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Green-eyed hawker flying

Green-eyed hawker flying
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO, Kenko Pro 300 2x Teleconverter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-27 10:42
Viewed: 3338
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again friends

I've been trying to get these guy for some time now and i finally did it last week.
I got decent in-flight shots of Green-eyed hawkers (Aeshna isoceles) before but this time i got a good overall sharp one in a full-frame shot :D
I mounted my new Sigma 150mm Macro lens on the 2x Kenko teleconverter and waited for this guy to come hover in front of me. There are many males now flying around one of the habitats i usually go to so it wasn't really a matter of finding one...more of a matter of getting him as parallel as possible with my sensor so that i could use a rather shallow DOF.
I chose f/3.5 here since i also had my TC one that that pretty much "multiplies" the depth with 2, too.

Anyway, hope you'll like the outcome, too :)
Thanks for visiting.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 150mm f/2/8 Macro
Teleconverter: Kenko 2X Teleplus Pro 300 DG
Filter: None
Focal Length: 150mm
Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 200
Flash: No
Support: handheld
TOD: about 11 AM
Weather conditions: sunny

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hello Horia
excellent shot and photo

Buna Bogdan,
Foarte faine detalii, un sharp impecabil si un moment dificil de surprins, dar foarte reusit.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-27 11:14]

Hi Horia, You have used you new lens well. It has turned out a good inflight close up of ths Dragonfly. You have taken this with sharp focusing and fine detail. and natural looking colours. i like all of the shades of green. well done .TFS.

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-05-27 11:27]

Hello Horia,

belle prise en plein vol! C'est pas évident!!!




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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-27 11:38]

Not your best shot, my friend, but not bad at all.

Hahahaha! Just joking!

This is perfect, period. Whole body is razor sharp and perfectly lighted. BG is superb. Colours are superb. Everything is just stunning! You must be very proud of this shot Horia! This is one of best d-flies shots I've ever seen! Big congratulations.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-27 12:14]

Hello Horia,
Congratulations on not only taking a good shot of A. isoceles, but of taking it in flight that shows it all with fine sharpness, except for the wings in action. Fantastic, man!
I have been looking for this species in my area and saw one but before I could take a shot it disappeared like an arrow!
You inspire me to try again!
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Horia,

A stunning action shot. Great focus and dof. Background colours compliment the shot. TFS

Regards Bill

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-05-27 12:27]

Hello Horia,
You did really well to capture this beauty in flight! Excellent focus on the lovely green eyes and I like the soft green background! It's hard to spot here but I managed to get a fresh specimen settled once and was thrilled!!
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulola

Hi Horia,

Magnificent photo in full flight. Timig excellent, great handling of light and focus. Very good colors, very crisp and natural. Congratulations, excellent work.



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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-05-27 13:15]

Great capture fly dragonfly and good composition!
Nice background, great colors and outstanding sharpness. I like the simplicity of the composition.

Hello Horia,
Excellent shot, not easy to do, with a great sharpness and nice colours, specially the background. Thanks to share your tips to take this photo. Best regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-27 14:28]

Wonderful shot.

Great capture Horia.
Excellent detail and colour.
Very nice work.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-27 21:46]

Hi Horia.
Excellent post. I like both picture and short story about its execution. Quality of the shot is really great. Despite the large aperture value DOF is very good and all main parts of the cute dragonfly are in focus and crisp sharp. Bravo, well done. Unfortunately near my countryside house (where I usually take pictures( dragonflies are almost absent second year. May be sometime I will be happier. My kind wishes and TFS.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-05-28 1:37]
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Hi Horia,

An excellent inflight capture,one that I still wait for,but for the moment not so many at this time yet,the colors,BG,POV are all superb.

a remark concerning teleconvertor,

If you use a (2x) teleconvertor you lose 2 stops of light however the dof does not multiplie by 2 when using one (dof will be shallower,about 2 times),


Merhaba Horia,yusufçuğu uçar helde olağanüstü güzellikte fotoğraflamışsın.Üstelik uçar halde ikende güzel bir kompozisyon oluşturmuşsun.Netlik ve keskinlik harika,çok beğendim,ellerine sağlık,selamlar:)

Hi, This reminds of the picture that i had posted about couple of months back. This is an excellent shot of a dragon in flight, i like the way you have managed to keep the entire body in focus

This is a real masterpiece in photo-macrography Horia, a perfectly sharp and well exposed image against an abstract, greenish BG., and that of a flying d.fly! A superb job my friend, thank you indeed for sharing this one.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-28 9:07]

Hello Horia,
Yesterday I didn't had any points left. So I waited till today, because I like this photo very much. Amazing beautiful colours: Clear in the hawker, blurred in the OOF BG. Excellent sharpness and details in a great composition and taken from a very good POV. High quality!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-06-01 11:31]

Hi Mae,
i tried to get an inflight shot of a DF at the weekend, man it's difficult! How you got this with such clarity and sharp details amazes me. Classic Horia photography, that new lens in your hands works magic :o)

very nice capture and impressive photo :)

Greetings from Herzegovina


Imagine perfecta,cu claritate si sharp exceptional! Excelent.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2009-06-15 13:49]

Hi horia,

This blows me away. Perfect in flight shot. Excellent details and pin sharp from head to tail.

I was with mr haynes at the time he is reffering to, and i think we both failed miserably to catch any dragon flies in flight! you will have to give us some tips.

Top notch!


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-09-13 23:52]

Hi Horia,
so it can be done, picturing a free flying Dragon fly in perfect sharpness. It is hard work, I know from experience. My heartfelt compliments go to you for this excellent and unique shot.
My best regards

Superbly caught, its so sharp too. Works so well with that background.

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