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happy_peasant Aug 15, 2007 2:36 PM

Just a few macros. The first two I find grab me even though not technical marvels. I welcome other's opinions on them. The third one is for those with a sense of humor, and the fourth is a nice nature shot which stretched my lenses to the limit. I did not even see the prey until looking at the picture.


1. I just like this pose. Blue Dasher female. Very little cropping, background (leaves) washed out with paint bucket tool.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1411/...395f7c0c_o.jpg

1. The leading wing edge and antenna are the sharpest focus, but the shot appeals to me even though the eye is off a bit. Uncropped. Only editing one click of auto-sharp.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1064/...5bd3b99b_o.jpg

3. Impolite gesture in disguise.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1195/...7a54e928_o.jpg

4. Damselfly with something. I need to figure out species for this damselfly as I see them now and then and they are quite photogenic. Full fly shot cropped to show prey.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1075/...8b0d829d_o.jpg



rafinmelb Aug 15, 2007 7:09 PM

I love the composition of 1, I might try for a crop that gives a more central position. I know it is anathema to photography composition, but I think it works here.

The second did not grab me as much, the softness was a bit of a distraction here.

I laughed at your rude gesture. I can just hear my daughter, when she was young, saying "The man has butterflies on his rude finger".

Another great nature capture on 4.

vaiboy Aug 17, 2007 9:25 PM

Great shots, Happy! The damsel looks like a Red Bluet (Enallagma pictum), but my field guide isn't the best for damselflies. I had to do alot of digging online to identify the damsels I found around here, there were 7-8 species that were nearly identical and the final ID came down to the markings on the tail.

tinosa Aug 18, 2007 8:27 PM

Beautiful colors on the first one and nice PP work.
The rude gesture is unique. Great captures Steve.

happy_peasant Aug 18, 2007 9:59 PM

Thanks for commenting Rafael, vaiboy and tinosa. We just made a trip taking the daughter to college and I picked up a Black Swallowtail male. He climbed right on that same finger. I guess butterflies like that one.

tcook Aug 19, 2007 12:54 AM

Good ones Steve, I like the third one despite the gesture.:lol:


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