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May 25, 2009
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Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Focal Length
65 mm
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Date Taken
May 25, 2009, 9:34:13 AM
Blue beauty by Cookiephotos Blue beauty by Cookiephotos
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 Jan 15, 2012   Photographer
Great macro :)
blackmage607 Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot! =)
Ani7an Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing macro! It's cool to see insects so close.
simply perfect
mwhiteis Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work
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