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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragon-fly, Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-20 8:38
Viewed: 5710
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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Hi folks back in Winterthur from our visit to the mountains in a beautiful village called Trin Mulin which is near to the ski resort of Flims. I have had no internet connection there so this the 1st chance to show you some of the amazing wildlife I saw some of which I have on film others escaped me some where so close, I have a good near miss to share later ;0((, but other wise some interesting bits.
This 1st one was taken shortly after my arrival here on Thursday, we went for a walk and my brother said I had to look at this small pond the village had made as a nature reserve, several sorts of dragonfly where zooming about all of which I knew and have seen in England, then as we were about to move on I spotted this one hanging from its Larval exuvia from the unders side of a Marsh Marigold's (Caltha palustris) leaf. It had finished emerging from its larval shell, and had finished expanding it's wings, but was waiting for them to dry before opening them flat in which position they will remain for life. Back in England this normally seems to happen 1st thing in the morning so by the time I am at work at 7.00am they have already flown, this was after midday and it was still drying out, but as I was to find out the sun did not get into the valley till after 8.00am so they must make a late start on emerging this high up in the Alps (1000m).
As to Species this is my best informed guess is that this is a Aeshna affinis - Southern Migrant Hawk, beause alter in the week I saw a very blue coloured hawker at the site and it was bluer than the Migrant hawker we get in the UK, the alternative is Anax imperator - Emperor Dragonfly mainly because of the way the exuvia looked after it had gone, the remains of the 3 beathing tubes at the rear come to point in this species. though my bet is with the 1st one which would also increase my have seen list ;0))). One thing I am sure of it is male because of the large size to the claspers at the end of the tail it uses to grasp the female when mating.
Adjustments (all done on the new Sony laptop which has not been colour calabrated yet, so please pass comment on colours when you see it, rember too the dragonfly is very pale because it has just emerged and take a few days to get to its full colouration.
The usual things have been applied
Levels (Not Auto)
Shadows and highlights, mainly for the highlights off the water behind it.It being midday it was very harsh light and bright too. Single spot metered off the bright area on the Fons (front of the face).
Burntool at 15% and soft edged brush to darken areas not sorted out by the S&H.
USM vis Lab colour and Channels / lightness
Crop to size
Save As to preserve the Exif file Data
Post to site and hope you like my exiting find , it was the 1st time I have seen a dragonfly in this state of emergance in person.

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-06-20 9:24]

Πολύ ωραία η φωτογραφία σου Robert.
Καθαρή με οξύτητα και σωστή εστίαση.
Συγχαρητήρια!!! (gr)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-06-20 9:28]

I envy you Robert - superb moment. Almost like new life is born. Excellent pose, quality, very well spotted. Note is also great!

WOW! This is Superb Robert!One of your very best.
Excellent capture,so clear and such a lot of detail.
This will be one to remember.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-20 12:20]

Fantastic one Robert, I tell you before that you an expert. fantastic composition, fantastic dof and a greater pov, very nice the view, very good details, well Robert, I love it, great job,
gr. Jaap

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-20 15:22]

Lovely clear picture with some fine clear details... TFS...Ina...

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-20 15:40]

it is an amazing shot Robert...
wonderful details... beautiful colors...
it is so clear...
thanks a lot for sharing

Wonderful shot Robert,
Superb details, sharpness and colors. Well composed and great DOF. what an awesome moment to capture, great job.
Thanks for posting

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-21 3:31]

Wow ! You are lucky to see a such moment. And you capture it very well ! Thanks for sharing Robert !

Just beautiful Rob. I've never seen this before, its an exceptional catch, how lucky were you.
Brilliant sharpness, and great composition and POV. The DOF is excellent. Well done and TFS.

Exceptional. Thanks a lot for sharing, I had never seen this before and now to such exquisite detail.

I enjoy your captures muchly, hope to see more!!

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