[photos] Dragonslayer still got game

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Jan 26, 2008.

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    Rob. Guest

    Excess groups deleted.

    Troy its of no use banging off shots when there is no composition or
    meaning to the image.

    You have a big highlight, which for a start detracts from the point of

    Rob., Jan 27, 2008
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    * Rob. is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks for your critique Rob.

    Since you haven't clarified what you mean about "no composition"
    I'll assume you would have liked to see the DF facing me? I
    would have preferred that. Don't like the view from behind. In
    this instance it was in a garden and it was facing bushes. No
    matter what angle I tried it had it's back to me. Best I could
    do was the second last image (5832). I quite liked that shot. I
    tried forcing the DF to move to see if it landed in a better
    angle for me. It didn't.

    As for the highlight, I've diffused the flash as best I can and
    usually get good, soft lit results. For some reason this guy's
    face was reflecting a lot. DF eyes are like bloody mirror-balls.
    Not sure how you're supposed to get /no/ highlights.

    Thanks again for the critique.
    Troy Piggins, Jan 27, 2008
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    Marutchi Guest

    I sometimes wonder about this sort of comment too. Just being a snapper, how
    do you compose a wildlife shot? It's not as if the subject will take
    directions and most of the time one has to take the photo in an instant with
    no time to move to a better position to get a composition with in the
    As for highlights, some times it's the person with the best Photoshop
    skills, who manages to make a reasonable shot a great one, unfortunately I'm
    not one of those.
    Marutchi, Jan 27, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Marutchi is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Exactly. Particularly with macros of insects. You are trying to
    shoot a moving bug walking on the branch or leaf of a tree that
    is blowing in the wind. Depth of field is very shallow because
    of the focusing distance, you are quite often lucky to get the
    thing in focus let alone composition. And you only have seconds
    to set the shot before the bug flies/walks off.

    That's why I tend to reel off a lot of shots - firstly when I
    notice the bug, then I gradually get closer and closer taking
    shots as I go because you never know when you'll get /too/ close
    and the thing will fly off.
    Troy Piggins, Jan 27, 2008
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    Rob. Guest


    Image 5833 - This image is ok to show the eyes and doesn't need much
    else. The bend of the grass which the DF is sitting on is the highlight,
    and when you have this in front its distracting. Photoshop and kill the
    burnt out bit.

    as for 5832 every thing has been clipped, wings, tail not a very
    attractive shot - not particularly sharp, messy brown thing in front etc

    5831 - as above your better off with a crop and get rid of that out of
    focus stuff - what's around does nothing for the image.

    5828 - its all there - perhaps you could have moved over the top and
    shown more of the wings, this would also give you a flatter plane of focus.

    They all have that grass highlight.

    What has been presented seems to me as who can get in close - nothing
    else matters - as I said just banging off shots hoping to come up with
    the goods.

    You have posted your lighting setup which seem quite adequate for this
    type of stuff.

    Dragonfly - early mornings when its cold and they will stop still and
    are easily photographed.

    Rob., Jan 27, 2008
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    Jeff R. Guest

    Yeah - AND:

    You could've got him to smile. There's nothing more dull than a dour DF.
    And what's with the red-eye? Couldn't you have set the red-eye reduction?
    And he's making a rude gesture in the last two shots. Have you no decorum?

    Jeff R., Jan 27, 2008
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    Troy Piggins Guest

    * Jeff R. is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Lol. Thanks for that. Still don't know what's going on with his
    Troy Piggins, Jan 28, 2008
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    * Rob. is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Interestingly, in a macro forum I frequent, most of the followups
    chose this one as their favourite. Go figure.
    Thanks for going into more detail. That helps me much more so I
    can watch out for next time.
    Yeah, thanks for that. Again, appreciate the feedback.
    Troy Piggins, Jan 28, 2008
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