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As close as it gets III

As close as it gets III
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 100, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 1:11
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Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday it was a sunny but windy day,during my walk I noticed this Hawker (possibly a Migrant Hawker),I suppose it was a fresh one as he was not that active yet and was happy holding on to the reeds,I took my chance and after some full captures (I posted one for identification),I tried to get some close ups,as it was windy as said before and the reeds with hawker were on the move all the time I had to wait some time for a quiet moment,fortunately the hawker did not bother and I had my close up,hope you like it and tfw

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Dear Paul
WOW! What a exciting photo. I think if you got any closer you would have posted a photo of this insects brain. Which I do not believe would have been as spectacular and striking as this post. I think any photographer dream to take a macro like this one. I am sure if I have the time, I would be able to count al itís hairs. This in a magnificent image, which deserves a round of applause.
You surely were very lucky with this one.
Thanks for sharing, it is much appreciated.
Warmest regards

Hello Paul,
Well done.
Both images are good.
I prefer the one posted in the workshop.

Hello Paul !
I think I never saw a picture that hows a Dragonfly from this close ! Very very impressive ! I can see each little hair on his face, and each little facet on his eyes. Really amazing ! Sharpness is perfect even if it was windy, beautifulcolors and composition too. Very well done !

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-18 3:13]

Hello Paul,
an exceptional macro shot of this Dragonfly's head.
This is almost definately a female Migrant Hawker.
I've always wanted to take a photo like this and have the equipment to do it (raynox DCR 250) but have got to sort out the DOF seeing as it's too shallow at the moment.
+++ Ultimate detail showing every hair and every lens on the eye. Very sharp, excellent colours, superb composition and a very effective tight crop.
--- Absolutely nothing :)
Very well done,

Hello Paul,
Splendid and realy impressive close-up
fantastic colors and great details

hi paul
a very good job in term of closeness
but a little "to much" for me
we see to much the artefact of flash

aleks ;)
best wishes

Hello Paul
Very intersting shot of these compound eyes,
Perfect details,DOF and lighting,Superb shot.

Good Luck

Superb macro!
Very well done with this beautiful macro.
Greetings Jan-Arie

Your patience has paid off. Excellent Macro. The detail in it's eyes are amazing. Great Job!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-18 7:45]

Hello Paul,
This is an amazing sharp close macro allowing those of us who take dragonfly shots to see what the head really looks like close to: the eyes, the small hairs on the face and the jaws are great to see.
Well done: this is excellent!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

As Joe says, this is a female A. mixta

Hoi Paul,
Kon je nog dichterbij komen? Wat een prachtig detail en hoe bijzonder om alle elementen van het oog zo goed te kunnen zien.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-09-18 12:24]

Ehh, is het mogelijk om nog dichterbij te komen Paul? (haha).
Ik geloof niet dat ik ooit een foto heb gezien die zo dichtbij was. Prachtige scherpte en zeer gedetaileerd!
Je hebt echt geluk gehad dat hij/zij zo lang bleef zitten.
Fijne avond.

WOW Paul, amazing details in your splendid macro, I like ws too, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Paul this is a wow! shot very fine detail and superb close macro nice one tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Paul,
This is an aweful macro shot!
Well, maybe no beautiful but for sure impressive...
Wonderful details, pin sharp and with great colours!
Pablo -

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-19 5:16]

Wow that's close !! Your lens is a microscope ! Well done Paul, extraordinary details and sharpness. It's amazing, reaaly ! Thanks,


Hi Paul,
This is an excellent extreme close-up portrait. I don't think many here appreciate what it takes to get one like this..
Excellent POV, colors, DOF, sharpness, details, and use of flash to fill :)
Very well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-09-19 8:17]

Oh Paul you used a flash! I'm sure this guy is blind now.
The photo is perfect.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-19 9:57]

Hi Paul. Yes this is macro at it best.The detail is amazing . you managed sharp focusing in the wind. giving you fine detail. good rich colours. very well done TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-04 3:36]

Hi Paul

This is a splendid close-up here of this wonderful hawker head.
I took a look at your WS photo and from there it's more than clear that it is a Aeshna mixta, just as you initially suspected.
The details and textures here are impressive and the good flash management makes all the colors look very nice, too.
Well done, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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