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"Eaten Alive"

By RonnieAG
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.


Tags: Loch lomond Silhouette Grasses Digitally altered Landscape and travel Contre jour image West Highland Midges

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
25 Jul 2012 12:12AM
Squadrons of e'm Ronnie, worse than Pirahna !!!

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
25 Jul 2012 12:12AM
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 !!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 12:21AM
Have you tried Avon's Skin -so-Soft to try and keep them away?
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
25 Jul 2012 12:22AM
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.


taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
25 Jul 2012 12:33AM
I do no know what is a midge, but if those flyers are mosquitos-- there is a problem out there for the night photographer!


That is excellent detailed photography!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
25 Jul 2012 12:35AM
I am itching just looking at this, very well taken and worked. - gary
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
25 Jul 2012 2:59AM
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….

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 3:28AM
Beautifully manipulated.
Ray42 10 3 England
25 Jul 2012 5:26AM
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
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
25 Jul 2012 6:15AM
A wonderful capture, Ronnie. Carol
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
25 Jul 2012 6:30AM
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.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 6:43AM
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

9 10 10 England
25 Jul 2012 7:08AM
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.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 7:21AM
the things we do to capture shots ronnie a braver man than me a belter nice one Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
25 Jul 2012 7:38AM
They drive me to distraction.... very ably rendered, Ronnie.

Brings back fond memories of camping in Scotland.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
25 Jul 2012 8:01AM
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!!

moiral 7 12 Scotland
25 Jul 2012 8:18AM
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
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 8:22AM
Midges love me and always aim for my headSad What an image you achieved, hope you did not suffer too many bites!
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 9:29AM
We all have to suffer for our art Ronnie, now you are a blood donor for the midges!!!
Great photo
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
25 Jul 2012 9:39AM
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

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 10:01AM
wow!!! wouldnt want to be there
Is it seasonal ?
25 Jul 2012 10:53AM
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

Porthos Plus
8 40 1 Northern Ireland
25 Jul 2012 11:02AM
Know what you mean Ronnie. It's not much fun in the middle of them like that....Derek
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
25 Jul 2012 12:09PM
Golly, Ronnie, fancy getting eaten by that lot! Glad to hear you survived the ordeal, and got this amazing shot Wink
Trev Smile
25 Jul 2012 2:26PM
An all too familiar experience!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 3:06PM
Made me itch just looking at it! Great shot!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 3:29PM
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
25 Jul 2012 3:31PM
Im not surprised, all those midges. I like the image though, a lovely moody sky Smile

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 4:00PM
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 alergic to the 'sods' as well
great shot though!
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 4:34PM
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?
xwang 8 56 8
25 Jul 2012 4:45PM
A very unique and creative work..your effect creates a wonderful atmosphere.. surreal, and interesting. Very imaginative,Ronnie.
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
25 Jul 2012 4:53PM
Ye Gods and little fishes, Ronnie. The stuff of nightmares. They are enormous.
You deserve either a medal or your head examining!!Wink

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 5:20PM
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
25 Jul 2012 6:11PM
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
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 7:40PM
This is why, we visit your wonderful country in the AutumnWink

jdinne 14 16 England
25 Jul 2012 8:47PM
Your a very brave man Ronnie, well worth the agony great composition and excellent conversion.

OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 8:56PM
Love this Ronnie, very well done.
25 Jul 2012 10:08PM
Your a brave man Ronnie,well worth it great shot..Lin
25 Jul 2012 10:12PM
this is a great image Ronnie really sums up the misery
derekp Plus
7 1 4 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 8:03PM
...........................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.
27 Jul 2012 10:33AM
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.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 Jul 2012 11:34PM
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.
mhfore 11 6 176 England
29 Jul 2012 10:34AM
Hi Ronnie,

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

Take Care

29 Jul 2012 11:43AM
Brave shot. A

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