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A Day to Remember!

A Day to Remember!
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-30 7:21
Viewed: 3210
Points: 61
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shall never forget the day I took this and several other dragonfly shots of species new to me. There are two main reasons for remembering that day:
1. Ulla and I saw and took shots of several exciting species of dragonflies all of which we had never seen before.
2. As the shots looked OK after a quick check, I assumed that my camera setting was normal, but on checking my images later, I realised that after two hours of taking pictures of them for some reason my ISO setting had been as high as 3200 for most of the day!

One of the pitfalls of being an amateur photographer who is more concentrated on the subject than its photography!

As it turned out the images, though a little grainy, were surprisingly good, thanks to the high shutter speeds and relatively high apertures.
I have several more to show you taken with this ridiculously high ISO.
This is the first:

Violet Dropwing male (Trithemis annulata)

This basically an African species that has expanded round the Mediterranean

The male takes on a violet tinge when he is mature like this one. Later I shall post an image of a female taken with a more normal ISO. They like to perch on prominent sticks close to the water like this at Metochi Lake, a small lake popular with birdwatchers.

As usual for my telephoto equipment I took this shot with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft) with my camera hand-held. After moderate cropping and size reduction this was slightly sharpened.

The image I think is acceptable but I would have liked to have taken it with an ISO of 400 instead.
It is a lesson for me to check my settings more carefully and a reminder to all of you who, like me, are distracted by the wonders of nature! It is also an indication that the sensor on my medium-priced camera can produce reasonably good images at a high ISO.

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Ciao Ivan, great capture of splendid dragonfly with fantastic colors, I never see this specie, thanks, excellent sharpness and fine detsils, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PS I too often wrong with ISO of my camera and forget to set it:)

hello Ivan,
it is unfortunate for high ISO, sometimes too much for the thrill of an unexpected encounter, you make these mistakes ...
However perfect the composition and focus, good background blur,
Ciao, Melania.

hello Ivan
a super shot with great sharpness and good details
very nice pose with a good BG.
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-30 7:54]

Hello neighbour Ivan,
What a great photo! I don't see anything special as consequention of the high ISO. But I'm an amateur too. Fantastic colours, excellent sharpness, details and a marvelous composition. Beautiful contrasting BG.

Honestly, you have produced an excellent picture of this lovely species of Dragonflies at an unbelievably high ISO, Ivan. This species is only marginally different from the Trithemis I had the good fortune of coming across in Riyadh three years ago.
I can understand your excitement at the experience of finding so many exotic dragonflies in Greece and getting carried away by it.
It happens with me quite often :)!
I wouldn't mind sampling a few more from your 'bungled' shoot if they are as good as this one.

Hi Ivan dostum!

Although you've used high ISO, i could not se any prominent grain in this post!
The clarity and focus are superb and the eye detail great, all are just wonderfully shown. Great job as always!
TFS dostum! Nice to know that you liked my gift to you too!
By the way if you are amateur, i am square root:)
Have a great time MF!


Only bit noised cause hight iso, as you sayd. Anyway great capture in an amazing compo. Beautiful colours. Well done Ivan and TFS.


Ivan, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who fails to adjut the ISO properly. I have to tell myself to think...think...think before I snap.

Thanks for sharing the neat photo and the story behind it.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-30 8:51]

Ahahah....Ivan,don't worry! This happen's for me too...and was my last day whit my new camera last year....ans i saw that wasn't a great camera seeing the pics...ahahaha...but you work very well in PP,the pic is very very good and there isn't noise...and a very nice specie too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hallo Ivan,
a splendid capture of the Violet Dropwing, not bad macro with 3200 ISO (with my camera this quality is impossible at 3200) good sharpness, very well composed.
Best regards

"One of the pitfalls of being an amateur photographer who is more concentrated on the subject than its photography!"

This should be well learned by everyone who aspires to be a photographer. In its base...no camera-no picture! So the essentials must be paid attention to. If you lose the shot doing your job right, then so be it, but when both come together, it's magic.

Hello Ivan,
The result is good despite the 3200 iso. Impressive purple colours and nice composition. I think everybody has similar experience. For me, it is often the speed which is not appropriate... and so many blurred shots! Good evening,

Hello Ivan
a volte si ha fortuna nella sfortuna e questo è proprio uno di quei casi. Sapendolo non avresti scattato a tali ISO ed alla fine si sarebbero persi molti dettagli con la poca profondità di campo. In questo modo ne è venuta fuori un'ottima composizione per colori, luce e dettagli. Gran bel lavoro.

merhaba Ivan dostum,
this is exciting capture of very beautiful dragonfly in violet colors. sharp details, POV/OOF, exposure and light using great. dont worry about ISO. results really great. congratulations on your new species. I also observed this pretty dragon in southern border of Turkiye and Syria too.
nice to read your notes. çok teşekkürler arkadaşım.
iyi akşamlar.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-30 10:23]

Hi Ivan,
Fantastic shot with 3200 ISO! I try this also in very bad light, but i was not satisfied with result. Your photo is very sharp, colorful end with many details, TFS!

Hi Ivan. Great close up capture of this beautifuldragonfly with super details, POV and composition.
thanks for sharing
Best regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-30 12:29]

Hello Ivan.
Wonderfull shot, I love the dragonfly´s colour. What a nice position you captured!
Thank you.Best regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,
A stunning capture at ISO 3200. I sometimes have the same problem with my 400D I set to ISO 200 or 400 but accidentally or automatically it moves to 800. More over I have seen at higher ISO settings it the shutterspeeds are high then it produces less noise. A lovely capture of this beautiful dragonfly. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-31 3:24]

This happens to many of us, we learn by mistakes.
Fine species captured well, looks ok even with higher ISO speed. tfs.

Hello Ivan
High ISO setting possibilities are becoming more and more popular on new cameras !
There is nothing wrong with this photo, the f/13 opening gave you a good DOF giving sharp details on the dragonfly left and right wings
Best regards

Bonito trabajo Ivan de esta interesante especie.
En cuanto al ISO... pensaba que solamente yo era un despistado jajaja.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

The colours on this one are so bright and beautiful, ivan.
i love the delicate perch.
The entire body, including the wings have come out razor sharp!
Thanks so much!

Hola Ivan

Que preciosa imagen, de esta libelula, con esas tonalidades rojas y con sus alas bajas. Perfecta nitidez, composición y contraste con el fondo.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hallo Ivan
The Violet Dropwing is such a striking species and you have captured it so well showing all the remarkable details to its best. Grainy or not, one cannot argue that it is a great image. The colours are very soft on the eye, and the technical aspects of your photography is great, even though it has the tiny nit of grain that you mentioned. I would not even have picked up if I did not read about it in your notes. Focus, viewpoint, sunny colours and composition is only a few to mention that I favour looking at this image. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-31 13:48]

Hi Ivan,

I am sure most of us have made similar mistakes - I know I have more than once! You must have been thrilled to see how well they turned out. This Violet Dropwing is beautiful and the rare color is magnificent. The pose is wonderful and I assume this is why "dropped wing" is in his name. You managed excellent detail of the head, body and wings. I like the blurred background and composition.


Hello Ivan
his shot is very good in spite the high ISO, it's really a beautiful species with wonderful colors,
lovely pose and superb BG
Have a good night

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-01 5:19]

Hi Ivan

Oh yes...that happened to me, too...i know the feeling :(
But indeed you were lucky to have a camera that has a good noise control and so your images are not at all completely ruined. In fact, at this resolution here, there's very little evidence to point out a high ISO.
That aside, this is a gorgeous shot of this very beautiful species. I also like the pose you've managed to catch it in and the lovely, uniform BG that sets it out well.
Trithemis annulata is indeed a species that, if caught in the right light (as here) will grab everyone's attention through its vibrant colors.
Wonderful work my friend!
Bravo and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-09-02 20:47]

I love the pose and the colors of this dragonfly, Ivan.
Really beautiful composition.
The details and lighting are excellent.
Great DOF.
TFS. : )

Hello Ivan,

this are also a very good pov,detailed and razor sharpness picture from this Dragonfly.
Fine colours and this are a beautiful specie.


hello Ivan

maybe it was by mistake ut for a ISO 3200 this a great shot,
as we know the DSLR and the prime lens it helped for that,
fine POV and the way it is framed, fine fous sharpness details,



Olà Ivan!

Desta vez escrevo-te em português!! Para te dizer que acho a tua fotografia magnifica! A definição ficou uma maravilha!

Um Abraço!


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