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By SierraGulf1  
Hey all

Hope you are well!

Well this is my first outing with my Nikon D3000 and this is one of the shots i got out in the country, to take the shot i was on all fours in the middle of a single track road!

it took ages to get some shots i could use because it kept flying off! i ended up slowly getting closer and closer untill i got this shot

Any help or advice is much appreciated


Tags: Fly Bug Wings Dragon Wildlife and nature

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Graham-Mead 12 12 9 England
20 Aug 2010 9:28PM
Nice shot but I take it that you blurred the forground and background after taking the shot. The blurring is a little heavy, a lighter blur may have been better especially in the forground. I think if you can blend in the blur with the normal area it will look a bit more natural. the blur almost takes over. Normally most people will use the rule of 2 thirds but this appears to work in the middle.
I hope this helps you.
20 Aug 2010 9:48PM
Hey Graham thanks for the advice the only thing i changed with this picture is made the surroundings black and white the rest is how the picture was taken. I was down on the floor is that why its focused like that?
Graham-Mead 12 12 9 England
20 Aug 2010 10:01PM
If that is the case then there is not a lot you can do about it. The fact is you are too close which makes the focal length short. If you can remember that 1/3 of the focal length is in front of the subject and 2/3 is behind give or take a bit. If you had been shooting macro it would have been a bit better. What I suggest is that you either shoot macro or shoot big (that is don't get so close) and then crop the shot. I am not too sure that iv'e explained it very well but I hope it will help you.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 9:13AM
A good try and a lot of work. Not really the best lens for the job and the problem is the very shallow depth of field and the wrong focal point. I know how infuriating my next comment will be after all your work, but it is usually best, even with animals and insects, to get eye contact. A pity he/she/it wasn't facing you.

I must applaud the angle though, very unusual and quite effective to shoot a floor level like this.

CathR 15 151 564 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 3:42PM
You could always crop a bit off the bottom Adam - see mod. The blur in the background is fine but I think too much blur at the front does detract from the subject.

Best wishes

21 Aug 2010 3:46PM
Paul thanks for your advice i had tryed to get infront of it so that i could take it how you said but everytime i got infront no matter how slowly it flew off Sad would have loved that shot!

To be fair i was just fiddling around with what i had got lens wise as im new to it all i didnt go out and get a macro lense. What macro lense would you recomend on a budget?

Frank im just lucky i didnt get ran over! Grin the way the dragon fly was sitting all i had was road yet if i had have gotten infront of it the background would have been wheat and poppys so im really gutted i didnt get that shot but im still pleased with my first attempt! Smile thanks for your input
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 4:17PM
Hello, Adam. Very brave of you to lie down in the road. Not necessarily the ideal setting for the dragonfly, but full marks for persevering and getting your shot. I understand what Graham is saying about the dof/blur, but I quite like it and have done several shots like this myself. I like your work on the background. I realise, as has been said, that it's a bit picky to be asking for a shot of the front of the dragonfly, but it should be something for you to aim for. Your focus is on the tail and the head is behind the wing. The head needs to be sharp and from this angle it may not have been possible. You have placed your subject central on the horizontal, and it would look better compositionally if the dragonfly had more space in front of it and less behind it. I have done a modification where I cloned out the black blob at the end of the left wing, which spoilt the wing outline, cropped to place your subject in the bottom right of the frame, then selectively sharpened just the dragonfly and lightened the image so that more detail could be revealed. My second mod has the image mirrored, simply because the human eye finds it easier to read from left to right.

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