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    24 carat gold

    Wish now that I had cut the ISO and let the background go really dark but...


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    Re: 24 carat gold

    Cannot agree with you Bobo. A dragonfly without wings??? That is what a dark background would give you. Maybe if it was completely green.
    How do you get them so sharp? At what distance do you shoot them?

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    Easy to slightly tone down the brighter background areas.

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    Thanks Andre. Shooting distance depends on the lens being used. This time was using the zoom so was constrained to it MFD of about 40" though this particular one was a bit further off. Sharpening - dragonflies have relatively clean lines and very little work is needed to get them sharp in post. Usually all I do is a bit of selective details sharpening, adjust for colour and contrasts, and a final selective sharpen.

    Thanks Geoff - that could be done but will leave it alone. Hopefully will get another shot at him on my next visit to that place. He will be a secondary target - will be hunting for the hummingbird moth. A really really hard one to catch.

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    What brilliant colours this dragonfly has. All he needs is a clasp on the underside and most women would wear it as a piece of jewellery with pride.

    Fabulous capture Bobo

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    Very nicely done Bobo. I have to agree with Andre, to much darker and you would lose the wings, at least most of the fine detail in them.

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    Thanks Paul.

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    Now you could go one step further and flip it horizontaly, for me it is a better lead in.

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    Re: 24 carat gold

    That is the easiest piece of pp advice I have had to do.

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