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Dragon Smile

Dragon Smile
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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Magnificent Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-13 2:06
Viewed: 7017
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 73
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I got this photo on a nice hot day over a month ago. It was late afternoon and the sunlight was just right. I followed this dragonfly around for awhile and got many photos but this one seemed to be one of the best. I liked the sun light on the front of the body. Im not sure if the white flower under the body in the BG adds to the photo or is a distraction but well there it is anyway. Hope you like it.

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Hi Matthew,

Impressive and attractive work. Just admirable. Bravo and TFS

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-08-13 2:47]

salut Matthew
trčs belle image de cette libellule, le gros plan est saisissant. Excellente position horizontale, bonne netteté, BG coloré et lumineux.

well done

hello matth
encore une demoiselle parfaitement réussie, couleurs scintillantes et jolie, bon détails et parfait bg
bravo, merci du partage, amitčs

Very nice image, all warm golds and browns. Good POV and nice interesting perch also. I think the white BG adds interest. As does the little hints of red. Well done.


Hola Matthew,
Preciosa composición de bellos colores y gran definición con luz y fondo agradables, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-13 3:56]

Hola amigo,
una sensacional macro,
detalles interesantes,y bg.
nitidez y bello pov,

This looks great Matt.
Wonderful composition with some great textures and sharp details.
DOF is very good too.
Excellent work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-13 4:14]

Hello Matt,
This is an excellent super sharp capture of a dragonfly, of a species unknown to me, but the colouring suggests a female of the species. Great composition, lighting and OOF BG.
Well done and TFS!

Hi Matthew,
This is what I call a perfect dragonfly image.
At first glance I thought the bigger white spot in the background does distract a little, but after a good second look it does'nt because the form of that spot is almost the same as the form of the dragonfly it's wings.
Great composition, lighting and sharpness.
Beautiful warm colors and soft wonderfully matching color tones in the background.
Excellent work.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

I like most the POV here Matt, nice.
Great DOF, color, exposure, and clear details. An excellent composition :)
Very well done.

Hello Matthew,
Extraordinary colours.
Good light. Well composed.
I have no opinion concerning the white flower...;it would have been another good image without it, I guess.

Hello Matt,
Superb macro in perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details as if you can almost touch it with your hand!
very well composed and well seen

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-13 7:15]

Hello Matthew,
Brilliant capture of this Sympetrum in beautiful light. I llike the way it is holding its wings and details are very sharp and colours natural. Fine soft background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

hello matthew,
you really made dragonfly smile, this is a very nice capture, liked the pov and the composition, sharp image with good details, excellent dof, well saturated colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-13 9:24]

Hi Matthew.
What a brilliant shot you have created. Quality of the picture as well as the pictured scene are amazing. Dragonfly and plant looks like made by great sculptor. Details are phenomenal. Lighting and colour are terrific. Composition and cropping are blameless. Superb skilful work Bravo, Once more my favorite shot Thanks a lot.
P.S. Your decision for me a great honor. Thanks

Hi a very good picture with all parameters like DOF, sharpness, color ,POV and exposure spot on.
I liked the light and shadows here

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-13 13:04]

Hi Matthew,

A superb shot of this dragonfly. And he does seem to be smiling. The colors and the background are marvelous showing him off very well. The pose is wonderful and the details are razor sharp. Great compostion too.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-13 18:23]

Hola Matthew.- Muy hermosa tu Macro. Exelentes colores y alta definicion. He really are smiling. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-13 20:07]

Hello Matt

A super shot of this dragonfly.The colours are golden,and well saturated.The POV and DOF are excellent.The focus is sharp with wonderful detail,and the OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.I really like the crop and overall colour palette.It is striking.TFS


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-13 23:40]

Hi Matt

Great shot - the focus and colours are wonderful.


The focus is super clear on this. I really like the tones and detailed wings.

Hi Matthew.
Stunning detail and colour, the fill flash has worked beautifully filling in.
Wonderful image


Sun light truly plays a vital role in this wonderful capture of a dragonfly, Matthew.
The entire subject is bathed in a golden glow of it.
Very sharp and colourful image.
TFS and regards.

Hi Matthew,
Outstanding detail and excellent color. Exposure, POV and focus are fantastic. I think the colorful BG accents the dragonflies colors very well. Nicely done.


Hi Matthew,
Excellent shot.Impressive work.
Wonderful composition, sharp details.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-08-14 10:02]

Hi Matthew

Great smile :) but even more than that great light, POV and sharpness. The colour tones are very attractive here. The white flower doesn't disturb me as it is suitably blurred. It helps make the image more 3D



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-14 11:10]

Hi Matthew. Got one like this on sunday. Good colours and detail. you have captured the wings so well. A nice POV. DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

"The sunlight was just right" and it gave a superb result! It seems like you have managed this setup for the colors to fits all together; this is so beautiful! Details, composition, POV are amazing. Well done and TFS,


the other one was perfect,so what should i say to this one?;-)
no really,wonderful picture!!!looks a little bit surnatural.GREAT!

hello Matthew
your splendid photography, makes us believe that the wings of the dragonfly are out of lace
thank you and great cheer, for the colors

Hi Matthew,

Very nice smile of this dragonfly. It is perfec: details, BG, colours, light, composition, POV, all. Very good. All best regards from Romania.
Cezar T.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-15 7:06]

Hi Matthew,
Outstanding shot of this dragonfly and the dying sunrays presents a wonderful golden effect. Very impressive sharpness and neat focus. The BG looks fabulous and enhances the beauty by highlighting the subjects well. Excellent POV to portray this majestic pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • alby65 (143)
  • [2007-08-16 12:52]

Splendida!!!!Composizione e colori ottimi.Complimenti!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-08-19 1:23]

Hi Matt, what an excellent image - so sharp and crisp. Colours are good too,

Wow what a great macro! The lighting and background really compliment this composition.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-08-20 15:33]

HI Matt!
Very nice capture and splendid composed, what a quality and sharpness of this shot. Very warm light and colors, TFS!

Matthew, this is such a wonderful macro shot. You did a great job on it. Thanks for your comment on my 'Wild Flight' photo. I hope you have a great day. Bill

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