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Copyright: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot A610
Exposure: f/4
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-01 5:59
Viewed: 3473
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
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This must be an attack helicopter :-) Search and destroy! This pov is a little different from the general, so i tought that it can be posted. Look at that four wings position and folded legs!

Hey but, there is an abnormal situation, it looks like that he is searching the sky more than the ground! (or absolutely its glance on my camera, maybe there is a danger from an unknown object targeting him) :-))

Flash with -1.67 exposure in aperture priority mode of my camera...

Dragonflies and damselflies, like cockroaches, are one of the oldest types of insects. The only thing that has changed about dragonflies and damselflies, known as "Odonata," are their size. In prehistoric times, when dinosaurs could be found roaming the earth, odonata were as big as hawks. Odonate fossils have been discovered in Kansas, Siberia, and many other parts of the world. They had wingspans of about thirty inches and were the largest insects to ever live.

Dragonflies have been an extremely popular subject of folklore in many cultures, most notably Japan. In Europe they have been regarded as dangerous, but they neither sting nor bite and are in fact completely harmless to humans. Actually, odonates are in some ways beneficial as predators because they can be used to control pests. The quality of the environment can be somewhat monitored by odonates because their presence is strongly affected by different factors such as waterflow, pollution, and vegetation. Odonate larvae are sometimes used as bait by fishermen, and adults are a minor food item in some countries, but other than that dragonflies are of little economic importance.

These scourges of the ponds live as larvae for up to four years. The flying adults have only a bit over a month of life in the open air. Although more handsome, they also are deadly hunting machines. Unlike other families of flying insects, dragonflies and damselflies can maneuver each of their four wings independently. This ability gives them their helicopter-like capabilities for hovering, changing direction, and flying backward. Big dragonflies can speed along at 60 miles per hour, and their helmetlike eyes---each with some 30,000 separate facets---give them a wide field of vision. They prefer to hunt by day, but can see very well in darkness. Dragonflies also have unusually movable necks, so they can turn their heads to locate prey even while they fly.

Not only are these big insects superbly equipped to find and outfly potential prey, they have design features making it easy to catch dinner on the wing. Their long legs are set well forward under their bodies, and the front legs are bedecked with a number of spines. Folded forward and cupped together, the dragonfly's legs make a kind of catcher basket to snare airborne prey or to snatch a victim off a leaf.

Thanks for visiting!

infos are from...

http://www.discoverlife.org/nh/tx/Insecta/Odonata/

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF11/1144.html

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Muhteşem, magnificent.......
Son derece güzel bir yapıt bu bu kadar az yorum alması ne ilginç.
Bu tarz çekim ile uğraşanlara ne güzel bir örnek.
Açılar, bakış noktası, kadraj şahane. Seyir halinde çekilmiş olması bir kere 50 p eder.
Tebrikler..

Hello Ersin,
Nice top-shot with excellent DOF and good detail. The subject stands out well from the BG also. The flash effect has blown-out the insects color just a bit. What was your shutter-speed BTW?
Well done and TFS!

Great and unusual POV indeed!
Very difficult to do and you really succeed in making these amazing picture.
Regards.
Emmanuel

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-07-01 11:28]

I'm not quick enough to take thses. I like the POV and the composition. Great

Hi Ersin,
WOOW!!
Fantastic effect.
Excellent composition.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-07-01 19:01]

Hi Ersin !
Wonderful damselfly ! Excellent details, composition and DOF, buty what I like most is the pose of the damslfly, and particularly the pose of its wings and legs. You havbe captured her at the perfect moment, excellent timing ! Very well done !
Valérie.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-02 18:03]

Hi Ersin
Great POV and shot. Good composition, light, colours, sharpnes and details.
Well done Ersin

osse

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-03 12:25]

Hello Ersin,
Wonderful capture.Unbelievable results at 1/60 shutter speed.I liked POV,sharpness and composition a lot.
TFS...:-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-04 13:13]
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Very good capture Ersin!
Was it on fly?
Excellent and quite interesting POV!
Very good details too!|
5* and TFS

If I didn't know you I would think that you are photo faker

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  • hrz Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 1] (7)
  • [2006-10-16 6:13]
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Hi Ersin ! This is my favorite photo of your, it is very difficult to choose one of your great photos, all are so good, and again i just try to figure out why i can not get as great shots although i have same camera ;) i really have a lot to learn.

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