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We have several of these hunting in the woodland rides. They are wonderful to watch as they buzz around, but not very accommodating when it comes to taking photographs - I'm still searching for the perfect, clear background!

Camera:Canon S3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Gold Ringed
Username:KarenFB KarenFB
Uploaded:14 Jul 2009 - 12:12 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
Votes:35
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 12:17 PM

Like the details and tones in this. There is a white areas one of the leave under the body that would be better cloned out.
Well captured.
Regards Richard.

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AlanWillis
14 Jul 2009 - 12:18 PM

Great shot
Alan

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 - 12:19 PM

Fabulous details.
Roy

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 12:27 PM

Beautiful macro shot. I agree that a less-fussy background would make for a better photograph but I don't think the background is a serious problem, here — it's sufficiently out of focus that it doesn't distract much at all and it's nice to see the fly in its environment, too. I'd say you should be delighted at getting one with a simpler background, but not at all disappointed with shots like this one!

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RRT
RRT  5 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 - 12:40 PM

Excellent, very difficult to capture

Regards

Ray

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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 1:34 PM

Another one on my wish list...


Not seen a single one yet!

Great Capture,

Martin.

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PeelNStick
PeelNStick  10 United States4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 2:29 PM

Great sharp macro detail.

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photophantom
14 Jul 2009 - 3:25 PM

pin sharp macro, gorgeous chap
Dennis

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 3:37 PM

Great detail and color in this fantastic capture.
Bob

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Silverzone
14 Jul 2009 - 3:49 PM

Lovely subject, well taken in natural suroundings. Sylvia

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 5:59 PM

Fab detailed capture Karen

Jon

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casson
casson  8 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 - 6:19 PM

One of the best shots I have seen of this Dragonfly
john

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 6:39 PM

Lovely shot with that impressive green eye showing beautifully - Ina

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Alan_Baseley
Alan_Baseley e2 Member 13320 forum postsAlan_Baseley vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 7:30 PM

Superb close up,
Alan

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Davestem
Davestem  7 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 - 7:47 PM

nice detail looks great
Dave

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 8:15 PM

Awesome detail and clarity in this impressive macro shot, they are so hard to capture as they never seem to stay still. You've done wonderfully well here

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jul 2009 - 11:21 PM

Excellent closeup Karen; lovely detail and colours
Tim

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84257 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2009 - 7:05 AM

Thank you everyone!

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RachelMB
RachelMB  842 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2009 - 7:53 AM

Nicely caught Grin

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rajsaha001
15 Jul 2009 - 8:25 AM

Hi! Karen. A beautiful capture. Thank you for the comment on my picture of 'on its way to the sun'. You really a good photographer an at the same time a kind person.
Warmest regards,
Raj

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2009 - 11:51 AM

Well taken, Karen. These are difficult to capture against any background & you've done well here with even, overall detail of the creature.
Terry

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84257 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2009 - 4:43 PM

Thank you everyone! Smile

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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2009 - 7:38 PM

Great shot,lovely sharp detail.
Martin

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HobbitDave
15 Jul 2009 - 8:06 PM

Wow, superb sharp capture!! Amazing colours.
Dave

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andy210966
15 Jul 2009 - 9:29 PM

Hi Karen

This is very nice indeed! I always find this sort of shot incredibly difficult to do - always trying to decide what f stop is suitable for the subject, is the backround going to be too detailed... infact I faff about so much so that the subject has normally gotten bored and flown off by the time I have the setup I want. This shot, you should be proud of, your subject is clear and spot on focally and it has been captured in a classic pose too. I personally wouldn't dain to fault it.

Excellent shot!

Andy

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andy210966
15 Jul 2009 - 10:18 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello again Karen

I have been considering the backround issue you that you mention in your write up and have come up with the posted mod!

Using CS4 added a Hue and Saturation Layer and desaturated the image and lightened the Reds, Orange, Yellow and Greens. I then used the pen tool to select the body of the subject (not the wings) and increased the afore mentioned colours back to their normal state.
After that a Gaussian Blur layer was added and a Motion Blur layer and both were lightened and graduated.

Andy

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 - 11:30 PM

WOW!!!!!
bunSmile

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84257 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2009 - 6:57 AM

Thank you everyone!

A special thank you to Andy (a brilliant Mod - I did try to 'faff' around, but with no success). Also to Bun, thank you so much for the User Award - I am really chuffed! Grin

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2009 - 11:06 AM

That is an absolute cracker. Pin sharp and a great pose. Looks even more magnificent when viewed large.
Paul

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betts
betts  6 England
16 Jul 2009 - 9:20 PM

Stunning capture Karen, fantastic detail in the wings lovely colour
betts

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84257 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2009 - 7:02 AM

Thank you! Smile

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2009 - 10:41 PM

Nice detail, well taken, Spot on! Click!!!

Greg

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84257 forum postsKarenFB vcard England162 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2009 - 1:57 PM

Thanks Greg! Smile

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