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evil eye

By kel55
large dragonfly landed in garden this summer ,after taking some shots outside i caught it in a glass jar blocking its exit with my lens , used the natural light coming through jar with off camera flash, tweaked and cropped in ps , don't think creature was very happy with me but it did get released unharmed, advise/comments always welcome

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
2 Oct 2012 8:20PM
Great macro work

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kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 8:21PM

Quote:Great macro work

kel55 5 8 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 8:24PM

Quote:Great macro work

arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
2 Oct 2012 10:02PM
this good, but i am thinking, what is it? maybe different angle of shoot will make it better.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
3 Oct 2012 1:17AM
An excellent macro, and your technique worked very well.

But, that border has to go!

Ive uploaded a mod with a touch more contast, and a plain border. The original border distracts from the subject.


paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 7:54AM
Strong shot but a lime green border? Sharp and clear, but I would have just stoked the dodge tool round the head particularly top right the brighten things.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:52PM
boy that looks intresing close up, must have had some rings on there.

maybe the focus band is a bit far back, id have liked to see the head bit even sharper as it seems to be sharpest at the backmost area and sharpest on the hairs behind.

great idea shooting into the jar, did you have to cool him down in the fridge a bit first

Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 1:29PM
Yes, the border has to go, but I have another problem here. Undoubtedly this is a great picture, well taken and very well seen, but generally I feel that a picture should be able to stand alone but I fear that if this was hanging on a wall, the question "What is is?" would be continually asked.

So for the initiated a great picture but for exhibition or wall mounting afraid not.

almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 6:52PM
Wow Kel, you got really close using the jar! Amazing detail on the compound eye, almost as though you'd already got the MPE-6 lens!
I agree re the border and thinking about the "what is it" comments I can see what they mean (a bit). It's almost an abstract but I guess a wee bit more body may be needed to help identify as a dragonfly. The art of abstract close ups is to make you look at something afresh while you try to work out what it is. For that, there do need to be some clues to help the viewer. I think it's still obvious it's an insect's eye from the image you've posted. What did the uncropped file look like? Was it a landscape orientation which gave more body?
KDC Plus
5 5 6 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 8:21PM
Really nice pic.
Sorry for doing a Mod, really don't like borders that much.


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