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Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

By teocali
Another image of the Broad-bodied chaser (Libellula depressa), this time on a more intricate perch (messy in other words!). I quite liked the effects but would be interested to see what others think. In V1 I have cloned out one or two intrusive bits, tweaked levels, used a bit of Selective Colour to accentuate the cyans/blues, tilted the image and sharpened a little. V2 is straight out of the camera but cropped to the same size but not interfered with in any way.
* V3, uploaded just now, 16/07 - 22.20 - is from the original unaltered (except for cropping) RAW file.

Many thanks for your C&Cs on yesterday's upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Tags: Close-up Male Insect Dragonfly Libellula depressa Broad-bodied chaser Wildlife and nature

Comments


Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
16 Jul 2011 12:53PM
Looks all good to me Sylvia, my only criticism is the background looks a bit bright......But I'm not the best judge as my PS skills are very limited..

Ade

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LukeParkinson 10 30 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 1:02PM
May agree with Ade, but is still a wonderful shot Sylvia.. Well done Smile
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
16 Jul 2011 1:14PM
Your processing has for sure enhanced the detail and colouring of the insect but I agree with the others above that the b/g is perhaps a tad too bright.
But very nice shot, Sylvia.
Ronnie.
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
16 Jul 2011 1:23PM
PS. Could not resist trying a mod. for you.......hope you are not offended, Sylvia.
Ronnie.
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
16 Jul 2011 1:45PM

Quote:PS. Could not resist trying a mod. for you.......hope you are not offended, Sylvia.
Ronnie.



Great mod, Ronnie - it suits the image very well and is certainly an improvement. I am never offended by mods and advice - just grateful when people take the trouble and have the interest to improve on the image - many thanks Smile
Sylvia
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
16 Jul 2011 1:51PM
A fine image, Sylvia, such beautiful creatures. Carol
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 2:30PM
Might be wrong, but perhaps a tad of levels and a smart sharpen was all that was neededGrin

Adrian
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
16 Jul 2011 3:52PM
Its easy to see that your PS skills are top class Sylvia. V1 is the better IMO and is an excellent shot.
Ron
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
16 Jul 2011 4:16PM
I am inclined to agree with Adrian here Sylvia - re light and sharpening.
In V1 you have appeared to have introduced a strong blue element - ie the patches on wing tips and the dark shadow.

Done a mod quickly) Using the original V2.
Adj in curves channels - fiddled with levels and a bit of shadow/ highlight/ contrast - sharpened and removed noise. Sorry I can't be more exact as I was not sure if I would get an end result.
I think if you went back and worked on your RAW you could get a more natural colour to the image.
Mods not brilliant but I think it looks reasonably natural.
Brian.
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
16 Jul 2011 6:05PM
I like your mod from the original very much Brian - you seem to have achieved what I tried to do by using selective colour to enhance the blue/cyan tones of the insect's body and a blue translucency on the wings and I think it looks more natural than mine. Many thanks for your helpful input Smile
Sylvia
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 6:57PM
I think I go with the multitude Sylvia and prefer V2 the darker b/g shows off the Chaser more IMO
Shroomer 12 14 167 England
16 Jul 2011 8:07PM
Had a play on a MOD Sylvia. Nicely attempted with the most difficult. I always find the pastel blue of the male picks too much glare up and can over expose. You have exposed well for the body here. Definately and early morning creature for you at this location with the hide and sun to your left.
Richard
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4046 Canada
16 Jul 2011 9:21PM
A goo9d shot of a very difficult subject, using a long focal length, in what seems to me to be overly bright condition. Its clear you dialled in just enough exposure comp, and perhaps an extra 1/3 might have looked better?


I do like V2, though it doesnt have the vibrancy you expect from these insects. The main issue for me is the glare, or reflection from the shiny body and wings, and the wings, being transparent dont get any help from the bright background.

Ive tried a mod where Ive used a layer multiply at 80% to reduce exposure a little; used the highlight toll to work on the abdomen area, - trid to get it to appear fluorescent without killing the colour; sharpened to add sontrast to the wings abd allow the areas between the black to become visible; cropped and framed. The crop does make the bug look smaller, - thats a negative, but it may be offset by the different composition.


Hope you like the result, - nothings possible without a good basic image.



regards


Willie
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
16 Jul 2011 10:10PM

Quote:Had a play on a MOD Sylvia. Nicely attempted with the most difficult. I always find the pastel blue of the male picks too much glare up and can over expose. You have exposed well for the body here. Definately and early morning creature for you at this location with the hide and sun to your left.
Richard



Many thanks for the fine and very natural looking mod, Richard - will follow your advice and try some early morning shots, provided the insect is still in residence - might prove as elusive as the Barn Owl Wink
Sylvia
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
16 Jul 2011 10:15PM
Thank you very much for the super mod and method, Willie - you have certainly managed to accentuate the blues very sympathetically, which is something I had set out to try and do but obviously a bit clumsily, LOL. I have just uploaded a V3, taken from the unmodified original RAW file, just to give an idea of the changes I made - the original RAW is far darker. I did lighten the image on the RAW exposure slider to produce V1 and this, in retrospect, was rather harsh.
Sylvia
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4046 Canada
17 Jul 2011 12:04AM
Oh Sylvia, V3 is just gorgeous, - a little contrast, increase vibrance, sharpen, - its ready to go!


W
17 Jul 2011 1:37PM
Hi Sylvia loks like the experts have the right answers, i just like them gray.

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