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blue damselfly

By hunter031072
this fellow allowed me to photograph him for about ten minutes in different poses using a home made custom popup flash defuser made out of an aluminum drinks bottle, Sony sal 35mm prime with a x4 magnifier screw. late evening low light but iso 50 and high f-stop. comments please if you wish to see the defuser please let me know and i will add a pic to this post.
many thanks for you kind comments and votes.BlushGrinGrin

Tags: Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digital art Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Humour and fun

Voters: bobpaige1, banehawi, dudler and 6 more

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kel55 7 8 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 9:12PM
Big fan of macro stuff but for me the Key element of a successful macro image is sharpness of which I try to focus on the eye , for me most of these shots just are not sharp enough to work v6 is best , I too improvise which home made flash devises and also use a non stabilised lens , think using a tripod or mono pod can really help sharpen things up a bit , not meaning to be negative as all are cool shots but just lack the sharpness to really deliver. Kind regards . Kel

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15 Jun 2014 9:41PM
Thanks for the honesty Kel, very early days yet for me with regards to macro photography, curently saving up for the sigma 105mm macro lens for sony mount. I am hoping that this will help with focus problems as well now these images are cropped a fair amount as I am using a 35mm lens. I am hopping that the sigma lens with the dedicated 1:1 and biger zoom I can see the subject better on the eye peace as at the moment they are so so small lol but I agree with your comments and I will take them on board to improve. Thanks and kind regards Roger
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4019 Canada
15 Jun 2014 11:10PM
Original, and quite brilliant. All are sharp enough, v1 the least, BUT, it sharpens so well in Photoshop.

When you upload the shots, after re-sizing and saving, open again and sharpen, than save, then upload. Much of the softness here is due to compression due to resizing.

Keep doing this. Thoroughly enjoyable


dudler Plus
16 893 1504 England
16 Jun 2014 11:00AM
Roger -

You won't regret the Sigma 105mm. I've had a pre-digital example (270 secondhand from Mifsuds) for some years, and it challenges my Minolta lenses, and maybe even my Zeiss glass (which is, admittedly, now 40 years old).

There's a tactical issue here: putting the least sharp shot at the front of the pile may have put soem people off looking through the rest. I'm really glad I spotted this shot, and looked at them all! Not my type of shot at all, but they're beautiful!
7 3 8 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2014 8:49PM
I agree with Dudler choosing V1 as your leading image may have put some people off. It is too soft and not all of the Damsel fly is in the image. To get your images shaper try dropping the aperture to about f11 as this is usually a sweet spot for most lenses, anything above f16 is counter productive and tends to make the subject softer.
However the other images are fine with V4 and 6 as my favsSmile
25 Jun 2014 9:30AM
Lovely and so hard to capture, you have been featured in E pic of the moment GrinGrinGrinGrin
JohnoP 14 2
6 Aug 2014 10:03AM
Featured e2 Photo at the moment! Smile John

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