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Blue Dasher Flight

Blue Dasher Flight
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Copyright: Ken Slade (Ken52) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dragonflies in flight, 50-59 points Chapter 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-25 16:27
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dragonflight III (third in 3-part series)

The final photo in this short series is my favorite dragonfly, the male Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis).

For more information about this dragonfly, please see an earlier post.

This photo was taken at the local botanical garden. It is hand-held, manual focus. Notice how the dragonfly puts his front legs behind his head when he flies.

second view in Workshop

Aperture = f5.6
Shutter = 1/400s
ISO = 400
Focal Length = 300mm
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens

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Hi Ken.
Una magnífica instantánea, con unos detalles muy bien logrados.
Perfecta presentación.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-06-25 16:31]

Outstanding capture...You are getting some fantastic in-flight photos...Great POV and detail...Fine BG...TFS

Another great one of a dragonfly in flight Ken.
Perfect focus and sharpness on the insect and wonderful movement of the wings wich give the image a wonderful sence of action.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Once again you've hit the mark - another great in flight photo!

Hello Ken,
Oh,gonna land and approch runway with the landing gear down!!
precise moment captured with superb sharpness, beautiful colour and details
very well done, what is next, pls?

Hi Ken,
Great capture, this is a beautiful
shot showing this dragonfly in
sharp(manual!) focus :-0
well done, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Ken,
Excellent shot.
Amazingly well focused for a flying dragon.


ken.... is fly... I mean... wao

Yo pienso en lo complicado que es tomar un foto estando quieto y esta volando... con buena resolución me refiero a bien definida... felicitaciones por esa foto tan bien lograda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-26 3:09]

Hello Ken,
Excellent in flight macro.POV,blurred BG,solid body and motion effect on wings are wonderful.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-26 3:45]

Hi Ken,
This is another outstanding in-flight shot captured with impressive sharpness and fine focus. Great POV and DOF. The BG is smooth and superb. Wonderfully composed. Kudos.

Amazing shot. I've been having a difficult enough time catching them landed much less in flight! Excellent color and focus. Reid

HI Ken splendid flyng Blu Dasher, great focus, splendid details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Great shot Ken, not easy to get these guys in focus in flight.
Good composition though and I like teh blurred wings.


This is great. I haven't seen shots like these for a while. You are really getting the bestout of your equipment Ken. Spot on.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-26 10:10]

Hi Ken,

Marvelous in-flight shot of this dragonfly. I can see why it is your favorite - its colors are wonderful. Excellent details - wonderful blurred wings. I love the composition with only the one leaf in view. Beautiful background. This series was too short.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-26 10:17]

Hello Ken, excellent capture, beautiful dragonfly! They are so fast and you managed to capture it in flyght. great POV and composition, very sharp and colorful...well done.

bonjour ken
c'est un veritable meeting aerien que vous nous offrez!!
merci et felicitations pour toutes ces capture en vol.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-26 12:41]

Hi Ken. you have got a great shot again of the dragonfly in flight.very good detail and colour. sharp focus on the head. a nice POV and DOF, very well done TFS. good notes to

Hello Ken,
Great action shot of this dragonfly, which looks like its coming in for a landing. I never knew the dragon fly has it's front legs in that position, thanks for sharing that observation, I'll keep my open for that one. :)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-26 14:08]

Hi Ken.
Another your amazing shot with dragonfly in-fly.Very good details on the entire his body.Colors are amazing and dragonfly against superb BG looks really wonderfully.Excellent work!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Magnifique macro avec un superbe BG qui met le tout en valeur.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-26 21:52]

Hi Ken.- So you did it again man! I like it. Guess you have to be very very patient to get this beatiful photo. Luis52.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-26 23:01]

Hello Ken

An observation that would have been very hard to make without the aid of your photo.Nicely composed and very good timing.The capture is very good.The colours and lighting are well handled.Nicely done.TFS


Wow, this takes inflight captures to a new level Ken. Very sharp shot with excellent colour and detail. Very well done.

Thanks, John

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-27 11:14]

Hi Ken.
One more superb action picture. Excellent POV and pictured scene. Second shot (WS) is amazing too. Bravo. Great works. My best regards and TFS.

Hi Ken,
Yours inflight dragonflies are awesome. Your technique is very good and I know, this shots are very difficult to do. Congratulations, well done. Good note.
Regards, Mario

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-01 10:02]

Hello Ken,
All your shots of dragonflies in flilght are really impressive. They're not easy to capture like this! I love the colours and the sharpness in this brilliant shot of the Blue Dasher!
Many thanks, Ulla

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