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Really I wanted to get up really early this morning.. but my mother said no so I tried to get some dragonfly photos this morning at about nine... They were still slower than in the afternoon and one in perticular was quite easy to follow and I got some nice shots....
I hope you like it...:D

26th May: Maybe you've noticed... I worked a little on this photo now, so you can't see the sensor dust anymore. Apart from that the photo is the same...=)

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Let's start by saying that the colours of the shot are trully striking. The blend of turquise and green make this stand out in a sum of photographs. The magnification is impressive, as is the well blurred background, while the focus is solid on the eyes and front legs. Anyone that has taken one insect macro shot surely knows that it's quite easy to be lost in the narrow depth of field and actually focusing milimeters away, thus losing a good macro shot.

However, there are issues with the shot.

First of all the frame. Very tight at the top, I'd love to have the rest of the insect's body blurred and faded, my attention travels at the top only to have the image end before the subkect does.
Secondly, wide spaces left and right of the theme. It could be placed at wings of the frame, loosely on the rule of the thirds.
Thirdly, the photo shows signs of lens or sensor dust. While this can happen at any photoshoot (especially in nature), it is quite easy to clean in post processing. Those dust spots really distract from the actual photograph and it's a shame actually, as they can be very easily removed.

Overall, the photo promises a lot at first sight, but fails to deliver the whole viewing experience. Little things obviously, and most of the technique is there, nevertheless, once you get the technique out of the way and it has become sort of a "second nature", more attention should be cast on the actual framing of the subject, an issue more complex and difficult than the shooting, but very very important. All I have to suggest to that is practice, practice, practice, you definately are on the right track.
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Critique from the Extreme-Macro group:

Looking at the overall area that's in focus I think that you nailed placing the depth of field and focus for this image -not so simple to do with a Damselfly since their eyes bulge. This species is also very difficult to approach -I know because I photograph them here in Naples, Italy.

The composition of this shot suffers from being centered, and centering the subject only works if there is a reflection or the subject fills the frame. It would have been better to place the Damselfly's head in the upper left rule of thirds point, with the grass that it's perched on flowing into the frame.
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Azzeria Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great macro :)
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Thanks! :)
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blackmage607 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot! =)
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Ani7an Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing macro! It's cool to see insects so close.
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thanks! :)
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MadManTnT Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
simply perfect
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thanks! :)
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mwhiteis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
thanks! :)
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Land-Whale Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
blue and beautiful :)
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
:nod:
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LadyChristina Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
How extraordinary! Wonderful, amazing, I don't have words! I love this!
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Thank you!:)
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abracz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
wow, its pretty hard to get such photos
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
:nod:... the hard thing is getting so close to the dragonfly without it flying away.... I tried for hours and hours until I got this shot!:)
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abracz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
ich hab grad gemerkt, dass du ja auch aus deutschland bist xD
ja, ich weiss, versuch ich auch manchmal, nur hat meine kamera leider weder hohe auflösung noch einen guten zoom
ich hätte mal fast ein ähnliches bild gemacht, weil ich eine im wasser treibende libelle rausgefischt hab, leider war ist sie von meiner hand weggeflogen, bevor ich bei meiner kamera war
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
ich habe glück und darf meinem bruder sein Makroobjektiv oft ausleihen (also eigentlich hab ichs sogar öfter als er^^)
oh das ist ja blöd, dass die weggeflogen ist... ich hab mal eine libelle aus unserem Wohnzimmer gerettet (die war so aufgeregt, dass sie mir leid getan hat und ich sie lieber retten wollte als ein foto zu machen) und die hatte ich dann auf meinem finger und wollte und wollte nicht wegfliegen... ich musste sie später sogar wegscheuchen...
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abracz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
ein makroobjektiv würde mir nicht viel bringen, da ich nichtmal eine spiegelreflexkamera hab, sondern nur eine kleine digicam
ich hatte die libelle in einem pool einer ferienanlage geborgen und hab sie ein bisschen spazieren getragen, damit sie trocknet, bis ich auf die idee kam, ein foto zu machen und dazu musste ich erstmal aus dem pool raus und zur ferienwohnung, aber bis dahin war es zu spät
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
oh aber immerhin hast du ihr leben gerettet! also dieses jahr ist mir leider auch gar kein bild von libellen geglückt... wobei ich auch nicht so viel zeit hatte danach zu schauen...
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abracz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
ich hab dieses jahr überhaupt nur die eine libelle gesehen ^^^
ich schaffe leider insgesamt wenig gute bilder von tieren
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
braucht man auch viel viel zeit und geduld für... geduld hab ich leider selten und zeit jetzt immer weniger...:(
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PanicRawr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice macro! Love the colors. (:
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Thank you!:)
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PanicRawr Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student General Artist
You're welcome :3
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
I have featured this piece here: [link]

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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Thank you!!!
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xelaalex Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Gosh ^^ the bright color of the Damselfly really contrasts with the green foilage! A clear focal point I must say. I kind of agree that more of the grass its perched on should be made more clear, though since I was inspired by Pokemon Snap to become a wildlife photographer, I somewhat believe in the idea that a photograph with the subject in the centre is a good one...I'm a geek XD;

Anyway, its great to see other photographers with similar skill to Dalantech ^^ keep up the good work!
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Thanks....:)
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xelaalex Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
You're welcome ^^
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TheGingerSnapDragon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Thanks!!!:hug:
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:hug:
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MotherofInvention Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Thank you so much!!:hug:
also for the fav!!!:hug:
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littlebigforest Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009   Photographer
they always run away from me =P amazing shot! beautifil eyes
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Thanks...
You have to approach them from the front, not from the side...I read that somewhere and it really is true!!:D
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JAHarrell Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
Engaging!
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
Thanks...also for the fav!!:hug:
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archclan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
great shot!!!

i wanted to take a dragon fly shot too but i can tchase them lol!!! and that dragon fly looks like sci fi ;P
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Thanks... yeah I alsways chase them and if I see one and get close and get the camera ready and then the dragonfly flies away I like shout .. probably my neighbours think I'm crazy!!:D

Thank you also for the fav!!:hug:
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archclan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hehehe your welcome!
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sarirah Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Interesting shot.
I like shiny way that the colours blend together however I would have
liked to see the rest of the body even if blurred. I feel like the sides could have been cropped slightly
but I love how detailed of a shot this is as you can see the tiny hairs on the legs and head. That's amazing!
It also looks kind of futuristic which I like. :D

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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Thank you!!:hug:
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Very nice shot!! :)
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Thank you!!!:D
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Welcome!! :hug:
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CatTheNinja Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student General Artist
Hi :wave:
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Cookiephotos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Thanks a lot!!:hug:
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Timbosteron Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Deine Mutter hat dir nicht erlaubt früh aufzustehen??? Verkehrte Welt. :D
Sehr schönes Foto. :)
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