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This image was taken in my garden this afternoon,not much time to set up as it was not in the mood to settle.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Lens:Macro mode
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:garden bug
Username:paddyman paddyman
Uploaded:30 May 2009 - 9:02 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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phill
phill  10 United Kingdom
30 May 2009 - 9:03 PM

Wow!!
Phill

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84271 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2009 - 9:05 PM

A gorgeous female Broad-Bodied Chaser. They don't stay still for long, but they do have favourite perches, so if you wait they'll usually come back. You've caught it well, the details are brilliant, but I think had you got just a little higher we could have seen more details and perhaps even the head/eyes.

Last Modified By KarenFB at 30 May 2009 - 9:06 PM

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paddyman
paddyman e2 Member 566 forum postspaddyman vcard United Kingdom
30 May 2009 - 9:11 PM

Thank you KarenFB for your comments,The problem was i had to follow it around the garden ,and in the end it settled on top of the runner bean canes,but i will keep a look out for it again...Alec

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mikaela4
mikaela4  5 United Kingdom
30 May 2009 - 9:28 PM

Well captured
Mikaela

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Steve7962
Steve7962  6 United Kingdom
30 May 2009 - 10:32 PM

Super capture.

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Stuart_B
Stuart_B  5 England
30 May 2009 - 11:09 PM

Very nice capture!

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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139395 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2009 - 11:46 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I agree it's a good capture. perhaps needs just a little work on it to bring out the best - e.g. a curves adjustment to brighten and increase contrast and just a little sharpening. I've uploaded a mod for you.

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celestun
celestun e2 Member 1029 forum postscelestun vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2009 - 10:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

In my opinion this is a fine attempt, but I would try to improve your technique rather than trying to correct this shot.

Once you have enough of the subject out of focus it becomes pointless trying to repair the image... in this case your focus worked only on the extreme far right upper wing...

What you need is a smaller aperture at least around f16 for a shot like this... make sure the speed is enough to avoid any camera shake

You could also try taking the dragonfly from directly behind between the shoulders rather than from this angle which is very difficult to get right especially without an SLR and a dedicated macro lens.

You did well to get this close and the background shows it, nothing too distracting behind the subject... but you need to practise moving around the dragonfly to get the best angle before moving in for the shot.

Keep them coming!

Well done!

Tim

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
1 Aug 2009 - 9:18 AM

A great capture, fine detail. Carol

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