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Me and My Shadow

black-winged damselfly


A busy damselfly pauses on a leaf, her shadow clear in the bright mid-day sun. She looks right at me and seems just as curious of me as I am of her.

I’m not as informed about damselflies as I could be and can’t really identify this one beyond a few guesses. I found it as I was wading in Robinson Run in Collier Township, Pennsylvania this weekend.

3 responses

  1. If you don’t mind my asking, is the ‘look’ of the image due to a shallow depth of field or creative work within Photoshop?

    Either way, I love the softness of the image.

    July 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    • Not at all–it’s actually a shallow depth of field. I used my 18-55 lens focused on her face and waited for her to look up at me. I have a DSLR for these sorts of shots. But that’s also why I chose to render it monochromatic–that really enhances focus on the sharpest part of the image while the whole thing becomes a pattern. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      July 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      • Sorry, I had the wrong photo, the wrong lens, and all! It was my 70-300 set on 300mm. I also have another lens which creates the same sort of focus that’s my old 50mm with a 15.X teleconverter, and the focal range can be as short as the edge of a petal. I shoot wildflowers that way all the time so you can study them without the distraction of all the background..

        July 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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