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Old Jul 20, 2005, 2:20 AM   #1
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I'm not sure if these are considered close ups or not. I used my telephoto.



The smaller size doesn't do this image justice.






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Old Jul 20, 2005, 2:57 PM   #2
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The second may be smaller but I prefer it because the empty background space increases attention paid to the dragons, although the first one does show perspective space with the out of focus smaller one in the background. I like the second one best, though.
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 9:01 PM   #3
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I like the second one best also. For me the first one is too cluttered with different things in the background which distract from the subject.\

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 10:38 PM   #4
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I'd like to see a larger size file of the first one. It looks very sharp with lots of detail. I must agree with the others comments about the second one. along with the fact that it is very cool that you got two in one shot.
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Old Jul 21, 2005, 5:56 AM   #5
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Here's a link to the first one slightly larger.

http://www.spidereyeglasses.com/pics/LA/DSC_0043-3.jpg

I wasn't intending on finding these little guys. I got out of the car at the border of Louisiana and Texas to sign the guestbook and wander for a bit. There is a pond in the back of the rest area that I like to visit but had never noticed the amount of dragonflies that were there before. All I had was my camera. My tripod was in the trunk. I should have gone to get itand and stayed a little longer to take more pictures, but we were already running a little late according to schedule. These are more snapshots than anything but I still thought they turned out quite well. At least for what I was after.

The problem with this one, I think, has more to do with the bright reflection off the rock in the center. I wanted a picture that encompassed the feel of the pond. Where as the dragonflies were my subject, in this one, I wanted to remember what the area looked like that I saw them at. If that makes any sense.
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Old Jul 22, 2005, 4:19 AM   #6
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Cool photos! I like the second shot because you captured the two dragonlies on the
same stick. Usually, if one dragonfly gets close to another, they are off chasing each other!!
The first shot looks like it has lots of detail. This is only a personal opinion, but I might have
made two photos out of it. The one you have giving a good perspective, and a tighter crop
to show the detail.
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