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Coming in for landing

Coming in for landing
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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: 2005-11-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS, Canon 12x zoom 36-432mm equivalent
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Invertebrates & Fungi of the Sydney region., Dragonflies in flight, Australian Dragonflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-30 21:43
Viewed: 4115
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An Australian Emerald (Hemicordulia australiae) captured in flight late last year. Its taken me this long to identify what it is and I just donít like posting till I know what it is that Iíve shot.

Anyway, shoot at ISO 200 which does not give the best results from my camera. Had to do some noise reduction in NeatImage and in photoshop. Indeed its not as sharp as some in-flight dragonflies on TN, but Iím reasonably happy with the result. I managed about 10 shots out of 33 taken during this session over an hour.
This species likes to patrol a stretch of pond about 10m long and they will repeatedly come and hove near you for 2-3 seconds. Just enough time to focus and shoot and get about a third of your shots in focus. Occasionally he touched down on this stick, but didn't stay long enough to capture...a very active species.

This will be my last post for a while; Iím off to Thailand and Malaysia for a couple of weeks, should be fun.

Thanks for looking.

phlr, ALIRIZA, coasties, AndyB, marhowie, livios, scottevers7, timleahy, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-30 22:43]
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Hi Chris
Full point on your effort to first ID before posting, which is (I believe) commendable.
As you say, maybe not the sharpest, but I can tell you this, "It's ten times better than anything I could achieve thus far". This is no easy task. The only advice I can give will be to loose a bit of shutter speed (you had ample to work with) and gain that on the f/stop.
The composition is great, colours are good, the BG is excellent, and the exposure was very well managed.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Chris,
Marvelous action capture. I liked POV, colors and framing very much. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

Hi Chris

Sorry, I am short on time tonight so just a quick visit. Nice shot and fully deserves the green smiley. :-)

Hi Chris
Nice shot on the in-flight dragonfly. Worth all the effort over an hr with 33 shots. Well done!


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-31 4:49]

Excellent "time stop"!
Very dificult to take, but you did it!
Excellent details of the odonata!
5* and TFS!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-31 5:08]

Hello Chris,
A very good in flight shot and very difficult to get...hope I get lucky this year after failing to get one the last!
Nice vivid colours and good detail.
Good result,TFS and have a great trip.

Hi Cris, Great photo. Excellent bg, DOV, Great capture and Composed photo Great details, TFS Kyle

Hi Chris,
Great job of getting this inflight, to say they are difficult is an understatement. The light and color are very good. Well composed, Well done.

  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-31 12:59]

Chris, this is nice. As you mentioned, the image could be sharpner, but, anyway, a very nice image. Despite, these kinds of shots are always difficult.

Enjoy Thailand.


Hi Chris,
It looks far better than any I have tried. Exposure looks very good. Detail is pretty sharp.

Lovely shot Chris. The wings look to be both still and in motion. Image is not perfectly sharp but sharp enough to see the insect in detail.


Extremely difficult shot, nice work.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-10 18:46]

Hi Chris,
Great action capture.Good, colors, POV and framing.
Well done


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