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Resting Emperor

Resting Emperor
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-07-29 15:49
Viewed: 3568
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another shot of the Emperor Dragonfly from College lake nature centre.
The reason for posting this particular shot is for some advice. Can anyone advise me on how to remove the OE grass without losing any detail from the wing, or at least make it not so distracting.
Thanks in advance for an help.
Here and here are previous posts of this dragonfly.

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend.

PDP, coasties, phlr, gerhardt, dew77, christophe, Janice, Comandante, marhowie, AndyB, carper, Runnerduck, electra, wallhalla15, red45, Luc has marked this note useful
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Hi Alan, it's a nice shot. There's not a great deal you can do with the blade coming over one wing and behind another it's tough work to clone that out. I've posted a WS for you to give the picture a little more punch. I did try cloning pout the horizontal blade and the flash above the head, which took some time and didn't looks that good.

I hope you like it and I hope you don't mind.

Nice work.

Hello Alan

Another impressive macro from you. The POV has given an excellent view through the transparent wings. The depth of colour is fantastic. The image very well composed, tack sharp and clear. I actually like the effect of the grass over and under the wing. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-29 17:10]

HI Alan,
Nice shot I love the vertical grasses in the background and the diagonal of the dragonfly, a very effective composition.
Nice clear shot

This is a beautiful animal. Fantastic, and you captured it really well. The focus is good; the picture is crisp and sharp, well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-29 18:22]

Very good shot of this beautiful and big odonata!
Very good details and colors!
Also a perfect sharpness!

Alan it's a nice composition of a great dragonfly. There are minor imperfections which Paul's WS corrected. Very well done.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-07-30 2:23]

Hi Alan!
Wonderful capture.Details,colours are beautiful and clear.
Thanks for posting...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-30 3:34]

Hello Alan!
Very nice capture.Sharpness,colors,details,POV and composition are excellent.In my opinion,best solution in this case is using cloning and healing brush.Have a nice weekend,

Hi Alan
Excellent capture, great colors and details
In a friendly way Christophe

Hey Alan,

Awesome shot mate, Wonderful DOF and clarity. This is really fabulous shot. Well done

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-30 6:36]

Hi Alan, a great shot of the D'fly. I love the pale colours here but looking at Pauls' WS, I think it does give it a "little more punch" as he said. Excellent clarity and POV. Well done.

Hello Alan!
Very nice macro capture.Colors,sharpness,details and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Alan, Very well composed shot with great details colors and light..As stated, it looks like Pauls work gave it a bit more "punch" Great work!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-30 8:06]

Hello Alan,
A very good capture.
Composition and POV are excellent.
I tried a workshop to clone out the OE grass but it was too difficult (for my limited skills!).
Pauls done a great workshop.
Good work,well done.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-30 13:49]

very nice Alan,
I like that shot, very good composing shot, good in pov, fine details, good dof, well it's a good job thats a fact,
gr. Jaap

I cannot help with the grass I'm afraid, I tried cloning it out but the result was a mess, I blame it on the cider ;-)
I agree with Paul about the 'punch' factor, but other than that it is a great image. I tried catching dragonflys a couple of weeks ago and know just how difficult it can be.
Hope you had a good holiday and thanks for posting.

Hi Alan,
wonderful Picture. Beautiful damsel. I like it very much.

Alan, another fine capture. Excellent composition, great sharpness an colours/light. Great work, very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-30 16:26]

Alan, to me, this one has beautiful colors and a great bg.

Excellent pov and composition.

A very beautiful insect, a great photo. That's what I really think.

Great capture Alan! Colors are wonderful, sharpness excellent. I like the BG with the vertical grass! TFS

Very good close-up, Alan.
It's nothing you can do about the blade.
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Very well done.

Very good capture, I don't think theOE is too bad and Paul has done a prety good workshop already. In fact I think you should be very happy with shot, its well composed and sharp enough with good POV and DOF. Mant on TN would love to won this shot, including me.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-31 3:54]

What a superb Emperor that you have well captured ! I like the composition with vertical grass! Thanks for sharing Alan.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-08-01 5:34]

Hi Alan, I envy you this shot. Firstly - it is very good. Sharp and detailed, with nice colours and BG. Secondly - subject is superb! I tried to capture this dragonfly yesterday but without luck. You did great jobb here!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-01 7:28]
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A new way of writing critiques. I hope you don't mind.

Exposure:4, a wee, wee bit too dark imo
Colors:4, could be brighter/more vivid

Scale 1-5, 5 is the best.

As for the composition; The lines of the grass are fantastic.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-20 22:33]

Hi Alan, I do not have the time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull Sunday!

You'd have to be very brave and skilled to try to clone out the grass between the wings. It's a very fine shot already, and I can see why you'd want to remove it, it'd make it even better. I can't see how you'd replace the pixels where the grass goes over the wing, though, without it being noticeable. I'm game to give it a try if you want to send me the original.

Hi Alan,
this is such a wonderful dragonfly.
I also like the grass and sticks behind, a wonderful arrangement with excellent sharpness.
TFS, good job, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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