Heather Pickard 6/10/2008 2:35:09 PM

I find dragonflies very tough to photograph, but you have mastered it here with this image. I think the blurred background is great and allows the viewer's attention to go to your subject. The lovely wings are sharp and the detail shows beautifully. I also think the soft light is ideal. I'd like to know what lens you used, focal length, f-stop, shutter speed, ISO etc if you care to share. I'm inspired to get out and try dragonfly shots of my own #939469

John Dawkins 6/10/2008 7:53:57 PM

Thanks Heather for your kind words. Details were as follows:
Lens: Sigma 105/2.8 Macro;
Shutter speed 1/160;
Aperture 4.5;
ISO 100;
Tripod; manual focus.
Levels & sharpness adjusted in GIMP. This is a four-spotted skimmer, I find them easy to approach compared with most other dragonfly species. #6045350

Erica Murphy 7/2/2008 3:55:38 PM

Spectacular!!! #6133604

Kristy A. Keene 7/22/2008 5:00:50 AM

Big Congrats on your Fabulous Finalist!! #6212616

Heather Pickard 7/22/2008 1:23:47 PM

Hey John,
I knew this was a great photo!
Congratulations on making it to finalist. #6215660

Kay E. Mahoney 7/22/2008 5:22:11 PM

Congratulations on your second place Winner, John. #6217058

Vickie Burt 7/22/2008 5:47:38 PM

Congratulations on this lovely shot John. Not an easy subject to shoot, and yet it is beautifully sharp, and stands out so nicely from the background. This may be a silly question, but please could you tell me what is GIMP? #6217272

John Dawkins 7/22/2008 10:11:40 PM

Thanks Erica, Kristy, Heather, Kay and Vickie. Vickie, GIMP is a photo editing program that can do many things that photoshop can (i.e. layers), with the benefit that it is free. #6218790

Elida Gutierrez 7/22/2008 10:26:01 PM

Three Roses for "The Winners"
A Special Trophy for
"The June Winners" #6218837

John Dawkins 7/23/2008 6:20:07 PM

Thanks Elida #6223096

Vickie Burt 7/24/2008 10:49:39 PM

Thanks John. I must have a look for it. #6227823

Gary Lange 7/28/2008 6:24:42 AM

MANY congrats on this great dragonfly shot, John!! Wonderful details! #6239695

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton 7/28/2008 6:12:38 PM

Good glass you have.. Congratulations on this wonderful macro! #6242258

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