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Mating Damselflies

Mating Damselflies
Photo Information
Copyright: Leo Baquerfo (shakerz) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 230] (1127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Art of Procreation [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 7:28
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shooting on mating damselflies with a good DOF, great sharpness and blurry background, it requires a complete isolation and separation of the subject from the background. My first thought of requirements is the focal lenght of lenses (must be longer) for the great blurry background. Secondly, using a narrow opening of aperture (f8,f16,f22, etc...) to achieved the great details of the subject. Most of my macro settings in shooting are f8, f11, f16 or even higher aperture values. However, for this picture with a messy background? A test shot using a wider aperture value of f5.6 and getting parralleled to subject with my lens? Can also achieved this kind of technique, separating the subject from the background without affecting the sharpness of my subject.
Comments and critiques are most welcome, thanks.

Camera set-up:
20D, T180, f5.6, 1/2000sec, ISO400, no flash, tripod mounted.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-22 7:45]

Hello Leo,
a beautiful picture of this couple of Ischnura senegalensis (family: Coenagrionidae).
Due to exact viewing angle and the low depth of the objects you achieve superb sharpness of the
damselflies also with wide aperture.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-22 10:30]

Wow, Leo.... A stunning shot.
The lines stand out so sharply against that clean light BG.
The details on the wings are so delicate.
I love the compositio: the diagonal reed, the parallelism of the two damselflies.
What really makes this stand out, though, is the different colors on the insects.
A very pleasing image.
TFS. : )

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-22 23:40]

hi leo,
yes, one of the beautiful images in recent times in TN, good in all respects. great light, colors and details with beautiful background for which you thought well enough. tfs.

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-12-06 23:09]

Great capture Leo. The colors and the insects position are wonderful.

Hi Leo,
a technically superb, phantastically clear, artistically well composed, precisely detailed capture of gem-like damselflies in front of a marvellously pastel coloured uniform distant background.
Thank you! With best regards,

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