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damsel duel

damsel duel
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Copyright: martin longford (martin435) (20)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Tamron 70 - 300 AF
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-05 13:21
Viewed: 2808
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While fishing with my son I saw 2 damselflys competing for position on the leaf so I grabbed my camera and took this shot. The damselfly on the right is a common blue and the one on the left is a emerald.

PP..cropped, a little dodge and burn, sharpened and border.....my photos dont seem to be as sharp as others on this site not sure why.

Hope you like, Martin

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Hallo Martin
Thanks for sharing this true to nature moment. Clear and sharp details seen on both the damselflies. Just love the acrobatic pose of the one and the in flight position of the other. Great composition, point of view and neutral background. The clarity of the greenish damselfly's wings are great and really beautiful to look at. Thanks for sharing this energetic macro. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-06 0:58]

Hello Martin,
A very fine and interesting picture. I love the composition and the subtle grey background,a scene like on a stage. On this picture the little lack of sharpness isn't important.
It also would be nice to write yourself some critiques, this is the concept of TN.

Hi Martin,

A very good shot of two damsels. Focus and colours are spot on. I found that I had a problem at first with sharpness, I now tend to apply a high pass filter to the image at about 2.8 on overlay and that seems to sort it out. You can get a plug-in (free) for High Pass Filters on the web its called TLR sharpening kit.
Hope this helps

Best regards

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