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The Dragon Fly 03

The Dragon Fly 03
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictured Symbolic Qualities of Sun [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-24 4:33
Viewed: 2572
Points: 28
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The Dragon Fly 02

I got to read some interesting comments on my last two postings of dragon flies. I liked them very much. I would like my friends to learn something from my images and my experience. I work lot on my backgrounds and many tech points depend on that. I don't show my subjects in focus completely, rather trying to create artistic images by way of compositions, light and colors. Sometimes I burn the highlights and/or hold details in the shadows to bring out the beauty of the nature subjects. I prefer not to capture 1:1 macro images which does not show the actual size of the subjects. I use space liberally too.
Here one more dragonfly captured using early morning sunlight coming from behind, focused the head and it may look soft because its covered with the wings of the dragonfly, used just enough depth to get the details and nothing else.
Hope this image will please everybody, your comments are precious to me, its your point of view.

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I have added this one to my special symbolic use of sun. Your work with the lighting here is terrific. It makes the image.

Ciao Nagaraj, splendid macro with fantastic light, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and great colors too, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-11-24 7:12]

Hi Nagaraj
Beautiful closed up image .Excellent POV and very sharp image.Light is exceptional.
TFS Michel

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-24 7:21]

Hi Nagaraj,
Excellent close up.I liked use of light a lot.Details,POV,DOF and composition are also wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-24 8:34]

Hello Nagraj,
A fine bit of photographic artistry using the light to create an image of extreme contrasts. Yet you depict this dragonfly with excellent sharpness and enough lighting for any knowledgeable person to ID it.
This is well composed and for me a delight to view.
Thank you!
best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-24 10:08]

Hello Nagaraj,
A fine composition, and the macro work is well done!
The point of view leveling the insect works well, and the spot on DoF isolates the subject well...
Regards Siggi

Hi Nagaraj,

Nice macro shot against the sun.
The wing are though the light beautiful transparant coloured.
Great details and sharpness.


Such a beautiful image finely backlighted to sparkle the membraneus wings and a few body hairs Nagaraj, the darkish BG focuses the whole attention on the arrow straight insect with huge eyes... A superb image indeed!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-24 16:13]

Hi Nagaraj,the position of the light is great and make a difference,beautiful work,i like a lot the dark background too,finally something to different on TN,my best compliments ,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-24 19:35]

Hello Nagaraj,
The backlighting on this beautiful image is fantastic. Your focus and exposure is spot on, thank you for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-24 22:03]

Hi Nagaraj,
Outstanding shot of this dragonfly and the lighting is so dramatic. Gives such a superb effect with the black BG. Very impressive sharpness and perfect DOF. I like this simple but effective composition.

Hi Nagraj,

Another classic image with good use of light, the image stands out from near black back ground, well if you want friends at TN to understand your point of view for your images then you must specify so,other wise its up to the viewers point of view the critics will come.TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-25 4:02]

Hello Nagaraj,
You managed so well with this special light falling on the dragonfly's wings. It looks almost like he would collect the sun-rays. Perfect dark background.
Well seen.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-25 8:50]

Hello Nagraj, Excellent work with superb BG. The picture has noise but doesnt matter. the creativity is perfect hree. Ganesh

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-05 0:38]

Hello nagaraj,

Very good light and BG!
Very good dragonfly's position!!

It's interessant, early in the morning!



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