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Easter sotry
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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: 2008-04-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Canon 58mm UV HAZE Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Blue Things, Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, Art of Procreation [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-24 2:00
Viewed: 4055
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello again everybody,

Here is a story: for a couple of days i thought i wasn't going to have a dSLR anymore.

I was shooting Monday at the thermal pond near my hometown and i had my camera set with my long lens - the Sigma 70-300mm on it, all mounted on the tripod. As i was moving around, looking for nice dragonflies or whatever, my phone rings and i put the tripod down and reach for my pocked to see who it is. Top-tip here: make sure your tripod is very stable in moments like this...i didn't :(
As i turned around to hear better since it was rather windy, i just heard a big BANG behind me - my camera fell, together with the tripod, on concrete and into the water - as seen in the drawing from the Workshop.

I immediately jumped in after it but water had already gone in the camera so that was obviously not working anymore. The lens was completely broken, too.

So, assessing the damage, i was all set to go to Budapest (much closer to me than Bucharest), to the Canon service, to see if anything could be done to salvage the body.

Yesterday morning, after filling-up with gas, exchanging currency and canceling everything i had to do home, we got in the car and headed for the border. Now since most Romanians are Orthodox (me included), we celebrate Easter this Sunday. And since "things" have the habit of returning from the dead on this holiday, when i checked my camera again (just for curiosity, 2 km from the border), it surely came through and functioned perfectly :))

How's this for a story? :)
Yes...i know... he lens is totally broken so there is nothing i can do about that...but at least i still have a body and my other lens and i can yet take more photos :)

This photo here was one of the last ones i took with the very nice Sigma 70-300mm and (in case you didn't already know) it's of a pair of Ischnura elegans - or the Blue-tailed Damselfly.

I know Alexei knows this feeling and since he's Easter is probably now, too, this is a small dedication for him.
[We are now both without this nice lens, my friend :( ]

Take care and thanks for visiting.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 APO DC Macro
Filter: Canon 58mm UV Haze
Focal Length: 190mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec.
Metering Mode: CWA
F-Stop: f/10.0
Exposure Bias: -2/3
Flash: Yes (power: -1.66)
Support: Handheld
TOD: about 3 PM
Weather conditions: sunny

Jamesp, PaulH, joey, eqshannon, MMM, Amadeo, phlr, cicindela, nglen, loot, Luis52, NinaM, oanaotilia, uleko, vanderschelden, SelenE, Argus has marked this note useful
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Hi Horia
A great story, especially for me as a fellow Canon 400D owner! A great picture with good detail. These dragonflies are gymnasts in disguise!

Hi Horia

Amazing story - you were very, very lucky, although I have the same experience with mobile phones. Is there no hope for the lense? My 300 2.8 is still away being repaired :(

Lovely shot - great POV with great focus.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-24 2:21]
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Hi Horia,
oh no...tragic news my friend, you have my utmost sympathies! The same has happened to me before too, i have knocked my camera over into the sea...it is a horrible feeling. I am gald your camera is ok though :o) the 400D is quite resilient!
You last photo is a beauty though, classic Horia Bogdan. Excellent sharp detail and DOF...very well done.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-24 2:32]

Hello Horia,
WoW nice story and what a moment to catch. Lovely scene. Ganesh


A tale of woe, these things are sent to try us. Keep up the good spirits and keep taking top shots like this. Nice composition and colouring .


P.S Paul tells me you are coming over to explore some of the Dorset coast line. Sure we will meet if so as we go on a lot of adventures together.
Keep smiling....

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-24 3:17]
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Hi Horia!!
Well you were both extremely lucky!
1. For finding a pair of mating damselflies and getting an awesome shot of them while we have NONE AT ALL yet and 2. that your camera body is fine! Phew! I am very sorry to hear about your lens though :*-(
Excellent note explaining it all really very well! The drawing is great! :-)
Very fine image of this pair of reproducing damsels!
Superb sharpness and clarity.
Excellent DOF too.
I found an Alderfly laying eggs the other day and they're quite similar to a damselfly in their ways so maybe we'll be getting some soon! Fingers-crossed!

I hope everything works out my friend!
Will be camping in the New Forest in the time you're coming over so may be able to meet up with you!

Cheers mate!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-24 4:16]

Hello Horia,
this is a excellent capture, and very interesting.
Nice macro work, with good sharpness and excellent details.
A wonderful light BG to show off this pair.

You are indeed the pro Horia..this is super. Now we have come full circle..Me here slightly over a year and you back to doing what you do so well...great image of patterns in nature!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-24 6:36]

Hi Horia
Nice composition and closed up image.Good POV and sharp image.Details and colros are excelelnt
TFS Michel

Hi Horia,

It is sad to lost your lens.
Good foto of this wheel, sharpness and colors and pov and dof are great.

Hola Horia, excelente composición, nitida, con buen color y luz, el fondo perfecto, hace resaltar mas el motivo. ¡EXCELENTE MACRO! Un saludo

Hello Horia
My heart goes out to you on the damage of your equipment...Cameras and lenses are by no means cheap and take a lot of hard work to replace...I hope the phone call was important!! but I bet it wasnt!!
Still there is good news that the camera is Ok and saved you a drive..(maybe you should tell Canon about this as they are always being knocked for no weather sealing on thier cameras and yours had a proper soaking)
Now for the picture..Well you and Alexei seem to be able to use this lense so perfectly that maybe you should both have a word with Sigma..You both have glossy mag quality pictures with thier equipment!!
Dof and everything in the pic is beyond reproach..Your usual standard!!
All the Best Fella

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-04-24 12:19]

Hi Horia

Great shot of the Damselflies.
Nicely composed with a great POv and a lovely pose.
Excellent details and a very good DOF
Beautiful colours and light too.
Sorry about your lens!


Dear Horia!
What a interesting "heart-position" picture ;>
I am dreaming about taking such photo this year! Very good quality, perfect DoF and natural, beautiful colours.
And this is all as for know, I am a little tired after work, but soon I will write a longer letter to you :)
Best greetings,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-24 13:46]

Hi Horia. What bad luck a least the camera is still ok for your trip to England. I have yet to get and Damselflies this year. I went to the river tonight but none about yet. You have captured a good close up with good detail and colour. well done TFS.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-24 14:53]

Hi Horia

Ouch, that's a real tough luck story my friend. Caution can never be over cautious. Sorry to hear about your loss, but at least one good part of the story is that the camera bounced back. Remarkable.

One of your last captures from your Sigma also turned out to be a great winner. This is an excellent shot by any standards. Amazing clarity in the details and of course the BG is just superb.

Great work MF and TFS.

PS. Lovely dedication to Alexei. He is a fine chap and a great contributor to this site.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-24 14:54]

Hi Horia.
At least You have the body camera working. I am sorry for the lens, I never take of the belt from My neck.
Great image. very sharp and well focus.
Saludos Horia.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-24 17:43]

Wow Horia, what a story happened to you! I can see you go into the water to save your gear, ouf. Incredible the camera came back to life as Canon cameras are not tropicalized! Maybe a small miracle just for you that day, why not? Too bad for the lens too, hope you will be able to replace it soon. And the picture is amazing my friend, the damsels are transparent! It is beautiful, they are reproducing with grace and the background is perfectly blurred. Very nice and good luck!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-25 3:40]

Hi Horia,
Outstanding shot of these mating damselflies. Lovely blue colours and immaculate sharpness. Excellent DOF and a well chosen POV to portray them. Great image but I am saddened by the accident and your loss. You have given me a lesson too and I have to be extra careful henceforth. Anyway, you have produced a masterpiece here. Kudos.

Hi dear Horia ,

Great work with excellent focus.
A perfect shot.

kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-27 9:21]

Hello Horia,
What a tragic story! It's like leaving a little child unattended for a moment then you never know what might happen! I feel really sorry for you and hope you can soon get a new lens. Anyway, I'm glad your last capture using the Sigma were some beautiful damselflies! This is a brilliant capture, very sharp and in fine colours. A lovely composition too and with a fine non-distracting background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Horia,
Sorry to hear such a story.
About the image...
Well done. Well composed. No distractions through for instance the neutral and soft background. Good moment.
TFS and BC(be careful;-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-28 2:55]

Hi Horia,
I'm sorry about your equipment :o( But it is amazing how the body could still function! Glad to hear about that.
This is a very nice mating shot with very good composition, color tones, POV and details. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-30 4:08]

Hello Horia,
Very sad to read of your accident, something that can happen to any of us. I hope that you will be able to replace your smashed Sigma soon.
Anyway this I. elegans in copulo is a fine image, the technical performance of your late Sigma being excellent and your skill in POV and composition complementing this very well.
Thanks for sharing this beauty my friend and I wish you more positive events in the near future.

Hi Horia,
Perfect image! The soft non-distracting background really brings these damelselflies out in 3d eye-popping view. Very sorry to hear about your ordeal, but like you said at least the camera was safe. Well done and TFS.
Paul :)

P.S. I found the woodpecker I was looking for 2 days after I posted the puffin image, check it out here. You and a few others wished me luck, mustv'e had something to do with me finding one. Hope you like it.

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