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Common Blue Damselfly Head Detail

Common Blue Damselfly  Head Detail
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-30 4:17
Viewed: 4176
Points: 12
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Well I hope that on veiwing this shot you think I am finally getting some where with the (new) camera, I say about time the file No. for this one is 9019 and if you add the 2000+ for the one that went back as faulty thats a lot of images. I cannt beleive its been such a steep learning curve, but thanks to friends here on TN I seem to be getting there. This for me represents where I was hopping to be with the new set-up of Nikon D200 and Sigma F2.8 105 macro the ability to get more detail than my brilliant old friend the Sony F707 who has done me proud over the 3+ years Veiw a simular image from the sony here. I know its not perfect but it was taken late in the afternoon on a very cloudy afternoon in fact it was spotting with rain when i got this one resting on a twig emerging from the water. to get it I had to lay on the bank edge, wrap the camera strap round my wrist and slowly reach out over the water till the camera was at the minimum focus distance for the lens of 30 cm and resting my arms on the bank to try and steady the camera, then try to sight through the veiw finder with my eye 45cm away from it. Flash was set to -1.0 to infill a little extra light at it was so dull. probably should have altered the White Balance to match the conditions but forgot and left it on fine weather but it doesnt seem too bad for that.
Cropped 60%
copy to new layer
Sharpen the new layer with High pass filter
change to veiw with Hard Light and reduce the opacity of the layer till the image looks good.
Merge layers and reduce down to a 72dpi image
apply a low level of unsharp mask
Use Save As to reduce the file size and preserve the Exif shooting data .
post and hope you like?

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To milloup: Good to hear From you BenteRobbrown 1 07-30 05:34
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Hi Robert,
a nice close-up ot this lovely blue.
The POC and xompostion are good and the colours are nice.
But it's a bit soft and I think it's a camera shakings,
105mm m1/60 with the closes distance it's not easy, you need a very good support for this.
Well done.

Wow, neat capture with great detail and colours, good DOF.
Haven't been around much, so I only realize now that you have a new toy to play with. Congratulation ;-)

Hi Robert,
I love your blue damsel, a very good close-up shot. You have a good equipment, hope you are satisfied with is. I love my Tamron 90 mm Makro-lens so much. It's so amazing to get so close and see details which you won't see with your eyes. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see more ... Bye
Sabine -wishnugaruda

Hello Robert

I can see from the numbers of pictures that you are very busy with your new "toy" and still improving your skills;-).

Very nice close-up of this little beauty. Very good and natural colours and you did well on the light too. Though I have to agree with Gert on the focus. Also it seems to be a little noise in the bg which I think could be removed with NI. As I remember from my Nikon D100 it also produced a little noise when using ISO 400. - Anyway you did well on the difficult conditions it was taken and it shows plenty of details in the face.

It has bee a poor season on dragonflies here in Aarhus too so I have mostly been out for butterflies when it was not too hot weather - most of the time in July it has been 25-30 degrees Celsius and up to 20 degrees in the nights so it has been almost impossible to get a decent sleep.

The colour in this is quite striking.
I'm not sure we have this one here in NZ.
Good to see the fine detail such as the fine hairs here.
Good work Robert.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-30 13:42]

Hello Robert , A very good macro shot from the blue damsel , good details compositie the colours pov and dof , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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