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another old photo I came across from 2008 ... As always any improvements to the processing would be gratefully received. Sorry the EXIF is a bit short on this one, for some reason it isn't all on the original ...

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:EF100-400 f4-f5.6L IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:19 Sep 2008 - 12:00 AM
Focal Length:400mm + 25mm Ext Tube
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:None
ISO:ISO 400
Title:Female Common Darter
Username:nicktg nicktg
Uploaded:5 Feb 2013 - 4:48 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Dragonflies, General, Wildlife / nature
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 10:06 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Most of the EXIF is there. Quite a good result here but I would like to suggest a compositional shift to allow your insect to be flying more into the frame so to speak. A comment made on a regular basis. Presently the Darter is rather central.

I have uploaded a mod to show you my suggestion. I had to increase the file size which has downgraded the image a little. perhaps the 'recommended file size' should be 1000px with a minimum upload as at present to cater a little for mods to be made.


Frank

Last Modified By Focus_Man at 6 Feb 2013 - 10:08 AM

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nicktg
nicktg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 10:17 AM

Cheers Frank,

I did wonder should it be landscape or portrait but then opted for portrait... still wondering if it would be better landscape Grin

Yes after I'd posted it I did think it looked a bit in the middle ... I'm sure it wasn't like that in LR4... maybe it was and the eyes weren't working so good lol!

Nick

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paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 1:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Needs to be landscape. Too much wasted space top and bottom. Good effort with the gear used, which was hardly ideal. Assume hand held, but ideally not 400mm (640) and f9, so you have done quite well. It looks slightly sharper at the back end to head. Zoom lenses not generally recommended for use on extension tubes, but a 25mm tube is not going to make much difference.

Paul

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2782 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 3:42 PM

Its a very good shot Nick.

I flipped it to landscape mode, easily done, and added the border to fill up lost space. I think when you compare the two, landscape look better.

Hope this works for you.


regards


Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 6 Feb 2013 - 3:43 PM

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nicktg
nicktg  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 10:00 PM

THanks guys I think it does look better landscape. I agree Paul, it's not ideal but I love the 100-400 lens especially round the reserve where this was taken as I can just fit that and put the extension tubes in my pocket and i'm covered for most things.

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