Jim Bodkin  

DRAGONFLY by Jim Bodkin

August 2019 - DRAGONFLY

August 2019 - Jim Bodkin


About the Image(s)

Since we are traveling at Cape Cod, I didn’t have my full photo library with me, so I decided to take one of today’s images and see how it would adapt to B&W. I like the color version and would not normally try to convert it to
mono, so my attempt here is to get the ‘best’ version possible. Since this is a Nature Division shot, I am not allowed to eliminate the distracting back ground elements, however I can de-emphasize it.

Shot with Canon 7D Mk II, and Canon 100-400mm with 1.4x teleconverter, at 560mm, f/8.0 at 1/8000 sec, ISO 1250.

How would you suggest I improve the monochrome?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like both the color and mono versions. I would have liked to have the background of the mono version darker but that would be an impossible task because of the gossamer wings of the dragonfly.   Posted: 08/09/2019 15:46:55

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
If cropping is allowed, you could get rid of the foreground plant stalk.   Posted: 08/17/2019 17:06:55
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Oh, wow! A humdrum color image that really pops now in monochrome! While Allen's crop eliminates a minor distracting element, it centralizes the dragonfly which I feel weakens the composition. As you cropped it, we have a line that comes in from the right and then takes us right to the dragonfly. I wouldn't change a thing, Jim!   Posted: 08/21/2019 00:51:56

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
How interesting are Dragonflies?!! I adore their expressions - well, what seem to me to be expressions, could just quite possibly be their markings. But I think they are wondrous insects. Did you know that each dragonfly will eat on average 100 mosquitoes per day? My love of dragonflies grew exponentially when I discovered this little fact. :)   Posted: 08/21/2019 01:21:23

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
The dark body stands out from the bright background, the transparent wings blend in. In this version I tried for a similar but softer version of this tonal separation for the wings: in LR increased the global exposure by +0.35 then brushed gradually increasing negative exposure into the wings to bring them out.   Posted: 08/23/2019 00:16:53
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