Green-eyed Monster

© Connie J. Bagot

Green-eyed Monster

Antonio Henriquez 8/23/2006 7:09:16 AM

Great Shot! #508748

Crystal M. Gove 8/23/2006 7:44:15 AM

WOW!!!! The details, colors, and lighting here are AMAZING, Connie :o)!!! This should definitely be a finalist or a winner in my book! It's so cool how you can see all the little details of this "monster" in this image!!! AWESOME JOB! #3203478

Cathy Laurenzi 8/23/2006 9:14:22 AM

Wow, Connie, this is a beautiful photo! It looks like you might have added some PS filters, would you mind sharing with us what you did to it? Thanks, Cathy. #3203919

Connie J. Bagot 8/23/2006 9:58:32 AM

Thanks Antonio, Crystal, and Cathy. Cathy, I have added my processing sequence to the description below the photo---should have put it there to start with so thanks for asking. Since you "noticed" the PS filters I'm thinking I probably used too heavy a hand with them (one of my recurring faults) so may go back and rework this a bit. #3204102

Cathy Laurenzi 8/23/2006 10:02:22 AM

Thanks for the info, Connie. But I don't think you need to make changes - it is pretty awesome the way it is! #3204123

Katherine Kuhn 8/23/2006 12:01:28 PM

WOW, Connie! This guy is amazing -- the level of detail, color, lighting -- totally awesome. Is it a mosquito? That's all I can come up with. Can't say I've come upon one quite so close up or dew-drenched! #3204380

Janine Russell 8/23/2006 2:38:38 PM

Connie, excellent colors, detail, exposure, lighting and effects. #3205035

mary e. sydlewski 8/23/2006 3:53:11 PM

Amazingly great detail. Look at those eyes! #3205321

Rebecca K. Lefferts 8/23/2006 4:07:36 PM

Yay! Another Connie photo :) Nice job Connie, I really like the bug (mom claims it is a mosquito). Nice brilliant colors, and a cute pose on the bug's part. Nice photo! #3205350

Connie J. Bagot 8/23/2006 5:00:40 PM

Thanks Kathy, Janine, Mary, and Rebecca. He's not a mosquito (I hope). His body is at least an inch long. I have some of these every summer but I don't have a clue what they are. They look mean but have never been aggressive. #3205512

Marsha S. Smith 8/23/2006 6:11:24 PM

One of the coolest macros EVER! Fantastic subject (I have no idea what it is either) and I love all the effects you used. The colors just pop! #3205716

Connie J. Bagot 8/23/2006 6:51:14 PM

Thanks Marsha. #3205902

Ross Throndson 8/24/2006 6:07:52 AM

AMAZING Macro, Connie....Very Unique, never seen anything quite like it....Incredible Details & Color.... :^) #3207830

Tamara K. Walker 8/24/2006 9:57:18 AM

Magnificent capture, outstanding clarity and details. #3208922

Mary Timman 8/24/2006 4:47:39 PM

Spendid image. He's quite a bug. You really got a great capture of him with wonderful detail and the dew drops. Great work. #3210343

Connie J. Bagot 8/24/2006 8:20:54 PM

Thank you Ross, Tamara, and Mary. #3210866

Brenda Sides 8/27/2006 11:53:03 PM

Really COOL macro, Connie! #3229836

Shelly A. Van Camp 8/29/2006 10:12:39 AM

Beautiful gallery..love this! #3239730

David Pratt 8/29/2006 8:07:02 PM

Wow! Fantastic photo! This one is awesome.
#3242035

Connie J. Bagot 8/30/2006 2:39:24 PM

Thanks Brenda, Shelly, and David. #3246094

Ross Throndson 9/27/2006 1:12:46 AM

Congratulations, Connie!! :^) #3370245

Aimee S. McMaster 9/27/2006 4:24:27 AM

...what an amazing macro Connie...congrats on this finalist too :0)...Aimee #3371108

Kathleen Brennan 9/27/2006 4:57:26 AM

Wow, this is great. Congratulations #3371273

Connie J. Bagot 9/27/2006 8:02:04 AM

Thanks Ross, Aimee, and Kathleen. #3372609

Katherine Kuhn 9/27/2006 8:32:18 AM

Big Congrats, Connie! Knew this was a special guy! Good luck! #3372831

Tamara K. Walker 9/27/2006 9:00:37 AM

Congratulations and good luck. #3373030

David Pratt 9/27/2006 10:48:09 AM

Congrats Connie! Great job! #3373687

Connie J. Bagot 9/27/2006 2:39:10 PM

Thanks Kathy, Tamara, and David. #3375013

Mary Timman 9/28/2006 5:00:31 PM

Wonderful macro. Congratulations. #3381827

Ross Throndson 9/28/2006 11:56:19 PM

Huge Congratulations, Connie....a FANTASTIC WINNER....GREAT JOB!!! :^) #3382908

Janine Russell 9/29/2006 12:50:55 AM

Connie, congratulations on your Second Place win. #3383258

Jenny Bosmans 9/29/2006 1:09:39 AM

Congratulations, Connie! :) #3383399

Christian P. Nicolas 9/29/2006 3:46:57 AM

gorgeous image. Congratulations! #3384018

Karen Slagle 9/29/2006 6:37:10 AM

Big congrats on your winning image, Connie... #3384988

Crystal M. Gove 9/29/2006 6:51:33 AM

I knew this would be a winner :o)!!! CONGRATS, Connie!! #3385164

Mary Timman 9/29/2006 6:52:35 AM

Fantastic Connie. Congratulations! #3385177

Kay E. Mahoney 9/29/2006 6:59:27 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic 2nd place winner. #3385240

Connie J. Bagot 9/29/2006 7:05:15 AM

Thank you everyone! #3385287

She-She Killough 9/29/2006 10:11:00 AM

WOW WHAT A CREATURE!!! Amazing details! GREAT WINNER Connie!! Congrats! #3386271

Rebecca K. Lefferts 9/29/2006 3:04:26 PM

Congrats on the WIN Connie!!!! Woohoo! I really liked this bug. Also, congrats on your other finalists (I can't remember how many, but I think it was 4). :) Nice job. #3387407

RC Fritz 9/29/2006 5:09:10 PM

Fantastic macro. Congrats on your S P W!! ":^D} #3387796

Michelle J. Harvey 9/29/2006 6:23:03 PM

Congrats on this SPECTACULAR macro Connie!! #3388090

William C. Raco 9/29/2006 6:50:32 PM

Fantastic macro
Congratulations, Connie!

Bill #3388209

Connie J. Bagot 9/29/2006 7:20:10 PM

Thank you so much She-She, Rebecca, RC, Michelle, and William. #3388389

Kristi A. Howson 9/29/2006 7:56:25 PM

Congratulations Connie on this fantastic win. I just love this! #3388544

Sam Britt 9/29/2006 9:20:14 PM

Wow!! Your second place win was well deserved. Fantastic macro!!
Sam #3388796

Connie J. Bagot 9/30/2006 7:04:52 AM

Thanks Kristi and Sam. #3389996

Colette M. Metcalf 9/30/2006 5:47:18 PM

Congratulations to you on your win Connie!!! #3391645

Connie J. Bagot 9/30/2006 6:08:39 PM

Thanks Colette. #3391742

Cora Miller 10/1/2006 6:36:16 PM

Wow! Awesome capture, Connie. Congratulations on your win. #3395671

Connie J. Bagot 10/2/2006 8:59:11 AM

Thank you Cora. #3398288

Suzanne Colson 10/2/2006 12:49:33 PM

OK, I only have a Canon 30D, plus a Sigma 105MM Lens. With a lot of practice please tell me mine (at least some) will one day look as amazing as this. Just one question..... Would you say that you run almost everything through Photoshop?? Would you be willing to share what it looked like before?? Again, awesome!!! #3399057

Connie J. Bagot 10/2/2006 1:24:45 PM

Thank you Suzanne. I don't think you'd have any problem taking a photo like this one with the equipment that you have. I run absolutely everything through photoshop. Here is the original photo, dirt specks and all. I cropped it and resized it. #3399150

Tom Andersen 10/4/2006 5:02:46 PM

Awesome image Connie! The detail and color are fantastic! Congratulations on your win! #3408340

Cheryl E. Molennor 10/4/2006 5:21:43 PM

Oh wow Connie, That is such an awesome capture. Really Great #3408407

Laurie Daily 10/12/2006 2:08:31 PM

Wow Connie! I just saw this for the first time. It is quite an amazing image...congrats! #3441133

Robert N. Valine 10/13/2006 9:22:36 AM

Hi Connie, I just wanted to say great photo! I was also wondering if anyone knows what kind of insect this is. I shot a half roll of slide film of the very same type of insect on my front porch. He was hanging upside down from a leaf sucking the guts out of a wasp. This is definately not a mosquito. It feeds on other insects. I felt sorry for the wasp actually. It had no escape and was a cruel death to say the least.This insect holds onto the wings of it's victim from behind and hangs by one leg while feeding.I need to scan those images.I'm hoping to have them done soon.I'll let you know when I get them uploaded.I just bought a new scanner. I've been using an HP Photosmart S20 for years.I just upgraded to a Nikon coolscan V ED.It may take a little while to get used to it.Congatulations on your win! #3444701

Robert N. Valine 10/13/2006 9:26:15 AM

I also wanted to mention that I'm from Pennsylvania. I don't know what the geographical range of this insect is.What state are you from ? #3444718

Connie J. Bagot 10/13/2006 9:39:22 AM

Thanks Tom, Cheryl, Laurie, and Rob.

I believe this is a Robber Fly and I think they have a wide distribution. This photo was taken in Kansas. #3444791

Robert N. Valine 10/13/2006 11:47:53 AM

Thanks Connie,that fills in a few blanks for me.Yes,I've heard of the Robber Fly before.But,didn't recall what they looked like.I shoot a lot of things and don't know what they are.It can be quite a task figuring it all out later.I scanned a few images today with the new scanner.I'm getting to know my way around it.I'll try to scan some of those images later today that I was telling you about. Thanks Again,Rob #3445193

Ariel Lepor 10/13/2006 5:37:21 PM

Cool effects! Great comp., colors, dof, and all! :)
Congratulations!

Ariel
ScrattyPhotography.com
ScrattyPhotography Blog #3446335

Connie J. Bagot 10/14/2006 6:24:10 PM

Thanks Ariel. #3450130

Robert N. Valine 10/16/2006 6:35:22 AM

Yes Connie, This is definitely a Robber Fly. I did some reading about them on the Internet. These are voracious predators. I thought it was intesting that they actually are known to feed on Dragonflies. Another larger predator. I thought you might be interested in checking out this link. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/flies/robber_flies.htm
I haven't had time to scan my images of the Robber Fly yet. I had a very busy weekend. Maybe later today. #3456514

Robert N. Valine 10/22/2006 4:35:40 PM

I finally got around to scanning and uploading it. I entered it into the contest today. Copy and paste to check it out. http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=2889296&catID=560&style=&contestCatID=&rowNumber=1&camID= #3486210

Ivan Chacon 11/8/2006 5:42:10 PM

Great Winner! Congrats! :) #3563400

Paul Parent 6/25/2007 6:35:48 PM

What an amazing macro shot ! #4436608

Bryan S. Mclaughlin 2/23/2008 5:42:44 AM

What an awesome macro shot Connie. Great detail and color. Well deserved recognition. #5538026

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Description

f8, 1/10th sec, 180mm macro lens

I think this guy must have sat on this leaf all night because he was covered in dew and didn't move until the sun had dried him out. This was taken in the early morning in my garden, natural light.

Levels, Nik Color Effect (brilliance and warmth and polarization), Noise reduction (small amount, several passes) and high pass sharpening.

Uploaded on 8/23/2006 6:57:55 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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