Alien Eyes

Derek D. Dafoe 1/5/2007 2:08:18 AM

Here is the orginal, to show the differences.. #582823

Paul Michko 1/5/2007 2:14:07 AM

Superb capture, Derek. #3782782

Donald K. Cherry 1/5/2007 2:20:45 AM

Terrific capture, Derek! How rare to capture two of them together! Love the comp and colors! Nice work with the post processing too! #3782793

Derek D. Dafoe 1/5/2007 2:38:25 AM

Thanks Paul and Donald!! One thing to add to Donalds comment about finding two together being rare. The big green one was a female, and the smaller brown one was a male, these insects are very cannabilistic, the green female actually ate the little brown guy !! LOL I just wish I could have gotten shots of that, all that was left was legs and wings !! #3782818

Laurie Daily 1/5/2007 3:42:15 AM

Love seeing this one again Derek. Colors really POP! I guess the females rule in their society? #3782957

Colette M. Metcalf 1/5/2007 4:31:35 AM

What a wonderful image, Derek!! #3783208

Barbara Waldoch 1/5/2007 11:28:13 PM

Excellent rework, Derek! #3786614

Derek D. Dafoe 1/6/2007 7:08:14 AM

Thanks Paul, Donald, Laurie, Colettte and Barbara for your time and comments #3787708

Sam Britt 2/24/2007 6:48:04 PM

Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Derek! #3987029

Cheryl E. Molennor 2/24/2007 7:06:44 PM

Congratulations Derel. Well deserved #3987178

Laurie Daily 2/24/2007 7:36:12 PM

YES! I love this Derek...congrats to you! #3987421

Barbara Waldoch 2/24/2007 9:16:34 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Derek! #3988250

Derek D. Dafoe 2/25/2007 2:01:22 AM

Thanks everyone for your always encouraging comments !! The critters I shoot, and myself thank you !! #3988929

Kay E. Mahoney 2/25/2007 5:51:35 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3989710

Colleen Farrell 2/25/2007 10:09:56 AM

Derek, your preying mantis photos are terrific! I'm really glad this one is a finalist--good luck in the next round, and congratulations! #3991653

Derek D. Dafoe 2/25/2007 11:57:29 AM

Thanks Kay and Colleen for your comments !! I have to wait till around August/September to shoot anymore of these guys !! #3992428

Colette M. Metcalf 2/25/2007 1:00:59 PM

Congratulations, Derek!!! #3992797

RC Fritz 2/25/2007 6:48:11 PM

Terrific image, Derek! Congrats on your Finalist and good luck! #3994299

Derek D. Dafoe 2/26/2007 6:02:30 AM

Thanks very much Colette and RC !! #3996043

Colette M. Metcalf 2/27/2007 1:01:48 PM

Congratulations on your win, Derek!!! #4002308

Laurie Daily 2/27/2007 1:02:45 PM

Great going, Derek!!! #4002318

David Pratt 2/27/2007 1:09:05 PM

Congrats on your win Derek! #4002387

Carla Metzler 2/27/2007 1:31:13 PM

Congratulations on your winner, Derek! #4002546

Sam Britt 2/27/2007 1:49:39 PM

Congratulations on this winner Derek. #4002726

Barbara Waldoch 2/27/2007 3:06:35 PM

Congratulations on your win, Derek!!! #4003245

Geraldine E. Lefoe 2/27/2007 6:22:08 PM

Congrats on your win Derek - an excellent shot. Shame you missed the finale - I'm sure teh shots woudl have been great :-) #4004128

Cheryl E. Molennor 2/27/2007 6:55:22 PM

Awesome win Derek. Congratulations #4004345

Derek D. Dafoe 2/27/2007 8:48:10 PM

Thanks so much everyone !! I value each of your comments greatly, but most of all your own talents that help me everyday to become a better photographer !!! #4004860

Dominick M. Dimacale 2/27/2007 10:09:17 PM

Congratulations Derek on your fabulous win...Dominick #4004950

Kay E. Mahoney 2/28/2007 5:13:58 AM

Congratulations on your fantastsic second place winner:) #4005819

Derek D. Dafoe 2/28/2007 7:43:38 AM

Thank you very much Dominick and Kay for your wonderful comments !! #4006481

Jeff W. Robinson 2/28/2007 12:04:51 PM

Congrats Derek on your excellent winning image! Jeff #4007524

Janine Russell 2/28/2007 4:16:11 PM

Derek, great colors, detail and lighting; congratulations on your Second Place Win! #4008353

Derek D. Dafoe 3/1/2007 7:53:28 AM

Thanks a bunch Jeff and Janine !! #4011030

Pat Gamwell 6/23/2007 2:31:16 AM

Better late than never to say BIG CONGRATS on your re-sub and GOLD WINNER!!! I'm glad you posted the previous one... your re-work is fabulous! #4426731

Derek D. Dafoe 6/23/2007 2:34:09 AM

Thanks for your kind words Pat!! I really appriciate that!! #4426740

RC Fritz 7/7/2007 7:54:01 AM

Big congratulations Derek!! Well deserved WINNER!!! #4481818

Geraldine E. Lefoe 7/7/2007 3:27:41 PM

Congrats on your win Derek - well worth the time taken to tweak it! Geraldine #4482840

Lynn Haack 7/8/2007 6:22:15 PM

Derek...this is amazing. Excellent colors, comp and clarity. Thank you for including the original. This is how we can all learn from each other. Speaking of which...could you e-mail me on how to add the orginal to the discussion thread...??? (If you have time.) EXFELLENT image!!! CONGRATS on this WINNER. Lynn #4486351

Derek D. Dafoe 7/10/2007 4:32:53 AM

Thanks a million RC, Geraldine and Lynn for taking the time to view and comment!! #4491532

Shelly A. Van Camp 8/2/2007 11:45:35 AM

A beauty....nice colors and DoF! Congrats!! #4592046

Derek D. Dafoe 8/3/2007 2:16:59 AM

Thank you very much Shelly!! #4594507

Louise Souchereau 8/10/2007 9:29:10 PM

waw this is so perfect, light, colors, details, wonderful, bravooooooooooo can't stop looking at it.
#4630982

Derek D. Dafoe 8/12/2007 6:58:29 AM

Thanks Louise!! #4636167

Paul Parent 9/2/2007 1:37:12 PM

Outstanding Macro #4737020

Natalia 9/4/2007 1:22:42 AM

Great photo! Is this a mantis? Maybe she wanted to eat your head and that'ś why she was observing you ;) #4743327

Derek D. Dafoe 9/5/2007 7:57:05 AM

Thank you Paul and Natalia!! #4750225

Bill Houghton 11/5/2007 3:19:59 AM

Great shot of this mantis Derek. Outstanding macro. Bill #5029231

Flavio Carnevale 1/15/2008 9:57:35 AM

Simply excellent #5343933

Joan P. McCool 2/7/2008 2:46:26 PM

Congrats on your win Derek!!! Outstanding work! ~Joni~ #5460192

Rajeev Kashyap 4/3/2008 9:51:32 AM

Congratulations on this winner Derek.


Rgds Rajeev #5738790

Jennifer A. Lambert 4/25/2008 6:07:04 PM

FABULOUS SHOT ! LOVE EVERYTHING, JENNY #5842278

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 6/18/2008 6:40:59 PM

Congratulations on your win Derek, amazing colors and details!!! A beautiful macro!! #6076152

Martie Last 6/24/2008 6:09:12 PM

Congratulations on your win! You have so many excellent photos in your gallery! This one is no exception. #6102944

Shannon O. 6/24/2008 9:39:54 PM

You have an amazing gallery, this one's my favorite! I love how another is in the background, must've been hard to place it perfectly. #6103589

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These darn things always seem to be watching every move you make !! I think it is neat how they can even turn thier heads to look at you !! This is another shot that I am re-submitting after some changes to "better the photo" LOL Improvements to colour and the right hand eye pupil was added with PhotoShop, in the original it got flared out by the sun, now it looks just like his left eye.. The pink in the BG is a flower, these guys were on one of my planters.. 100mm 2.8 Macro Lens..

Exif: FNumber: 8, ExposureBiasValue: 0/2, ExposureTime: 0.008, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: 200, WhiteBalance:

Uploaded on 1/5/2007 1:55:32 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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