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large dragonfly landed in garden this summer ,after taking some shots outside i caught it in a glass jar blocking its exit with my lens , used the natural light coming through jar with off camera flash, tweaked and cropped in ps , don't think creature was very happy with me but it did get released unharmed, advise/comments always welcome

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:105mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Sep 2012 - 3:01 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/20.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:off camera flash fired
White Balance:Custom
Title:evil eye
Username:kel55 kel55
Uploaded:2 Oct 2012 - 7:56 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Wildlife / nature
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BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 625 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 8:20 PM

Great macro work
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Burnsie

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kel55
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2 Oct 2012 - 8:21 PM


Quote: Great macro work
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Burnsie

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kel55
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2 Oct 2012 - 8:24 PM

Thanks

Quote: Great macro work
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Burnsie

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 10:02 PM

this good, but i am thinking, what is it? maybe different angle of shoot will make it better.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 1:17 AM

An excellent macro, and your technique worked very well.


But, that border has to go!

Ive uploaded a mod with a touch more contast, and a plain border. The original border distracts from the subject.



Regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 7:54 AM

Strong shot but a lime green border? Sharp and clear, but I would have just stoked the dodge tool round the head particularly top right the brighten things.

Paul

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 12:52 PM

boy that looks intresing close up, must have had some rings on there.

maybe the focus band is a bit far back, id have liked to see the head bit even sharper as it seems to be sharpest at the backmost area and sharpest on the hairs behind.

great idea shooting into the jar, did you have to cool him down in the fridge a bit first

regards
Phil

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 1:29 PM

Yes, the border has to go, but I have another problem here. Undoubtedly this is a great picture, well taken and very well seen, but generally I feel that a picture should be able to stand alone but I fear that if this was hanging on a wall, the question "What is is?" would be continually asked.

So for the initiated a great picture but for exhibition or wall mounting afraid not.

Frank

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 6:52 PM

Wow Kel, you got really close using the jar! Amazing detail on the compound eye, almost as though you'd already got the MPE-6 lens!
I agree re the border and thinking about the "what is it" comments I can see what they mean (a bit). It's almost an abstract but I guess a wee bit more body may be needed to help identify as a dragonfly. The art of abstract close ups is to make you look at something afresh while you try to work out what it is. For that, there do need to be some clues to help the viewer. I think it's still obvious it's an insect's eye from the image you've posted. What did the uncropped file look like? Was it a landscape orientation which gave more body?

Last Modified By almiles at 5 Oct 2012 - 6:53 PM

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KDC
KDC  2 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2013 - 8:21 PM

Really nice pic.
Sorry for doing a Mod, really don't like borders that much.

Regards,
Keith.

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