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sailronin

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Wandering Glider dragonfly
« on: November 27, 2010, 03:47:32 PM »



Nikon D700 with Sigma 180mm macro and Sigma 1.4 teleconverter
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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010, 05:58:19 PM »

Amazing!  Great shot.

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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 06:24:40 PM »

thank you Neil
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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2010, 07:36:18 PM »

Dang! Now THAT'S impressive!

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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2010, 11:34:01 PM »

Dang! Now THAT'S impressive!

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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2010, 05:08:04 AM »

It's a fine achievement but it hasn't (IMHO) led to a pleasing image. In particular, I find the in-focus section of the right wing (on the left of the shot) displeasing.

Sorry to spoil the party.

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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2010, 08:50:22 AM »

Thank you David, Eric and Jeremy,
I appreciate the comments.  Don't really know what to do (if anything) about the wing. I tried a version with it cropped out but that was very unbalanced, decided to leave it as a leading element but I understand your view. I'm still trying to get the hang of macro work, it's pretty easy with flowers or stationary objects but moving targets are a challenge for me.
Thanks for looking,
Dave
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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2010, 02:06:06 PM »

Thank you David, Eric and Jeremy,
I appreciate the comments.  Don't really know what to do (if anything) about the wing. I tried a version with it cropped out but that was very unbalanced, decided to leave it as a leading element but I understand your view. I'm still trying to get the hang of macro work, it's pretty easy with flowers or stationary objects but moving targets are a challenge for me.
Particularly, given the focal length you were using, from a long way away! Keep at it - I am trying to get the hang of macro work and am finding it jolly difficult.

Jeremy
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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2010, 12:21:28 PM »

David, the perch ( in front of the face) bugs me. If I may ask, why do you use the TC with this lens? For magnification perhaps?
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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2010, 02:56:31 PM »

HI Riaan,
THat's correct, I add the 1.4 tc to the 180 macro to make a 252mm macro with the same minimum focus distance as the 180mm. This increases the effective magnification but still allows a comfortable working distance from the insects.
I would be more pleased with the capture had the dragonfly landed higher up on the twig but it kept returning to the same location on the plant resulting in the obstruction of the total head shot.

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Re: Wandering Glider dragonfly
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2010, 06:09:18 PM »

Dave:

Shot looks great and while I understand the comment earlier about the right wing, I think the shot is actually better with it the way it is (different strokes, etc.). I love macro work but after a while images starting looking all the same. Your right wing partially in focus makes your shot a little more unique the the run of the mill macro and gives it an artistic flair that I like.

Allan
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