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Flying dragon

Flying dragon
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-02 9:05
Viewed: 5556
Points: 30
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Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

This is my first dragonfly that I got. I am very pleased to get it in the air. I know itís not nearly as nice as some of the in air posts Iíve seen here, but itís mine and I love it. Hope you like it too.

Very large dragonfly. Itís wingspan on average 105mm, with sky blue abdomen and a green thorax. Females closely resemble males. Frequently preys on other dragonflies. Common near pools, streams and stagnant water. Their nymphs are extremely large (55mm).

Now that I know where to get them I will frequent the spot more often.

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Very nice Gerhard
This is difficult, you manage well.
Good colours and nice composition.
Well done.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2004-10-02 9:39]

Train rentrť, volets position haute, parfait pour le vol tout comme la photo. Bravo faut le faire.
Jean louis.

Gerhard, Yes I like it too! Good color. I tried getting lucky the other day in my backyard shooting Dragons in flight the same day I shot some Humingbirds in flight with shutter priority. I was counting on them getting close enough,and they did a few times but even with continous AF no luck..:-((

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-02 13:10]

Today I was fishing. And every time there was that chaser, in front of me. I got my camera, and When I was ready for the photo the chaser was away.

So I like your freesing first dragonfly gerhard. Gefeliciteerd. En het resultaat is erg goed.

I am amazed, we are getting used to see this kind of pics, and they are very difficult to obtain. Very good work, Gerhard.

Yes good first try Gerhard. Not an easy target I would imagine. I hopefully next year will try for such shots myself as these insects are amazing. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-02 16:13]

Bliksem!! Hierdie is 'n pragtige skoot. You captured this very well and I am not only impressed. but jealous. Very well captured and I am very glad you are enjoyng the camera.


It may not be the greatest, but its very good. I'm sure you spent a long time with many blurred shots before got this one. I love the opposing direction of the wing pairs, again not easy to capture (one pair up, one pair down). I love looking at these in-flight shots on TN, I hope you get some more to share with us.

Well its as good as any in flight shots I have gerhard, well seen against the plain BG of the water.
it certainly looks like the Emperor dragonfly we get, nice one

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-02 18:41]

Es realmente muy buena Gerhard, tal vez la agudeza no esperfecta, pero el detalle de las alas, y mŠs teniendo en cuenta que es en vuelo ameritan su publicacion.

It is really very good Gerhard, perhaps the sharpness is not perfect, but the detail of the wings, and more considering than it is in flight deserve its publication.

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  • Verti Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 12] (99)
  • [2004-10-02 23:07]

Excellent capture even though it lacks sharpness ... well, it is a moving target. I'm surprised it's your first dragonfly picture. I look forward to seeing more.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-03 3:20]

Congratulations on this very nice capture.
Even the detail of the wing veins show clearly.
Great work,very well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-10-03 6:36]
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Gerhard, this a very difficult for taken this photo, but very nice, my compliments for this, question; you camera E300 in which modus you have worked? sport or something else?

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-03 13:46]

Great shot Gerhard, now you will be addicted. I'm glad that you are proud of it, they take some effort getting these pictures and I know it's a grat feeling when you get one as good as this. Looking forward to more.

I like it, yes I do!!! Great dragonfly!!!

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