Neal R. Thompson, M.D.  

Tight Grasp by Neal R. Thompson, M.D.

January 2020 - Tight Grasp

About the Image(s)

Canon Mark II with Canon Macro 100mm f2.8 taken at 1/250th, f/16; ISO 640; Winter here and not many
insects about. Odonata order insects often just park for a few seconds allowing multiple images to be taken.
I liked the contrast between the light purple color and the yellow weeds. Sorry that the back wing is not in

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

Hello Neal, another great insect capture. Nice blurred background. The top blurred wing doesn't bother me at all. Great picture.   Posted: 01/12/2020 19:04:10

Murphy Hektner   Murphy Hektner
Hi Neal: Fine capture of this type of fly. I like the positioning of the insects body on a slight diagonal upward. Even shooting at f/16 you could never get that back wing in sharp focus as it is too far in back of the other two wings, anyway it does not bother me.
The eye is the most important part and it is sharp as a tack along with the interesting legs. In my humble opinion I would darken the light grasses in the background, it would raise this picture from being just good to excellent if those bright grasses in the BG were toned down. It would take a little processing work but would be worth it to me.   Posted: 01/15/2020 18:02:43

Priscilla Farrell   Priscilla Farrell
Greetings Neal, It is nice to see one of your captures in it's natural habitat. Good composition. The back wing is not bothersome to me. As suggested, the background could be darkened some for more appeal but I would not suggest doing anything with the "grasses" along the right side of the image. The lighting there is superb.   Posted: 01/20/2020 10:33:01

Hello Neal, Damselflies are one of my favourite subjects in macro photography. Amazing colours and nice composition. The settings ISO 640 & F/16 made the images a little noisy I guess. May be a lower aperture f2.8 and ISO 100-200 would have created minimum noise and better isolation of the subject with a beautiful bokeh in the background. The beauty of this picture is the back wing which gives the image a realistic touch.   Posted: 01/21/2020 07:36:48

Hi Neil, the wing out of focus does not bother me. It gave the idea of movement, even a special touch, to the image. The insect seems to be looking directly at us, what is funny. I like the composition, the colors, and mainly the lighting. Great work!   Posted: 01/25/2020 18:21:17