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Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly

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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Greeley County, KS
Date: Aug 1, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2006

Dragon fly just about to land on a stick in the garden. It captured my attention in one corner of the garden and I followed it around until I got a perfectly still shot of it.

Place: 201 out of 212
Avg (all users): 4.2694
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.2078
Avg (non-participants): 4.3103
Views since voting: 618
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 193
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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08/20/2006 09:32:56 PM
*Critique Club*

My first impression of this photo is that the focus seems kind of soft. We don't get much details in the wings or the body. The color is nice, but I think he blends in too much with the background. The upper right corner of the photo is dark, and we almost lose his right hand wings in the darkness of the background right there. The sticks blend in with the white area of the background.
I think the lighting looks tricky. the body is dark, but the sticks look a little blown out. Especially near the tips of the stick.
I like the placement of the dragon fly and sticks. The crossed sticks witht he dragon fly off center a bit really works compositionally.
As for the challenge, the dragon fly looks like he's landed already, which may be a reason for some of the lower votes. He looks more like a still life than a stopped motion. As I read your details, I see that he's 'just about' to land, but to US, it appears that he already has, so I don't think that message got across with the photo. Definately a hard choice for a stopped motion pic, but with that cam, I think you could have gotten more focus for sure. I think that using a quick shutter speed and better lighting could have improved this shot a bunch.
Having the background out of focus would work well, had not been for the colors of the background distracting from the dragon fly.
Would have been a stunner if you could have gotten him in a more of a 'flight' position.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 06:06:51 PM
Nice exposure and color.
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08/11/2006 01:16:14 PM
Did the fly stop or did you stop his wings I can't tell. This looks like tough exposure with a lot of contrast, perhaps too much for the camera.
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08/11/2006 09:43:50 AM
I know this dragonfly COULD be moving, but it doesn't look like it is, especially with it's legs on the branch. :( Considering that the challenge theme is 'Stopped Motion' you are probably going to take some flack on this one. JMO of course. The dragonfly itself could be better focused, it seems soft. The end of the leftmost stick looks blownout, yet the dragonfly seems slightly underexposed...not sure how that happened? Best of luck to you in the challenge.
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08/10/2006 11:00:38 PM
You've done a pretty good job with the composition here. The eye is drawn strongly to your subject. However, the dragonfly seems to be slightly out of focus, especially around the wings.
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08/10/2006 07:49:26 PM
sorry, nothing here to indicate stopped motion. aside from that, the technicals could use some work (it's a little soft). compositionally, it doesn't really grab me--not enough there to catch and hold my interest.
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08/10/2006 12:11:27 PM
Too dark
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