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Nonstop to nowhere
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, Dragon-fly, Flying images, Dragonflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-01 14:26
Viewed: 3926
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
OK.. I know this isn't the best of dragonfly shots.
But if you knew how long I was chasing this Dragonfly around, I think you would understand!
I never realised that Dragonflies were so full of energy, this one didn't stop flying for the whole time I was watching it.
If anyone was watching me, they could be forgiven for thinking I was at Wimbledon watching a game of tennis (I couldn't put myself through watching that boring game!!!).
I used a full 1Gb card trying to get a shot of this hyperactive pain in the grass! Only 2 were any good.
This one, and the other I've posted as a WS.
The strange thing is, I can't wait to get another go at trying to capture one of these in flight again.

I think this is an Emperor Dragonfly, but I'm not 100% certain.

is a link to a page on
this Dragonfly.

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend.

sAner, red45, JeanMichel, AndyB, PDP, Fisher, suleesia, dew77, Paulosousa, extramundi, Signal-Womb, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-01 16:11]

Alan, I understand you very well! These Dragons are ultrahard to shot! In Poland we've got proverb - 'czujny jak wazka' which means 'vigilant as dragonfly'. One of last days I tried to capture it. I looked like madman running in circles around a pond ;-)
Your picture isn't good - it is VERY GOOD! Superb catch and 1GB card was good choice ;-) Thanks Alan, now I know it IS possible and I'll trying harder ;-)

Hi Alan!

I quote you Alan: "OK.. I know this isn't the best of dragonfly shots." Yes, there are better ones (just kidding). Seriously, this is very difficult to get right, and needs lots of patience to find a lazy critter. VERY well done, Alan. I wish I would be able to show such a sharp image before winter :-).

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-01 16:44]

Hello Alan,
A great capture you've got!
Nice sharp detail and great colours.
It makes me want to have a go too,trouble is I still havent seen one yet!
Excellent work,well done.

Have a great weekend.

Yeah, well, I tend to think that most large dragonflies suffer from some degree of ADHD, at least they rarely sit still ;-))
I agree with your ID. The action is nicely frozen with almost no wing movement visible - it just goes to show how fast those wings move.. Good sharpness and light.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-01 20:23]

Don't be so hard on yourself, not too many have given it a go.
Excellent shot, I like what you did, takes alot of neds to go for a flight of the dragon.
Well done on the composition.
Excellent work.

incredible capture.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-02 4:33]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful action capture.Lighting,framing,BG and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-02 4:50]

Hello Alan,

I am glad there are people shooting 1 GB cards full on only 1 subject! :) Man, I've must have shot 200 pics for just one decent shot. ;) And my subjects were sitting still. I think this is a very succesful photo and I like the POV, composition and details. Colors are nice too. I would be extremely glad with a picture like this. Well done & TFS!


Beautiful and interesting composition with a good POV, colors, DOF and details !

Have a nice weekend:)




Its a great in-flight shot. Increadibly difficult to get even with a hundered shots. Its pin-sharp and a great composition. Well done.

It's no doubt much better than my best photo of flying d'fly ;-)
I know perfectly how hard it is to take such shot so I think this one is great.
As for the Wimbledon. My mother is watching this all the time, but I really prefer to chase d'flies or do anything else ;-)
I like the photo very much.

Just atonished. Getting this side view with no flash and 1/4000 is just skilful. Congrats.
As you say maybe is not the best shot of this insect in flight, but I think it is the only perfect side view and one of the best motion capture on the wings. Very well done.

Another great dragonfly shot Alan, 1/4000 sec has really freezed the action. I can't seem to find any Dragonflies where I am, maybe look in the wrong places. Anyhow, great capture and well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-02 16:20]

Hi Alan, I reckon the ID is good. They look easy but as you have found out they are anything but! I think you did a great job of this. Emperor's are pretty tough to get, the males do settle, but not often and then not for long. If you think this is hard try and get a male Brown Hawker! I will try later this year.

Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-02 18:01]
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Alan, congratulations on your effort, your patience and your talent.

An amazing capture. Excellent composition, pov and sharpness. Everything's stunning.

I checked you used ISO 800. Did you use Neat Image?


I added your picture to a theme of mine.

Wow... captured mid-flight. Magnificent shot. You have done an impressive job with this....I'm almost lost for words, but hey, you know us women! Well done. Thanks.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-04 3:37]

Hello Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent and rare.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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