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Blue Damselfly on Horsetails
Blue Damselfly on Horsetails

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Jul 26, 2008
Aperture: 3.51
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2008

Taken at the University of California Botanical Garden.

-Handheld, Tv (Shutter-Priority) mode
-RGB Curve
-Crop from bottom to 3:2 aspect ratio
-USM at 12%/48 dia/TH = 0
-USM at 88%/1.3 dia/TH = 5
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 10/10 = 188kb

Here is an alternate crop:

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Place: 486 out of 524
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Views since voting: 787
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 159
Comments: 12
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08/08/2008 01:06:58 AM
There seemed to be a consensus that a tighter crop would help, so here is one:

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That said, this is supposed to be a landscape shot with a point of interest, not a bug macro. To me, it's more interesting the amount of detail you can make out if you really look, even from several feet away.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2008 07:44:25 AM
probably better if you had a macro shot of this...
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08/05/2008 03:02:23 AM
over sharpened
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08/04/2008 01:39:34 PM
I think there's too much empty space.
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08/04/2008 12:10:47 PM
Nicely done, though the composition is a bit off. I would suggest cropping out the blank top-right of the photo, placing the damselfly on the bottom right third-point, while keeping the tops of the grasses in the frame.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/03/2008 02:46:07 AM
Unfortunately very little in your image, the black background doesn't help
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08/02/2008 08:49:59 AM
I would have liked to have seen the fly a bit closer...less background
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08/01/2008 09:58:20 PM
Subject seem a bit lost in the framing. Perhaps less of the dark upper right would have given it more immediacy and shifted it out of the center which also might be beneficial.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2008 01:22:15 PM
a closer crop to the dragonfly might have helped here. the blue damsel gets lost in the photo with this centered crop.
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08/01/2008 11:20:51 AM
Subject is too small to create a bigger impact 5
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08/01/2008 04:08:37 AM
The dragonfly is too small / not detailed enough. Beyond closer crop/zoom, you should also be aware that the hard light reduces the details as the top of the dragonfly is strongly lit, while below it appears very dark due to strong contrast. For what it's worth, here is a "best in class" example with a similar dragonfly. ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/684/120/514705.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/684/120/514705.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2008 01:25:09 AM
nice, but the subject is very far from filling the frame, thus loosing focus on photo. closer cropping would vastly help
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