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Male Brown Hawker

Male Brown Hawker
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, 70mm.300.mm apo sigma
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-07 11:58
Viewed: 2952
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After spending many hours early on sunday morning taking pictures down by the river. I had been watching the large Dragonflies flying up and down, i sat and studied them for quite a while, i tried to take some shots of them in flight without much success, they seemed to fly in an area of about 30ft and then turn and come back again as if they had a territory. I was hoping they would land so i could get a good shot but this did not happen. After giving up to go home i turned roung and found this Brown Hawker had been behind me all of the time. In me moving it disturbed him so i only got two shots and did not have time to reset the camera so the result was not quite what i was after. But i will go back and try again.

Brown Hawker ( Aeshna grandis ) Length 74mm.
Easily recognised in flight by brown body and bronze wings. Up to 102mm wingspan. At rest blue spots on the second and third segments of the males abdomen can be seen, these are absent in the female. Widespread in South and Central England, most common in the south east, can be found in Ireland but absent from Scotland. Found on well vegetated ponds, lakes, rivers and canals. Patrols regular hunting territory which it vigorously defends against intruders. Hunts flies, Moths and Butterflies. Can be seen Juyt-September. Nymph mostly black and white.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-07 12:04]

selam nicholas, wow nice macro shot and very good composition of this dragnfly nice pov and bg with splendid colours.great work
Well done my friend !
Regards ridvan

hi nick,
very moody shot - i really like the lightning.
fantastic pose of the impressive dragonfly !
amazing details and lovely colours.
thank you
cheers - carole

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-07 12:18]

Hi Nick,
great back lighting here and the close central composition works very well. DOF is spot on.

Hello Nick
Your photograph is filled with light. Clearness is very beautiful for this dragonfly which seems passive
Very succeeded.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-07 12:24]

Hi Nick,

Fantastic lighting on this shot! Wonderful position showing off the Brown Hawker beautifully. The colors are beautiful. The light makes the bronze wings sparkle and the yellow flowers are wonderful seen thru the wings.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-07 12:41]

Hi Nicholas,
A fine colorful capture of the dragonfly...Very detailed with great DOF...Well done...


Hello Nic, It is very difficult to carry out a photograph like that, I tested this weekend and I missed all my photographs, that Ci is successful very well, I particularly appreciate the beautiful light through sheets, well done and thank you

Hi Nicholas,

You see, if have you but patience get you automatically, however, you beautiful photograph It's a nice macro shot. Good colours. But the BG it's a bit disturbing. It's a very impressive dragonfly. Well done Regards and TFS Bob

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-07 14:23]

Hi Nick

An unusual POV - really excellent shot. The metallic sheen on the eyes is great and the lighting superb.


Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful close up nice pose of this
dragonfly great colors and sharp focus
good composition well done, TFS.
Best regards/Lawhill

Hello Nick,
The clarity is there even the dragonfly is at the leaf's shade, good texture on the wings too!
great details as a whole,
well done
thanks for sharing

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-08-07 23:45]

Hello Nick,
Beautiful skimmer, what a nice capture
Great POV and composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-08 1:01]

Hi Nicholas.
What an impressive shot of the charming dragonfly and beautiful surroundings. Excellent play of lights, shadows and vivid colours. Details and sharpness of the insect image are superb as well as the selected DOF. BG is very nice too. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-08 1:15]

Hi Nick,
Focus, sharpness and details on the dragonfly are very good. I liked the way you handled the exposure. Nice POV. TFS
Best wishes,

The lighting here is the best part in my opinion...it's unusual and makes a real impact. Great shot!!

Hi Nicholas,
very nice capture of this dragonfly at interesting vertical position. Light, colors, details very nice. good notes. TFS
well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-08 5:31]

Hello Nick,
This is an excellent capture as this species that usually settles in the bushes half hidden. Thanks to the beautiful light you've got this very fine shot. I love the clarity of the wings and the sharpness and colours are great.
Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-08-08 5:54]

Nicholas, Excellent shot and what a composition. The focus of the fly and the wings are very interesting. Ganesh

hi nicholas,

this one is especialy sharp and stands so well out from its natural background.GREAT

Well done, Nick. They are really hard to catch - the larger they are - the harder they are to find perched somewhere. But this image is great in detail, despite it being a little dark on the body. Wonderful sheen on the wings! Cheers, Klaus

The back light on wings and dark body makes a nice effect, but BG is a bit too complex and distracting for me to achieve all the beauty of the insect. The blue reflections look wonderful, and the structure of the wings is very well seen. Thanks MF.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-08-08 14:12]
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I think you were shooting in some challenging light but still managed to bring out some good detail on the dragonfly. It is nice and sharp. The natural backlight gave you a nice effect on the wings. The background is a bit busy so the dragonfly but I don't think this dragonfly has a habit of choosing a perch that would isolate it and give the kind of background that makes it stand out. I think you did and excellent job under the circumstances.

Hi Nicholas,
You've done well in spite of the difficult lighting conditions..I tried this yesterday, shooting a dragon in shade, with hard backlight from the afternoon sun..
Nice DOF, sharp details, and warm colors.
Well done.

Wonderful Picture....so symmetric and non-such as in certain patterns. Really grabbed my eye...and I am sitting in front of pictures all day so it takes a bit to get my attention.


A fascinating image.
So exact.
Loved your notes too.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-10 11:27]

Hi Nicholas,
Wonderful shot with fine focus and sharp details. The back lighting works well here and among the greens it looks majestic. Awesome gossamer wings with very delicate patterns. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-08-11 3:31]

selam nicholas
well close-up working of this beautiful dragonfly with its natural area
i like composition, point of view, colours, details and informative note
thanks for sharing

Hi Nicholas,
fantastic shot - I love the moment and the light. This dragon is not easy to catch, when ever I saw one it was flying all the time.
I like the "chinese" eyes so much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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