From The Archives – Blue Dasher Dragonfly
It certainly took long enough to bring a dragonfly into this series of blog posts…
This image, more than just about any that I’ve shown, has gotten more howls of “I bet you spent hours playing with this one in Photoshop. Why can’t you just leave an image alone.”
Truth be told, I did leave this image alone in Photoshop. Minus some work to remove spots from the sensor because it was shot with such a small f-stop opening (for the record, that would be f20) to get the dragonfly wings to pop, I did very little in Photoshop to make this image what it is.
The place was the International Water Lily Collection in San Angelo, Texas. The background was the somewhat decorative concrete deck on the edge of one of the pools about 2-3 feet below the dragonfly. This combined with some other vegetation on the deck laid the groundwork for the funky background. The dragonfly was at the minimum focusing distance for that lens. This all but guaranteed that the depth of field was going to be not much more than depth of the dragonfly and vegetation it was perched on. That turned the deck and vegetation below the dragonfly into parfait and achieved what I was hoping for.
Truth be told I probably nudged the saturation up just a tick, but that was normal for every image out of the Canon 30D…in RAW it purposely undersaturated colors. I may have nudged the color temperature a hair, but given that this was shot at almost 6pm early in the Texas summer I probably didn’t need to mess with it much. A hair of sharpening, and it was good to go. Or translated, likely just a little bit less than I normally do with any image that I do. If you get it right in the camera to begin with, you don’t need to massage it with Photoshop.