Thanks to everyone for the kind remarks. I am honored to have won 1st. Charles Baxter
looks like one person on a knee and another person flat on his or her back. quite good.
Subject is small, depth of field is very narrow ,....A small aperture allows for more of subject to be in focus. With a more open aperture perhaps only the eyes would be in focus. Thanks for your comment. Charles Baxter
a person on a bike ???
Thanks for your comments. For the background I used a piece of material called Black Beauty, a totally opaque material (like velvet). This was purchased from a company called Backgrounds in a Bag, left over from my days as a wedding-studio photographer. I used utility clips to clamp the material in place behind the salvia plant. Charles Baxter
super. the wire grate seems to mimick a web and the back lighting is wonderful.
Thank you all for your comments. I did no retouching on the pole. scanned a slide image from years ago, and converted to B&W, that's all. I will have to drive out the ranch road and see if the pole is still there after all these years. Maybe the Texas summers caused the warp!. Charles Baxter
female elk and thank you. Charles Baxter
spiders are not insects
Thanks for your remarks Ruth. I always felt there was intentional low voting, but I still enjoy the challenges. Best regards. Charles Baxter
Many submissions are not silhouettes
In my humble opinion this should have won or placed very high. Oh well! Charles Baxter
My favorite (5 stars) image has been withdrawn?? I could not find the image when it was time to vote. The image was the bow of cruise ship in Key West with sea gulls on the mooring lines. The wonderful turquoise and blues really made the image happen. I don't recall who the poster was , but this was a winner. Too bad!
so many really great entries. It will be hard to choose just one winner!
Very well done, A most exceptional cicada image. How was the lighting accomplished? Charles Baxter
I see many spheres remaining after my sensitive briar was deleted. What's up?
mating toads? is that legal...
I think it was just a real friendly hug, for crying out loud...
The Blueberry Wasp image was finally determined to be osmia ribifloris (a bee), so I have withdrawn the image C. Baxter
Further searching in bugGuide.net makes me believe that this is indeed osmia ribifloris, a bee, not a wasp. Probably a good idea to withdraw.