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For any who still believes that the West Highland Midge is a myth, I hope this image will disavow him/her of that notion.
I was about Eaten Alive achieving this shot of the silhouetted grasses, lying flat out in long grass by Loch Lomond yesterday.
And, no, it's not a dirty sensorWink.
As the original was virtually colourless, I converted it to B and W and tinkered with it a wee bit in Photoshop.

Glad Kerb Appeal raised a few chuckles........that's what it was all about.

Ronnie.

Lens:Sony Kit Lens 18-55mm f3.5/5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:18mm.
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/20.0
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1.00
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture
Metering Mode:Pattern
Flash:No
Title:"Eaten Alive"
Username:RonnieAG RonnieAG
Uploaded:25 Jul 2012 - 12:05 AM
Tags:Contre jour image., Digitally altered., Grasses, Landscape / travel, Loch lomond, Silhouette, West Highland Midges
Votes:Voting Disabled

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 12:12 AM

Squadrons of e'm Ronnie, worse than Pirahna !!!
Ron.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 12:12 AM

I have heard they actually do suck the blood out of you Ronnie.
Must be about two pints worth here !!
I do know of a deterent however.
They do not suck my blood because of the hangover they suffer in the morning !!
Mick.

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Irishkate
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25 Jul 2012 - 12:21 AM

Have you tried Avon's Skin -so-Soft to try and keep them away?
KateGrin

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achieverswales
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25 Jul 2012 - 12:22 AM

Funny thing is Ronnie, last September when we visited Mull and Loch Lomond, we did not encounter any, perhaps late in the year or the hurricane that hit, love the mono conversion.


Regards

Trev.

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taggart
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25 Jul 2012 - 12:33 AM

I do no know what is a midge, but if those flyers are mosquitos-- there is a problem out there for the night photographer!

RUN!!!

That is excellent detailed photography!

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 12:35 AM

I am itching just looking at this, very well taken and worked. - gary

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Jocelia
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25 Jul 2012 - 2:59 AM

Anything like that would dive bomb me and eat me alive too.
A great capture for your pains though Ronnie, and with the detailing.
Different and interesting….

Jocelia

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SUE118
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25 Jul 2012 - 3:28 AM

Beautifully manipulated.

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Ray42
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25 Jul 2012 - 5:26 AM

Great shot Ronnie and a good bit of manipulation
You suffered all in the achievement of art - well done
p.s they do bite too

Last Modified By Ray42 at 25 Jul 2012 - 5:27 AM

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2012 - 6:15 AM

A wonderful capture, Ronnie. Carol

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fentiger
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25 Jul 2012 - 6:30 AM

I have at the moment a large swelling on my arm from a very small insect bite so you have my sympathy Ronnie. A good low angle composition which has been enhanced by the processing.

Albert

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morpheus1955
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25 Jul 2012 - 6:43 AM

Cracking shot I admire your bravery with all those midges about, I remember them wel from my last visit to the highlands many years ago

Hugh

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EMJAYCEE
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25 Jul 2012 - 7:08 AM

Don't know whether to say you are brave or foolish Ronnie; I would have turned tail and run - well walked very quickly , I don't do run any more. The result though is well worth your determination.
Joan.

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andylea
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25 Jul 2012 - 7:21 AM

the things we do to capture shots ronnie a braver man than me a belter nice one Wink
andy

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WhiteRose1
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25 Jul 2012 - 7:38 AM

They drive me to distraction.... very ably rendered, Ronnie.

Dave

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
25 Jul 2012 - 7:50 AM

Brings back fond memories of camping in Scotland.
JNC

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EAS
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25 Jul 2012 - 8:01 AM

The forecast was for a Year of the Midgies as our winter didn't kill them off this time, plus all this rain and often muggy weather. I'm being eaten alive whenever I work in the garden here. What an amazing sight in this image! Horrid little blighters!!

Ann

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moiral
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25 Jul 2012 - 8:18 AM

Well done for capturing these little horrors. I hope you had a good spray to get them with once you got your shot Ronnie WinkGrin. I think this shot is much more effective in mono than it would have been in colour. Moira

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CaroleS
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25 Jul 2012 - 8:22 AM

Midges love me and always aim for my headSad What an image you achieved, hope you did not suffer too many bites!
Carole

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johnjo58
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25 Jul 2012 - 9:29 AM

We all have to suffer for our art Ronnie, now you are a blood donor for the midges!!!
Great photo
David

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Ade_Osman
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25 Jul 2012 - 9:39 AM

We took a campervan I had at the time on a trip in 2002 up to the West Highlands. One day we arrived at a camp site and all I had to do was connect the 240v cable to the post, something that couldn't have taken more than 60 seconds. Rather stupidly I jumped out the van in just a T shirt, the wife counted 57 bites in total! I'll never forget that.......Vicious little b*******! Sad

Ade

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barbarahirst
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25 Jul 2012 - 10:01 AM

wow!!! wouldnt want to be there
Is it seasonal ?

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digital_boi
25 Jul 2012 - 10:53 AM

little buggers can make life a real misery for some, spose it serves you right, what were you thinking of laying flat down in long grass at the side of loch lomond and at your age as well, it limits the possabilites...TongueTongue

good one Ronnie well thought through and executed

Graham

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Porthos
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25 Jul 2012 - 11:02 AM

Know what you mean Ronnie. It's not much fun in the middle of them like that....Derek

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TrevBatWCC
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25 Jul 2012 - 12:09 PM

Golly, Ronnie, fancy getting eaten by that lot! Glad to hear you survived the ordeal, and got this amazing shot Wink
Trev Smile

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Cliff1944
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25 Jul 2012 - 2:26 PM

An all too familiar experience!
Cliff

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gingerdelight
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25 Jul 2012 - 3:06 PM

Made me itch just looking at it! Great shot!
Carol

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AnnChown
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25 Jul 2012 - 3:29 PM

Goodness - look at all those little b*****s! They look bigger than the ones we get further north - but maybe they were just near the lens! In any event, you did so well Ronnie to get this image! I've just given my UA away, otherwise you would have had it for services above and beyond the call of duty! Have three smiles instead... SmileSmileSmile
Ann

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lostnspace2011
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25 Jul 2012 - 3:31 PM

Im not surprised, all those midges. I like the image though, a lovely moody sky Smile

Mark

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Lillian
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25 Jul 2012 - 4:00 PM

Now that will teach you to go crawling in the long grass
sad for you Ronnie, but so pleased it was not me
I got eaten in Venice...am alergic to the 'sods' as well
great shot though!
Lillian

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Billyray
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25 Jul 2012 - 4:34 PM

Love the effect you have achieved Ronnie. You are not exactly encouraging visitors are you, with your horror story of MIDGES? Lying in the grass at your tender age, who helped you up?
Ray

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xwang
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25 Jul 2012 - 4:45 PM

A very unique and creative work..your effect creates a wonderful atmosphere.. surreal, and interesting. Very imaginative,Ronnie.

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saltireblue
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25 Jul 2012 - 4:53 PM

Ye Gods and little fishes, Ronnie. The stuff of nightmares. They are enormous.
You deserve either a medal or your head examining!!Wink

Malc

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carper123
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25 Jul 2012 - 5:20 PM

Brilliant image Ronnie, those midges really enhance your picture, a great capture, exposure and the composition is spot on.
Black and white a master stroke.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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lifesnapper
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25 Jul 2012 - 6:11 PM

Blooming heck Ronnie, I didn't realise they where so BIG! what an eye openner this shot is. Mind you, they shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a very nice shot indeed.

John Smile

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tomcat
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25 Jul 2012 - 7:40 PM

This is why, we visit your wonderful country in the AutumnWink

Adrian

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jdinne
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25 Jul 2012 - 8:47 PM

Your a very brave man Ronnie, well worth the agony great composition and excellent conversion.

John

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OAKEY
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25 Jul 2012 - 8:56 PM

Love this Ronnie, very well done.
Shaun

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sweetpea62
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25 Jul 2012 - 10:08 PM

Your a brave man Ronnie,well worth it great shot..Lin

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Karen_Summers
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25 Jul 2012 - 10:12 PM

this is a great image Ronnie really sums up the misery

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derekp
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26 Jul 2012 - 8:03 PM

...........................We have the beasties in Northumberland too. The kielder midge is famed. I dont intend to lie in the grass photographing Kielder lake but would hope to get as good an image as you have done here.

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27 Jul 2012 - 10:33 AM

Oh Ronnie my skin is crawling now, Thanks for that, I've encountered these wee beasties with the sharp fangs too many times. Lying down in the grass in summer is a sure way to loft squadrons of these expert bitters into the sky around your head.

I find my little battery driven fan is great for chasing them off, sadly it's usually in the car and I'm down by a loch side.

Sorry to be so late commenting, I'm catching up slowly though.

Dougie

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27 Jul 2012 - 11:34 PM

We have the little beggers here too, I got bitten several times on my ankles when out with the Big O and Durb on Tuesday.

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mhfore
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29 Jul 2012 - 10:34 AM

Hi Ronnie,

I guess it was worth being eaten Wink You've given this a good feel with the processing.

Take Care

Martin

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accipiter
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29 Jul 2012 - 11:43 AM

Brave shot. A

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