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Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000, Raynox DCR 250 macro lens
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/416 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-12 12:35
Viewed: 3978
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
this is one of the last pictures with my S7000. :-(

Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea)

The Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea), known as the Blue Darner in the Western Hemisphere, is a 70 mm long species of hawker dragonfly.

It is large, with a long body. It has green markings on the black bodies, and the male also has blue spots on the abdomen.

The Southern Hawker breeds in still or slow-flowing water, but will wander widely, and is often seen in gardens and open woodland. This is an inquisitive species and will approach people.

The adult eats insects, caught on the wing. The nymphs feed on aquatic insects, tadpoles and small fish ambushed in the pond they frequent until they emerge as adults in July and August after three years’ development.

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epoustoufflant heinz
les details sont formidables et les couleurs superbes.vraiment excellent;bravo.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-10-12 12:53]

eines der letzten photos mit der S7000?
ist die libelle dagegen gesaust und hat die linse zerbrochen?
die ist ja so unglaublich nah dran, heinz! :-)
was für tolle glänzende augen, klasse porträt,
schöne farben, einmalige details.
wird wohl eine der letzten für dieses jahr sein...
terrific job & einen schönen abend aus köln, thorsten.

I'm knocked flat by the size of these eyes, Heinz!!
You mean to say you have got another camera and don't intend to use S7000 with which you have shot some masterpieces in the past?
Be that as it may.
This is truly the most amazing giant of a macro of a dragonfly's eyes.
Well, thanks for this last memorable shot from your old camera.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-12 13:18]

Your last shot heinz. with the 7000 I mean, you bought a new camera? you have lenses in the eyes made with the 7000, well my compliments for that. BY all my shots of those eyes I have never capture lenses, my compliments for it. great job,
gr. jaap

Hallo Heinz,
unglaublich scharfes Bild der Augen dieser Libelle. Die Details, die Farben, als auch das Licht sind sehr gut.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-10-12 14:10]

Guten Abend Heinz,
super 'Augenblick', 1A-Makrophoto, selbst die Miniatur-Fühler kommen gut heraus. Was soll ich sonst noch sagen. Erinnert mich an Zeiten, in denen ich Insektenstrukturen, auch Facettenaugen, mit dem Rasterelektronemikroskop untersucht habe. Dieser Mikrokosmos ist unglaublich faszinierend.
Einen schönen Abend noch, Peter

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-12 14:14]

Hi Heinz,
what a great close-up. The sharpness is great. Maybe the lightness can be a little better, but I like the image a lot.
TFS, Jacob

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-12 14:47]

Bonjour Heinz, a gret macro-shot and it's possible to see omatidia!! Sharpness and colors are good, well framed, this shot remenber Tabanus bovinus!! Well done, Didier.

So so - das ist also der Heinz, der behauptet hat, er würde nie eine große Libelle vor die Linse kriegen?!?!? Und was ist das nun? Eine Fatamorgana? - Genial - wie bist Du nur so nahe rangekommen, man sieht jede Facette der imposanten Augen, bin restlos begeistert, suuuuuuuuuuuuuper! Vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-12 17:50]

Hi Heinze

What a stunning close up shot, the pose is perfect and very impressive and eyecatching, the detail on those big bug eyes is superb and I relaly love the colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Heinz,

You thought what Thijs can i can do also.
this kind is even harder to catch from a short distance
what a impresive macro
superb sharpness and very good details of the eyes.
perfect colours

TFS Thijs

"i don't like insect staring at me!"
moreover with such HUGE eyes! and as seen in movies, i wonder HOW MANY of me it's seeing! Or rather of you! This super macro is just fantastic! You played out the compo and details very well. The colors here are really nice. Your subject is good but disgusting! Ew!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-13 3:52]

Hi Heinz

Great macro of this beautiful dragonfly's head. The colors od the A. cyanea are really lovely and are showing really nicely in your photo.
Nice sharp details and great lighting, too.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

On pourrait lire dans ces yeux comme dans une boule de crystal.
Bonne journée.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-13 5:35]

"What big eyes you've got!"
"Better to see you with!"

Amazing image Heinz, gigantic eyes! Well done,

Dear Heizn,
Last picture? I don't understand.You are selling off your macra lens?
Anyway nice capture, nice macro.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-14 15:48]

Hi Heinz.
I have never met such greater and beautiful eyes, even at my wife.
Great close-up shot with amazing POV, staggering details and colours, impressive blurred colourful BG. Perfect done and TFS,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-15 12:35]

Warum hast du denn so grosse Augen?
Wow Heinz da hast du ja ein extreme Makro hingezaubert, fie Details und die Farben sind einfach herrlich. Klasse Bildaufbah mit herrlicher Schaerfe.


Great shot. I always enjoy those extreme macro shots. Sharpness is spot on and the POV is just right.

I would still like to get one this good. I don't know what special powers you posses to creep up on them like this. Well done.

Hi Heinz,
Compo is great here
I like the blue in the eyes.

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