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Copyright: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3434 W: 331 N: 505] (2254)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-20
Camera: Canon EOS10D, Sigma 180 Macro Ex H, Extension Tube
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies, My First Post of Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-25 15:24
Viewed: 6240
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first post.

I use 36 mm Ext.tube.
Raw-format converted in PS 8
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Welcome to TN Gert, a superb macro image so much detail. the extenion tube`s give a very limited DOF but you use it well here to give a good head view which is good enough to give an Ident to this (Sympetrum Nigrescens) we call it a highland darter because it is found mainly in the upper parts of scotland , just across the water from your plot of land.It is though in the UK to be only a form of the normal common darter (Sym striolatum)

Great close-up of this darter's head, focus spot on and good use of DOF. I've never - to my knowledge - seen a s. nigrescens, as we don't get these here according to my dragonfly "bible".

Woooaaa this is very close ! great macro with perfect focus !

Excellent macro shot of this darter - Colours are spot on and you did a very good job with the limited dof. Only thing to say - if it is a female, she needs a quick shave;-).

Welcome on TN Gert - looking forward to see more of your work.

Glad to see you in green world of TN:)Dear Gert!
You start with an admirable macro with wonderful details,realy what can I say,as usual I must say :Excellent,very fine contrast,charming & attractive colors & also vivid in a great composition.But this kind of words are little for this praiseworthy shot.

Really You did EXCELLENT,very well done!Gert!


Very great Macro. I am glad to see you here Gert. The photo you send is really good, the cropping is very good, the hairs of the darter reflex in the light, the colours are great, very good job you did.
point later

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-26 4:40]

Excellent detail int the eyes, great colours and good composition. Very good quality.

Very impressive work, Gert, it feels like looking through a microscope with this dizzying amount of crisp details. Great cropping with the way in which the dragonfly holds on to the grass, and a spectacular color setting. Great shot.

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-26 13:45]

Sueprb macro shot!
Details are simply amazing.
DOF and colors are spot on.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-26 17:25]

I have hear of the Extension tube, but this is the first result I have seen. All I can say is - Stunning. Excellent DOF, definition and colors

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  • ebbe Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 14] (62)
  • [2004-07-29 16:22]

A lovely very close one Gert. Fantastic how you managed to get such detail and texture and the short DOF is so well placed. Very fine colorscale, all tone in tone. I like the composition too, it gives a feeling of drama, is he holding on for his life....

Very nice macro, you are well equiped to realize this picture. Details are perfect.

Fantastic macro where you can just about make out the cells on the eye. While we identify most creatures by the look in there eyes, closeups like these make us think about how they see the world and what thoughts go on in the brain. Are the eyes merely simple light sensors? What perception of the world does the insect have? How much in the future do they think about? 3 seconds? 1 minute? Do they have free thought at all? They are with us on the planet, but it really is another world.

cool...great macro, very sharp...
good job Ellstrom...

Thank God we never see them that big in real life! They are fearsome looking!

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  • cwong (17)
  • [2004-11-26 2:10]

Hi Gert, this is an excellent macro shoot. Excellent sharpness and details. Good sharing. Regards,

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  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-11-27 15:39]

Fantastic macro beautiful colors

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-22 16:30]
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An excellent first performance, Gert.
Great composition and point of view. I wish you the most cordial welcome on TN.
In the pleasure to admire your next posts and to read your notes and critics. ;-)
Thank you for sharing.
(Sorry for the little delay)

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  • Junim Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 1] (6)
  • [2005-01-29 17:22]

Great macro with perfect focus.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-01-31 12:25]

Hi gert, you sad "close" for mdy last shot, than this is "super close" almost SF.
can you suggest me some theory abour Raw-format and conversion (some Web page).
My mail in in my intro.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-18 9:34]

Hej Gert,
I had a browse through your 39 pages on TN and as I look at this first capture you posted it is a perfect macro! You were obviously an expert from the very beginning in 2004! But I'm sure you'd be able to put an ID to this dragon today! It's interesting to find that none of the members who commented on this are active now!
Thanks for great 'browse' and all the best,

I enjoyed this trip back in time my old friend, these were good times on TN.
And this was the kind of shot that got me excited about macro, and its infinite possibilities..

All the best Gert,


Hej Gert,
What a pity You removed all Your pics except for this one. But I at least can enjoy this time journey: in 2004, when You were already an expert of macro photography, I still didn't have internet, didn't have any digital camera, and my younger son still didn't arrive to this world... Absolutely fantastic piece of photographic Art.
Best regards, László

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2010-07-25 1:50]
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Hello Gert.
Thank you for visiting my portfolio and for the nice comment. Now I see that my earlier plans to buy Sigma 150 mm macro were justified. For now, I chose the old glass, Canon 100 2.8 macro, but ultimately I think the Sigma lens. A long focal length gives you more opportunities to: increase the distance, improving the depth of field, more comfortable working with insects p³ochliwych.
Your photo is a real demonstration of mature photos of small objects.
I like absolutely everything here. It's really great job.
I think that soon your potrfolio will be one of the most visited on the site.

Splendid photography resulting in a wonderful, clear, sharp image. I can even see the faces of the insect's compound eye. You set a high standard of photography here. Good work!

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