Dragon Fly

Discussion in 'Nature' started by ChangshaNotes, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
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  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Love the head on shot.
     
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  3. Mattithjah

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
    Matěj
    1st one better for me, 2nd is little too much coop into frame and less sharp ... ;-)
     
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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I'm loving both!!! You're doing macro very good :thumbup: Whatever (new) you try turns out great IMHO Colin ;)
     
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  5. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Yep, very nice. I had sworn off on buying any more legacy lenses, but you're making it hard to keep my resolve.

    Tony
     
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  6. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    I missed it by a little. My NEX-7 is in the shop and I'm using an NEX 5n so no flash (the add on flash is too short for my macro lens) so I had to use a lower shutter speed than I would have liked. I was soooo close, but it's really not much of a crop. Just for levelling, Here's the original raw.

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  7. Mattithjah

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
    Matěj
    Raw has better compo! Post-Crop is not necessery in this case, more space is better ;-)

    You should rather go to ISO 1600 and 1/200 sec, but in the speed... :)
    RAW is also underexposed, imho, +0,7 EV could be better.

    Flash... is good for insect macro only if:
    1. you have very good difuser (it means very big and very close to subject)
    2. species is not glossy, shiny (e.g. it is impossible to shoot beatles like ladybirds with flash, reflections are awful...)
    3. you shoot contra sunlightlight
     
  8. Mattithjah

    Mattithjah TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 17, 2013
    Czech Republic
    Matěj
    ... and your dragon fly is from Family Libellulidae, some Sympetrum, meybe Sympetru depressiusculum ? It is male.
     
  9. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    I did shoot at a few different settings but this was the best shot I had.

    I'm used to the NEX-7 and I find the 5n a little fiddly to change settings quickly, just have to get used to it. First day shooting with it.

    I don't agree about the cropping. I prefer the crop. I didn't like the angle and didn't want the space. If I could have cropped to make the plane of the wings level. I would have.
     
  10. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    I happen to like both of the originals. Well snapped.

    Tony