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B is for Blue Bug Balancing on a Branch
B is for Blue Bug Balancing on a Branch

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Challenge: The Letter B (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: NJ
Date: Jun 24, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2003

This is a dragonfly. It is approximately 2-3 inches. I found them flying around at a pond by my house. They are not easy to photograph. Basically I found some branches near the side of the pond and waited for any to land on them. Most of the time they turned with their back to the camera. It was a very sunny day which made it more difficult. I would have liked this a touch sharper, but they are quite hard to get a good focus on, and I needed a short DOF to blur the water which wasn't so clear.

Place: 28 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.0455
Avg (commenters): 6.8462
Avg (participants): 5.9890
Avg (non-participants): 6.1707
Views since voting: 852
Votes: 132
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/06/2003 07:12:16 PM
This looks a little lacking in saturation. Nice shot otherwise. [6]
07/06/2003 07:12:09 PM
This would be better entitled simply "balance". I like it.
07/06/2003 05:21:12 PM
Nice shot. These insects are so lovely--and they eat mosquitoes! Yay! Nice composition.
07/05/2003 03:47:49 PM
Great capture! The detail in the wings has come out exceptionally!
07/04/2003 09:48:52 AM
Excellent. Great detail, great framing, no distracting backgrounds, hate the frame 9 (not because of the frame)
07/02/2003 10:45:18 PM
Nice angles and resolution.
07/01/2003 09:13:12 AM
Great macro - but it comes across as grey and not blue on my monitor (probably my fault). Says dragonfly to me though rather than bug (but its a small quibble)
07/01/2003 03:02:04 AM
Very well focused, did you use flash or is it natural light on the head and wings?
06/30/2003 08:15:29 PM
Looks like he's posing for you. I can even see a faint smile :) Great capture
06/30/2003 06:55:13 PM
Great dof used here.
06/30/2003 11:11:08 AM
Nice shot of a dragonfly...They don't stick around for me....lol
06/30/2003 02:58:54 AM
great catch, great photo.. but I'm holding back a 10 because the letter B was a stretch (except for the Branch)
06/30/2003 01:29:40 AM
Very good photo with great DOF. Shows detail, however there really isn't much contrast between him and the background.
06/30/2003 12:58:17 AM
He just watched The Karate Kid and went one further - he's balancing on his front legs. Great catch.

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