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2nd April 2012, 05:08 AM
We had stopped for lunch and a cool drink and afterwards to kill a bit of time I tried my hand at some macro photography, I should have started with an easier subject. Anyway these are my efforts.
This one has some blown areas so I decided to try an isolate red effect as an experiment.
2nd April 2012, 10:09 AM
They are stunning, I am a fan of selective colouring, a bit out of the norm I know, and that red dragonfly is just spot on.
2nd April 2012, 10:44 AM
Hi Jason, many thanks. I was suprised at how well the red selection came out as a first attempt.
2nd April 2012, 03:58 PM
2nd April 2012, 06:59 PM
With 'real life' insect photography, Clive, patches of over exposure from shiny bodies is one of those facts of life.
Sometimes I use a mixture of adding suitable colour plus a little clone or healing tool work but usually I just accept that it is part of the scene.
3rd April 2012, 04:58 AM
Hi Ginny, thank you.
Hi Geoff, I agree with you in sometimes accepting things the way that they are; as that how it is in the field.
3rd April 2012, 08:30 PM
Just as a matter of interest, I have posted a couple of examples plus methods that I sometimes use for improving over exposed areas on insects.
Shiny patches on insects - edit or leave?
But too often, this messing around ends up with a worse mess than just leaving things alone.
4th April 2012, 05:05 AM
4th April 2012, 10:40 AM
Well done Clive. Good exposure, nice detail. Yesterday I shot some dragonflies because they were available as my wife and I walked along the trail in a nature preserve. Botswana and Florida are thousands of miles apart yet the dragonflies appear alike.
4th April 2012, 10:53 AM
Clive, here is a couple from Florida...
4th April 2012, 01:52 PM
Well done Joe, really very good. I have no idea of the Latin names of my pictured dragonflies. I much prefer identifying birds (easier).
4th April 2012, 02:04 PM
Same here Clive...to me they are just dragonflies. Geoff seems to know a lot about insects, maybe he can identify them.
4th April 2012, 04:18 PM
I prefer the first one - No offense intended, but selective colouring just doesn't do it for me.
Originally Posted by botspur
That said - I love the composition and sharpness! So far, I have never managed to get a good shot of a dragon fly.
4th April 2012, 07:24 PM
European dragonflies might be something that I would attempt to identify but African or American species are beyond the scope of my literature.
Originally Posted by jprzybyla
However, I know someone who may be able to help with a wide range of species.
I use the UK version of this site. And there are alternatives in other European countries.
Dragonflies are certainly an ancient species and, apart from size, aren't that different from species which flew around when dinosaurs grazed the earth - or ate each other!
4th April 2012, 09:27 PM
Just a thought Geoff, maybe they are all the same...they all look so similar. Good website, thanks for posting.
5th April 2012, 07:01 PM