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Female Common Darter

By nicktg      
another old photo I came across from 2008 ... As always any improvements to the processing would be gratefully received. Sorry the EXIF is a bit short on this one, for some reason it isn't all on the original ...

Tags: General Dragonflies Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 10:06AM
Most of the EXIF is there. Quite a good result here but I would like to suggest a compositional shift to allow your insect to be flying more into the frame so to speak. A comment made on a regular basis. Presently the Darter is rather central.

I have uploaded a mod to show you my suggestion. I had to increase the file size which has downgraded the image a little. perhaps the 'recommended file size' should be 1000px with a minimum upload as at present to cater a little for mods to be made.


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nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 10:17AM
Cheers Frank,

I did wonder should it be landscape or portrait but then opted for portrait... still wondering if it would be better landscape Grin

Yes after I'd posted it I did think it looked a bit in the middle ... I'm sure it wasn't like that in LR4... maybe it was and the eyes weren't working so good lol!

paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 1:47PM
Needs to be landscape. Too much wasted space top and bottom. Good effort with the gear used, which was hardly ideal. Assume hand held, but ideally not 400mm (640) and f9, so you have done quite well. It looks slightly sharper at the back end to head. Zoom lenses not generally recommended for use on extension tubes, but a 25mm tube is not going to make much difference.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
6 Feb 2013 3:42PM
Its a very good shot Nick.

I flipped it to landscape mode, easily done, and added the border to fill up lost space. I think when you compare the two, landscape look better.

Hope this works for you.


nicktg 10 24 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 10:00PM
THanks guys I think it does look better landscape. I agree Paul, it's not ideal but I love the 100-400 lens especially round the reserve where this was taken as I can just fit that and put the extension tubes in my pocket and i'm covered for most things.


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