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Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-20 7:07
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Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyanea (Male)

I found this dragonfly resting on nettles alongside a woodland path.The light wasnt too good due to the trees but I managed to get this shot handheld.
As its name suggests the Southern Hawker is mainly found in the south of England so I was pleased to find this guy up here in Yorkshire.
He looks to have some damage or defect on his left eye.I seem to remember Paul (PDP) posting a shot of a dragonfly with a similar eye defect.
It is a large dragonfly with a body length of 70mm (2.75in) and a wingspan to 100mm (4in).

dew77, red45, honza, wallhalla15, FranciscoSales, marhowie, wuta, peter_stoeckl, hansh, chiliu, rodosranger, phlr, scottevers7, Friday, metcher, hummingbird24, thistle, PDP, extramundi has marked this note useful
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-20 7:23]
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Hello Andy!
Excellent close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,colors,framing and lighting are

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-02-20 7:36]

Hi Andy!

This is probably on of most beautifull dragonflies. Great macro, detailed and full of colours. Lovely eyes, details on wings and colorfull patterns on its body. Superb work.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-02-20 8:07]

Superb detail of the dragonfly head. Very good sharpness and colors.

Hello Andy,
this is an excellent macro! Excellent sharpness, details and colours. Excellent framing and POV too. This is a brilliant composition. Thank you.

excelletn shot, wonderfull composition and colours... great macro:) regards

Hi Andy,
Wow!!! Que foto!! A nitidez está ótima, as cores muito excelentes e está rica em detalhes!!! Perfeita!!!

Francisco Sales

Excellent detail, I like the angle and comp on this one, well done.


Excellent macro Andy. Very sharp & detailed. Great DOF, color, exposure and composed well. Very well done.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-20 13:05]

Hello Andy ,This is a great makro shot ,good details coulor pov ,everithing very nice ,thanks greeting Teunie .

Hi Andy,
wow, this is wonderful, I love the colours of this dragonfly so much but never had the chance to see one with my own eyes ;-(
The sharpness and your POV are excellent, thank you so much for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-20 13:19]

quality shot my friend,
You know it when I say this I mean it too, a fantastic crop you made the pov is fantastic, the dof is fantastic the composition is realy great i love it, good job.
gr. jaap

Oh, what delicious shades of blue and green colours, and amazing, razor sharp details! Andy, that is an outstanding, very well composed contribution. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-02-20 13:53]

Very nice picture of this hawker. Great with sharpness, nice colors and a good POV. Thanks.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-20 14:32]

Hi Andy,
This is fantastic close-up!
The colours are rich and beautiful,
the details are sharp and clear,
perfect exposure and soft lighting.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Andy!
Wow! Great details, colors and macro! Great work!

very sharp and full of some fine detail. Well cropped for maximum effect. Well done!


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-20 16:24]

Awesome macro!
Stunning on details!
Very impressive shot!
Fantastic on sharpness!
Above scale!

Hi Andy,
An outstanding macro! I love the tight crop and frame filling composition. Colors and detail in this are amazing.
Excellent work!

Excellent close up Andy! Amazing details! Great DOF and beautiful colors. TFS!

Hi Andy,
Early morning rush, well worth the big smiley.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

Superb close up detail. Beautiful crisp image. Well done.

Hi, Andy.
Very nice macro. Interesting POV. Excellent sharpness, details and colors. Well composed.

All I can say is... WOW!

Great job, thank you Andy!

Lovely shot Andy!
I remember Paul's picture with simmilar POV. It was framed in a bit different way, but this framing works great too.
Picture has perfect details and lovely colours.
I like it a lot.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-02-24 4:34]

Hello Andy, stop posting these summer shots!! Making me feel bad :-)

Lovely image, great colours and a very nice composition. Very well done.

Beautiful colors with excellent sharpness and detail, very nicely composed.

Can you tell me where the 350D has the button to take this shots ar 1/30 handheld? :)
Although it is a large insect, the close up is great, and your hands very steady.
Good one my friend.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-10 19:56]
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Hi Andy..
Excellent close up and superb sharpness and colors.
Well done

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-03-12 14:55]

Hi andy.
Great macro, very nice colors and composition,the details is wonderfull.

Saludos desde MEXICO...RICARDO.

Hi Andy, spectacular photo. Love the composition. You can actually see the engine of this helicopter. Technicalities perfect. Well done and keep on shootin!!

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