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" Dragonfly "

By Stmarkus
Looking to capture an artistic portrayal of the subject from a distance of approx. 20 ft. as it was perched on a tree branch, about to fly.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 2:06AM
A beautiful colour...
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 8:20AM
No other info. 20 feet on a compact? At this magnification? Amazing. A good angle and nice lighting, but just lacking that critical sharpness that would have made it special. If you were 20 feet away, as I say, amazing.

Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
5 Sep 2013 12:03PM
A valiant first effort, will look forward to see more posts from you, welcome to EPZ.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2216 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 8:50PM
A good attempt, Mark, a very nice dragonfly pose, a good clean background, a lovely bent "perch" and a nice display of the wings. However, sharpness is lacking.
Of course, you may do a lot better if closer to your subject, but close up insect photography requires a lot of patience and can be extremely frustrating.

It's particularly helpful in the Critique Gallery if you can show your camera settings, known as the Exif Data. They haven't shown up here automatically. Not only does it help us give you a valid critique, but it is also useful for others on the site who can see what you have done.

Another thing to check is the time that your camera is showing. I feel sure you didn't take this shot at midnight. However, if it was mid-day, which I suspect it was, then the light was quite bright, evident from the hot spots on the dragonfly's head and back. By far the best time to photograph insects is early morning or late afternoon when the light is at its softest, making for less harsh light and shadows.

Stmarkus 7 1 Puerto Rico
5 Sep 2013 9:37PM
Thanks Pamela. As far as getting closer to the dragonfly, he was in a tree, and I wasn't, so that's the best I could do. And I'm aware of the " golden hour" as far as the best time for soft light, but the insect dictates what time he shows up, not me. It was a mid day shot, but the rest of the data, I have no idea, as I really don't take note of it, I prefer just to enjoy taking the picture, but I do thank you for your review and advice.

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