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...around the pond...

Today I used my Tamron 90 an old manual one to shoot this. I put my flash on and just guessed at the exposure as it is all manual with my D50. I see this is over-exposed which I tried to fix in PS as much as possible. Anyway...C&C welcome!

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Karma,
It looks to be a Male Western Pondhawk. This particular species isn't too skittish around people if you take it slow. In fact, I have had the males land on my camera. Nice shot.
 
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Thank you! Is the blue one the Western Pondhawk? It was much less skittish than the black/white stripped one. That one would make several passes by me before landing for a short time.
 
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Nice shots Karma. As you mention, a little overexposed but very nice. Do you shoot RAW or jpg.?
 
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Karma,
For some reason I can't see the third picture. The first two (the blue dragon) are the Pondhawk. They get used to people pretty quickly, and it seems as though they are curious.
 
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Tojor...I shot these RAW. Do you have a trick to fix the exposure? I tried a couple of things but I'm new to it all so would invite any advice.

Spectre, hmmm I don't know why the third photo doesn't show up??
 
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If you can post a link to the original RAW file I can try and fix the overexposure.... Not saying I can, but I would try.
 
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Well, I'd like to but don't have a place to upload .nef files =(
 
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Karma, if you shoot Raw you can correct the exposure in NX or ACR or you can use the shadow/highlight tool in PS. Those blue powdered dragonflies are very hard to catch.
 
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Nice shots, a bit hot exposure as mentioned, otherwise, nice...

You can use -EV correction during the nef->tiff/jpg convertion and I think atleast first one can be fully recovered...
 
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OK, I should have clarified. I did tweak these in ACR, adjusting the exposure and such. I even tried running it through twice but it just didn't come out very good. I will go back out and try again...adjusting my flash or trying it without flash.
 
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