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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70s, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-19 22:20
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Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
and fun facts
• the scientific name "odonata" is a remnant of a classification system developed by Johann Christian Fabricius, an 18th century entomologist
• dragonflies have a top flight speed of up to 100 km/h
• each dragonfly eye contains up to 30,000 lenses
• the eyes' position on the dragonfly gives the insect a 360 degree field of vision
• although 80% of the brain is devoted to sight dragonflies are not able to register detail well
• the oldest fossilized record of a dragonfly is from the Carboniferous Period, over 300 million years ago


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Hi Sky,
We are talkin ulta close macro here, I really like these types of shots. Excellent colors and detail. Very Cool ;-)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-19 23:56]

Hi Sky

Great macro work here.The detail in those compound eyes is very good.Very good colour as well.It shows well against the lovely BG.TFS


wauw Sky, you have lenses, I love that,
a well taken close up, good from details and nice in frame and a good dof, well done.
gr. jaap

Hi Sky
Super great macro. A+ in my book. What is the what in its arms? The end of a stalk maybe?

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-20 3:52]

Wow ! Wonderful close-up. She has lovely eyes ;-) The details are impressive. Colors, exposure, BG, sharpness and DOF are good.
Congratulations Sky and TFS.

Hello Sky, This a realy a great macro photo.
Very sharp and great details of the eyes.
Very well done!
greetings Jan-arie

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-20 5:02]

Hi Sky,
You have captured the 30,000 lens one by one! Extremely sharp image with perfect focus and attractive crop. Notes are easy and interesting to read. Good post!
TFS, José M.

Wow Sky,
This is an amazing capture! Excellent close-up! Details are great and I like this composition very much! Nice crop and TFS,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-08-20 6:50]

Hello Sky.
Great sharp and well detailed capture you show us here. I like the POV very much. Very well done and thanks.
Gr. Hans

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-20 7:34]

Hi Sky
Great macro shot. Great details, sharpnes, light, colours, DOF and POV.
Well done my friend


Hello Sky, what an excellent macro, excllent details, bg, POV DOf perfect details, excllent colors, very crisp, Nice job, TFS Kyle

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-20 8:35]

Hi Sky,

Superdetails in this macro. Photo's like this one always look a bit surrealistic to me. Wonderful capture!


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-20 8:52]

Hello Sky,

Amazing high aperture on this one; f25! I wonder though; are you aware of the diffraction problem? I also think you could have suffered some of the aperture to a higher shutterspeed to avoid motionblur. The close-up is very good though and colors are amazing. Well done & TFS!


Hello Sky,
Excellent extreme close-up work..I know how difficult it can be to get close enough to pull it off :)
Very good POV, DOF, sharpness, color, and framing, with great flashwork :)
Very well done.

Bonjour Sky
C'est une excellente prise de vue que ce super micro
Cette photo est superbe à tout point de vue, les couleurs ,la presentation et le BG tout y est parfait.C,est facinant de voir la clareté de ses yeux et lemorceau de manger dans ses pattes.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-20 12:54]

Hi Sky.

My congratulations. You have made a great macro shot. All aspects of close-up (of dragonfly) are excellent: DOF (my favorite aperture), POV, exclusive sharpness and details, brilliant colours, light of flash etc. BRAVO and TFS.


Hi sky a very well detailed capture, the eye detail is very good, did you use any attachments to get this much detail? I am intrested as I do not seem able to with my macro sigma 105?
TFS Robert

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-08-20 13:26]

superbe photo
bonne macro et bon BG
très belle couleurs et très bons détails
la présentation est très bonne ...

Hi Sky,
Beautiful approximation!!!
Very good details and sharpness.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-20 14:42]

Wow excellent close up shot. The compound eye is amazing. Lovely colours and composition too. Great job



Hi Sky,
phantastisch - die Schärfe ist genial und Du hattest eine freundliche Libelle vor Dir die Dich nahe herangelassen hat. Ich hatte heute auch das Glück. Diese Heidelibellen setzen sich oft neugierig hin und schauen, was Du tust. Das ist so toll wenn sie ihren Kopf drehen. Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Nice extreme close up macro Sky,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hallo Sky,
tolles Makro! Wie ich sehe, ist das Tamrom Macro-Objektiv und Deine D70 ein sehr gutes Gespann. Kristallklares Foto, sehr gute Schärfe, Tiefenschärfe und natürliche Farben. Ein sehr schönes Libellenportrait.

Hi Sky,

Superb shot. Nicely composed. Colors are great. Sharp and clear picture.

TFS :-)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-22 4:32]

Bonjour Sky, genial cette macro!! les ocelles sont parfaitement visibles!!. Great colors that blend well and perfect DOF too. Best regards, Didier.

This is how close you can get haa :)) very well done Sky


This image is smokin'! I love the POV. The detail is simply amazing! Look at the hooks on this guy! The eyes are very impressive!
Super Image!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-26 7:38]

Hello Sky,
Magnificent macro.It's very close and well detailed.POV,sharpness and framing are wonderful
Excellent Work!

WOW! Shuch sharp details for a so close shot.
You've managed to achieve a great DOF and composition.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


hi sky!
A real good close-up with
great sharpness!
very well done!

Belle photo,quelle réalisme cet insecte ainsi photographier, de toute beauté,beaux détails,bon éclairage qui permet d' admirer les couleurs superbes. Amitiés Thomas

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