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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WOWWeeeeeee!
Congratulations, Steven, on this fabulous win!!!
--Lisa

11/27/2007 10:11:40 PM

 
Mike Perez
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Congratulations on your great Winner, Steven!

11/27/2007 10:16:14 PM

 
Dianna Hauf
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Super for you Steven!!! HUGE congratulations on winning with this wonderful image!!!!

11/27/2007 10:23:01 PM

 
Carol Teal
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Excellent clarity and detail Steven and a beautiful finalist! Congrats!

11/27/2007 11:10:29 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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CONGRATS, Steven!!!!!!!!
A wonderful WINNER! :)

11/27/2007 11:52:27 PM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on your fantastic win, Steven!

11/28/2007 1:52:18 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Great capture. Congratulations

11/28/2007 4:10:08 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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EXCELLENT job here, Steven. Beautiful work. Big congratulations on your win.

11/28/2007 6:09:06 AM

 
Amy Jackson
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Congratulations, Steven!!!

11/28/2007 6:13:50 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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Congratulations Steven!! Awesome Winner :0)

11/28/2007 9:09:47 PM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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Congratulations Steven on your amazing finalist. Very well done.

11/29/2007 8:35:06 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Big congrats on your fantastic winner Steven :o)

11/30/2007 1:15:20 PM

 
Lynne Morris
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This is an awesome mcaro Steven, huge congratulations on your gold badge!

11/30/2007 2:16:43 PM

 
RC  Fritz
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Awesome details! Congratulations!

12/1/2007 4:40:49 AM

 
Jennifer A. Lambert
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Congratulations on this STUNNER of a winner !!!! My favorite things in life have dragonflies on them....I collect them..love them and think they are amazing creatures because they eat all the skeeters way down here on the river and at the gulf at dusk. HeHe They will even land on you.....I just love them !!
This is am amazing shot and you deserve the win !
Blessings, Jenny
( You NEED to enter that TURTLE ya just did too..it is awesome !! ) * WINK *

1/29/2008 5:56:47 AM

 
Srividya Narasimhan
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Awesome Macro.... wow !!

2/2/2008 4:15:38 PM

 
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