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:camera:: Nikon D800
Tamron AF 90mm 2,8 Di Macro 1:1 SP
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If there's anything I love it's photographs of insects. Especially close-ups like these. Dragonflies are also among my favorite insects, so I like this photo quite a bit.

So now opinions aside the photo has good composition balance. It keeps the focal point on the dragonfly while still including some other elements for the eye to wander on. The stem in the middle slices the composition into two sides, with some other wheat or barley plant on the other side to make the viewer aware of the setting. The colors are also very attractive, and how the light dances between the hairs of the dragonfly gives a very nice feeling. The whole photograph has a nice, soft feeling.

That being said, it might be too soft. The whole photo looks as if it had some photoshop filter applied to it. It doesn't look bad, but compromises the impact that the photo could have had. Soft light and unfocused imagery looks fine, even great as a singularity but there's too much blurry empty space for me to get an impression of anything. When I first saw it I first thought it was a painting, which is fine but photography is great because it can capture such wonderful detail. This would have made a wonderful painting, but as a photograph it seems confused. Obviously it doesn't ruin the whole photo, even with the blur there's a good sense of depth, but some parts could have been put more into focus. The end of the tail can be blurry and still look good, but it seems too blurry. It's hard to find that balance, since such an element can only be discerned subjectively.

The photograph is good, but it lacks impact. Not every piece needs to be a masterpiece, and it's even good to experiment like this. Needless to say there is definitely a good artist behind this camera judging from the composition. In fact the composition is probably the best thing in this photo, and an eye for composition is the most important thing to a photographer. I think what needs to be done to this photo is to let the photo do a little more of the work and touch it up less.
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Schokopir Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is a very impressive photo!
I like how far you can Close up and the Focus is still very clear and creates absolutely no unwanted blurring.
Moreover love the colours in it, the mixture of green and yellow is very beautiful.
I also like the blurred Background, it makes you Focus more on the dragonfly.
I'm just disturbed by the blurring of the dragonfly's rear... the photo would be even better if it was sharp as well.

However you did a very good Job, I love it!

Hast du sehr gut gemacht :)
JorgeQueiros Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot! ;)
Turqoose Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student General Artist
lovely colors and composition (: lovely shot
sarahbuhr Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :heart:
Nature-Addict Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely wonderful shot! I agree with the critique and wish the bottom part was in focus, but I can only imagine how difficult of a shot this was to get on its own! Very well done.
sarahbuhr Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :) It really was not easy. It was windy and quite dark. So I had to shoot with F2.8. :/
calimer00 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Geniales Makro
sarahbuhr Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
danke :)
littleconfusion Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love it! colors are amazing :D
sarahbuhr Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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May 30, 2013
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1/320 second
Focal Length
90 mm
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Date Taken
May 30, 2013, 6:05:14 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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