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Southern Hawker

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 23 September 2012 in Animal & Insect.

I posted a shot today and noticed some severe JPG banding in the background, I then opened it on my Mac, and it was truly disgusting so, sorry to those of you who have already commented, I've uploaded a different shot that shows less of the banding

Breaking the rules-I know

Canon EOS-1D X 1/5000 second F/5.0 ISO 1600 200 mm

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

It's amazing that you were able to focus that good on that thing!

23 Sep 2012 5:04am

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Wow, superb shot. Lovely.

23 Sep 2012 5:27am

Richard from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Cracking photo!

23 Sep 2012 6:59am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely frame though

23 Sep 2012 7:04am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I know what you mean. bumped into this problem before. Great shot though especially as its wings were beating!

23 Sep 2012 7:50am

@Curly: Curly, to confuse the issue, whilst you were looking at the shot, I changed it to another one. Sorry to muck you about. This banding thing is odd. Sometimes I get it sometimes I don't, sometimes reloading the same file gets rid of it, sometimes not. Odd.

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful dragonfly. I love these insects. The other day I got my first view of a dragonfly's life that came to my house! One day taught by ... not as perfect as yours ... But I illusion ... best regards Chris...

23 Sep 2012 8:30am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Eine gelungene Aufnahme. Ist nicht einfach diese Dinger scharf abzubilden.

23 Sep 2012 8:42am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A beautiful photo, I love the focus on the insect and the depth of field. It's beautiful.
Have a good Sunday.

23 Sep 2012 8:56am

shooter from United Kingdom

brilliant shot

23 Sep 2012 9:08am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

so still I thought at first it floated dead in a pond :0 Well caught Dhris

23 Sep 2012 9:14am

dang from Atlanta, United States

Nicely done, excellent sharpness. On "banding"... if you're shooting in RAW, or Adobe RGB be sure to convert to sRGB before uploading. Images will be re-processed to sRGB for web, which uses less color space. Here's a good article you might like to view.
Hope it helps.

23 Sep 2012 9:21am

@dang: Thanks for passing on the knowledge. The bit I find confusing is that I shoot in sRGB, my adobe workspace is sRGB, and my "Save for web" is set to sRGB. Even odder, I can post a shot onto AM3, and see banding in the sky, re-post exactly the same image , and it goes away-sometimes-and sometimes not. Dunno what's going on here.....

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

Excellent shot - I wonder how many bpm (rpm?)

23 Sep 2012 9:21am

@Brockaly: Now, being the sad man that I am, I did do a calculation which went like this....At 1/3200 the wing was sharp, I tried slower speeds, and found that at 1/300th second the wing travelled around 1/5th of the total swept distance. so, if 1/300th= 1/5, then one downbeat = 1/60th, therefore 1 cycle of up and down must be around 1/60th 1/60th= 1/30th, therefore I reckon about 30 BPM. No idea if that is what an etymologist would come up with, but that's what I reckon(Yeah, I know, too much time on my hands!!!)

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Un envol superbement capté!

23 Sep 2012 9:56am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Magnifique image, superbe travail. Bon dimanche.

23 Sep 2012 10:16am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Awesome little guy

23 Sep 2012 10:16am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

A great and funny photo. Destination of significance. One might imagine that it is smiling photographer.

23 Sep 2012 10:55am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful dragonfly. I love these insects. The other day I got my first view of a dragonfly's life that came to my house! One day taught by ... not as perfect as yours ... But I illusion ... best regards Chris...

23 Sep 2012 11:31am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Incredible shot as it flew along ... it boggles my mind, and as for the calculations, you do 'em, and we'll enjoy the results! ;D

23 Sep 2012 11:54am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Well I am blind as a bat anyway but, for what it is worth, this , as Richard notes, is a totally cracking shot, Chris. And Dang's recommentdation that leads to the Cambridge in Colour tutorial/writeup is definitley worthwhile. That website - Cambridge in Colour - I have found is the most readable, understandable, thorough, and fun learning site around...Now if I could just learn to take the time to read carefully and put into practice...This is a GREAT shot Chris!

23 Sep 2012 2:44pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe iamge et cpatage de cette libellule sueprbe cpatage e tiamge.

23 Sep 2012 4:20pm

franz from Baden, Austria

amazing ... as if frozen in air!
i like to read about these technical details, as i myself know NOTHING about it ...

23 Sep 2012 4:45pm

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

This is super impressive! Aside from bees, dragonflies are the coolest insect out there in my opinion.

23 Sep 2012 5:05pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Outstanting macro in fly...

23 Sep 2012 5:28pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Great insectgeographical capture!

You see I can coin new words

23 Sep 2012 5:51pm

SalSa from Tehran, Iran

Great Macro

23 Sep 2012 6:03pm

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

I know you like sharp, but I think I prefer your other one .....and would it not be BPS, but nice maths man.

23 Sep 2012 6:13pm

@CATCHLIGHT: Yep, cock up at the last step BPS(Hz), not BPM

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

He would never get served in the Clachaig Inn.

23 Sep 2012 6:15pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

An amazing capture Chris.

23 Sep 2012 6:26pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Perfect! Great macro, well composed. I've tried this several times... but no way. I must improve. I really like this stunning sharpness.... dragonflies can fly at high speeds, and you have frozen it to show it to us ;-)

23 Sep 2012 7:36pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom


23 Sep 2012 8:45pm

dang from Atlanta, United States

I've never noticed a banding problem here personally, so not sure either. Have you tried "Save As" and seen if it still happens. Recently, I began posting 800px shots, at only around 100kb without problem. The file size on this shot is 320kb, which should be more than enough, especially since the saturation isn't heavily "punched". Maybe it's a browser problem, some read color space differently. You can Google to see how to check the settings for each one. Interesting problem, for sure. Thanks.

23 Sep 2012 8:59pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Magnificent image. So sharp and a nice background. :)

23 Sep 2012 9:08pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I always shoot in Jpeg, i know i know :( but i generally don't see any difference between a raw and jpeg before or after editing, and i'm still more of a happy snapper with a photographic hobby than a picture perfectionist. But this is a gorgeous shot, i'm sure i would of been happy with the one you replaced also ;)

23 Sep 2012 9:36pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Absolutely stunning !!! Great shot with impressive sharpness and detail ... Excellent timing

23 Sep 2012 10:56pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand


23 Sep 2012 11:03pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & wonderful!

23 Sep 2012 11:12pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 Sep 2012 12:43am

David from Avranches, France

Great inflight shot.

24 Sep 2012 6:36am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom


24 Sep 2012 9:15am

farideh from rasht, Iran

Really nice

24 Sep 2012 12:48pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love this hovering 3D effect - stunning shot!

24 Sep 2012 1:59pm

Canon EOS-1D X
1/5000 second
ISO 1600
200 mm