This image of a dragonfly by Evan Pagano caught my eye right away because of the bright colors and the beautiful lines. Dragonflies are commonly photographed subjects and it is difficult to photograph them in a new and exciting way – Evan did!
While some ‘rules’ of photography suggest that the subject should not be centered, this is an example of an image where centering works. I love the sharp focus on the dragonfly’s eyes and the shallow depth-of-field surrounding its body. The blurring around the dragonfly keeps my eye focused on the subject and provides a beautiful contrast to the crisp head. My favorite part of this image is the composition, I like how the wings mirror the shape of the flower. Both point out in diagonals and the combination creates a pleasing balance. If I can make one critique, it is that the image appears to be slightly over-saturated. This could be due to a difference in our viewing screens or might reflect what Evan remembers of the scene. However, I tend to err on the side of caution with saturation and would bump it down a few percent.
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