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Another Dragonfly
Another Dragonfly
Pug-H


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Challenge: Macro V (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax FA D 50mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Japan
Date: Jun 30, 2005
Aperture: f8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2005

in a park

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 374
Avg (all users): 6.8934
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.8133
Avg (non-participants): 7.0641
Views since voting: 4650
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 244
Comments: 36
Favorites: 9 (view)


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10/12/2008 12:21:48 AM
What a treat to see the detailed "fur" on face and neck and legs. Intrigued by the rumpled or muscled irregularities in upper body. Photo has great dynamics.
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08/22/2007 07:03:27 AM
Great detail on the dragonfly. Very nice Image.
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07/06/2006 08:46:12 AM
A great favorite of mine are Dragon flys. This is such a great macro example of a wonderful detailed dragon fly, that I am adding it to my favorites..... I just absolutely love this image.....

Message edited by author 2006-07-06 08:48:33.
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07/11/2005 07:40:07 AM
I thought this was the best of the bunch ... great shot
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07/11/2005 03:34:08 AM
Yes, another dragonfly. Of course, I thought there'd be a lot of them in the challenge, but I also take a lot of photos of dragonflies as there are so many of them in Japan. I can't quite identify this one from the pictures in my Japanese dragonfly book, but it's pretty common in my area.
I had actually put this one in as a placeholder - my original idea was to take a macro of some new kitchen sponges I had bought, if only to get away from the bugs.
On Friday, the score was 6.995 or thereabouts, but it steadily declined over the weekend... and especially it dipped in the last few hours.
07/11/2005 12:46:52 AM
Lovely and fascinating to look at. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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07/11/2005 12:30:22 AM
Great, great image. Bravo on a fine finish.
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07/11/2005 12:25:18 AM
That's one sweet shot Pug.. congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/10/2005 08:36:12 PM
Beautiful colors and amazing DOF on body. DOF is a little off on far legs, wings, and eyes. Highlight glare on eyes is a little distracting and bright spot in upper left, but otherwise great background. Very nice capture. 7
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07/10/2005 01:40:31 AM
good capture... very even lighting..
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07/09/2005 11:32:49 PM
I love the way the wings are like gossamer as they reach the edge of the image,
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07/09/2005 09:39:17 PM
Nice shot.. incredible detail
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07/08/2005 08:58:11 PM
excellent focus and detail.
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07/08/2005 08:25:33 AM
Good close up of what appears to be a Green Clearwing. Good focus on the body.
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07/07/2005 09:55:07 PM
Nice and crisp as well as a great composition.
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07/07/2005 08:56:59 PM
Beautiful composition, colors & clarity. I've certainly never noticed these guys hanging on the way you show him. I love the little fur around his eyes & back; up for a waxing, I think! 9
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07/07/2005 10:28:11 AM
Wow, this is exceptional! Very nicely done.
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07/07/2005 04:56:21 AM
Nice capture. Good focus. I like the detail you picked up on the wings.
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07/06/2005 08:19:36 PM
One of the best bug shots. Good angle and detail of legs and body.
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07/06/2005 12:11:03 PM
I really love this shot...beautifully focused, composed and the lighting is right on. the object in the lower right is what I would consider a minor distraction and could have been cloned out. That is my only problem with this beautiful image. bumping up
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07/06/2005 12:59:45 AM
WOW! What a close up! It almost seems hard to believe that you can get that close! Nice sharpness and details on the legs and body. Great 'soft' background although there is a tiny tiny amount of glare near the leaves(?) that distracts just a tad...But truly amazing macro! very well done
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07/05/2005 11:29:05 PM
How'd you know. I still like all of them, yors is nice.
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07/05/2005 09:49:17 PM
Excellente Macro
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07/05/2005 09:10:48 PM
This a breathtaking macro! I have seen many dragonfly shots, but never seen all 6 legs clutching an object. Comp, focus, color, detail .... this shot has it all!
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07/05/2005 02:10:07 PM
Wow! What details..
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07/05/2005 09:57:59 AM
The images that always suffer from a lack of comments are the ones that are right in the middle ground. Everyone comments on the awesome shots. Some comment on the bad shots. But the middle ones, very few people say anything. So here I am to explain why I voted a 5:

Looking at the wing and the lower legs you can see that perfect focus on part of the dragonfly was achieved. This is very hard to do and your accomplishment in this regard should be acknowledged!

For me, the critical part of a macro *is* the sharpness in the details. But in this case, I think you missed my only a fraction of an inch. The eyes and the head do not appear to be in focus. And yet the branch in front of the head looks fine. This makes me think the problem wasn't so much the focus (well, it *does* have to do with "where" you focused), but that a smaller aperture, resulting in greater depth of field, would have helped bring all of the essential parts into sharp focus.

I also happen to like the composition on this one. The angled view of the dragonfly as well as the matching angle of its background which opposes the angle of the stick it is holding onto.

So while this is not a bad shot, the lack of focus on the head and eye is what hurts the shot, and that's why I ended up giving it a 5. Hope this helps.
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07/05/2005 05:34:56 AM
8 - Very good. Not just 'another dragonfly'. I for one have never seen this angle before. That transparency on what part of the wing is in focus is - exquisite. Even the 'blurred transparency' is 'unique'. Same with the 'flutter' of it on the other side. For me, 'if only' the eyes and those 'fore' legs were in 'fine focus', and a touch more on the body, this would be very near perfect for me. I do not know what that is 'up there' in the left background but it detracts, especially from the beauty of those wings. The color in them, well they look just like stained glass windows or vice versa. Great capture.
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07/04/2005 08:42:27 PM
Based on your title I have a strong guess who you might be...if so, this could be as far as my taste goes another dragonfly, another ribbon... 10 (Mine could have come close if I cropped more:).
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07/04/2005 06:46:24 PM
Just amazing detail on this insect! It's really cool to see it up close like this. I like the composition of this shot as well, with the wings leading off to the left. Nicely done.
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07/04/2005 05:18:02 PM
i hate bug pictures but this is beautifully lit and incredibly well-done
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07/04/2005 12:46:01 PM
amazing shot, one of the best
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07/04/2005 12:05:04 PM
Yikes! You couldn't get any more up close and personal than that! Absolutely incredible detail and sharpness. Excellent macro shot.
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07/04/2005 11:51:53 AM
You took a different approach and concentrated on his head and body instead of his wings. Good imagination. Nice detailing. Wow bugs are complex!!!
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07/04/2005 11:42:08 AM
wow surely a winner here. Nice shot and the colours are fabulous 10
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07/04/2005 04:48:15 AM
Great macro...9
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07/04/2005 01:25:13 AM
Outstanding shot of the insect, but the background is slightly distracting. Good work.
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