Angela Chan  


Dragonfly by Angela Chan

September 2019 - Dragonfly

About the Image(s)

Although I do have a macro lens with this camera it is still much easier to use the zoom to focus on insects . With my 90 mm macro lens this image will not be worth taking . Here I used my Sony A6000 with a 18 to 200 mm lens ( f/8 ISO 400 1/250 sec).

It was a windy day so I increased the speed to ensure of a sharp image.The background is very cluttered but the eyes and one wing is sharp . Fortunately the background is mostly green so I increased the luminous of the green to increase the contrast with the black dragonfly.The diagonal line that run across the body of the dragonfly is very distracting so I cloned it out.

To de-clutter the busy background I blurred the background; then put a black mask on the dragonfly so that the subject stay nice and sharp. A black mark on the right wing require either luminosity mask or zone system to select. I had not use neither for a long time and had not install them in my new computer..too lazy to look those up now. Just selected the dark area and (brighten the shadow part but not the dark part in tone curve of camera Raw ) twice.

May be I should have altered the green part before the black and white conversion ?


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3 comments posted

Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
What a clean and effective image. I love how you have really "nailed" the depth of field to effectively give a clear dragon fly in the midst of a complex and wonderfully blurred environment. So why not take advantage of the beautifully captured subject. In this case I think the concept of "less is more" applies. I would the tempted to crop in significantly to show off the subject (the dragonfly), and to minimize most of the background. As it stands now, the dragonfly is a relatively small part of the image even though it is clearly the main subject, and as such it getting a bit lost in the presentation. I have attached a cropped version of this image. See if you feel if is or is not more effective in presenting the dragonfly (presumably your main subject and "the story" here) in a more compelling fashion.   Posted: 09/18/2019 12:20:34
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Angela Chan   Angela Chan
Thank you very much, Charles.
I had cropped this image closer and converted it into monochrome. To de-clutter the busy background I blurred the background; then put a black mask on the dragonfly so that the subject stay nice and sharp. A black mark on the right wing require either luminosity mask or zone system to select. I had not use neither for a long time and had not install them in my new computer..too lazy to look those up now. Just selected the dark area and (brighten the shadow part but not the dark part in tone curve of camera Raw ) twice.

May be I should have altered the green part before the black and white conversion ?   Posted: 09/18/2019 12:34:25
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Oscar Pung   Oscar Pung
Great photo Angela. I love the fine detail of the dragonfly against the blurred background in your original. The additional blurring of the background in your cropped version works very well. I like the B&W conversion too. It seems to draw attention away from the brown leaf and toward the dragonfly. The right wing looks fine to me. One suggestion...I'd be tempted to back off on your crop and go with something closer to what Charlie suggests.   Posted: 09/19/2019 11:20:24