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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-07 13:12
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My First Dragonfly In Flight

I think the POV could be better...LOL...Hope the next one will be better :-)
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Hello Jim,
Your first is the best & many more to come. This macro photograph has perfect details, sharpness & POV. The dragonfly stands out very well in OOF background. Very well done & thanks for sharing. It goes to my favorite.
Best wishes-Subhash

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-07 21:25]

Hello Jim,
As my dad would say, (you captured the east end of a horse going west). This is still a wonderful image and I think it deserves a lot of respect. The detail is good, the colors beautiful and the exposure right on the money!! I think you did a great job on your first in flight dragonfly!! TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-11-07 23:19]

Hi Jim

For a first attempt you did darn well. The helicopter effect was well captured (chuckle) even if the POV could have been better (squarer), as you said. I don't think you had any problem with the DOF though. The details are good throughout the range of the dragonfly and the only areas that seem slightly soft are not actually soft, but only movement in the wings (but that you already knew).

Yes, while there might be scope for improvement I still think you did very well with this first try. Photographing birds in flight is difficult enough and doing it with insects is a step or six up the thorny ladder.

Well done and TFS.

hello Jim
difficult shot,but the result is particularly fine, the feathers with the light wrote very well and the attribution of colours is exceptional, bravo for first flying Dragonfly!
keep photographing! TFS

Hello Jim,
Beautiful "helicopter". This is a great travel photograph dragonfly in flight. Bravo!

Hello Jim! Nice shot, very nice light and colours, perfect contrast and sharpness, fantastic effect. Well done!

Hello Jim,

Congratulations, you got a good result. These insects are difficult to photograph even when perched. What I can say about photography in flight!



Hello Jim,
a very good first capture of this Dragonfly in-flight, superb sharpness and fantastic warm colours, i like the golden wings, a pleasing composition with a splendid OOF BG.
Best regards

Hello Jim,
Excellent photo with many details and very good sharpness.
The colours and the blurred background are perfect.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-08 10:57]

Hi Jim. What ever it came out like its better than mine because i have yet to do one. A fine inflight picture . It shows the shape of the body well .with its blue rear part. I like the light on the wings. well taken TFs.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-08 11:37]

Hi Jim,i'm very jealous of this pic...how many times i try to do a pic like that whitout result...eheh..your is very impressive,the sharpness is fantastic!!!!And the colors too,a very professional work..my best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

hello Jim

the Dragonfly In-flight like an helicopter, excellent photo you did
with fine POV, superb focus great sharpness and details
of the Dragonfly In-flight, TFS


Hi Jim,

It is quite a challenge to capture a dragonfly in flight. The subjecy is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the dragonfly. The blurred background is putting in evidence the insect. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


Dear Jim
I wished I had any in flight and trade yours for something you want from me :)

But seriously, the biggest problem with dragonflies is their seemingly erratic flight pattern, which is VERY difficult to follow - and I assume, you tried to follow the insect with your camera like a racing car - which is easier - as they have to (or should) stay on the road...

Further you pointed up, which increases the problem with exposure etc; I see the sun hitting the right wings.

As you said to me once - when I moaned about having no birds in flight "keep trying"

I read a couple of days ago about migration of dragonflies and paste it below

In the tropical Indian Ocean, the Maldive Islands lack surface freshwater, so are unsuitable for dragonfly reproduction. Nevertheless, millions of dragonflies (Insecta, Odonata; mostly globe skimmer, Pantala flavescens) appear suddenly every year starting in October. Arrival dates in the Maldives and India demonstrate that the dragonflies travel from southern India, a distance of some 500–1000 km. Dates of arrival and occurrence coincide with the southward passage of the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Circumstantial evidence suggests that the dragonflies fly with north-easterly tail winds, within and behind the ITCZ, at altitudes over 1000 m. It is proposed that this massive movement of dragonflies is part of an annual migration across the western Indian Ocean from India to East Africa. Arrival dates in the Seychelles support this hypothesis. Dragonflies also appear (in smaller numbers) in the Maldives in May, with the onset of the southwest monsoon, suggesting a possible return migration from Africa. These proposed migrations of dragonflies, regularly crossing 3500km or more of open ocean, were previously unknown. It is known that these dragonflies exploit ephemeral rain pools for reproduction; the monsoons and ITCZ bring not only alternating, seasonal rains to India and Africa, but also appropriate winds for dragonflies to follow those rains. Several bird species migrate from India across the western Indian Ocean to wintering grounds in Africa. They do so at the same time as the dragonflies, presumably taking advantage of the same seasonal tail winds. Many of these birds also eat dragonflies; the possible significance of this was not previously appreciated.Anderson, R. C. 2009 J Trop Ecol . 25, 347–358

Have a nice week-end
Kind Regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-11 9:30]

Hello Jim,
Your DOF and sharpness is pretty good and the lighting fantastic in this flying Darner capture, though the POV is not the easiest.
The typical dragonfly wing movements are well indicated in this shot.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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