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My Pretty Damsel

My Pretty Damsel
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-31 6:45
Viewed: 3297
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I was losing out on the original size of raw files by sifting them through the free software provided by the camera makers. After opening the raw file into this software, you have no option but to save and transfer it as Tiff file at maximum size of near about 2000x1600.
Today I by-passed this software and opened the raw file in Photoshop 6.0 -- an old version of the software I have. I thought it might not open an NEF raw file, but, to my great pleasant surprise, it did !

The macro image of this good looking damselfly has now been edited in PS 6.0. I only cropped the image and enhanced a few levels here and there. No other editing work was required at all.

Hope you like this image.

Thanks for looking.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-03-31 7:06]

Very nice shot Ram!
A little bit blurry but that is understandable in a close-up shot.
Brilliant composition and superb POV.
Well done,

Hello Ram
Great closeup of this wonderful Damselfly,I really like them,
Excellent compo and lighting,
Fantastic colors,Welldone.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-31 8:13]

Hello Ram,
Your pretty Damsel has beautiful eyes. Did you tell her?:-)
Nice close-up, could eventually be a little bit sharper.
Best regards

Hi Ram, amazing macro with wonderful light and colors, great focus, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-03-31 11:34]

Ram, pretty indeed.

Lovely shades of green everywhere.

Besides, great composition and pov.

I like the dark bg too.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-03-31 13:33]

Hi Ram,
Superb macro shot. Very neat and sharp. Love those eyes too much. Lovely colours and a great BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

wow, amazing macro shop, honestly being a new photographer don't really understand all your notes but heres hoping some day I will! Regardless Its an awesome shot. TFS

Thanks for your commments on my photo "Iceberg Ahead! Part two! (20) " :o)

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-03-31 18:58]

Hi Ram!
Beautiful portrait of this wonderful Damselfly,it really looks elegant and has amazing eyes, excellent sharpnes and details,well done compo and colors,great capture!

hello mr thakur,
nice macro shot, sharp image with good details, well saturated colours, liked the dark bg,
tfs & regards

Mice macro shot, good close up with detail.


Hello Ram,
Good details in this extreme close-up!
I like the colours and the lines in the composition, and the dark background enhances the insect very well!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-01 7:12]
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Hi Ram and sorry for the delay

I was going to return with this critique yesterday, bu then an opportunity appeared and i went on a little outing and by the time i came back i was actually very tired.
But, at least i cam back with a little surprise for you :) (you'll see it i think in my next post).

This is another lovely shot of your "pretty damselfly".
The close-up here is very nice and the level of magnification is terrific. The details came out excellent and the colors and vivd and beautiful.
Unfortunately the closer part of the damsel is a tiny bit out of the full-focus area. The hairs came out terrific and very sharp but right eye and right side of the thorax is a little out...that can be avoided by using again a higher f-stop number.
The big problem really is that the view-finder is usually too small to notice these small features. Sometimes even by looking at the LCD from the camera is not enough. I know i can through away more than half of the photos i take in any trip simply because they are not focus correctly of that part of the subject is out of focus.
Anyway, the shot is ovarall great and i have to say that the diagonal composition work very nicely here.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-02 9:29]

Hi Ram.
Very impressive macro-shot. Great magnification ratio and excellent composition. Your work with flash is excellent too.

In this spring I have tested my own recommendation on macro shooting. I begin to think that the better (at least for TN) a bit more long distance to shooting object and then cropping than minimal distance without cropping. In second case light conditions and final quality of the shot are better.
My compliments and best wishes.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-02 16:21]

Hello Ram,
This is quite a unique damsel photo. The reflections give a surreal effect. The bulbeous eyes are amazing. Well done. Regards,

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