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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: 2004-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-26 8:07
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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There has been a shortage of dragonflies at the normal place for me to get a picture , the nursery lake, no go this year beause a pair of swans ate all the weed so any emerging are not hanging around :0(((#. This male Four-Spot Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) was capture at a pond in a field near where I grew up and fished it with the lad who`s dad owned it. Its now changed hands and instead of being a plain hole in the middle of a green field for cows to drink at, the new owner have planted a wild flower area and a mixture of native trees and shrubs in a largish area around it. Which means there are a lot more wild life attracted to it :0)))))# .
Four spot for obvious reasons there is 2 dark area on each wing.a fairly common english dragon fly not too bothered about what type of site it breeds in , often it maybe the 1st to arrive at freshly dug gravel workings and also the garden pond is also used, it is an early emerger they can be seen on the wing from mid may through to early August so it is now towards the end of their season. The males are very territorial picking a vantage point and launching attacks on any male that strays anway near by then returning back to the same twig (handy) , in crowded ponds like the small ponds I`ve seeen the sand dune reserve in cumbria (see 1st post) then they seem to go for anything that flies even non compeating darters and even butterflies that flew nearby.
Had to go for a different method of gettng this shot, normally I work in macro mode and use very slow stealth approach using the back sceen to frame the shot.here because they are so flighty and easily disturbed I went for maximum normal zoom (No Digital used) then stood 150 cm / 5ft away and waited for it to come back. focused using single spot metering on the nearest wing.
also unusually only F2.8 to try to keep the background out of the picture.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-07-26 9:50]
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It's a really good capture you did here Robbert, and technical it is perfect. For sure when you made it on a distanche of 5 ft. And then zooming it in, wauw. Respect full I must say. But it's through they are so flighty and easily disturbed. And when you got this result it's great. I shall trying to do it also. With my olumpus 10 x zoom I made some on the same way, but it's differcult. So you did a great job here. One thing I think I had crop it let's say 4 cm from top, but that's personal.
Thank you Robbert for this great photo and note.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-26 12:55]

Great shot for this dragonfly ! Good detail, colors and composition...

WOW Robert, & you know I don't use this often!!Shall I stick my neck out? This is the best d'fly yet posted. Why? the BG, or then lack of BG, there is just nothing to distract the eye from those wings. As for the twig crossing his tail you can clone it out, but that is a nit, not a requirement.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-26 13:22]

Realy good shot, Robert.
Good colors and DOF.
Approach shouldn't be easy!

Terrific, Robert!! Wow..truly great image! Besides the details is wonderful how you managed to get such background without a single distracting shape\color...perfect DOF!

I think I have never been so close to a dragonfly that I could look through its wings! The details are wonderfully shown to us.
Very good picture with a perfect note. Thank you...

These critters are very hard to capture. I tried in the past waiting, sneaking, tip-toeing and still i did not manage to get a decent shot off. Tremendous detail, I have never seen this detail on a live specimen before. Truly a master in the art of sneaking up to them :) Thanx for sharing.

Very nice shot of this Libellula quadrimaculata Robert. He is really set off here with a well blurred background and the colours are spot on. Though I would like to increase the effect of the diagonal wings so I took the liberty to make a little WS on him - hope you don't mind.

By the way very informative note as usual.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-26 17:03]

Lovely! Fantastic details especially in the wings - Nice composition, I like the subtle dark pastle background.

Beautiful capture of a species of dragonfly that I haven't seen before except in books ;-)
Your technique for getting this shot worked very well, he stands out nicely from the background and he's entirely within DOF range. The diagonal works very well, too.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-07-27 14:23]

Waw, these is very great, also sharp, congratulations!
Thank for sharing.

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-07-29 17:43]

Great shot Rob, good colours and DOF.

très joli, super, magnifique, classe, je l'a remet a une danseuse étoile, tout à fait génial cette prise , la netteté,le détail de ses nervures dans ses ailes...j'en reste baba...magique...bravo BI

A fairy ?
How beautiful, to see (again) all these details, especially in the wings.
You're a specialist in macro's Rob !

So that's how ya do it - don't try to get close. I should have read your note before my little trek, I would have saved myself alot of aggrivation, lacerations, and mud LOL. Great shot Robert and very useful note. Not that it's a distraction, I was just wondering if anyone else noticed the itty bitty baby dragonfly on the 3rd twig from the left? Cute! Thanks, BE

If all subjects were easy to approach, then anyone could take these pictures. Shooting wildlife is an acquired skill and here you had given us a beutiful image and some useful tips on how you got it. Thanks.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-13 22:03]

I took a look at your first posts.
This one (photo) was very good seen with my eyes of today. Your notes are always complete and full of informations.
Thank you Robert.

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