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    My first dragonfly

    My first dragonfly

    I know it's not fantastic but hopefully this is just the beginning because I love dragonflies. I was using my 24-105 lens, hand held, a bit of wind about.

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    Re: My first dragonfly

    ...and so it begins. Congratulations! It's lovely! I'm sure that Dave would be able to better comment but I love its eyes and its legs and the way it's holding on to the blade of grass (or whatever that is.)

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    Re: My first dragonfly

    Yep Dave's our man for this one, but I love a green background with anything in front of it - but this one, the way it looks like hands holding grabbed me too

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    Re: My first dragonfly

    Hi Raylee,

    That's a really excellent first 'dragonfly' post. Composition is good, nice 'simple and soft' background, good focus and sharpness on subject - you wouldn't know it was windy from this.

    Obviously would have been better without the foreground obstruction across the tail, but it isn't covering anything too significant.
    Just a step more to your right - which I'm sure you don't need me to say, and either wasn't possible, or it flew off ... such are the trials of stalking these things.

    Was it much of a crop from full frame? I ask because you have done very well getting that close with only a max of 105mm.

    There might be some small improvement possible in PP from RAW, but the casual observer probably wouldn't notice it.

    I can see I have some serious competition from 'down under'
    It shows it is possible to get these at 105mm, so I'd better put my macro lens on instead of the 70-300mm next spring.

    Well done,

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    Re: My first dragonfly

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Hi Raylee,

    That's a really excellent first 'dragonfly' post. Composition is good, nice 'simple and soft' background, good focus and sharpness on subject - you wouldn't know it was windy from this.

    Obviously would have been better without the foreground obstruction across the tail, but it isn't covering anything too significant.
    Just a step more to your right - which I'm sure you don't need me to say, and either wasn't possible, or it flew off ... such are the trials of stalking these things.

    Was it much of a crop from full frame? I ask because you have done very well getting that close with only a max of 105mm.

    There might be some small improvement possible in PP from RAW, but the casual observer probably wouldn't notice it.

    I can see I have some serious competition from 'down under'
    It shows it is possible to get these at 105mm, so I'd better put my macro lens on instead of the 70-300mm next spring.

    Well done,
    Thanks Dave. I did crop quite a bit. I just need to find more of the little buggers.

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    Re: My first dragonfly

    Congratulations -- we don't have a lot of dragonflies around here, and I've never been able to catch one of the little buggers --

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    Re: My first dragonfly

    There might be some small improvement possible in PP from RAW, but the casual observer probably wouldn't notice it.
    He doesn't!

    Congrats Raylee, that's a beauty. The hairs on the legs. The ? (are they veins or just part of the superstructure adding strength) on the wings. You nailed it. And set it all against a very complementary background.

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