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Old May 29, 2005, 11:03 PM   #1
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I was having a small memorial day cook out in my back yard, and we were taking some photos primarily of people, when I saw a really pretty dragonfly on the fence. I got the camera, put it on macro, and slowly got as close as I could, and caputred this photo. The camera preformed very nicely, and had no problem focusing exactly as I wanted instantly. This was with my Fuji E550 BTW. It has been cropped somewhat. Hope you enjoy!

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Old May 29, 2005, 11:54 PM   #2
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You did a nice job with the depth of field. Generally, I try to bear in mind the rule of thirds when composing shots, and using thatrule and this orientation I'd have probably put the dragonflyhigherin the frame, and to the left (from my vantage point).

There is, however, an interesting effect with the frame essentially divided into vertical strips which produces leading line(s) to your subject.

Nice shot.

P.S. This image probably fits more appropriately in the "close-ups" category.
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Old May 30, 2005, 12:48 AM   #3
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The picture is actually cropped, so I went back to the original and recropped such that the dragonfly would be in an upper third. I see what you are saying, so I thank you for the tip. As far as depth of field, I was in a hurry so I left it in auto mode, though I usually change that. The only thing I did manually was put it in Macro, and I point focused it before I took the picture as I always make sure to do. The camera did a very good job figuring out the focus on it's own, so it really deserves the credit there.
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Old May 30, 2005, 4:10 AM   #4
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That's a really good shot. The focusing on the dragonfly is really good here. I think that if the camera's autofocus can lock onto it well, then by all means use that. And if there's time, take a number of pictures just for good measures. This one you posted here is a real keeper.
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