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Firstly, I would like to thank Moira (mrswoolybill) and Malcolm (saltireblue) for favouring my "Dragonfly Detail" with their User Awards.

Still at Harold Hillier Gardens, I found this enormous dragonfly sculpture hovering over the lake.
The only small vantage point was from behind and above it, and the area was in shade. I wasn't happy with the pictures, but did a bit of work on them. Its tail was so long that I couldn't get the whole of it in any of my shots without sacrificing its head and wings.
So, all of the backgrounds are of the lake and the reflections within it, and I hope I have given the impression that the dragonfly is flying over it. There are 4 versions and I really didn't know which one to lead with.

Pamela.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Sep 2012 - 3:36 PM
Focal Length:19.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Flight Over The Lake
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:9 Feb 2013 - 2:30 PM
Tags:Dragonfly, Harold Hillier Gardens, Lake, Sculpture, Stainless steel, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 2:38 PM

Now this is what I call a sculpture, Pamela, isn't he wonderful Smile Four excellent captures. Carol

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 2:43 PM

Now I would have put v4 as number 1, as the view of the whole wings, the symmetry of the dragonfly and the feeling of flying with him take first place out of the four uploads Pamela SmileSmile

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
9 Feb 2013 - 2:49 PM

Like you I cannot decide on a favourite - all are lovely and special Pamela !

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ  6 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:02 PM

Difficult to choose a prefered lead or favourite - all nicely eye-catching... I think they work best presented as a set of images.

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:09 PM

Hi Pamela,

My favorite is V4. I like the illusion of the dragonfly actually flying over the lake.

Peter

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:24 PM

Like a scene from Avatar Grin A fine illusionary image, Pamela.

Dave

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Dinky65
Dinky65  1 United States
9 Feb 2013 - 3:32 PM

Nice job.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:34 PM

I can imagine that this was a difficult subject - long tail, long wings...
I also favour V4 - it shows the stretch of the wings and gives the impression that we are following the creature down to land on the water.
Moira

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:41 PM

Given the difficulties described you have done a sterling job in capturing this original bit of artwork, Pamela, and from a variety of different angles.
Nice crisp detail in each shot.
Ronnie.

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6536 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:50 PM

A great set but V4 is special, feels like I am flying on its back. - gary

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 3:51 PM

A wonderful sculpture, the details of which are captured so beautifully in this fine set. I'm going for V4.

Ann

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 4:01 PM

It's certainly a super piece of artwork, and this is another fine set here, Pamela, keep 'em coming! Wink I'd find it hard to pick which to lead with, like each one equally Smile
Trev Smile

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43250 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 4:23 PM

A wonderful set of beautifully crafted and captured metallic airborne monsters. My favourite being image number four.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 4:29 PM

They are impressive Pamela..but view 4 for me shows the way then V2
looks like a helicopter combined with a colanderWinkWink love this series of yours
Lillian

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 5:27 PM

V4 would be my first choice closely followed by V2.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
9 Feb 2013 - 5:54 PM

Got to be V4. a splendid photo Pamela, the light and the colours, good reflections, nice angle and wings of this iron clad dragoon fly!, that was intentional lol. looks like he means business, good photo but I do like them all for different reasons, just V4. stands out well done! regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8770 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1599 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 7:29 PM

Hmmm, seems like I should have chosen V4 as the leaderSad!

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
9 Feb 2013 - 7:36 PM

Amazing sculpture Pamala, all great but there is something about V2 which keeps drawing me back to it.

John

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
9 Feb 2013 - 9:18 PM

John, you are attracted I think by the eye, you know the one you sieve your vegetables with lol. well yes Pamela perhaps that would be my second choice, they border on abstract in the way you have taken them! I wonder how I might have approached the subject! it's a mind bender really, but I will finally settle for those two, regards Leon, controversial who me no!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueWink

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2186 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 9:36 PM

Yes V4 for me as well with the full wings and lovely reflectionSmileSmile
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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 9:56 PM

Great metal beasties! Grin Like V4, best definitely.

Lavina

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 11:53 PM

My vote for this great set. My badge is for v4 great shot and pov.
Ant.

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 10:57 AM

I love the angle on V4 which is the stand out image IMO. Great work!Grin
Ryan

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43928 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 11:33 AM

V4 is by far the best, Pamela. A jockey's eye view, as if we were riding on its back.

Malc

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 12:44 PM

Great angles captured here Pamela. I'm thinking V4 also........Sandy

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 12:54 PM

Lovely series Pamela, with V1 my favourite; the best concentration on the shapes of the insect.
Rende

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
10 Feb 2013 - 4:24 PM

A great composition with the POV and close up on v1.

thank you so much for the award Peter

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 - 8:35 PM

Lovely series Pamela. I like V2 and 4
Jim

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2013 - 8:38 PM

That is an enormous metalic dragonfly Pamela, v4 has to be the pick though

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2013 - 12:32 AM

V4 for me as well Pamela.

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milky
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11 Feb 2013 - 4:49 AM

Great set V4 for me,Wink but they are all excellent--------MilkyWink

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
11 Feb 2013 - 1:11 PM

Usted tiene un portafolio excelente..

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 2:32 PM

i have taken many dragonflies, but never got this close Smile

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snappersue
12 Feb 2013 - 6:52 PM

Version 1 for me. Sue

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bricurtis
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14 Feb 2013 - 9:51 PM

V4 I think Pamela - beautifully formed wings.

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2013 - 9:34 PM

A lovely set Pam,V4 for me..Lin

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Mavis
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16 Feb 2013 - 11:23 AM

Hard work to get a decent image Pamela but you managed it . You would have to have a small boat on the lake to get a front view WinkWink xx

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2013 - 10:22 AM

Excellent set. Amazingly good art from metal. paul

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AlanJ
AlanJ e2 Member 1417 forum postsAlanJ vcard England
13 Jul 2013 - 7:49 AM

I prefer V1 - it seems to have more sense of movement to meSmile

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