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Dragonfly -1-

Dragonfly -1-
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-03 4:32
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Points: 50
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A picture of a dragonfly...

Seeing so many dragonflies magnificently photographed in TN, I wanted to do a test with my Canon compact and take a picture of these beautiful insects.

Our dragonflies are quite difficult to photograph, very rarely let me come closer to them, and often shoot out flying when I am about to photograph them.

I already have taken some photos of dragonflies this year, but so far none had allowed me to photograph close up. In fact most of the photos of dragonflies have done using between 3X zoom 5x whit not macro mode ... although I think some are good and I hope to post it in TN soon.

But last Saturday, I found a dragonfly a bit (only a bit, OK) more cooperative, she stopped to rest in a small branch of fern and stood still for a few minutes! So I took the chance and started with a picture whith Autofocus (AF) in Macro mode and flash to 33%, I noticed that the light was not sufficient and the focus is not hooked, then I set the shtter speed in 1/320s (before in 1/500s) and set the camera in Manual Focus (MF) and I selected the option to "Auto Focus Security" that allows to automatically adjust the focus from manual focus point. This helped to solve the focus problem, then I shot several photos, and gained a bit of optical zoom up to 2X in order to achieve a close-up even a bit like those pictures of dragonflies I've seen, taken with cameras of highest caliber. Unfortunately, the dragonfly decided to leave when I had about a dozen photos. However, this picture posted today I felt good enough to be my first attempt to photograph details of these insects in close-up. I think I should have changed the opening and experiment with f/4 or f/5, this would have give me a more wider focus to this that concentrate only on the eye and the head of the insect. but unfortunately, as I said, this dragonfly flew away!

I hope soon to find another "cooperative dragonfly" and can do better focus on the rest of the body structure of the insect.

Anyway, I must say that I enjoyed those 4 or 5 minutes photographing this insect. It's been over a year I take pictures, and in fact every time I do, I discover something new!

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Exposure Time: 1/403
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 9100/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2009-11-28 12:18
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, red-eye reduction mode
File Size: 262 kb
-Insect located under the shade of foliage.
-Average wind.
-Camera hand-held.

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ciao Jesus!
am pleased that you began photographing dragonflies .. good capture of this species of Your Land
ya..is not easy making an appropriate regolation only with an experimentation you can optimize exposure and dof

ciao sERGIO

Ciao Iesus,
splendido ritratto dai dettagli impressionanti di questa libellula, una macro di eccellente qualità, una bellissima composizione stretta e ben bilanciata
Grazie e complimenti
Salutacions cordials

Ciao Jesus. Ritratto impressionante per la cura dei dettglio e la spettacolare luce sui brillanti colori del "dragone". Davvero bravo!


Hello Jesus,
a very good close-up picture with good sharpness and lot's a details.
The colours are really fine but maybe it's a bit too much flash.
The best time for the dragonfly at least up here, is early mornings after a cold wet night, then they are co-operative when they are warming up.
Well done.
Best regards

Ciao Jesus, mamma mia che ritratto che gli hai fatto a questa magnifica libellula, dettagli impressionanti, sembra venir fuori dallo schermo, magnifica luce e splendidi colori, macro super, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-03 6:30]

Hello jesus,
Like our friend sergio I`m glad because you began with dragonflies and of course I`d like to find them to take pics too.
You got a very fine pic from this beauty insect in grand style. Perfect POV and DOF and compositon.
Take care my friend and se you on TN, actualy it`s a pleasure for me.

hello Jesus
great macro with very good details and beautiful colourd and nice light
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-03 7:39]

Hola Jesus,
Beautiful Dragonfly macro composition ...
Depth of field, excellent color and sharp detail.
best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-03 8:12]

Hello Jesús,
This close-up macro of a dragonfly is sharp and the lateral POV shows the features of the head and thorax with fine sharpness. Though the use of flash provides a nice contrasting dark Bg, I think the subject is too bright and there are some flash reflections. For these reasons I try to avoid using flash, but at times poor lighting demands it.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-03 8:15]

Hi Jesus
Waw....what a great macro!
Wonderful details and colors!
The note is very good for me!
Thanks and congratulation!

hello Jesus
very fine and impressive close up that offers good details and colours, perhaps more light than that it needed, the compact flash is not the best way(and why the red eye mode)the composition and the background are splendidly!
keep photographing! TFS

Excellent job, Jesus, I love the sharpness and the smiling face.
Very well done.
Dragons are very popular in these days, so many guys have them here now.
I love dragonflies and yours is very pretty, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wonderful macro1
Great details, very sharp. colors are beautiful.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-03 10:11]

Hello Jesus,
Amazing macro in superb sharpness and wonderful details taken from a very good POV. The flash did its work very well, beautiful colours against the dark BG. Good DOF.

hello Jesús

WOW ! Jesús i am with out words, and it is shot with a compact camera,
tout simplement une superbe macro photo, amitié, TFS


Hello Jesus, excellent macro shot of a dragonfly with great details.
TFS and regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-03 11:51]

Excellent macro, very fine details and colors!

Woww... as a first experimental macro of a dragonly this one is very impressive close-up MF Jesus. It is realy incredible. Your POV, clarity and DOF that you managed are great as usual.
By the way, i share with the opinions of Gert that he gived you hints on photographing the d-flies.
TFS and have a nice nigh MF!


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2009-12-03 23:11]

hi Jesus,
bravo pour ce portrait et cette qualité d'image. Excellents détails, belles couleurs et contraste bien dosé.


I've seen shots of dragonfly, most of them have similar POVs, some slightly different...
This one is so fresh...VEry beautiful POV, Jesus!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-04 9:34]

Bravo, Jesus.
Amazing dragonfly close-up. Excellent POV, superb sharpness and details of the insect. I welcome great DOF and perfect use of flash and natural colour reproduction. Composition of the image is also spot on. My congratulations and TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-04 10:38]

Hello Jesus.
Excellent macro shot! The details, sharpness and the composition are perfect. Beautiful capture,best regards Siggi

Hi Jesus
Excellent macro showing fine detail...Very well captured...TFS

Hello Jesus
great close-up of this dragonfly with pin sharp details on his head and thorax
beautiful and natural colors,you mananged the light very well
have a good night

No te preocupes por si entras poco o mucho en Tn, esto es libre y de momento hay muy buen ambiente aquí.

A tu toma pocos comentarios... para admirarla reposadamente: enhorabuena Jesús por este gran trabajo.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

- Yo tb voy justo de tiempo estos dias.

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