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Challenge: Free Study 2011-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: My porch
Date: Jul 31, 2011
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/640sec
Galleries: Urban, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2011

I haven't shot for myself all month, but this big fella landed on a cable line that runs in front of my second story patio. It was like he was say, "come on, I'm right here". He is very much alive, and this was shot during the day outside.

Photoshop CS5
Cloned out a couple white spots
Masked dragonfly
Boosted Vibrance 100%
Boosted red saturation
Gradients from left and right to darken the cable line
Burn tool to contour the cable line
Smart Sharpen

Place: 142 out of 343
Avg (all users): 5.9150
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.8211
Avg (non-participants): 6.3000
Views since voting: 628
Views during voting: 233
Votes: 153
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/27/2011 03:32:45 PM
Kurt says "WOW".
I think it is a really cool picture. I like the way you highlighted the "glittery" part of the dragonfly.
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08/15/2011 01:27:31 PM
Wow... Lovely effect with light. Light is everything and well captured
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08/15/2011 12:15:22 PM
Beautiful image!!
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08/15/2011 11:49:55 AM
These guys are absolutely FEARLESS. I was on a shoot once, and one of these landed on a plant a few yards from me. I used my zoom to capture it before it flew off at my approach. But it never did. I eventually took several shots from just a few inches away, and it just sat there, enjoying the afternoon sun, and apparently, my attention.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2011 03:36:13 PM
I absolutely love that glimmer. The detail really pops with the strong contrast and alternations of complimentary yellow and blue.
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08/05/2011 06:37:33 PM
Love the lighting on the wings.
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08/04/2011 09:06:18 PM
Great contrast, but really needed some more DOF...the tips of the wings are distractingly out-of-focus.
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08/03/2011 12:12:43 PM
I like the iridescence on the wings and the dark background makes him pop..
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08/02/2011 06:13:39 PM
Interesting shot. I like the colors.
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