Green-eyed Monster

© Connie J. Bagot

Green-eyed Monster

Antonio Henriquez August 23, 2006

Great Shot! #508748

Crystal M. Gove August 23, 2006

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 August 23, 2006

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 August 23, 2006

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 August 23, 2006

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 level-classic August 23, 2006

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 level-deluxe August 23, 2006

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

mary e. sydlewski August 23, 2006

Amazingly great detail. Look at those eyes! #3205321

Rebecca K. Lefferts August 23, 2006

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 August 23, 2006

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 August 23, 2006

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 August 23, 2006

Thanks Marsha. #3205902

Ross Throndson August 24, 2006

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

Tamara K. Walker level-classic August 24, 2006

Magnificent capture, outstanding clarity and details. #3208922

Mary Timman August 24, 2006

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 August 24, 2006

Thank you Ross, Tamara, and Mary. #3210866

Brenda Sides level-classic August 27, 2006

Really COOL macro, Connie! #3229836

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic August 29, 2006

Beautiful this! #3239730

David Pratt August 29, 2006

Wow! Fantastic photo! This one is awesome.

Connie J. Bagot August 30, 2006

Thanks Brenda, Shelly, and David. #3246094

Ross Throndson September 27, 2006

Congratulations, Connie!! :^) #3370245

Aimee S. McMaster September 27, 2006

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

Kathleen Brennan September 27, 2006

Wow, this is great. Congratulations #3371273

Connie J. Bagot September 27, 2006

Thanks Ross, Aimee, and Kathleen. #3372609

Katherine Kuhn level-classic September 27, 2006

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

Tamara K. Walker level-classic September 27, 2006

Congratulations and good luck. #3373030

David Pratt September 27, 2006

Congrats Connie! Great job! #3373687

Connie J. Bagot September 27, 2006

Thanks Kathy, Tamara, and David. #3375013

Mary Timman September 28, 2006

Wonderful macro. Congratulations. #3381827

Ross Throndson September 28, 2006

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

Janine Russell level-deluxe September 29, 2006

Connie, congratulations on your Second Place win. #3383258

Jenny Bosmans September 29, 2006

Congratulations, Connie! :) #3383399

Christian P. Nicolas September 29, 2006

gorgeous image. Congratulations! #3384018

Karen Slagle September 29, 2006

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

Crystal M. Gove September 29, 2006

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

Mary Timman September 29, 2006

Fantastic Connie. Congratulations! #3385177

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic September 29, 2006

Congratulations on your fantastic 2nd place winner. #3385240

Connie J. Bagot September 29, 2006

Thank you everyone! #3385287

She-She Killough September 29, 2006

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

Rebecca K. Lefferts September 29, 2006

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 September 29, 2006

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

Michelle J. Harvey September 29, 2006

Congrats on this SPECTACULAR macro Connie!! #3388090

William C. Raco level-addict September 29, 2006

Fantastic macro
Congratulations, Connie!

Bill #3388209

Connie J. Bagot September 29, 2006

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

Kristi A. Howson September 29, 2006

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

Sam Britt September 29, 2006

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

Connie J. Bagot September 30, 2006

Thanks Kristi and Sam. #3389996

Colette M. Metcalf September 30, 2006

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

Connie J. Bagot September 30, 2006

Thanks Colette. #3391742

Cora Miller level-addict October 01, 2006

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

Connie J. Bagot October 02, 2006

Thank you Cora. #3398288

Suzanne Colson October 02, 2006

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 October 02, 2006

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 October 04, 2006

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

Cheryl E. Molennor October 04, 2006

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

Laurie Daily level-deluxe October 12, 2006

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

Robert N. Valine October 13, 2006

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 October 13, 2006

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 October 13, 2006

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 October 13, 2006

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 October 13, 2006

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

ScrattyPhotography Blog #3446335

Connie J. Bagot October 14, 2006

Thanks Ariel. #3450130

Robert N. Valine October 16, 2006

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.
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 October 22, 2006

I finally got around to scanning and uploading it. I entered it into the contest today. Copy and paste to check it out. #3486210

Ivan Chacon November 08, 2006

Great Winner! Congrats! :) #3563400

paul parent level-deluxe June 25, 2007

What an amazing macro shot ! #4436608

February 23, 2008

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

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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 August 23, 2006 All Time Best Photo Contest Editor's Pick Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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