Ashwini Kumar Bhat
This damselfly was sitting on that stick for more than an hour!

It was there when we arrived and it was still there when we left the place after shooting Gigs of other images!

I think it was truly meditating in that pristine forest of Yana.

Yana, Western Ghats, Karnataka
Aug 2010

D300, 300mm f/4 + TC14EII
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:14 pm
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Commentby Vijay Mohan Raj on Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:24 pm

This is a great image, I love the macroscape of the image. I would personally add an offshoe fill flash on the dragonfly.

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Commentby Prithvi K on Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:24 pm

Wow! , amazing Ashwin.
Truly serene. The only distracting thing is that brown twig (is it a twig) between the tail and the wings.
I would love to know what kind of equipment you used. Is it a wide angle lens? Extension tubes? filters?

Commentby Nilanjan Das on Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:57 pm

This is absolute beauty Aswini. Agree with VMR, a little fill up would have been nice but I like this version too :)

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:25 pm

just perfect title for the situation, ashwini. somehow, i find the backdrop too distracting to have a zen feeling in the image. love the compo & light here.


Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Ashwini Kumar Bhat on Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:17 pm

Thanks friends!
@ Prithvi - I always mention the equipments that I have used as the bottom most line of my description. You can find it there. Its 300mm f/4 + 1.4x TC on D300.
Yes that brown twig is distracting to me too. But I was helpless.

@ VMR and Nilajan - That's a great idea. But the situation was not helpful to execute it as this guy was in the middle of the water and this is a full frame image at
420mm, taken from the bridge!

@ Nevil - I agree with you on the zen feel to the image. The bg is a slightly over distracting to feel that. Thanks for your view.

Ashwini Kumar Bhat
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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:09 am

Love this macro scape Ashwin ! Dragonfly stands out nicely against the beautiful water fall in bg. Traces of leaves on top right adds to the frame. You may try sharpening the dragonfly just a bit. Thanks for sharing

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Commentby Saurabh Sawant on Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:47 pm

I'm Speechless :)