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made of gold?

By katster
This weevil posed on a marigold plant in our garden, long enough for me to take far too many pictures. It was a sunny afternoon and I was experimenting with using a gold reflector.
Think it may be a bit overdone and the colours look a bit unnatural, but would welcome any opinion/suggestions! Presumably I could "cool it down" in photoshop?

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: James_C, HuntedDragon, Joline and 10 more

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HuntedDragon 13 118 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 12:30PM
go a little further in the processing... i think it's the starting colour that makes it, i havent quite sussed it properly yet lol.
Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
1 Sep 2009 12:41PM
I rather like the intense coloring, it adds to the interest of this composition. There is an almost surreal quality to it that I find attractive.
Mayfly 16 485 2 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 12:44PM
I agree with the above comments, it adds that little bit extra. The gold contrasts well with the blue sky.

Good job,

User_Removed 12 80 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 1:23PM
A good idea about photoshop - am still trying to fathom that, I like the gold colours Smile
1 Sep 2009 1:45PM
Good shot,
1 Sep 2009 1:59PM
Fantastic macro!
katster 14 16 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 2:23PM
Thanks for all kind comments. I've printed it out and it does look a bit surreal, or like it has been taken somewhere more tropical than UK! I'm still not sure but with my photoshop skills it will probably end up looking worse rather than better. I have about 50 more shots of this same beetle to trawl through if/when I get the chance..... taking the pictures is the easy bit!
DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 2:41PM
It does look a little unnatural but I think that really enhances the image. It's slightly unsettling to have a weevil towering over you and the contrast of the brilliant golden yellows against the blue sky rather adds to that.
motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 5:39PM
Cracking shot, but agree with above.

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