It's Christmas Time Again
A perfect choice for this holiday post, Loot!
What a beautiful shot, with every detail jumping out, brilliant colors, and just the right exposure to show off the veins in the wings masterfully.
Is the prayerful pose also intentional?
Thanks for the good wishes, and the same to you. : )
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- nasokoun (62)
- [2009-12-18 21:50]
very good your composition and the pose of this dragonfly, nice output in vivid colors and fine details, nice macro!
beautiful notes! Marry Christmas!
keep photographing! TFS
- zetu (16941)
- [2009-12-18 22:27]
This is a perfect macro capture. A top quality image taken with sharp details, vivid colors and perfect focus.
- eng55 (5892)
- [2009-12-18 23:42]
Very nice capture of this Dragonfly.I liked POV,vivid colors,blurred BG and cross framing a lot.Sharpness and lighting are excellent.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Thanks for posting..
- FunkyMunky (3154)
- [2009-12-18 23:43]
Wow, Loot, what a beautiful and colorful "Christmas decoration!" An excellent choice! I know exactly what you mean with the lens you used, I have just bought myself a Sigma 120-400 F4.5-5.6 Optically Stabilized lens and can't wait to go try it out in Kruger.
Oh, and tell Anna not to be scared of the big Canon :-)
- Silvio2006 (102020)
- [2009-12-19 0:37]
Ciao Loot, lovely diagonal composition, beautiful dragonfly with wonderful Crhistmas colors, good blurry BG, great DOF, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
- PeterZ (49139)
- [2009-12-19 1:17]
What a perfection! Incredible sharpness and details and the colours are gorgeous. Together with the diagonal composition this is a masterpiece!
Thank you very much and
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- meyerd (7529)
- [2009-12-19 1:39]
first I wish to thank you for your funny comments on Little Red Riding Hood, and for answering the riddle "Forest, why do you have so many trees?" Of course in our country the forests do not behave like the Big Bad Wolf but Man does :-) Today's decision in Copenhague is not even worth the tree for making the paper it was printed on.
I like your personal note on Christmas and the presents you expect under your (what kind of?) tree. Give a big hug to Anna from me and tell her that I know the dilemma we are all in, what with the complexity, size and weight of all the equipment if we go for good photography. In my case things are compounded by the fact that I like to do my trips on the Silk Road by bicycle, carrying all the stuff for 6 or so weeks with me on the bike. Whenever I look at the pictures from earlier trips to places I will not be able to see again I regret the insufficient quality of the shots. The worst with the compact is, as you know, the lack of control: a lot of praying goes with a low success rate.
Oh, by the way, Iike your Dragon fly a lo(o)t; details, the background, the color but most of all the interesting pose are appealing. I strong reminder that you have summer right now.
My best regards from snown-in Switzerland
- xTauruSx (788)
- [2009-12-19 2:12]
Hello Loot, a great close-up shot of this beauty with wonderful details, colours and nice composition. Happy new year to you too.
TFS and regards,
- cirano (13609)
- [2009-12-19 2:34]
This is a first class macro shot of this beautiful dragonfly with splendid colors and great sharpness.TFS.
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2009-12-19 3:37]
I can only but applause this image for outstanding quality and you for your excellent camerawork. If I look at the high standard and end result of this macro I do not have any regrets that I gave you the Canon lens, which I feel you are much more entitled to than I am. This is a perfect example of how a macro should look like. Everything in this image is just spot on. Brilliant focus, first-rate sharpness, pleasing composition, smooth neutral background, vibrant colours, wonderful pose of the dragonfly and glimmer and shine on the wings. Combine all that was just mentioned and one feast your eyes to a first rate, top class image. I thankfully accept this dedication as fellow member of Trek Nature as part of your beautiful Christmas wish, and in the same breath want to thank you for your valuable contributions to the site, as you do not only enrich my life with your knowledge and expertise, but I am sure plenty others too.
Love you lots.
- horias (11033)
- [2009-12-19 5:29]
Wonderful Crocothemis erythraea!
Details are very sharp!Colors is wonderful!
The POV and BG is fantastic.
- albert (2971)
- [2009-12-19 5:39]
You did learn very quickly on how to use your new lense 100-400 !
Great photo with excellent sharpness
I whish you and Anna a wonderful Christmas
- Argus (50626)
- [2009-12-19 6:00]
A Merry Christmas to you and Anna, Loot!
A fine way to mark the season with this suitably red Crocothemis male, well taken from a great POV with a high technical standard. The composition on the green blad against the green neutral BG is perfect!
You certainly know how to use the prize that Anna gave you! Please give her my congratulations!
The reason for the season is very much to mind these days but to little avail when it comes to international cooperation to save our environment!
Lets hope for a better 2010 and I wish you and Anna a healthy and happy year.
With kind regards,
- CeltickRanger (37400)
- [2009-12-19 6:19]
« It's Christmas Time Again » and Merry Christmas
to you & to your familly, you choosed the best
colour tones for a Christmas time photo,
the green as background and over it the red, TFS
- marianas (6739)
- [2009-12-19 8:46]
The sharpness of the details are amazing!
Colors are beautiful!
- goatman04 (10573)
- [2009-12-19 8:58]
Outstanding indeed with such striking colors, sharpness & fine details. Great POV, pose & BG. Very well taken, composed & presented. TFS & best compliments.
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you & Anna!
- CatherineD (14097)
- [2009-12-19 9:10]
Fantastic capture Loot, with a perfect blurred neutral background. It gives a great 3D effect of this dragonfly. The colors and very well taken, including the blue part of the head. I wish you to enjoy Chrismas time in summer (I'm quite jealous...). Best regards,
- nglen (36145)
- [2009-12-19 9:13]
Hi Loot. Nice to see a picture from you. This is a first class close up of this brightly coloured Dragonfly. Which you have taken with sharp focusing and fine detail. Your use of the natural light has given a shine to the body and wings. I like the eye level POV. All with interesting notes. Well taken TFS.
- wishnugaruda (19365)
- [2009-12-19 9:21]
that's realy perfect - the colours are wonderful for the Christmas-season and the shot is excellent. I like the diagonal arrangement, so beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- matatur (5312)
- [2009-12-19 10:07]
Thank you indeed for this wonderful image of a Scarlet Darter in perfect focus, exposure and composition Loot, and also for the general dedication. Please accept my "Season's Greetings" and convey my best wishes to your dear wife.
- uleko (10940)
- [2009-12-19 10:11]
What a lovely wife you've got!! I bet you're pleased seeing this excellent result! I wish you many happy hours with this new camera!Sharpness and colours are fantastic and I envy the smooth background.
Thanks for your good wishes and I wish you too a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
With kind regards, Ulla
- euroblinkie (64193)
- [2009-12-19 10:51]
this is a super sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
- irishprophet25 (1118)
- [2009-12-19 10:56]
Lovely picture of this red dragonfly. A lovely vivid red colour has been captured along with very good detail and a nice blurred background.
Great capture and TFS
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2009-12-19 12:19]
Hi MF Loot,
Wowww... Impressive capture of this beauty in red in all aspects!
You've managed to focus in on it nicely. Nice balanced exposure too. You've done a good job to capture this one MF!
I also wish you and your family a merry christmas and a happy new year 2010. Let`s hope the best...
TFS and have a nice night!
- Noisette (7821)
- [2009-12-19 14:10]
an amazing shot of this Broad Scarlet darter, wonderful diagonal composition
i like the shiny and well detailed wings, the whole dragonfly is also crisp clear sharp, the green and plain BG is superb
Have a great sunday
- zulfu (43)
- [2009-12-19 15:00]
Hello Loot, supeeb composition with nice colours and details.
I also wish you and Anna a nice cristmas!
TFS and G's,
- caspian (1342)
- [2009-12-19 15:24]
Eye-catching vibrant red color with this beautiful living thing was a great shot.
In the right place at the right time to make really great skill and accurate shooting and want a job skill and luck.
You have all that you achieve very great.
Health into your hands. Thanks for sharing.
- jaycee (25460)
- [2009-12-19 15:46]
It is very appropriate for Christmas - not all of us live where it snows and looks like winter. A very beautiful Dragonfly in a wonderful diagonal position. The red is amazing and the details of the face, body and wings are superfine. Can you believe it will soon be 2010? It seems like we just had the millennium.
- siggi (52850)
- [2009-12-20 0:18]
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This is great work. Lovely depth of colour, good detail shown and well composed. Very nice to view.Best regards Siggi
- rommel (3628)
- [2009-12-20 4:03]
Great capture of this dragonfly with pin sharp image, spot on exposure and frozen in time.Brilliant warm colour against your undisturbing BG.
- wuta (2142)
- [2009-12-20 10:03]
Hallo Loot , prachtige composition en kleuren ,perfect en mooie bg .fijne dagen en goed 2010 .
- Mello (2419)
- [2009-12-20 12:46]
I don't know witch one is the best, your perfect shot or your amazing note.
I'd like to say that I'm thankful for your words in my last post.
I'm happy because it's Christmas time again and because we believe in the same "reason for the season".
Thanks a lot for your "gift pic" and see you in TN.
- MMM (11425)
- [2009-12-21 7:24]
Beautiful macro.Excellent POV and nice pose .That image is crystal clear with excellent detail.I also like the colors.
- fiyo (15161)
- [2009-12-22 2:37]
Netlik, renkler ve kompozsiyon harika olmuş.
- jignasi (27917)
- [2009-12-23 9:19]
muchas gracias por tus amables palabras y deseos, realmente me hacen feliz y veo que en esta web hay una gran sintonía que nos une a través de la fotografía , que de una manera u otra a todos nos encanta.
Tu toma diferente, con una interesante saturación del color que crea un efecto especial, algo "galáctica" pero muy atractiva. Bien encuadrada.
Un abrazo desde españa y buenas fiestas Navideñas, a ser posible en compañía de toda tu familia:
Josep Ignasi Tejedor.
- techranger (3462)
- [2009-12-23 19:34]
A wonderful capture Loot... very brillant and detailed... great composition.
Merry Christmas... :)
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2009-12-24 8:29]
A familiar photo. Thank you for the christmas card and all the best to you and Annie as well. I hope you and your family will have a wonderful christmas.
The photo is a very beautiful one. Especially the natural contrast of the green and red. It makes a classic. I love the shiny effect on the wing and the almost metallic look of the dragonfly. The details are of a very good quality and you have mastered the DOF perfectly.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2009-12-25 4:38]
First of all I wish to congratulate Anna on winning. And prize is really great. I like this lens so much and wished to buy it but I preferred Nikon D700 vs Canon. Of course I could not win it at all :).
Shared shot is amazing in every aspect. I am impressed with composition, vibrant colours, superb DOF and sharpness of the beautiful dragonfly and leaf. Bokhe is always great at this lens. Bravo and hearty wishes to you and Anne for New Year. Merry Christmas to you.
P.S. I hope your majestic lion will be wait for me.
- bedri (1284)
- [2009-12-26 6:02]
Excellent macro Loot, very good sharpness and POV, BG, DOF. Super, congratulations and TFS.
Happy new years..
- tuslaw (19883)
- [2009-12-26 7:11]
Hello Loot, and "Merry Christmas to you and Anna,
From the "King Of The Beast" to a stunning colorful dragonalfly, your images are always a pleasure to view. This particular image displays excellent composition, tac sharp detail and gorgeous Christmas colors. Super work!!
- chrisruth (213)
- [2009-12-27 12:52]
I must say a very happy Christmas to you, Anna and the family as well. Thank you for leaving us with this wonderful poem for the season.
I really appreciate to see that you have made the time to be active again on TN, because I always go and look at your photos for inspiration and guidance in photography. I really miss spending time with my friend and 'mentor in photography' as you have inspired me to take up this wonderfully exciting hobby.
I love the beautiful bright 'Christmas colors' you managed to capture on your dragonfly and I'm sure you are going to spoil us with many more photos like this after your lovely Christmas gift.
Please send my regards and congratulations to Anna for winning such a wonderful award. I'm sure the healthy competition will give us many more photos to enjoy on TN community.
- girni (193)
- [2012-08-25 9:56]
what color harmony, green and red!
what details of this insect! I love the composition and you dream match!!