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MoneypennyDragonFlyMay2014



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Mr_Spiff PRO+
 
Mr_Spiff October 21, 2015
Love the detail!
MP123
MP123 October 24, 2015
Thanks so much! I appreciate the compliment. :)
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson May 18, 2016
This is spectacular. I was going to give it a Magnificent Capture but my finger slipped. Well Done.
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MP123 June 04, 2016
Thanks So much!!
clarkgriswold
 
clarkgriswold June 03, 2016
Beautiful shot :D
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MP123 June 04, 2016
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MP123 June 04, 2016
Thanks So much!!
michellehansenburgess
 
michellehansenburgess December 29, 2016
Congratulations on Winning my "Pretty In Pink" Photo Challenge. This was very difficult as there were 3,400 entries. Very well deserved! Magnificent Capture! LOVE IT!
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh December 29, 2016
Congrats : )) Sublime shot
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots December 29, 2016
Awesome capture. Congrats!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 December 29, 2016
congrats on winning Pretty in Pink .. so well deserved :)
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq December 29, 2016
Wonderful image! Congrats on your award! :)
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eelcovanroden December 30, 2016
Congratulations on your wonderful Challenge Win!
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 February 11, 2017
Love it! Beautiful shot! Congrats!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This dragon fly landed in the flowers that are behind our townhouse complex, in a common area that is filled with Rhododendrons and Hydrangea's bushes.
Time
On a mid-morning spring day, the Rhodendrons are spectacular at this time of year, the bushes of the starburst pinks grow up to 20 feet tall in some areas. I had noticed so many different bugs in the area that day, bees, some butterflies, hornets and a glimpses of dragon flies in and out of the area all morning.
Lighting
It was overcast and mid morning spring, which I feel let me capture just the right amount of depth and shadowing on the dragon fly and I was able to get the contrast between the insect and the flowers because of the time of day. Natural lighting with no direct sunlight. Perfect!
Equipment
I used my camera phone on my HTC S1 cell phone, no flash, macro setting.
Inspiration
I take small walks every single day in my neighbourhood to look at flowers or plants and the trees, this is my way of decompressing after a really hard week at work. Rhododendrons grow on the west coast of British Columbia in abundance and I was always driven to them because of their sheer size and that the pink and silver of their flowers has a wonderful blue undertone that I adore. So I had just grabbed my phone and headed down the stairs to take a look at the flowers and see if I could get some pictures of the blooms and who did I spy but this beautiful little dragon fly with his black body and blue spots, I could not believe he was letting me get so close to him. At the very closest, I was maybe 3 inches away and trying not to breathe and just get into the moment to capture the delicate lines of his wings. He just sat there and allowed me to quietly snap away. I left him there after a few minutes, he stayed for awhile and then off he went.
Editing
Basic cropping of the picture to get it a little closer.
In my camera bag
I have a cell phone, I do not have any special equipment however that is on the horizon one day as I would love to be able to capture true reds which is a challenge with the camera that is built in.
Feedback
Being comfortable with how the camera feels in your hands, remaining calm and knowing that patience and your ability to not move suddenly while moving the camera closer to such an insect is a must. Be mindful that your subject may just fly right off and that can startle you.

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