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Compound Eyes

Compound Eyes
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Copyright: Goutham Ramesh (goutham_ramesh) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 154 N: 2871] (12237)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 180 Macro Ex HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): GouthamInsects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 10:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Hi all,
I wanted to shoot this kind of picture for a very long time. Yesterday was "THE DAY", I have streched my equipment and back for this shot. This was shot im OMKAR hills yesterday morning. We noticed this fellow nicely basking in the morning sun , approached him slowly and went very near to guy,composed and was about to click when this guy flew...... Fortunately having seen dragon flies i did not move my equipment an inch and waited for this fella, bang he came back to the same perch again, got some shots.
I like the compound eyes and those hairs(I think it uses those hairs to detect motion(not sure))

A compound eye is a visual organ found in arthropods such as insects and crustaceans. It consists of one to thousands of ommatidia which are tiny independent photoreception units that consist of a cornea, lens, and photoreceptor cells which distinguish brightness and color. The image perceived by the arthropod is a combination of inputs from the numerous ommatidia, which are oriented to point in slightly different directions. Compared with single-aperture eyes, compound eyes have poor image resolution; however, they possess a very large view angle and the ability to detect fast movement and, in some cases, the polarization of light.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compound_eye

Goutham R

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-12 10:48]

Hello Goutham,
this is a very impressive view on the dragonfly's compound eyes and the connection between head an thorax. Nice details. Exellent macro-work.
Best wishes, Peter


what can i speak on this pic ? plz just give me a break , this is simply amazing , the detials , sharpness , compisition all are so perfect. U havent let me anything more to say on this pic. Its the best i have seen,



Anna Bond, this is a magnificent picture. Very good. Great details. I see this just as I and Pawan were debating between the efficiency of 100mm versus 180mm(See Fartash's). Would like your esteemed input on - IF...the same person were to take a snap of the same object with either a 105 or 150 or 180 mm. WHICH lense would give the best results? Do let me know?

TFS, Kiran Vasudeva

A picture of surgical precision, as they say, Goutham.
The components of the compound eye are etched out sharp and clear in this macro.
I can even count the hair at the back of the eyes :-); they are so clearly delineated.
The contortions you have to perform with your body sometimes to shoot a picture test your physical endurance to the limit, I agree.
This one is really worth the back pain.
TFS and bye.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-12 11:09]

Hi Goutham.
Fantastic close-up. View as at the surgeon on an operational table. Tremendous details and sharpness. Perfect and interesting lighting and colours. Impressive diagonal contracture. Exact DOF and expressive POV. Bravo and TFS.

Well done Goutham.
Well composed diagonal presentation in this extreme closeup. Well exposed showing very fine/sharp details, and great color.. I know you have to fight for every bit of DOF you get. I enjoyed the note on the compound eye, thanks.
Have a Great Day!

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-12 11:34]

Bonsoir Goutham,
Tout simplement S U P E R B E ! Définition, couleurs, composition, profondeur de champ : +++++

Hi Goutham,
this was close.
The 180mm is great for this kind of shots.
Lovely colours, good POV and very good details.
Well done.

I’m really impressed. You’ve got it all. Thank you for the note as well.

Hi Goutham,
excellent sharpness, I like the colours and the motive, dragonflies are so interesting, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Goutham - great macro here! Very nice colors, good POV, excellent sharpness and we can see many details. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Goutham,

Exellent shot with a unusual POV
Superb sharp details and colours
Perfect eyes and lightning
nice composition
congratulated with this fantastic shot

TFS Thijs

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-12 13:51]

Hi Goutham,
Congratulation for this excellent macro where you have dissect the dragonfly head, neck and eyes! Details at top level.
TFS, José M.

Great macro.
Almost a Picasso.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-12 15:30]

Hi Goutham,
Great macro, unusual pov, nice composition. Sharpness is excellent.
TFS paula

Hi Goutham,
Very fine macro picture. Crystal clear with all details clearly seen. Very well done and TFS.

I love the sharpness and the beautiful colours. There's a nice reflection in the eye,

One of the best closeups of Anisoptera on treknature. Beautiful colors and light.
Best wishes

hi goutham,
lovely shot,
well composed,
well saturated colours,
excellent sharpness,
details captured very well,
excellent pov,
nice bg,
good dof,
very well done, excellent macro shot,
tfs & regards

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-11-13 6:05]

Hi Goutham,
Beautiful shot, with pin sharp detail and amazing colours. Excellent framing and composition.

Goutam, This is an amazing picture. I can imagine the patience you had to have to get this perfect shot. Excellent level of details and color. Were you stretched on the ground to take this picture?
Fantastic work.
Regards, Murali Santhanam


Very impressive work,
I like it alot.


Different look to the dragonfly. i like these different choices. Really interesting detail of the head!

Hi Goutham,
Fabulous shot and a very impressive gallery, the detail in this is amazing, colours are wonderful, excellent work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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