For My Friend Gannu
- Mana (18598)
- [2008-05-03 20:33]
I have recently downloaded an e-book on the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Peninsular India, published by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. Very extensive book with details on almost all available species found in India with colour photographs. They have named this species as Green Marsh Hawk (Orthetrum sabina).
Excellent shot with very impressive sharpness and colours. I like your chosen POV to portray it and the fine pose you have captured it in. gannu should be happy with this dedication surely. Very nicely composed. Kudos.
- rcrick (68)
- [2008-05-03 23:17]
As always you present us with a lovely image of this Slender Skimmer, lighting is perfect, as is the d.o.f, and with the OOF flower adding an extra bit of colours makes this that much more perfect, wonderful shot. Have a great weekend,
Cheers Rick :)
- haraprasan (20403)
- [2008-05-04 0:30]
Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of this beautiful Orthetrum Sp. Excellent composition and sharp details. Also a very good dedication for Ganesh Ji. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Hi friend Ram
I just love these dedications on TrekNature. I think it is so nice when friends give honour to each other and show their respect or gratitude via these wonderful gestures. This dedication is indicative of such friendship and acknowledgement of achievement. As you said Ram, Ganesh has come a long way and has improved with leaps and bounds. He is a worthy receiver of this dedication which is a fine dragonfly in response to his beauty of yesterday.
Your docile and cooperative specimen has once again given its model assistance to ensure a fine capture. I have once mentioned the notion of 'domesticated' (or is it conditioned?) insects, but I won't mention it again. You did not hear it from me (chuckle). No, let the truth be know, I have for some time suspected that insects (less than bird brains as they might be) can also, just like animals, become accustomed to a person (or a vehicle) etc., when they are continuously or repeatedly exposed to such condition and then ultimately start to accept the presence of the person or object. So, if this is the same dragonfly you repeatedly worked with it is probably (or possibly) what happened.
Anyway, I'm no entomologist; it's just my humble uneducated opinion. Otherwise it is just a case that you have become more patient with years and your movements have slowed down thus creating an aura of calmness and peace and therefore your subjects experience less fear. (?) Peter Stoeckl said an interesting thing to me in this regard, just the other day. I joked with him after he told about this butterfly that came flying around his head and then went and sat down and let him take a zillion photos of it. I said he must come and teach our butterflies those manners. His reply was: "Maybe I am getting calmer as a stalker with the years" and this made me think (and realise) that many times we probably are too energetic and vigorous in our chase after our subjects and actually scare the daylights out of them.
Ok sorry, I forgot all about your posting. Oh shucks man, you know it's an excellent shot and you don't need me to come and tell you that it is. But then again, I just did tell you that it is an excellent shot (didn't I?) so; let it be know to all and every one on this public forum. Is a chuckle OK at this stage?
Well done MF and TFS.
- Argus (50626)
- [2008-05-04 1:56]
A superb portrait of a Green Marsh Hawk, one of your best IMHO, taken from a great POV and with fine technical merits, so that it stands out well against the OOF natural BG in a fine composition.
This is an excellent tribute to our friend Ganesh and thanks for sharing it.
All the best,
- lousat (65489)
- [2008-05-04 2:38]
Hi Ram,just marking,i'll be back,Luciano
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-05-04 4:21]
Nice dedication and wonderful picture of the dragonfly. I had not opportunity to pictured dragonflies one year and a half. Thee were not in our place since 2007. I like selected POV and DOF a lot. You managed to fill up all image of the fine insect in a focus. Exposure and colours are spot on as well as the composition of the scene at whole. My best regards and TFS. Well done.
- eqshannon (31141)
- [2008-05-04 5:41]
You are a man of many faces Ram. both in your writintg and in your photos, I see a man who thinks in what would appear to an outsider to be complex ways, but perhaps inside you...it is a simple method of rationale and very personal thought patterns.
The natural side of you is still quite inquisitive. Each "thing" you post seems to come from a true and genuine part of your inner being. While to some, this may look just like another dragonfly, through your notes I can see it is much more than that. And so from you, I have learned much more about nature than I thought possible. And in your humility, you dedicate so well....
A very nice image, from a man with a good soul and spirit!
- goldyrs (11497)
- [2008-05-04 8:39]
A very beautiful shot, Sir.And you've penned a beautiful note, as usual.
- vanderschelden (30441)
- [2008-05-04 9:06]
Nice dedication to Narayanan.
- mickey (324)
- [2008-05-04 9:39]
Thank you so much for your note about me. I bow in front of all TN for providing me such an immmense knowledge. I have no words to express except that I will try to keep improve every time. Sincerely Ganesh
PS I owe a lot to Goutham and Satish for giving me tips and lending his camera.
- matatur (5312)
- [2008-05-04 10:17]
Ganesh surely will love your fine dedication Ram, the capture is again perfect from every photographical viewpoint my friend, your docile friend looks a little like a finely constructed airplane model but thank the creator, it is nature made, not man made!
- mariki (9477)
- [2008-05-04 10:54]
Excellent presentation of this dragonfly. Great composition and sharpness. Wonderful colours.
- eng55 (5892)
- [2008-05-04 10:57]
Excellent macro shot.Sharpness,exposure,DOF and focus are perfect.Thanks for posting.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-05-04 13:57]
a lovely capture of this pretty Dragonfly!
This is a very striking insect which you have captured superbly!
Great DOF and focusing.
Superb composition and POV.
A lovely dedication to Ganesh! Looks like he wrote a critique logged in as Vignesh :-) Anyway, he really deserves this and I'm sure he'll love it!
Well done Ram!
- maurydv (36428)
- [2008-05-04 15:54]
Bellissima macro, ottimi POV e composizione, buona nitidezza, colori molto belli, naturali e luminosi. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio
- Ena (2454)
- [2008-05-04 16:09]
I'll be back later!
- pablominto (14563)
- [2008-05-05 0:19]
A beautiful insect giving a fine pose for the camera!
The macro work is well done, sharp fine details in the subject and a nicely blurred background...
An effective point of view is resulting in a fine composition, showing the details very well!
- Silvio2006 (102073)
- [2008-05-05 6:28]
Hi Ram, splendid dragonfly with great details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2008-05-06 0:46]
Well this is an interesting one for me beacuse it does indeed occur around Sydney and I have seen it several times. To think the same species also occurs in northern India is quite interesting.
Good composition and sharpness, well done.