Female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly - C&C welcome

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  1. arcooke

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    Saw this little critter outside today. She was nice enough to let me photograph her. The picture could be clearer, but I zoomed in full (18x) from about 4 feet away to get this.

    This is one of my better macro shots. If you'd like to critique it, feel free. :greenpbl:


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    The image doesn't work for me, it isn't showing up. :(
     
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    That's odd. Are you at work? I had the image uploaded on petaimg.com, maybe your work blocks that website.

    Anyhow, I linked it from flickr instead. Hopefully that helps.
     
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    beautiful colour.

    i would think about getting a tighter crop
     
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    wow the color is amazing.. i agree with ^^^ though, tighter crop.. did you enhance those colors, or is that how it looks?
     
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    I adjust the levels just a tiny bit because the wood looked a bit washed out. Here is a before and after:

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    I couldn't crop it any tighter without having too much grain.
     
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    thats one impressive bug
     
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    Yeah.. it really caught my attention. To be honest, at first I thought it was a weed sprouting up in my landscaping.. so I went down to go pull it and it moved lol.

    Made me jump at first.. but when I realized what it was, I grabbed my camera. I've never seen one of these before.

    After researching it, I found out the females are bright green and the males are bright blue. Gotta love nature.
     
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    Very impressive shot!
    Dargons are a real pain to shoot at as they are so flighty so getting them is never easy
     
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    This is a really cool shot. I would like a tighter crop that still included the wings, though. Great color!
     
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    Great depth of field! I like the little bit of blur in the foreground. I agree with the cropping suggestions, though I understand you don't want to add more noise. Great color and detail. We only have boring brown dragon flies here, or so it seems.
     
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    Dam that is one nice dragon fly, I have some neon green ones around here but not like that one, nice shot too.
     

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