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Green eyes
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 52mm HOYA UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Your favorites, Superb Macros [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-22 1:39
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everybody

What i'm pretty much doing here is depleting my stock from last year and getting ready to fill my "TN" folder with new pictures taken this year. I still have a pretty serious archive that i want to "get rid of" in order to replace it with some new...i'm bored of seeing those photos there already :))

This is another one taken last spring and it represents my first in-flight actually. My baby Canon wasn't too fast of focusing and therefore i had to beg my dragonfly friends to hover a lot in exactly the same spot so that i would be able to focus on them :) Very few proved patient enough, but this one here indulged my wish and allowed me the pleasure :)

This is an Aeshna isoceles - or a Green-eyed Hawker - a brown and rather plain hawker, with largely clear wings and conspicuous green eyes.
The yellow triangle on the S2 segment (amazingly visible here) is a great diagnostic for the species, as are the color and shape of the hindwing base (no point in looking for that in this shot - but you might want to check the Workshop).

You can find this species around ditches, marshes, ponds and lakes with rich vegetation. It favors swamps of Water-soldier (Stratiotes aloides) in most of its northern range while sometimes being found on running water in the south.
Flight season: from May to August; most common in June, earlier than most Aeshnas.

For a nice song called Green eyes, click here

Hope you'll like it :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya UV
Focal Length: 432mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
Exposure Bias: -1/3
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld
Weather conditions: cloudy

Part of the info: from K-D B. Dijkstra's "Field Guide to the Dragonflies of Britain and Europe"

PaulH, Argus, uleko, crs, SelenE, vanderschelden, jusninasirun, MMM, eqshannon, Pentaxfriend, Necipp, mirceax, cataclysta, valy67, NinaM, JORAPAVI, Alex99, yasin has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To cicindela: no observations yet :(horia 3 02-23 06:13
To Jamesp: Hehe :))horia 1 02-22 10:08
To Argus: thank you, Ivan!horia 1 02-22 02:58
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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-22 1:46]

Horia!!! Now this is just excellent!
Man, this is my kind of photography :-) I just can't wait for the dragonflies to start appearing again!!

Stunning image.
The composition, POV, sharpness, DOF, detail, colours, lighting... everything is spot-on.
Those green eyes are very cool!

Exceptional work my friend.
Thanks very much for sharing this!



Hi Horia!

While you want to get rid of these pictures, we are delighted to discover them. But you are right: we all need to get and see new pictures, feel the excitement of discovering and capturing something new.

It's amazing how rich the details in this picture are and I believe that the subject justifies a centered composition. This also true because there's no other object that could attract our attention or lead the eye into the picture.

Kind regards


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-22 2:01]

Hi Horia,
not much time today i'm afraid, just wanted to say this is great! Super sharp and all the elements we expect my friend - you will hopefully have some new material soon!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-22 2:33]

Hello Horia,
I was thrilled to bits when I managed to photograph this one as it is rarely seen here!
You've managed to get a excellent capture of it in flight!! Very fine sharp focus showing the details and beautiful colours of this lovely dragonfly. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-22 2:47]

Buna Horia,

Extraordinara fotografie! Intr-adevar este o mare reusita sa fotografiezi o libelula in zbor si sa obtii aceasta calitate a imaginii. Nu are rost sa mai fac alte comentarii fotografia vorbeste de la sine.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-22 3:29]
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Hello Horia,
Superb in-flight of A. isoceles.
This is very skillfully captured using your old S2 IS with fine sharpness and from a great POV. This species is rare in Sweden but Ulla has Photographed it near us and I hope it's my turn this year.
Thanks for sharing this inspiring image, my friend,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-22 5:01]

Hi Horia,
A nice one from your archives. And considering this was your first in-flight of a dragonfly, it's really good. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Horia,
Excellent in flight dragonfly.
Photographing a dragonfly is difficult, let alone an in flight dragonfly.
Furthermore I want to underscore the blurred wings, the DOF and the background.
Well done, Horia.

Hello Horia,

How did you capture this I need to learn. Dragonfly don't normally hover in a spot for long and almost impossible to get it in focus with a macro lens. Indeed this one here indulged your wish and allowed you the pleasure.

The sharpness and details throughout the body is very well observed which I find it hard to get them in clear sharpness even when perched. Good work Horia and please allow me to add this to my personal theme.

Well done and best regards,


Hi Horia,
The frozen flight of the insect was great!
I like a lot the pose got on this difficult kind of shot.
The greens at the background works pretty well to contrast the earth tones on the insect's body.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-02-22 7:34]

Hello Horia
Excellent in flight capture.Great POV and very sharp image.Details are amazing.I also like that nice OOF BG.
TFS Michel

You saved some nice archives Horia...If I had flying ones such as this, done so nicely I would have posted quickly...for it is next to impossible for me to keep up with them more or less to catch them in flight. It might take me days..pr perhaps I might get lucky...but this one is fine until I can try it..and I learn from you as well as many others every time I see images such as this.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-22 9:22]

Hi Horia,
This looks like a muscular strong dragonfly. Greaat job catching in flight with exelent sharpness. and good composition. Special green scala.
Well done and TFS

Hi Horia


Wonderful shot - great timing, detail colour .......


Hi Horia,

SUPERB inflight shot of this beautiful Dragonfly
Perfect focus and DOF
lovely colors and BG

TFS Thijs

Hello Horia wonderfull shot! great colour and detail, DOF is spot on, nice focusing and excellent POV. Well taken tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Horia
It is so hard to capture in flight shots of Dragonflys and I know how slow the AF can be on the s2.
But despite that you have pulled off a tip to tail shot..I have seen £3000 lenses produce less tight shots.
A truly great capture and one to be proud of.


Salut Horia,
Excelenta imaginea.Mai ales ca este vorba de o insecta care nu e tocmai facil de a o fotografie in zbor.Imi amintesc ca am asteptat cateva ore sa pot fotografia o libelula in zbor, dar fara rezultate remarcabile.Culorile si compozitia sunt deasemenea foarte reusite.

Felicitari si tfs!


Hello Horia,
This is a very fine and beautiful photo of inflight dfly!
you had the best DOF in perfect sharpness, good colour and details in the shot
very well done

Hello Horia,
very difficult shot my friend !!!!
you have very well managed this great shot,

Hi Horia
Interesting, dynamic and static at the same time :_) I like OOF wing movement mist. Interesting idea
Best wishes

Hello Horia!
This is really splendid presentation! Flying Aeshan - a superb photo! Perfect DOF and details! You were very lucky (and patient!) to photograph it "in the air" ;)
I like also wokshop and link to the song!
All the best from Lodz!

PS. Any new observations of overwintering damselflies this year? ;)

Hello Horia !
I have always admired those people who are able to capture flying insects - when I try to do it, I always have a big blurred shape that barely looks like an insect ! :-) This is an excellent picutre, you have frozen the dragonfly very nicely. Excellent details, nice natural colors, wondeful composition and POV, splendid blurred BG... Very well done !

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-23 13:40]

Bonjour Horia
Excellente prise en vol, bonne netteté et couleurs, bravo.
Amicalement Robi

Hola Horia,
Es impresionante conseguir esta nitidez y encuadre en pleno vuelo, interesante nota informativa. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-25 9:18]

There's an helicopter flying over Malaysia... this is a beautiful picture, Horia, once more! The dragonfly is so sharp and I love the fact that you used a speed slow enough so we don't see its wings. This movement is great, we feel the flight of this insect. Thank you!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-26 8:59]

Hi Horia.
I cannot do it. And I am very pleased that you can do it. Bravo, my friend. Excellent in-flight dragonfly picture. I like wonderful diagonal position of the insect and great timing/sharpness of the image. WS is amazing too. It is a pity that you have shared it as a WS. MY greetings and TFS.
P.S. I am waiting for Sigma 70-300 pictures with great interest.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-02 7:58]

Hello Horia,
Back from a short holiday this week I was curious at your new photos. Then I saw this one.
What an excellent photo. Amazing sharpness, details and clear colours. Great POV, BG and composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-18 20:45]

Hello Horia

A beautiful shot of this hovering dragonfly.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
Excellent freezing of the action.
The POV and DOF are wonderful.


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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-05-23 0:15]

Hello Horia!


(My mouth still wide open and cannot be closed)

The title should be The Dragon 'Chopper' Fly ........ !!


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