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Tau Emerald

Tau Emerald
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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: 2007-09-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Dragonflies in flight, Australian Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 5:11
Viewed: 3531
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Tau Emerald (Hemicordulia tau) in flight. I know the DOF is a bit short, but catching dragons in flight hard, this is only my third species in flight. Anyway I love the way the front legs are tucked up behind the eyes.
This species is found throughout the Australian continent and is one of the first fly in spring. In fact I’ve had them flying on warm late winter days. They prefer open ponds and swamps and sometime larger rivers. The black markings on the frons are diagnostic for this species. Captured using ISO 400.
Thanks for looking.

SelenE, MMM, undoredo, horia, LordPotty, Argus, Alex99, scottevers7, cecilia has marked this note useful
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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-11 5:26]

Hi Chris,
Yes, it's hard to catch the dragons in flight, but I think you managed it well here. Colors, light, composition and the plain background look very nice.
Best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-11 6:10]

Hi Chris
Very nice in flight capture.Very sharp white nice details and colors.I like that light in the eye.
TFS Michel

Nice action and details, Chris!

Hi Chris,
This is really nice shot of a Tau Emerald in flight. :-)
Australian Emerald has very unique yellow shape of abdomen against other countries' species. It's very impressive to me.
Nice capture with excellent details, well focused and fine BG.
TFS and best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-11 6:55]

Hi Chirs

A splendid in-flight shot of this beautiful dragonfly species from you and definitely a boost in quality from the old dragonfly shots (not that they were bad or anything).
I'm very impressed with the sharpness here on the tau's head and thorax. You're right, the DOF is a little too shalow, but at least this way you have a very clear head and focus on those tucked-in legs that are actually quite cool :)
Wonderful colors and excellent composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-10-11 7:00]

Hi Chris,
fantastique image ce cette libllule en plein vol, parfaite maîtrise de la lumière et des couleurs, mais surtout du mouvement des ailes qui semblent immobiles.


Hi Chris,
You did well.
I've never even attempted to capture a dragonfly in flight.
Interesting point about the legs. I've never really thought about where the undercarriage goes before.
Good detail and colour,and an interesting note.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-11 9:35]

Hello Chris,
I see you've gone in for the in-flight challenge! The front half of this dragon is pretty sharp and the composition is excellent!
It's great when you succeed, but as you say, it's not easy!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Chris,
congrats - that's a fantastic shot - difficult and very good, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Chris,
I would say you are getting the technique down pretty well. I have tried this a few times with no success what so ever. Nice frame filling shot. Head and body do have nice sharp detail. A good exposure here. Colors are great. I am gonna have to keep practicing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-12 0:29]

Hi Chris.
It is great. You have solved very difficult task and did it perfectly. Dragonfly in-flight is wonderful. Composition and POV are great too. Bravo.

Outstanding inflight shot! well photograph.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-10-23 15:08]

my dream is made a pic like that. thanks for share,Luciano

I have tried capturing bird in flight so I am amazed you cought something as small and fast as a dragon fly.

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