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Landing gear Down

Landing gear Down
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragon-fly [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-25 11:33
Viewed: 3956
Points: 26
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This is my addition to the Dragonflies in flight that have appeared on TN this summer, Saturday being a warm and sunny day and there seemed to be a dragon that was cooperative. Now I know its not the best one by a long way, but of the Sony F707 this is pretty good (I Think?)
A male Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) had staked out this wooden top rail of a fence around our nursery lake as a sunning spot and centre of its territory for finding available females. It was taking off and hovering over a 1m / 3ft section before landing again. So I sat down on the bench which is about 5ft away from the fence, set the aperture for a OOF BG and set the camera to macro and 3/4 zoom (any more in macro and the camera refuses to focus) and turned on the flash at low power to add some infill light, it also seems to help freeze the wing movement a little.
the technique I used was to focus on the wooden plank and half hold the shutter button down to keep the settings and wait for it to take off, and hope to keep it in frame out of several hours of shooting there was only 4 images even vaguely reasonable, I chose this one because it showed it doing something other and feet tucked up against the body.
I must admit I had been hoping to see more dragons this year, but they do not seem to have been around in large numbers but it has been a cloudy damp summer here in the east of the UK.
Sharpen with USM

Hope you like the attempt

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For having tried this with my former f-717 (very like your 707), I realize how difficult it is to be on the right timing and the right focus. Seems of course simple with a DSLR now! So, congratulations, Robert, it's not only a very good shot, but the wings and just a short part of the leg shadowing on the wood adds realism to the motion. Nice warm colors too.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-25 12:58]

Hi Robert, congratulations! Yesterday I tried do same thing but I'm less patient than you and gave up. Very good photo, really. I like composition with shadows of wings on wood and good BG. Title is also very suitable :-)

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-09-25 13:58]

Hi Robert,

Excellent shot and well done on the capture and details. Cool shot.


Wow - you did it - but I: nothing :-(. - Brillant!!! Congrats. Excellent shot Robert, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Robert

I agree with the others - it is a very good shot indeed. What makes this shot so good imo is - as the title says - that you can see the one leg is down and ready to take contact with the fence. It add a lot of action to the picture and makes it look "realistic". The colours are very natural and the 1/800 just froze the wings enough to show some details. Finally the panorama cropping makes the picture perfect. I wonder if you would have had a touch down if you had been able to shoot in sequence mode;-).

However the picture has some noise and I think Jean Michel did a very good job.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-09-25 21:32]

Hey, you made it. Congratulations. Well captured moment. I admire your patience or a good luck. TFS! Michal

I think the background is a bit noisy in this one Rob. But apart from that its a good attempt with your equipment. There is nothing like pushing to the max with what you have at the time and getting the most out of it. Its great to see the landing ggear down and the dfly seemingly focused on the post. Well done.

Bonsoir Robert,
Excellente capture en plein vol, très difficile. Beaucoup de netteté et bon PDC.

Lovely capture, Robert. I am just back from my vacation and have lots of photos to check out and edit. I will supply a proper critique later my friend.

This is a very impressive capture.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-09 13:45]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Robert. Have a good week!

Great timing on this capture Rob. I like the horizontal framing although there is a little noise in the image which could be cleaned up. Well done

Love the shot and very well captured how many attempts before this one? I've got lots of shots of blurred unidentifiable bits of insects that never left the memory card. Maybe next year…

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-12-29 4:12]

very intresting action shot! and difficult to take with non-SLR camera!

i want to wish you a happy New Year and thanks for all your kind words and very useful critiques in my address!

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