Don MacKenzie  

Untitled by Don MacKenzie

October 2020 - Untitled

October 2020 - Don MacKenzie


About the Image(s)

Photo was taken this summer while I waited for a sunset to develop. A few dragonflies were waiting also. Shot in RAW, 400mm, 1/1000 sec., f 5.6, ISO 800. While in RAW, increased exposure, contrast, black point, clarity and vibrance. Set Luminance at 100. While in Jpeg, slight sharpening. Enlarged photo to be able to appreciate fine detail of the dragonfly.

8 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Nice capture of a dragonfly. Usually, it's hard to get a sharp image when the dragonfly is sitting at the end of a branch or leaf because even the slightest wind will cause movement. Using 1/1000 sec shutter speed seemed to do the trick. You cropped the image quite a bit and, yet, retained a lot of detail. I was wondering why you cropped it as you did (cutting off the lower legs, tips of the wings and tail) and not leave the entire dragonfly in the image? If you left the dragonfly intact and even added some more of the branch below it, the image would include more bokeh instead of a solid patch of gray in the background.   Posted: 10/01/2020 13:36:26

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Hi David: I have taken many photos of dragonflies. This time I wanted to get to the details of the head, front legs, etc. I wanted as much detail as possible.   Posted: 10/01/2020 17:06:58

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Very nice image of a dragonfly! The eyes and the body of the fly are so sharp. Well done to capture the dragonfly because they are so quick, you have to be patient and have a high shutter speed. I like everything about the image except I agree that I would have liked to see the whole dragonfly with full wings and some of the stick it has landed on. I would have raised the shadow adjustment in Lightroom so that the wings were luminous.   Posted: 10/06/2020 18:40:10

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
You have a lot of detail on this dragonfly, including the tiny hairs on his legs. You captured it with a wonderful, blurred background. I'm wondering if maybe the contrast is a little too heavy because I am missing the transparency and details of the wings. Because you wanted to focus on the details of the head and legs, I would suggest cropping tighter from the top and right side. For me, your choice of where to crop the wings and the sliver of bright background in the top right is a bit distracting.   Posted: 10/09/2020 09:28:56
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Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Your cropped pic does look better than mime. Thanks.   Posted: 10/09/2020 10:47:10
Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Not sure if I agree. I like the interesting detail in the wings that is lost in your crop.   Posted: 10/14/2020 10:43:11

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
Don, a very rare capture of such details and sharpness on the dragonfly.
Agree with Cindy, that less is more, that you've already very sharp/details on the head and leg, a little wing the that transparent, is perfect. if too much wing is showing, will take away your intent focus of focus on head/legs, nicely done.   Posted: 10/09/2020 12:45:28

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Darn it!! I just lost an entire paragraph of comments. Certainly an interesting photograph but I looked for and cannot see some of the cobblestone-like surface of the compound eye.   Posted: 10/14/2020 10:48:30


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