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Gold Ringed

By KarenFB
We have several of these hunting in the woodland rides. They are wonderful to watch as they buzz around, but not very accommodating when it comes to taking photographs - I'm still searching for the perfect, clear background!

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
14 Jul 2009 12:17PM
Like the details and tones in this. There is a white areas one of the leave under the body that would be better cloned out.
Well captured.
Regards Richard.

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AlanWillis 8 67 England
14 Jul 2009 12:18PM
Great shot
14 Jul 2009 12:19PM
Fabulous details.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 12:27PM
Beautiful macro shot. I agree that a less-fussy background would make for a better photograph but I don't think the background is a serious problem, here — it's sufficiently out of focus that it doesn't distract much at all and it's nice to see the fly in its environment, too. I'd say you should be delighted at getting one with a simpler background, but not at all disappointed with shots like this one!
RRT 9 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 12:40PM
Excellent, very difficult to capture


14 Jul 2009 1:34PM
Another one on my wish list...

Not seen a single one yet!

Great Capture,

PeelNStick 13 4 United States
14 Jul 2009 2:29PM
Great sharp macro detail.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
14 Jul 2009 3:25PM
pin sharp macro, gorgeous chap
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
14 Jul 2009 3:37PM
Great detail and color in this fantastic capture.
Silverzone 10 2 England
14 Jul 2009 3:49PM
Lovely subject, well taken in natural suroundings. Sylvia
14 Jul 2009 5:59PM
Fab detailed capture Karen

casson 12 3 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 6:19PM
One of the best shots I have seen of this Dragonfly
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 6:39PM
Lovely shot with that impressive green eye showing beautifully - Ina
14 Jul 2009 7:30PM
Superb close up,
14 Jul 2009 7:47PM
nice detail looks great
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Jul 2009 8:15PM
Awesome detail and clarity in this impressive macro shot, they are so hard to capture as they never seem to stay still. You've done wonderfully well here
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 11:21PM
Excellent closeup Karen; lovely detail and colours
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
15 Jul 2009 7:05AM
Thank you everyone!
RachelMB 12 42 10 England
15 Jul 2009 7:53AM
Nicely caught Grin
15 Jul 2009 8:25AM
Hi! Karen. A beautiful capture. Thank you for the comment on my picture of 'on its way to the sun'. You really a good photographer an at the same time a kind person.
Warmest regards,
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 11:51AM
Well taken, Karen. These are difficult to capture against any background & you've done well here with even, overall detail of the creature.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
15 Jul 2009 4:43PM
Thank you everyone! Smile
redshank 9 1 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 7:38PM
Great shot,lovely sharp detail.
15 Jul 2009 8:06PM
Wow, superb sharp capture!! Amazing colours.
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
15 Jul 2009 9:29PM
Hi Karen

This is very nice indeed! I always find this sort of shot incredibly difficult to do - always trying to decide what f stop is suitable for the subject, is the backround going to be too detailed... infact I faff about so much so that the subject has normally gotten bored and flown off by the time I have the setup I want. This shot, you should be proud of, your subject is clear and spot on focally and it has been captured in a classic pose too. I personally wouldn't dain to fault it.

Excellent shot!

andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
15 Jul 2009 10:18PM
Hello again Karen

I have been considering the backround issue you that you mention in your write up and have come up with the posted mod!

Using CS4 added a Hue and Saturation Layer and desaturated the image and lightened the Reds, Orange, Yellow and Greens. I then used the pen tool to select the body of the subject (not the wings) and increased the afore mentioned colours back to their normal state.
After that a Gaussian Blur layer was added and a Motion Blur layer and both were lightened and graduated.

bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2009 11:30PM
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
16 Jul 2009 6:57AM
Thank you everyone!

A special thank you to Andy (a brilliant Mod - I did try to 'faff' around, but with no success). Also to Bun, thank you so much for the User Award - I am really chuffed! Grin
Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
16 Jul 2009 11:06AM
That is an absolute cracker. Pin sharp and a great pose. Looks even more magnificent when viewed large.
betts 10 1 England
16 Jul 2009 9:20PM
Stunning capture Karen, fantastic detail in the wings lovely colour
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
17 Jul 2009 7:02AM
Thank you! Smile
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
19 Jul 2009 10:41PM
Nice detail, well taken, Spot on! Click!!!

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
20 Jul 2009 1:57PM
Thanks Greg! Smile

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