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A simple image of a Damselfly

Any comments or critique welcome.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 600D
Lens:Tamron 70-300mm Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jun 2012 - 2:00 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.4
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Damselfly
Username:MattK MattK
Uploaded:16 Jun 2012 - 6:52 PM
Tags:Bug, Close-up / macro, Damselfly, Flowers & plants, General, Insect, Insects, Wildlife / nature
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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 6:54 PM

Lovely macro

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2012 - 6:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As a first attempt it's a very valiant effort, POV is off somewhat which is why it goes soft on the tail. It's also a little over-exposed in places, but I wouldn't worry about it.......Keep practising is the best critique I can offer, especially on that POV.....Well done.

Ade

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MattK
MattK e2 Member 263 forum postsMattK vcard United Kingdom
16 Jun 2012 - 7:01 PM

Thank you both for your comments and votes.

Apart from my flukey butterfly this was my first go at taking macro's of insects.

I found it very difficult to get all of it fully in focus - I think I made the mistake of using one of the red autofocus points to focus on the head which is why the tail went soft.

I think If I had activated all of the autofocus points and manually focused it may have come out better?

not sure though!!

Matt

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Last Modified By MattK at 16 Jun 2012 - 7:02 PM

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apierzchala
16 Jun 2012 - 9:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Matt, as long as you have the head (especially the eyes) really sharp, the tail is less important. Remember to postion the camera parallel to the subject as much as possible so as to limit the front-to-back extent of the subject. That will ensure maximum sharpness across the subject. Use a smallish aperture - f/11 - f/16. Try to use a tripod to avoid camera shake and to enable you to use lower ISO. High ISO does bring in some reduction in quality, though newer cameras are supposed to give good results even at high ISOs. Shoot in cooler temperatures (early morning!!) when the insect is less frisky. I would recommend manual focus to stop the lens hunting and concentrate on the head. Having said all that, this is cracking shot and an excellent early attempt. Rgds., Adam

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MattK e2 Member 263 forum postsMattK vcard United Kingdom
17 Jun 2012 - 10:47 AM

Hi Adam,

Thank you for your feedback and advice - really helpful.

Positioning of the camera tip is useful as is the use of a smallish aperture so I will use this when I go out next time. I will also try to get out earlier in the day like you mentioned.

On this particular shot I did manually focus as I did find that the lens did hunt a lot!

I suppose I just need to keep trying!

Matt Smile

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