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In the Sun

In the Sun
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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: 2007-08-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 23:04
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Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo 2 days ago at midday and it was hot. However the midday sun light was perfect for taking photos and this lttie dragonfly was very cooperative.
The bright light on this day highlighted the BG well and helped bring out the colours on the dragonflies body well.

Jamesp, fyapici, Argus, uleko, nainnain, eqshannon, marhowie, LordPotty, go2stones, Necipp, goutham_ramesh, Silke, Alex99, rcrick has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-18 23:16]

Hi Matt

Great view with lovely warm colours and shrap focus. Good isolation from the BG too.


Hi Matthew,

I took the same insect yesterday, too. I know that this kind dragon flies are very shy and it is so difficult to capture them. They dont permit to come closer them. Immediately run out. But I noticed that if you can be patient and you don't move, you can capture. Actually it is too difficult to wait without moving under the midday sun in a hot and moist place.

You have done it very well. As you told, midday light was very helpful. All detail looks super. Bravo


A golden dragon in the golden sunlight.
Hi Matthew, that's a nice one and sitting there so decorative for you, a good model, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-19 2:53]

Hello Matt,
The excellent DOF and fine POV combine to make this a fine capture of this beautiful dragonfly (I guess the female of the species).
Excellent use of fill flash and fine blurred natural BG. Well done and TFS!
Regards, Ivan

Hekllo Matthew,
Very good sharpness, for example the wings and a nice composition.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-19 4:13]

Hello Matt,
Brilliant capture of this golden dragonfly in beautiful light. I like its pose and details are sharp. It looks really good against the green background.
Many thanks, Ulla

hello matth
bravo pour cette jolie demoiselle, ceci est une bonne image aux couleurs tres nettes
bien vu, merci du partage, amitiès

There is a difference between your dragonflies in yours as per mine. In yours, you actually capture the dragonfly...while in mine, I capture only the perch. I shall keep trying...


hello matthew,
another fine shot of a dragon fly, well saturated colours, nice pov, the geen bg looks lovely and gives fine contrast to the insect,
tfs & regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-19 5:14]

Hi Matthew,
Great golden light, excellent details and pov and a very appropriate oof, vivid background.
TFS, José M.

Hi Matt,
It's an excellent POV with great DOF pulling the wings in nicely. Lovely Bg with sharp detail & warm colors.
Very nice.

Another great dragonfly capture Matt.
Good exposure and rich colour and good DOF.
Excellent job once again.Cheers,Steve

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-08-19 10:59]

Belle prise de vue bien nette.
Bonne journée.

Nice POV on this brightly colored dragonfly. His wings really took the sun well. Well done.


Nice work good POV and I like the smiley expression super sharp and good contrast tfs rgds Necip.

Ho Ho Ho.
oh mygawd! how did get the DOF, its amazing and the dragon fly is sharp from head to tip. Excellent camera work! I just love this image , here it goes as one of my favorites.

Hi Matthew
The clearness of your dragonfly is remarkable The whole of the colors, is very aesthetic. Cheer;

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-24 5:42]

The colours here are quite remarkable indeed! Fabulous details you have captured in those delicate wings!

I am back

Amazing, magnifiques détails, couleurs superbes.

Hello Matthew,
This is a nice capture of this cute specie that looks like its laughing :) Colors, details, composition and contrast are beautiful!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-29 4:16]

Hi Matthew.
Once more interesting dragonfly shot. I like how you have selected upper POV. The view is so impressive. DOF is really great. All image of the insect is in focus. It is not an easy task. Lighting and saturation of the colours are wonderful as well as the superbly exact composition. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Matt,

Firstly my apologies if I’m not mistaken I think this is the first time I've seen your work, and I can't believe it, what an amazing gallery of images, this is just stunning, excellent detail and colours, perfect POV, really well framed and composed, will be back to have another look soon, at work at the moment, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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