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The Emperor has Arrived

The Emperor has Arrived
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Pankaj Bajpai's Favourite [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-22 1:05
Viewed: 4640
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes, it seems that we have a new species of dragonfly in Sweden! With the help of the long hot summer of 2006, there was a population explosion of the Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) in C. Europe. A number of these came to S. Sweden and they seem to be here to stay.

We saw both this male patrolling over a recently created pond and the female ovipositing in a nearby smaller and shallower pond. WORKSHOP

To the credit of the National Department of Defence, these ponds were dug out on our nearby army shooting range primarily to create homes for the threatened Natterjack and Green toads. One can speculate about the survival of their tadpoles with the appearance of the voracious Emperor Dragonfly nymphs!

Though we can see a number of photos of settled Emperors on TN, I have yet to capture one resting. Instead, I spent some time and a number of attempts at photographing the male in flight. This is the best of the shots that I took.

As usual this shot was taken with the camera hand-held and the distance was about 4 meters. The dark blue BG is water reflecting the sky.

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Hello Ivan this is superb work fine sharpness and excellent detail nice clean background it's a beauty tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Ivan
great shot
excellent sharpness and colours

Hola Ivan,
Gran macro, con la dificultad de encuadrar y enfocar estas miniaturas al vuelo, Saludos
José Ramón

Outstanding in flight capture...Detail and color are fantastic...Great POV...I didn't know dragonflies tucked in their legs during flight...Very well done...TFS

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-22 2:01]

Hi Ivan,
an awesome capture of this Emperor Dragonfly.
Superb quality and sharpness.
I just don't know how some of these TN members, including you, can capture dragonflies in flight!!! It is a skill which I have to master.
Well done,
Joe :)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-07-22 2:15]

Hi Ivan,

An excellent capture and that in flight,the ones I see flying overhere are almost impossible to capture (even with a video) camera,you did a great job with excellent colors and sharpness,tfs


Estas fotos crean aficcion !!! Excelente "congelación" en pleno vuelo con un enfoque milimétrico y unos colores muy reales. Buen trabajo Ivan.

Hi Ivan
quite a few flying dragonflies here on TN. BUT this one is by far the most perfect I have seen here. Beautifull BG; amazing sharpness, lovely colours and amzing DOF.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-22 4:25]

Hi Ivan,
Amazing in-flight shot of this dragonfly. Very neat and crisp with sharp details. Lovely colours and the contrast of blue on blue looks fantastic. Excellent POV and a breath-taking composition. Kudos.

hi ivan,
very nice , its very difficult to get a proper shot of dragonfly and you managed here with the flying dragonfly, very nice pov, great timing, sharp image with good detail,
well done,
tfs & regards

selam ivan, wow excellent macro shot and very good composition of this d.fly while its fliying nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-07-22 6:14]

Hello Ivan,
Bravo to have captured this flying Emperor. Not easy to catch it. I like the blue tones of the picture and the very dynamic arrival of the dragonfly into the picture.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-22 7:22]

Hi Ivan.
This splendid big kind of dragonfly I seen near ours pond,but she will never non - settling on perch? :-(( ?
Excellent youre capture of this dragonfly in-fly(as well as second shot in WS).Perfect sharpness,well composed,wonderful colors and superb blue BG.Precise work!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hi Ivan, splendid flyng dragonfly, like an helicoptere, with wonderful details, great sharpness and beautiful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,
Now this is a capture from a true professional. Excellent and difficult to catch composition with great POV. Beautiful colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Ivan,
One of the better dragon inflights I've seen on TN. Excellent sharpness, detail, color and use of ambient light. Very good POV and comosition as well.
Very well done.

bonjour ivan
celle du WS est egalement tres belle.felicitations.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-22 9:04]

Hi Ivan,

Wow! This might be the best in-flight shot I have seen - and it's a little dragonfly!! Absolutely superb - looks like a small airplane coming at you. The colors and crisp details are amazing. I love that blue, the wings, and that wonderful sky. This is what picture perfect is.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-22 9:40]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic inflight capture, this is a great image with sharp details and marvelous colors.

Hello Ivan,
This is a very attractive capture, it is amazing to see the fine details in-flight!
Wonderful composition and a ver yattractive colour palette!
Pablo -

Yes Ivan...:-)
Wonderful sharpness versus unsharpness. Talking about body and so forth versus wings.
Extraordinary and well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-07-22 13:22]

very very difficult to made,my greats compliments

Hello Ivan.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-23 2:30]

Ivan, It looks like that the fly is ready for either bungee jumping or trying jump to the pool. Very well taken and you have made this shot looks easy. TFS Ganesh

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-23 8:07]

Hi Ivan,
I've missed this one. It's a superb in-flight capture of this dragonfly. Focus, sharpness, details and POV are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-23 13:51]

Hola Sr. Ivan. Bella foto. Exelente el momento logrado en el vuelo de esta Libelula. Muy finos detalles y con un fondo que le da un valor agragado. Saludos Luis52.

Hello Ivan,
I have great admiration for anyone who can take an action shot with such sarp clarity! Wonderful pov and colours.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

hej ivan!
de är liksom lättare sagt än gjort de här!
very very good!

Hi Ivan,
You did freeze this dragonfly in mid air. Wonderful flying action. Sharp image with great details to appreciate. Colors are vivid and well exposed. Very well done.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-24 9:33]
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Hello Ivan,
I believe you have set a new mark for in-flight dragonfly photos. This is the best I have seen. Sharpness and details are stunning. The perfections of exposure and colors are amazing. The angle of the dragonfly, with face fully visible, could not be better. The amount of wing blur is perfect. Very crisp and clean ingae and IMO, a "once in a lifetime shot." CONGRATULATIONS!

Hi dear Ivan , my friend,
this is excellent shot at nice moment.
well composed and great focus.
A perfect shot.
thanks for sharing
my best regards

At 1/800, the dragonfly has frozen into an amazingly sharp image, Ivan. Your hands must be rock steady to capture such a great shot hand-held.
Each colour and detail is sharp and distinct in this picture and the uniformly blue BG of the sky allows no distractions at all.
Well done and thanks for sharing it.

Gorgeous Ivan...slick work creates a really dynamic look with excellent detail and smooth clear b/g...technicals spot on with a difficult subject. Best, Brat.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-07-25 13:01]

Hi Ivan,
Great capture and very good timing from you.
This is super. The sharpness and details are excellent. Very difficul to capture, so well done.
TFS Paula

Hi Ivan,
It's always hard enough to get sharpness like this at an insect sitting still, but what you did achieve with this dragonfly in flight is awsome.
Perfect DOF and exposure.
Wonderful movement in the wings and light.
The way the insect does stand out against the blue BG is very beautiful and so are colors and details.
Perfect work. My compliments
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-07-25 16:48]

Hi Ivan
Great moment shot. Great composition, colours, sharpnes and details. Have't seem then yet here in Goteborg this year.
Well done


A masterpiece Ivan
Everything is perfect, I especially love the POV and great DOF
Excellent sharpness achieved.
Hope the wetland provides a home for both dragon and toads.


Hi Ivan,
my congratulation for recording the arrival of splendid Anax imperator to Sweden, and for recording that event in such an elegant way in perfectly frozen, perfectly well detailed, marvellously composed and joyfully colourful in-flight capture.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Ivan,
to photograph a dragonfly in flight is an exploit, the result is impressive, cheer for this extraordinary pic,

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  • Max31 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 39] (201)
  • [2007-08-13 6:02]

Hi Ivan !
Magnifique photo de cet Anax empereur.
La netteté sur le corps est parfaite.


I did not even tried to take these kind of pictures, as I know how dificult is to have such a sharp details e gorgeous colors o the theme. Congratulations!

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-09-14 11:07]
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Hi Ivan,
this is perhaps even a more beautiful picture of a flying dragonfly. Have you set the lens to manual focus or can your camera keep up with the speed of the dragonfly?
Regards, Jacob

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-17 6:14]

Hello again my friend

Afte taking a look at your last post, i plunged into your gallery just to see what other Odonats species - rarer than that one - you managed to capture.
To my personal pleasure, i saw many, but when i saw this one, i just said: WOW!
This is simply outstanding! I've always wanted to capture an Anax imperator - fluing or resting - but never really managed a decent picture.
Here, the details, colors, light and composition are all absolutely brilliant! I really like the way you managed to keep the entire body length in full focus and that there is nothgin else in the frame only this respect commanding male.
Magnificent work, Ivan!!!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ivan

Excellent in-flight photo of this insect,
superbly focused with great sharpness and details,
the blur of the wings showing the movement,
and your WS photo it is a « WOW ! » photo !
because of the great POV, DOF and framing,
the excellent light, the contrast, TFS


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