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Roman Kurywczak
06-27-2010, 11:28 AM
From a recent trip to Longwood Gardens........laying on the ground, camera HH...practically in the water! Couldn't resist the reflection.
Canon 1D Mark lll with the Sigma 180mm macro at f32:D for 1/100 sec and ISO 800 annd the MT24 twin lights used as main light at plus 2&1/3. Clean up of a few flash highlights in PP'ing......although not that many!

Ken Childs
06-27-2010, 11:49 AM
This is a good shot made great because of that reflection!

Maybe I need to dye my ponds black. :)

Roman Kurywczak
06-27-2010, 11:50 AM
This is a good shot made great because of that reflection!

Maybe I need to dye my ponds black. :)

Thanks Ken! They say they do it to keep the algae down.....great for us!

Nick Palmieri
06-27-2010, 12:02 PM
Nice one Roman, there are multiple cool reflections in this one. I also like the fact that some green leaf reflections are maintained in the dark water. BTW they sell that black die at Longwood for home use...

Allen Sparks
06-27-2010, 12:24 PM
Roman, wonderful shot...love the action captured and the reflection is awesome. Just a terrific mage.

Karl GŁnter WŁnsch
06-27-2010, 03:06 PM
Canon 1D Mark lll with the Sigma 180mm macro at f32:D for 1/100 sec and ISO 800 annd the MT24 twin lights used as main light at plus 2&1/3. Clean up of a few flash highlights in PP'ing......although not that many!
I'm not so fond of the excessive DOF at that distance and focal length. The dragonfly pair is lacking any sense of orientation in depth and thus look quite lifeless... The unnatural color of the water makes this even harder although that could be forgiven due to the interesting reflection of the surface.

Julie Kenward
06-27-2010, 03:19 PM
That black water kind of threw me but I like this. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think the blue on the abdomen of the df on the right seems off somehow - it almost feels like it's painted on?

What an awesome reflection here, Roman. Black water, eh?

daniel valovich
06-27-2010, 06:15 PM
I like the image concept but the dragonflies don't look real. Looks like a animated filter was used and too much sharpening and saturation.I would like to see a more realistic version. Still a kool image!

Tim Munsey
06-28-2010, 02:23 AM
Well captured but too strong on the flash for my liking.

Tim Munsey

Kaushik Balakumar
06-28-2010, 03:06 AM
Great moment Roman. Good use of f/32 !
Very well seen & captured. Flash looks a bit strong.

Jonathan Ashton
06-28-2010, 09:40 AM
It's a fine shot but I would have tried to use less flash if possible I realise light was less than optimal. The first thing that caught my eye was the blue on the male's body - especially the first few segments I suspect they were blown and you have reduced them in Shadows highlights or curves or perhaps I do you an injustice and there is reflection off the water, anyhow they look slightly smudged. Nevertheless it is a fine shot.

Mike Moats
06-28-2010, 11:11 AM
Hey Roman, I just got done commenting on Tim's great D-fly with reflection and here is anothr one. I think you did a great job on producing the image, but have to say the black water doesn't work for me, as it reminds me of flower shots with black BG's, which I also don't care for. But the fact is this is still one awesome image.

Roman Kurywczak
06-28-2010, 02:35 PM
Hi All,
Thanks for the comments! Maybe it's a Jersey thing.....but our ponds usually have dark/black water anyway! The body was bright but not blown, but will double check the the original RAW histogram. I knew this wouldn't be everyones cup of tea.....but the colors are what drew me. I do have an earlier more natural light image.......not my favorite though!

Jerry van Dijk
06-28-2010, 02:35 PM
Many good comments already given. I like the reflection in the black water. It would even have been better without the rippling.

Bob Miller
06-28-2010, 06:39 PM
Hi Roman....the colors to me do look too intense and unnatural but i still find it an awesome image anyway!

Anita Bower
06-29-2010, 12:20 PM
Nice reflection and colors. I like the overall darkness. You must have amused some of the other visitors as you took this shot.