MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady

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45 Comments | Report
Bannekh
 
Bannekh June 22, 2014
Great shot
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thanks, I appreciate it!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta June 22, 2014
Terrific macro. Congratulations on being Featured.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thanks, Alan. It's my second Feature! I'm very excited.
vincentmrv
 
vincentmrv June 22, 2014
Wow
catini
 
catini June 22, 2014
Congrats on your feature!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thank you!
SaintMarino
 
SaintMarino June 22, 2014
Amazing macro...congrats on this image getting featured.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thank you, I took about 50 shots to get this one.
kasper PRO
 
kasper June 22, 2014
Congrats. What a lovely shot. Well done.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thank you, this is one of my personal favorites.
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD June 22, 2014
Fantastic macro
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thanks!
iceman2
 
iceman2 June 22, 2014
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thanks, I had to contort myself to get the background just right, but it was worth it!
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life June 22, 2014
LOVE this :):)
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thank you!
ronsummers
 
ronsummers June 22, 2014
Wonderful, The life cycle
henrykngema
 
henrykngema June 22, 2014
Awesome shot!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 22, 2014
Thank you very much!
LionesLens
 
LionesLens June 22, 2014
Congratulations on your award!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 23, 2014
Thank you very much.
louisloizidesmitsu
 
louisloizidesmitsu June 22, 2014
Congrats!!!!!
fredapaterson
 
fredapaterson June 22, 2014
The colours in this shot are so beautiful
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 23, 2014
Thank you, I took this in that late afternoon sun that makes everything glow...
lynstew
 
lynstew June 22, 2014
brilliant shot
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 23, 2014
Thanks, a little luck never hurts, right?
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud June 22, 2014
Great capture! Congrats on your feature.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 23, 2014
Thank you, I really appreciate it!
abrovarnik
 
abrovarnik June 22, 2014
Excellent shot!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 23, 2014
Thank you!
arielnadler PRO
 
arielnadler June 22, 2014
SUPERB PHOTO
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 23, 2014
Another thanks!
scruffyherbert PRO
 
scruffyherbert June 23, 2014
Terrific shot. There fantastic insects and you've done them proud.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 24, 2014
Thanks! I chased this pair around for about half an hour to get this shot! By the way, love the name.
amitdeshmukh
 
amitdeshmukh June 24, 2014
superb.......
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady June 24, 2014
Thank you!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita June 25, 2014
brilliant!
silalahisitungkirafrianto
 
Congrats, awesome shot
Wayne_Sr
 
Wayne_Sr June 26, 2014
Beautiful Shot, Congratulations on being featured....:~)
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady July 04, 2014
Thanks for the support, Wayne!
IAMTDS PRO
 
IAMTDS July 02, 2014
Fantastic shot
saundraks
 
saundraks July 19, 2014
Fantastic shot.
dottiephelpsvisker
 
dottiephelpsvisker July 20, 2014
so beautiful.
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi July 25, 2014
superb skills
adifloyde
 
adifloyde August 06, 2014
Stunning
Shebeme2
 
Shebeme2 August 28, 2014
beautiful colors...
Namaki
 
Namaki September 20, 2014
so delicate !!
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi September 28, 2014
what a dance!!!
clownsonvelvet PRO
 
clownsonvelvet October 24, 2014
Love is in the air!
fionadj
 
fionadj November 24, 2014
Wow - Incredible!
vojce
 
vojce November 30, 2014
fantastic,bravo
mtcollins
 
mtcollins January 01, 2015
beautiful!
peggycatrea PRO
 
peggycatrea March 24, 2015
I have a special connection to dragonflies, my sister loved them, and while living in Vermont, they would light down on her shoulders legs, arms. She passed away 8 years ago, and I see them everywhere. I love them, and have shot a few. Beautifully done here Mike...just stunning...
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady March 24, 2015
Thanks Peggy. I'm glad you found meaning in it!
ShelleyE PRO
 
ShelleyE May 11, 2015
Nice shot!
jmain6
 
jmain6 June 07, 2015
Wonderful Capture!
wandaparsons Premium
 
wandaparsons July 17, 2015
I caught a similar photo as this, but the background on mine was way too busy. Great capture.
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter August 21, 2015
Amazing capture. Nice work. - Jake
nandicmb
 
nandicmb November 08, 2015
Congratulations on all your Awards!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady November 11, 2015
Thank you so much!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre November 13, 2015
wow
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita December 09, 2015
yay...Finalist again. Congrats Mike.
sanaelgamal
 
sanaelgamal June 22, 2016
This is superb! Congratulations!
SuperPhotos PRO
 
SuperPhotos August 10, 2016
Nicely done!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on a summer afternoon in Wesley Chapel, Florida. I live in a community that has a number of large lakes which usually have some kind of wildlife hanging around. I had nothing planned for the rest of the day after I got off of work, so I just grabbed my camera and went out hunting.
Time
It was late afternoon; the sun was just above the treeline.
Lighting
The light was coming in at about a 30 degree angle, and the damselflies were on the west end of one of the lakes. I had to chase them around a bit to get them to land favorably in the light and within the right distance, and get down to nearly water level to get the reflections in the background abstract enough to keep them from being distracting, while making sure the pair was on the blue of the water and not the black of a shadow.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D3200 body, and a Sigma 18-250mm lens at 250mm. No flash, reflectors or tripod, though I had to bump my sensitivity up a bit so I could maintain a fast shutter speed while shooting handheld.
Inspiration
I hadn't set out to specifically take a photo of damselflies mating, I was out hunting for whatever popped up. When I happened to see these two, I knew it was an opportunity to capture something special that you don't see every day. I try to keep an eye out for smaller things that most people walk by and never notice. Beauty truly is right under our feet.
Editing
The post-processing here was in Photoshop, and included adjustments in clarity and vibrance, a cropping to balance the frame with a good amount of negative space on the right side, and some curves adjustment. I actually took about 50 photos of this pair and this particular one was the sharpest with the best reflections in the background.
In my camera bag
I spend a good amount of time on the road, so I travel light. I have a LowePro Slingshot 200 backpack that houses my D3200 with the Sigma 18-250 DC Macro/Zoom lens (which I use for nearly everything). I also carry an AF-S DX 1.8 Nikkor 35mm prime, a Nikon SB700 Speedlite, Vello AF extension tubes (36mm, 20mm, 12mm), a Nikon IR remote, several Sandisk 32Gb memory cards, and a Manfrotto MK293A4 tripod (which I hang from the strap). Oh, and bug spray. Don't forget the bug spray!
Feedback
Always pay attention to your background! A subtle movement and small background change can make or break an image. And if you think you have the shot and that you absolutely nailed it, take 10 more frames. Small body movements or breeze can lend just that little bit of unwanted blur and make you regret not covering yourself with extra frames.

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