Pauline Jaffe  

Dragonfly by Pauline Jaffe

July 2021 - Dragonfly

July 2021 - Pauline Jaffe


About the Image(s)

My image for this month is a dragonfly, taken at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington D.C. where lotuses and waterlilies are in bloom right now.

The different forms of lotuses are quite amazing and I have heard that if you get to the park early enough in the morning you can actually hear the lotuses "pop" as they open.

However, I had my eye on this dragonfly. I took it with my Nikon 5600 camera, 70-300 Nikon lens. I was on a tripod, of course. Technical specs: ISO 200, shutter speed, 1/800 sec. f 6.3

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

Nicole Asselborn   Nicole Asselborn
my favorite insect ..I have spent many hours tracking the fast flying dragonflies .A beautiful shot ..cropped well still slightly out of focus to my eyes ,the higher contrast works well .I wonder what would happen if you cropped even closer to the "face "   Posted: 07/09/2021 17:29:25

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
I find these guys hard to photograph as I have gotten many more bad shots than good ones! I like the subject, its positioning and the crop you chose. I too feel the face is a little soft. An increased ISO would have allowed a smaller aperture and a little more depth of field.   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:34:24

David Terao   David Terao
(Group 45)
Very nice image of a black dragonfly with a pleasing plain background. You did well in bringing out the details in the black body. I'm not sure the dragonfly is out of focus though. The eyes, front legs and face appear to be sharp and in focus although the depth-of-field is very shallow. I also find PSA's small-image size often tends to make images appear softer than they actually are.   Posted: 07/11/2021 19:12:11

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
Thank you all for your very constructive and helpful comments. After seeing the comments that the face looked a little soft I went back and looked at my RAW file and the head and eyes are quite sharp in the RAW file.   Posted: 07/12/2021 07:27:50

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
I took my dragonfly image and sharpened it in Photoshop using the Smart Sharpen filter so that it would show details better in a small jpeg format.
  Posted: 07/12/2021 16:38:28
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Walter Swett   Walter Swett
That looks great. Good job!   Posted: 07/12/2021 18:59:43
David Terao   David Terao
(Group 45)
  Posted: 07/13/2021 07:33:34
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Frank St-Pierre   Frank St-Pierre
A great example of this elegant insect. The 2nd version is much sharper, with nice bokeh. The wings (stage left) and leg hair are in perfect focus, but the glint of the eye is not. I guess a deeper DOF would fix that, at the expense of some of that bokeh.   Posted: 07/19/2021 17:56:40

Kerry McFarlane
Great job in capturing this dragonfly. I agree your second image looks sharper   Posted: 07/23/2021 20:46:19