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Australian Emperor

Australian Emperor
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragonflies in flight, Invertebrates and fungi of the Sydney region 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 3:47
Viewed: 3380
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An Australian Emperor (Hemianax papuensis) in flight. The species is common throughout the Australian continent, though getting close to one is another matter. I found this one patrolling over some reeds in a large pond. I sat on the bank and waited for the dragonfly to come back. It took a while, perhaps 20 minutes, but eventually he got close enough for me to take some shots. I was quite happy with the result.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-06 3:51]

Hello Chris.
Wow, this is a great in-flight shot ! Excellent sharpness and details, wonderful colors, splendid composition, and a beautiful blurred BG which makes the dragonfly stand out very nicely.Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-06 3:53]

Hello Chris
Excellent work! Not once I tried to get a capture like this but without success.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Chris,
this is a very good in-flight shot of a dragonfly, you should be happy with the result. Not easy even if they stand and hover.
Very good details with fine details, nice natural colours.
Well done, mf.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-06 3:59]

Hi Chris
What a great capture:the very speed dragonfly in fly!
Great details and colors.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-06 4:04]

Hello Chris,
Fantastic photo of this Emperor in flight. Superb sharp details and very beautiful natural colours. Nice OOF BG. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello Chris
This is an excellent capture of very beautiful Hemianax papuensis with a wonderful sharpness of focus, perfect exposure natural colours. you greatly frozen its wing movements. I attent that the dragonfly masterly tucked its legs (landing apparatus) close to its thorax so as not to disturb its general aerodynamical shape. Sometimes, Nature does reveal some astonishing secrets...
thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend.

Hello Chris,
a very beautiful capture of the Australian Emperor in-flight, very good sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Chris,
Exceptional capture of this dragonfly in flight.
The colours are wonderful and the details superb.
Excellent background and POV. Amazing sharpness.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-03-06 8:04]

Hello Chris,

This in flight with F/11 this is simple fantastic.
You did very well we see the wings and nice colors.
Color and presentation are very well. TFS

Have a nice weekend,

Congrats, Chris, this shot is excellent and the moment was perfect. I love the sharpness and all the details on this flying dragon, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Chris, fantasic macro of splendid flying dragonfly against a beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Chris
thisis a super picture
great sharpness and beautiful colours with nice
soft BG.
greeting lou

Wonderful dragonfly in..fly!
Details and colors are great!
Amazing shot!

Hi Chris,
Fantastic shot of a dragonfly in flight. I cannot wait until summer to try and get a photo as crisp as this,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-06 15:10]

Hi Chris,i'm very jealous of your pic,this is truely fantastic..the difficulty is a top of level,and you work at the best,this sharpness is incredible!!!Today 2 points are not enough,a little star is for you! Have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Incroyable prise de vue... Quelle netteté malgré le mouvement... bravo!!!

Hi Chris,

What a nice work.
Excellent flight shot.Great BG and wondeful focus.
Very well done.

Kind regards

Great capture:the very speed dragonfly in fly!
Great details and colors

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-03-08 6:28]

What a good luck my friend! I know how difficult is to get close this insects and your shot was perfect!
Congratulations about every detail!
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-08 6:34]

Hello Chris,
Nice in-flight of the Australian Emperor, The POV is perfect and taken with excellent sharpness and colours against a neutral Bg.
Taking dragonfly in-flights is fun though as you know it does require patience!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Chris,

Great compo with Perfect light, good sharpnes, fine details and netral BG
TFS Thijs

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