...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.)
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
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.
Congratulations -- we don't have a lot of dragonflies around here, and I've never been able to catch one of the little buggers --
He doesn't!There might be some small improvement possible in PP from RAW, but the casual observer probably wouldn't notice it.
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.