Alien Eyes

Uploaded: January 05, 2007 01:55:31


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..

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Derek D. Dafoe January 05, 2007

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

Paul Michko January 05, 2007

Superb capture, Derek. #3782782

Donald K. Cherry January 05, 2007

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 January 05, 2007

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 level-deluxe January 05, 2007

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

Colette M. Metcalf January 05, 2007

What a wonderful image, Derek!! #3783208

Barbara Waldoch level-classic January 05, 2007

Excellent rework, Derek! #3786614

Derek D. Dafoe January 06, 2007

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

Sam Britt February 24, 2007

Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Derek! #3987029

Cheryl E. Molennor February 24, 2007

Congratulations Derel. Well deserved #3987178

Laurie Daily level-deluxe February 24, 2007

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

Barbara Waldoch level-classic February 24, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Derek! #3988250

Derek D. Dafoe February 25, 2007

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

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic February 25, 2007

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

Colleen Farrell February 25, 2007

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 February 25, 2007

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 February 25, 2007

Congratulations, Derek!!! #3992797

RC Fritz February 25, 2007

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

Derek D. Dafoe February 26, 2007

Thanks very much Colette and RC !! #3996043

Colette M. Metcalf February 27, 2007

Congratulations on your win, Derek!!! #4002308

Laurie Daily level-deluxe February 27, 2007

Great going, Derek!!! #4002318

David Pratt February 27, 2007

Congrats on your win Derek! #4002387

Carla Metzler February 27, 2007

Congratulations on your winner, Derek! #4002546

Sam Britt February 27, 2007

Congratulations on this winner Derek. #4002726

Barbara Waldoch level-classic February 27, 2007

Congratulations on your win, Derek!!! #4003245

Geraldine E. Lefoe February 27, 2007

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 February 27, 2007

Awesome win Derek. Congratulations #4004345

Derek D. Dafoe February 27, 2007

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 level-addict February 27, 2007

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

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic February 28, 2007

Congratulations on your fantastsic second place winner:) #4005819

Derek D. Dafoe February 28, 2007

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

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe February 28, 2007

Congrats Derek on your excellent winning image! Jeff #4007524

Janine Russell level-deluxe February 28, 2007

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

Derek D. Dafoe March 01, 2007

Thanks a bunch Jeff and Janine !! #4011030

Pat Gamwell June 23, 2007

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 June 23, 2007

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

RC Fritz July 07, 2007

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

Geraldine E. Lefoe July 07, 2007

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

Lynn Haack July 08, 2007

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 July 10, 2007

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

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic August 02, 2007

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

Derek D. Dafoe August 03, 2007

Thank you very much Shelly!! #4594507

Louise Souchereau August 10, 2007

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

Derek D. Dafoe August 12, 2007

Thanks Louise!! #4636167

paul parent level-deluxe September 02, 2007

Outstanding Macro #4737020

September 04, 2007

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 September 05, 2007

Thank you Paul and Natalia!! #4750225

Bill Houghton November 05, 2007

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

Flavio Carnevale level-classic January 15, 2008

Simply excellent #5343933

Joan P. McCool February 07, 2008

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

Rajeev Kashyap April 03, 2008

Congratulations on this winner Derek.

Rgds Rajeev #5738790

Jennifer A. Lambert April 25, 2008


Donna La Mattino Pagakis June 18, 2008

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

Martie Last June 24, 2008

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

Shannon O. June 24, 2008

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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