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Red Damsels in bright sunlight

By brian1208
It was a toss-up whether to keep this shot or not, so I'm asking for your critique.

Taken hand-held with the canon 70-300 IS USM I was experimenting to see the level of detail it could capture.

The lighting was pretty dreadful but in this shot I felt it had provided good information on the wing structure, particularly for that Damsel on the right.

Anyway - I hope to hear your thoughts, collect or reject?

Tags: Close-up and macro Mating Pyrrhosoma nymphula Red damsel fly Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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PhotoLM 15 32 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2006 8:49PM
A very nice capture there, and a Lucky one too! The bright sunlight on the leafs is an attention seeker, though looking at the 'bright' side, it has helped reflecting light around the Damsels producing a natural tonality of its colour. Well done
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
15 Aug 2006 3:32AM
You have captured the detail but lost the comp because the leaf/grass blade is washed. Couple of suggestions:

Camera Suggestions:

1. When taking shots in extreme light, consider setting the Exposure Value (EV) a couple of stops down, say -0.7 to -1.0 or even higher. This will underexpose the shot and you can adjust the exposure in the editing program. This will help you to keep from blowing the exposure.
2. If the sun is directly overhead, use a polarizing filter as this can help.
3. Not sure why you had the ISO set to 200 unless that is low as the camera goes, as bright as it was should be 100 or lower if you have the capability.

Editing Suggestion:

1. See mod for details.

brian1208 19 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 6:57AM
thank you both for leaving comments.

Greg, that is a remarkable piece of "recovery" - thanks for the detailed information, I must have a play myself as I think I could learn a lot.

The ISO 200 was a reaction to the strong light and shade - I set it for the aperture whilst retaining reasonable shutter speed and then "grabbed" the shot as the opportunity arose
Jaye 16 3
15 Aug 2006 1:13PM
Amazing mod. Greg and great you left the instructions for us...Judith

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