Photography & Photoshop

Red Dragonfly


I was organizing some pictures today and came across this picture I took of a red dragonfly that captured my attention one day while at the zoo last fall.  We have blue dragonflies around here a lot in the summer, but I had never seen a red one before. I love the way the red pops against the green and how the iridescent wings sparkle in the sun.


Here’s the same image after I messed around with it in Photoshop to give it more of a painterly effect. Photoshop – all the fun of painting but without the mess.

25 thoughts on “Red Dragonfly

  1. and yet again I am reminded that I have to find that picture somewhere… this week it might actually happen as I’m trying to get all my pictures backed up to CD!

  2. That is a great photo! We have lots of red dragonflies here in Japan. In fact, it may be the most common one here, but I don’t think I have ever seen one that bright before. Beautiful!

    It was an especially bright red dragonfly, but she got a little help from Photoshop! ~AM

  3. Wow! That’s SO cool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red one, either.
    They’d look cool framed side-by-side.

  4. Dragon flies are beautiful up close.
    Did you publish the 2nd picture much later than the 1st? I got the post last night and there was only the one picture and today there are 2. I’m trying to decide if I have computer problems!
    You can email me if you want.

    I have a camera now and I need to get familiar with it. Then I want to try photoshop etc. I tend to hold back on playing with it. Everyone else I’m with does such a better job and lets me know it.

  5. Cool picture. Hmmmmm I can’t say that I’ve seen a red one before. We have the blue, black, and the green which are quite common out here in our neck of the Woods.
    Gonna be more observant this year and look closer.
    I wonder if they can change colors to their enviornment, like some other critters which have that capability?

  6. I always love your photography and, most of the time, what you do with it in Photoshop. However, I have to say that this time I like the original best. In the original it is obvious that the dragon fly is unique because of it’s color. In the Photoshop version, the red looks ‘photoshopped’ like all of the other color enhancements, and therefore not special. Sorry. Just an observation.

  7. I disagree with Janet completely! I LOVE the second one – it looks like a painting. Were you not going for that kind of overstated artistic effect? I think it’s interesting and extra special. Is it for sale?? 🙂

  8. Love the dragonfly. I do not have photo shop. I think it would be very addicting (o: I wanted to tell you a funny thing that happened to this Grammy while watching the Grands play at McDonalds. A lady chatted with me for awhile, then wanted to know if she could leave her kids with me while she ran to the store. I did NOT know this woman. Crazy!

  9. Today I saw my first red dragonfly and was kind of stunned. It was fun to find your web site and see what you did with a similar experience. I love the Photoshopped result.

  10. I too had never seen a red draginfly, until one started visiting me daily here in Arlington, TX. I have not been able to take a good picture yet, yours is stunning.

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