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Face of a dragon?

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Maybe I've been reading too much fantasy and science fiction, but this face just strikes me as looking like a mythological dragon. Even the eyes are glowing! :shock:

I don't recall any of the fantasies mentioning antennae, though -- particularly antennae whose bases are so clearly ball-and-socket joints, with the opening of the socket being a linear slot instead of the traditional round hole!

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Any guesses about ID? (Beetleman, you should get this one! :D )

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Post by Wim van Egmond »

Great picture, I think it is a weevil.

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Wim van Egmond wrote:Great picture, I think it is a weevil.

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Nah, it's a wart hog :roll:

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Post by beetleman »

Wim beat me to it. It is some sort of snout beetle. You cannot mistake a face like that....very nice headshot Rik. :wink: (it does look like a wart hog ) :lol:
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Right you are! It's a weevil / snout beetle. These things work over a variety of plants in my garden. Mostly they eat notches in the edges of leaves, but they also have a great fondness for the fruits of strawberries. I get a little grouchy about that, but they never occur in large enough numbers to cause too much trouble, so we just coexist.

I don't know the exact ID. They look a lot like the Broad-nosed Weevils in genus Otiorhynchus as pictured at http://bugguide.net/node/view/7479.

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Post by Mike B in OKlahoma »

This is a very interesting shot. I love facial portraits of weird critters!
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Post by Wim van Egmond »

Rik, what did I win?

It is a great picture. I am also experimenting with helicon and I also get these faint lines around the subject. What I do now is run the stack a second time but much smoother and with that second image I retouch the parts that have these artefacts.

Indeed, with a layer mask! :)

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Wim van Egmond wrote:Rik, what did I win?
Satisfaction, fame, and my personal congratulations on a job well done! :D

I know, you were hoping for a new lens, but this intangible awards program is much more sustainable! :wink:
It is a great picture. I am also experimenting with helicon and I also get these faint lines around the subject. What I do now is run the stack a second time but much smoother and with that second image I retouch the parts that have these artefacts.
Interesting technique. I'll have to try that. HF 4 Pro has a nice interface for local retouching, but this two-pass approach might solve problems at many depths at once.

Thanks for the compliment and the trick!

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Post by PeglegOS »

Looks a bit like my ex mother-in-law..... :roll:

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