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16 Comments | Report
sherylbhalla
 
sherylbhalla December 13, 2013
Brilliant pic!!
gopalakrishnan
 
gopalakrishnan December 13, 2013
great capture !!
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AlanJakarta December 13, 2013
Nice shot. Congratulations.
jleiweke
 
jleiweke December 13, 2013
Congrats!
iceman2
 
iceman2 December 13, 2013
Wonderful shot.Congrats!
TammyMarie
 
TammyMarie December 13, 2013
Congratulations..Beautiful!
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade December 13, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios December 13, 2013
Very nice capture, nice DOF and composition.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 December 14, 2013
Congrats!
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onyanita December 16, 2013
excellent! Congrats on the Feature!
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rbhalla December 16, 2013
Thank You All for your comments and compliments. Really Appreciate it. Keep Clicking :)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 17, 2013
Nice capture! Congrats!
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rbhalla December 18, 2013
Thanks rmr731
janetlocke
 
janetlocke December 19, 2013
Lovely shot I really enjoyed the up close shot,better for really seeing the subject
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rbhalla December 19, 2013
thanks a lot Janet :)
jmakaapix
 
jmakaapix March 31, 2015
Nice, very nice!
jmakaapix
 
jmakaapix March 31, 2015
Nice, very nice!
gkeith1 PRO
 
gkeith1 June 05, 2015
Sharp, love the colors, and processing

Behind The Lens

Location
This picture was taken in Snowdonia, U.K.
Time
It was past midday at around 12:55. It was bright and sunny. Not the best light but that pushes you to be creative.
Lighting
Since the Sun was high up in the Sky. I tried to go a bit low and on the side of the bushes to get the right shadow on the dragonfly. I also used my on camera flash to give it a little pop and some catch lights.
Equipment
I used a Canon 7D, with a 70-300 Macro Tamron Lens at 300mm focal length. The exposure was 1/250sec at f/8.0. ISo was at 100, the native speed of the Camera to give me the cleanest picture.
Inspiration
I went out with my friends for a holiday and it was a lazy day. My friends were just relaxing in the sun but I wanted to do something fun. So I started looking around the area for things to shoot and saw these dragonflies hovering on a large bush. I love dragonflies but never had the opportunity to photograph one. They seemed the perfect subject as I had my 60mm macro Lens on my camera. I later on switched to the 70-300mm macro lens to get the shot.
Editing
I shoot only in raw mode. I did a little post processing in Lightroom (cropping, contrast and vignetting)
In my camera bag
Canon 7D 24-105L Lens 50mm 1.8 Lens 580EX II Flash Wireless Remote Small Tripod UV and ND filters
Feedback
Its very difficult to take good shots of Dragonflies as they don't sit around for long. The things that worked for this shot and for me as a photographer are: Longer Lens: Since I was using a longer Lens, I was farther away from the dragonflies. This gave me more time to frame the shots from a distance. Patience and Composing: Take your time to composite and frame the shot. try and perfect it in camera as much as you can. although dragonflies don't sit around for long, they don't fly long distances. This should give you enough time to follow a dragonfly. Macro Mode: The lens had a macro mode at the long end which i found quite useful. Look for the Light: Try some test shots and see if you can move about to get the best light on your subject. This to create shadows to give depth and dimension to the photograph. Never give up: Good shots and opportunities are everywhere, keep looking and last but not the least, keep clicking. :)

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