Sharron Leppien, QPSA  

Pairing Dragonflies by Sharron Leppien, QPSA

April 2021 - Pairing Dragonflies

April 2021 - Sharron Leppien, QPSA


About the Image(s)

I captured these pairing dragonflies on a lake that up until the floods last month had been dry for 5 years. They were rather large dragonflies and were reasonably easy to photograph from the shore line.

Nikon D850, Nikon 200-500mm lens @500mm, 1/1600sec, f5.6, iso800
Cropped in LR and a touch of sharpening and then applied the LR monochrome conversion in blue.

I playing around with many different monochrome looks, sometimes loving the minimalistic approach but that sacrificed the detail. So I reverted back to a more detailed image for my submission. Not terribly sure if that was the correct decision.

6 comments posted

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
Looking at the original my attention wanders around the range of colors, in the monochrome it locks on the sharply focused subjects.   Posted: 04/04/2021 12:15:00
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Thanks Allen, I agree that monochrome is the preferred edit. Thank you again for tolerating my tardiness :)   Posted: 04/13/2021 04:42:21

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I think your image is outstanding especially in capturing two sets of dragonflies in the same image. I would have liked to have seen the dragonflies with a little more contrast but feel that such an adjustment might not be possible.   Posted: 04/07/2021 08:16:19
Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Hi Jim, Looks like more contrast is the overwhelming improvement suggested. I am trying to get used to a 13" screen downgrade from my 2 x 26" screens as I am travelling in the outback of Australia at the moment. Thank you for your help :)   Posted: 04/13/2021 04:40:11

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
An amazing capture and I think monochrome was exactly right for this image. I tried a version with a bit tighter crop and a bit more contrast. What do you think?   Posted: 04/07/2021 12:56:28
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Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
Hi Henry, you are 100% correct with your edit! I am travelling for a year or so and am editing on my MBPro instead of my iMac. I sent this image to a good friend after I submitted it to this group to ask about my editing as I was concerned that I did not have my screen brightness correct and he said exactly the same thing as you. So when I submit it for our next club comp I will apply your edit. Thank you :)   Posted: 04/13/2021 04:37:36


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