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By robberridge    
Starting to enjoy this lens, even though its completely the wrong one for this type of tomfoolery. Either I'm too rubbish at getting close or this allows me to do so, I don't care! Enjoy if you will? Also very difficult with even a 180mm macro I think unless I got very wet?!

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dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
29 Jul 2014 9:39PM
Well I have seen someone (from epz as it happens) using a 600 mm lens to capture these across a pond, so your lens is fine! Sometimes the unconventional approach is what's needed so don't dismiss it.
An extension tube would possibly be needed to help focussing close, it depends on your closest focus distance, but a tube would give you a bit more room to play.

I like the way you've included the other insect flying by. However, it does draw my eye away from the lovley blue damselfly, which you've captured very nicely. As such it really deserves the image to itself. I'll upload a mod where I've cropped the image, more to show how effective a vertical format can be here.


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30 Jul 2014 6:51AM
Thanks Keith,
It certainly is a learning curve. I have found a really good spot to catch these beautiful damsels but the lens is so long. I'm going to take my tripod next time as the mono pod moves around too much and it becomes more of a numbers game.
Also, I inadvertently disabled voting on this one, my mistake! Sorry to the 5 people who may have wanted to vote.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2014 7:59AM
A good try but not the ideal tool. Difficult to tell if it's fully sharp at this size, but the Damsel really needs to be bigger in the frame and the second fly has huge subject movement.

I have the 50/500 and I assume the construction is very similar. Very sharp on a tripod with critical focusing, but not the ideal lens on the hoof, although yours has OS I think. Minimum focus at 500mm is 3 metres.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
30 Jul 2014 1:11PM
Well done.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2014 6:10PM
Hello, Rob, and welcome to the Critique Gallery.
You must have checked the critique box when you uploaded this image, and in the CG voting is automatically disabled.

I notice that in your portfolio you say, "I use Aperture and only play around with a few levels. Even that I struggle with
so I try to concentrate on original composition. Accordingly I would welcome constructive criticism?" and yet this is your first venture into this gallery.
I see that you have been on the site for some time, and have a very interesting portfolio of images.
In the main gallery, you do get votes and sometimes even awards, but you rarely receive constructive critique. This is what the Critique Gallery is here for.
We try to give advice that will help people to improve their photography both the taking and the editing of images.
When venturing into the CG, remember that the more information you give us as regards your photographic aims and intentions, the better.
It also helps us if you respond to critique and indicate which ideas you found helpful. That means we can tailor advice according to your needs and abilities.

I think you have a very effective image here, your subject stands out very well, and really like the reflection. I don't mind the amount of water around your subject, especially with it being free from anything else in the way of distractions, and the ripples add interest.
On the subject of distractions, I agree that the out of focus damsel on the right side is just that, and a crop would enhance the image a lot.
You have been given two very interesting modifications, which I hope will give you food for thought.

I hope you will visit the CG again.

Thanks very much Pamela. Yes, I don't go into this area of ephotozine very much, purely because I am not very knowledgeable in the technical aspects of photography. I enjoy it very much and people here have been so kind in their critique. I will be here again.

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