Dragonfly in flight

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by kyteflyer, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. I have been trying to take a dragonfly shot... you know the ones, dragonfly attached to a stick, drying its wings or whatever... but I never could, they would always take off before I could get one... or else the shot I did get was OOF, and not worth keeping.

    I decided to keep this one *and* post it. Never thought I would manage a shot with a manual lens, let alone a shot of a dragonfly flitting about the yard. Its the only one I kept, and yes, lots of PP, sharpening, noise reduction and some CEP.

    I'm fairly pleased with it :)

    Dragonfly in Flight by kyte50, on Flickr
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  2. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    ha! excellent!
    what's CEP?
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  3. Thanks, Paul! CEP is Nik Color Efex Pro
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  4. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    That is excellent!
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  5. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    d'oh ... of course ... definitely going ga-ga
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  6. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    A very beautiful shot, I would be proud of this :smile: Which camera/lens did you use?
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  7. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
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  8. That's a spankingly good image!! Well done.
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  9. Isoterica

    Isoterica Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
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  10. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Brilliant :bravo-009:
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  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    the OOF is lovely as well.
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  12. Thanks, Christina :) it was the K-5 plus k55 f/1.8. The EXIF data lies, because I completely forgot to tell the camera the focal length was 55 (I had had a 200mm on it just before). ah well...

    Thanks Luke. I had the lens set at f/1.8 or 2, and the dragonfly was between me and the grass (thats my long lawn!! Mowed today though) and closer to me, than to it.
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  13. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    I'd let yourself be much more than fairly pleased with this shot! This is how I would feel if I had managed this shot: :yahoo:

    Well done! It's SUE-perb!
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  14. Gary

    Gary All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Very very nice. If this was my image, I'd be proud of it also.

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  15. Muaaaahahahahaha well punned. Thanks, Karen, very much :)
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Very impressive!
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  17. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Fantastic shot!
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  18. cheeks69

    cheeks69 Veteran

    Aug 5, 2013
    Southeastern, MA
    Excellent capture Sue! The only one's I'm able to shoot are the one's that are VERY still, it does happen occasionally.
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  19. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    well done - I have never got a good shot of a DIF - and I try most weeks
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