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garden bug

By paddyman
This image was taken in my garden this afternoon,not much time to set up as it was not in the mood to settle.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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phill 13 1 United Kingdom
30 May 2009 9:03PM

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KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
30 May 2009 9:05PM
A gorgeous female Broad-Bodied Chaser. They don't stay still for long, but they do have favourite perches, so if you wait they'll usually come back. You've caught it well, the details are brilliant, but I think had you got just a little higher we could have seen more details and perhaps even the head/eyes.
paddyman 9 66 United Kingdom
30 May 2009 9:11PM
Thank you KarenFB for your comments,The problem was i had to follow it around the garden ,and in the end it settled on top of the runner bean canes,but i will keep a look out for it again...Alec
30 May 2009 9:28PM
Well captured
30 May 2009 10:32PM
Super capture.
Stuart_B 9 5 England
30 May 2009 11:09PM
Very nice capture!
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
30 May 2009 11:46PM
I agree it's a good capture. perhaps needs just a little work on it to bring out the best - e.g. a curves adjustment to brighten and increase contrast and just a little sharpening. I've uploaded a mod for you.
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2009 10:14PM
In my opinion this is a fine attempt, but I would try to improve your technique rather than trying to correct this shot.

Once you have enough of the subject out of focus it becomes pointless trying to repair the image... in this case your focus worked only on the extreme far right upper wing...

What you need is a smaller aperture at least around f16 for a shot like this... make sure the speed is enough to avoid any camera shake

You could also try taking the dragonfly from directly behind between the shoulders rather than from this angle which is very difficult to get right especially without an SLR and a dedicated macro lens.

You did well to get this close and the background shows it, nothing too distracting behind the subject... but you need to practise moving around the dragonfly to get the best angle before moving in for the shot.

Keep them coming!

Well done!

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 Aug 2009 9:18AM
A great capture, fine detail. Carol

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