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Four-spotted Chaser (male)

Four-spotted Chaser (male)
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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: 2006-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro (SOLD), Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 6:30
Viewed: 3776
Points: 22
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A male Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) perched on a last years thistle stem finishing a quick snack of some fly it had caught. The Chaser type of dragonfly tend to hunt by setting up a resting post where they can veiw the surroundings not only for prey but also preditors and other competing males. So it was a case of finding out where it liked to settle in this case it was the top of last years thistle flower stalk growing out of a south facing bank covered in a mass of Bramble /Blackberry shoots with lots of flowers atracting lots of insects to the nectre, and he was catching insects as the few around between the flowers and returning to eat the catch, so it was a mater of approaching carefully so as not to disturb it and setting up and waiting for it to keep returning. A problem I found was focusing on the wing ends to get them in focus the auto focus set to centre spot refussed to see the wing ends and kept focusing on the body, I think this is mainly because it relises on contrast in the area you are trying to focus on and the clear wing ends seem to be invisible to the camera. apart from manual any ideas how to over come this?
Taken at a small very clean and clear local field pond which used to be used to water the herd of dairy cows but these days has been turned into a wildlife reserve come shooting cover for hunting pheasants and has been surrounded by a planting of native trees and shrubs and an area of field sown with mixed crops and wild flower again to provide food and cover for the pheasant but also encourages lots of other wildlife.
This image has sat on the comp hard drive for nearly a month now as bit of a disapointment in quality , that was until Adrian W. showed me how to sharpen with Highpass filter and sundenly images I was not happy with seemed to come to life, seems to be a case of find what suited the camera, I had asumed what suited the old Sony F707 which has and still is doing sterling work would work for the Nikon D200. Over 7000 images since aquiring the camera I was ready to throw it against a wall, but as has been said before nothing worth doing is easly done. So hopefully it will be forward from here, Thanks to all for your surrport while I srugle with this steep unexpected learning curve, I so thought it would be a case of picking up where I left off with the Sony only with better quality.
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-20 6:59]

Hello Robert,
Excellent close up.POV,details,sharpness,lighting,
blurred BG,3D effect and composition are wonderful.I think you should clean the sensor of your camera.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-07-20 7:05]

Hello Robert.
A very nice and very sharp picture of this Four-spotted, eating an insect. A like the POV you choose very much as well as the great colors. Thanks for sharing.
Gr. Hans

Hi Rob,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. It's a Beauty.
CCD needs blown, you have a dust bunny on the right.


Hi Robert
A good capture of this butterfly.
Very colourful,nice detail and good DOF.
Great shot.TFS

Hi Robert,
An excellent macro with good POV and sharpness.

hi robert
excellente macro presentant d'excellents details et un bonne netteté.good POV

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  • starky (87)
  • [2006-07-20 15:48]

Voooof.Very cliar and nice shot.Beautiful colours.
Regards Bosko.

Nice capture Rob, you got a very nice exposure out of this shot. Manual focus works best in this situation instead of relying on autofocus, the wing is transparent and the viens in the wing are not big enough to register with the focusing sensors. What your trying to do is almost like autofocusing on a piece of glass, it'll just pass on through and focus on what it can detect. :)

Great macro Robert. Great composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Hi Robert,
it's seems you find out what to do with the new d200.
This is a very good picture with good details.
The composition and POV are great. The subject is well seen from the BG.
Very well done.

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-07-23 7:14]

Privet Robert.
For a long time looked, I too photograph dragonflies, but at us dragonflies are dirtier, probably, in UK ecology better:-))

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